Wakefield Farmers Market

Saturdays June 18 – October 15 2016

April 28, 2016
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Our 2016 Opening Day is Saturday June 18! Come and Support Your Local Farmers and More!

Coming Soon!  We can hardly wait!

Coming Soon! We can hardly wait!

More news and updates to come, but be sure to mark ALL your Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. starting June 18 through October 15, 2016 so you don’t miss a market day of our 8th season!

A line at Pour Man's Coffee. What a surprise - not!

A line at Pour Man’s Coffee. What a surprise – not!

 

Most of our vendors are coming back and we may see a few new ones, as well. There will also be more “littlest vendors” gracing the tents.  Both Joe and Mike of Pour Man’s Coffee welcomed little one into their families in February, and Farmer Dave and Farmer Jane of Farmer Dave’s are expecting twins! AND, this year, Lilac Hedge Farm will be coming every week this season!

Some sad news is that Charlton Orchards and Copicut Farms won’t be with us this season.

I had a lovely chat with Patty and Nate Sr., who are sad because they really loved being in Wakefield and will really miss all of you who shopped with them.  But, with the girls moving on in new directions, someone needs to be at the farm on Saturdays since that is their biggest “pick you own” and farm stand day. The good news is that you can visit Patty and Nate Sr, and Nate Jr. at Charlton Orchards Thursdays-Mondays or Patty and Nate Sr. at the Lexington Farmers Market on Tuesdays or the Wayland Farmers Market on Wednesdays.  This is probably one of the only times I have been wishing our market was not on a weekend day!

Gorgeous produce from Flats Mentor Farm

Gorgeous produce from Flats Mentor Farm

With Kelly’s Farm, Farmer Dave’s, and Flats Mentor Farm we will be sure to have plenty of beautiful produce for all.   To bring a silver lining, we can use this summer to help Flats Mentor Farm really shine through special cooking demonstrations and education about the farming program helping immigrants become successful farmers and bring even more fresh produce to our markets and tables.

We will miss Copicut Farms, with their lovely chicken, eggs, and pork, too.  But, as noted above, Tom and Ryan of Lilac Hedge Farm will be sure to come every week and bring plenty of everything they offer!

Bottom line is that we will have at least 32 vendors, including 8 agricultural vendors (five produce/livestock/poutry/dairy-cheese farmers, 1 maple farm, and one wine and one hard cider), 15 specialty food vendors, and 9 artisans, with an average of 21 vendors per week, 3-4 of which will be artisans. With new cooking demo plans and a wider variety of music on the schedule, it will be great year.  See you at the market!

We love our lakeside location.

We love our lakeside location.

April 25, 2016
by Market Manager
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Recipe: Potato-Carrot Salad with Arugula Pesto from our April 17 Winter Market

2016-04-17 12.39.34Potato-Carrot Salad with Arugula Pesto

Veggies from Oakdale Farms and Farmer Dave’s. Chevre from West River Creamery, and Pseudo Salt from Soluna Garden Farm. Created by Home Chef Amy Rindskopf.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium red potatoes, diced
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups baby or loosely chopped arugula
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 oz chevre cheese with chives
  • Pseudo Salt to taste
  • Olive oil as needed
  1. Boil diced potatoes until tender. Drain.
  2. Boil sliced carrots until tender. Drain.
  3. In food processor, pulse arugula, scallions and chevre. Add olive oil until smooth.
  4. Mix cooked potatoes and carrots with pesto. Sprinkle with Pseudo Salt to taste.

Check back here for updates for our summer market here in Wakefield, and see melrosefarmersmarket.org for updates about the Melrose Farmers Market that takes place on Thursdays, June 9 – October 27 from 3-7:00 p.m. at Bowden Park on W. Emerson St in Melrose.
It’s all about the farmers!

April 21, 2016
by Market Manager
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Mark Your Calendars: Saturday June 18 is Our 2016 Opening Day!

kelly veggiesMore news and updates to come, but be sure to mark ALL your Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. starting June 18 through October 15, 2016 so you don’t miss a market day of our 8th season!

Most of our vendors are coming back and we may see a few new ones, as well.

Fun News: There will also be more “littlest vendors” gracing the tents.  Both Joe and Mike of Pour Man’s Coffee welcomed little ones into their families in February, and Farmer Dave and Farmer Jane of Farmer Dave’s are expecting twins in June!

AND, this year, Lilac Hedge Farm will be coming every week this season!

More news and updates to come.  See you at the market!

April 16, 2016
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April 17 – Last Local Market Day Until June! Stock Up On Locally Grown & Raised Farm Fare, Great Specialty Foods, & Lovely Artisan Products!

Click HERE to view and print the latest vendor schedule.


Last Chance to Stock Up Until June! The final market day of the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market season will take place on Sunday April 17. This will be the last local farmers market until the Melrose Farmers Market starts up on June 9 and our Wakefield Farmers Market starts on June 18.  Please join us for a fun final day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street in Melrose, conveniently located on the 136/137 bus line and with plenty of municipal parking in back of the hall.


Here are a few highlights from the last newsletter.

Scroll Down for the Final News and Vendor List!

LIVE MUSIC! The Mass Whole Notes, a local, eclectic group with a modern sound that can rock the classics with style, will be performing a few sets during the day to help us end the season in style.

Boston Bon Bonbons, who had to cancel last month, will be with us this month instead.

It turns out that the sap is running well for Ackermann’s Maple Farm so, unexpectedly but welcome, they will be with us for this last market day after all!

NEW: Stokes Firestarters will be with us, this month! Along with a great product, this new vender has an especially wonderful story behind the company. The owner is a young man who came up with an effective and environmentally friendly fire starting product. When I say young, I mean young¨ Stokes was founded by Adam Liszewski in 2013, when he was 13. Just three years later, the company is in over 250 stores in New England and is growing. PLUS, Adam has partnered with the Charles River Center, which works to empower folks with developmental disabilities, to produce his product. How cool is that?  Be sure to stop by to welcome Adam and his company to our market! Check the website and look for another email later this week for more information and updates.

UPDATE!  Samira of Samira’s Homemade will be at the market this Sunday! Her husband Ragab and and daughter Jasmine have been bringing their wonderful Middle Eastern Food to our market this season, but now is our chance to say hello to Samira, who is missing us. Look for her next to Goodie’s Homemade.


Home chef Amy Rindskopf will also be with us again, using produce and other products purchased at the market that morning to create an easy, tasty recipe or two for you to sample at the market and make at home.

Last month, Amy made a lovely vegetable “hash,” perfect for all occasions and that can be made with veggies you can get year round from our farmers! At the market, Amy used veggies from Oakdale Farms (potatoes and scallions) and Farmer Dave’s (celeriac, spinach, tatsoi, bok choy) and Pseudo Salt seasoning from Soluna Garden Farm. Click HERE and scroll down for the recipe.


Unfortunately, Jessica Buster can’t’ be with us this month, but feel free to bring a toy or two and use the lower cozy lower level as a place to take a play or rest break with your small children. It is accessible by stairs or elevator directly from the entrance.


We’ll have our usual café area on the stage where you can take a break, enjoy a beverage
or goodies from Pour Man’s Coffee, The Soup Guy, and your other favorite vendors.


WE STILL NEED  A FEW VOLUNTEERS!  ESPECIALLY COUNTERS! IT’S EASY!   Click HERE to Volunteer for an hour or two and help make it all happen!  We need at least one more person for setup and two 1-hour Counter spots: 1-2 and 2-3. Thank you to those who have signed up already!


Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for:
This month’s vendors – 36 of them!

Produce: As the days get longer and the weather warmer, Farmer Dave and Oakdale Farm will have even more wonderful, fresh produce as well as winter squashes, potatoes, and apples picked last fall and kept in cold storage so we can enjoy them all winter and early Spring. Farmer Dave will have potted herbs to sell, as well.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm. Lilac Hedge also has honey and tasty dried beef snacks.

Cheese: West River Creamery. Along with the best cheese, Jane will also have lovely pickled products such as beets and carrots, and more.

Maple: Ackermann’s will have their delicious pure maple syrup and other tasty maple products.

Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood – freshly caught in New England waters.

Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, In Good Taste (salsa), Jaju Pierogi (Polish Dumplings), Samira’s Homemade, The Soup Guy, and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish.

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, and The Roasted Granola, which also offers locally made yogurt.

Candies: Spindler Confections with all actual natural ingredients.

Spices and Seasonings: Bondat Foods, and Soluna Garden Farm, which also offers teas and local honey.

Beverages: Aaronap Cellars (wine), Downeast Cider (hard cider) and Tower Beverages.

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles, with wholesome treats for your pets!

Artisans: Kittredge Candles, Mary Ellen Crafts, Salem Street Beadery, Sarah’s Originals, Stokes Firestarters, and Trow’s Treasures.

Knife Sharpening: On The Edge Knife Sharpening will be parked outside.


As always, our market accepts SNAP benefits and will match up to $10 per market day, and “market money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card. NOTE: you can exchange any Wakefield Market Bucks that you may still have for Melrose market money at the Market Manager Table. 

For more information, see wakefieldfarmersmarket.org and/or melrosefarmersmarket.org and if you don’t get our emails in  your inbox, sign up for our newsletters via the handy signup form on our websites to get the latest details and updates. See you at the market!

Cindy Chabot
Wendy Dennis
Co-Market Managers
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April 13, 2016
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April 17 – Last Winter Market Day Preview! LOTS of Veggies, Deano’s Pasta Special Order Reminder, Cool New Vendor, Live Music!

Click HERE to view and print the latest vendor schedule.


Mark Your Calendar! Don’t miss the final market day of the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market season on Sunday April 17! This will be the last local farmers market until the Melrose Farmers Market starts up on June 9 and our Wakefield Farmers Market starts on June 18.  Please join us for a fun final day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street in Melrose, conveniently located on the 136/137 bus line and with plenty of municipal parking in back of the hall.


OF SPECIAL NOTE:

UPDATE! Samira of Samira’s Homemade will be at the market this Sunday! Her husband Ragab and and daughter Jasmine have been bringing their wonderful Middle Eastern Food to our market this season, but now is our chance to say hello to Samira, who is missing us.  Look for her next to Goodie’s Homemade.  🙂

LIVE MUSIC! The Mass Whole Notes, a local, eclectic group with a modern sound that can rock the classics with style, will be will be performing a few sets during the day to help us end the season in style.

Boston Bon Bonbons, who had to cancel last month, will be with us this month instead.

It turns out that the sap is running well for Ackermann’s Maple Farm so, unexpectedly but welcome, they will be with us for this last market day after all!

NEW: Stokes Firestarters will be with us, this month! Along with a great product, this new vender has an especially wonderful story behind the company. The owner is a young man who came up with an effective and environmentally friendly fire starting product. When I say young, I mean young¨ Stokes was founded by  Adam Liszewski in 2013, when he was 13. Just three years later, the company is in over 250 stores in New England and is growing. PLUS, Adam has partnered with the Charles River Center, which works to empower folks with developmental disabilities, to produce his product. How cool is that?  Be sure to stop by to welcome Adam and his company to our market!


Check the website and look for another email later this week for more information and updates.

As of April 12, we expect the following vendors at our
April 17 Market Day:

Aaronap Cellars, Ackermann’s Maple Farm, Bondat Foods, Boston Bonbons, Coutts Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Down East Cider, Emmett’s Edibles, Farmer Dave’s, Goodies Homemade, In Good Taste, Jaju Pierogi, Kittredge Candles, Lilac Hedge Farm, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Mary Ellen Crafts,Oakdale Farm, On the Edge Knife Sharpening, The Popover Lady, Pour Man’s Coffee, The Roasted Granola, Roberto’s Seafood, Salem Street Beadery, Samira’s Homemade, Sarah’s Originals, Shady Pine Farm, Sheepshed, Soluna Garden Farm, The Soup Guy, Spindler Confections, Swiss Bakers, Stokes Firestarters, Tower Beverages, Trow’s Treasures, Vermont Gourmet Candy, and West River Creamery.


Hankering for a certain kind of ravioli or other tasty pasta?  Place your special order by end of day Thursday or EARLY Friday morning, and Deano’s Pasta will have your pasta waiting for you at our market on Sunday! Click HERE to choose your pasta, and order via hala@deanospasta.com or by calling 617) 623-0013.


Home chef Amy Rindskopf will also be with us again, using produce and other products purchased at the market that morning to create an easy, tasty recipe or two for you to sample at the market and make at home.

Last month, Amy made a lovely vegetable “hash,” perfect for all occasions and that can be made with veggies you can get year round from our farmers! At the market, Amy used veggies from Oakdale Farms (potatoes and scallions) and Farmer Dave’s (celeriac, spinach, tatsoi, bok choy) and Pseudo Salt seasoning from Soluna Garden Farm. Click HERE and scroll down for the recipe.


Unfortunately, Jessica Buster can’t’ be with us this month, but feel free to bring a toy or two and use the lower cozy lower level as a place to take a play or rest break with your small children. It is accessible by stairs or elevator directly from the entrance.


We’ll have our usual café area on the stage where you can take a break, enjoy a beverage
or goodies from Pour Man’s Coffee, The Soup Guy, and your other favorite vendors.


Don’t Forget: We can’t do this without your help!  Click HERE to Volunteer for an hour or two and help make it all happen! There are two 2-hour shifts of two table spots: CC/EBT Manager and General Table Assistant and four 1-hour Counter spots, as well as setup and breakdown shifts.


As always, the market accepts SNAP benefits and will match up to $10 per market day, and “market money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card. NOTE: you can exchange any Wakefield Market Bucks that you may still have for Melrose market money at the Market Manager Table. 
For more information, see wakefieldfarmersmarket.org and/or melrosefarmersmarket.org and if you don’t get our emails in  your inbox, sign up for our newsletters via the handy signup form on our websites to get the latest details and updates. See you at the market!

Cindy Chabot
Wendy Dennis
Co-Market Managers
LIKE us on Facebook!
Follow us on Twitter @MWwintermarket

March 23, 2016
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Recipe: Spring Vegetable Hash – Try it for Easter! Plus: Deadline is 3/24 to Order a Roast from Lilac Hedge Farm!

Click HERE to view and print the latest vendor schedule.


Scroll down for the recipe for the delicious potato, scallion, and greens “Spring Vegetable Hash” that Amy created at our March 20 market day!  Quick, easy, and nutritious, it works for breakfast, a casual lunch or dinner, or even as a tasty and healthy holiday side dish. See the handy “prep the day before” notes and serve it with your holiday meal.


LAST CHANCE for HOLIDAY ROASTS from Lilac Hedge Farm!  To paraphrase an email from our farmers, they were so busy farming that the holiday crept right up on them!  But, no fear: If you place your order by end of day Thursday March 24, you can pick up your holiday roast at the pickup location most convenient for you.

Click HERE for the details and to order a ham, lamb, or specialty beef roast for your Easter or other celebratory dinner.


Now, here is the recipe, perfect for all occasions and can be made with veggies you can get year round from our farmers! At the market, Amy used veggies from Oakdale Farms (potatoes and scallions) and Farmer Dave’s (celeriac, spinach, tatsoi, bok choy) and Pseudo Salt seasoning from Soluna Garden Farm.

Spring Vegetable Hash

  • 2 medium red potatoes
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 celeriac
  • bunch spinach
  • bunch tatsoi
  • bunch bok choy
  • 1 Tbsp olive or other oil
  • ½ tsp Pseudo Salt or other seasoning blend to taste

1. Scrub potatoes, (leave peel for color and nutrients) peel celeriac, and chop both into small cubes, then chop greens and scallions, keeping the latter two items so as to add separately.

2. Boil potatoes and celeriac in water to cover for 3 minutes and drain.

3. Heat oil in a frying pan or skillet and sauté potato and celeriac for 5 minutes or until just tender.

4. Sprinkle with seasoning, and continue sautéing for another minute.

5. Add chopped greens and cook until wilted. Taste for seasoning and enjoy.

Note: To prep the day before for a holiday meal, complete steps 1 and 2 (or 3) and then cool and put in the fridge. On the feast day, heat in a frying pan or skillet and complete the recipe immediately before serving, or “heat and hold” in a crock pot or other warming container.


HOLD THE DATE!  Our final market day of this winter season with be held on Sunday April 17.

Be sure to come prepared to stock up on all your favorites because the Melrose and Wakefield Summer Markets don’t start until June!  🙂


As always, the market accepts SNAP benefits and will match up to $10 per market day, and “market money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card. NOTE: you can exchange any Wakefield Market Bucks that you may still have for Melrose market money at the Market Manager Table. 

For more information, see wakefieldfarmersmarket.org and/or melrosefarmersmarket.org and if you don’t get our emails in  your inbox, sign up for our newsletters via the handy signup form on the websites to get the latest details and updates. See you at the market!

Cindy Chabot
Wendy Dennis
Co-Market Managers
LIKE us on Facebook!
Follow us on Twitter @MWwintermarket

March 18, 2016
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March 20 Market Day: Specials on Maple Products, Spring Produce and More, Pour Man’s Coffee is Back, and New: The Soup Guy!

Click HERE to view and print the latest vendor schedule.


This Sunday! The Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market will hold its 5th market day of the season on Sunday March 20. The market is open the 3rd Sunday of the month through April from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street in Melrose, conveniently located on the 136/137 bus line and with plenty of municipal parking in back of the hall.


NEW! Be sure to say hello to The Soup Guy, our newest vendor. This family-owned and operated company. has been around since 2010, bringing the gluten-free and vegan soups and chili to the Seacoast of New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. They source locally whenever possible when creating their award-winning artisanal vegan chili, soups, cornbread, roasted sunflower seeds, and the magical limsa, a northern European drink made from lemons, limes, basil, mint and sweetened with maple syrup.

POUR MAN’S COFFEE will be back this month! Mike and Joe took a few months off because they each were expecting a new family member. Both babies arrived safe and sound in February.

Maple webLAST CHANCE FOR MAPLE: Ackermann’s Maple Farm will be here for their last visit of the winter season. Don’t miss their special “bundle deal” in honor of March being Massachusetts Maple Month: If you buy a maple sugar, maple cream, and maple syrup, you save 10%. Aaronap Cellars will also join the celebration by taking 10% off the price of their luscious maple wine. And, Downeast Cider with have their special Downeast Maple Blend, fermented with roasted pecans, fresh Vermont maple Syrup and a dash of vanilla.


FOR THE KIDS: Jessica Buster will once again present her BabySongs program during the market day in the cozy lower level, accessible by stairs or elevator directly from the entrance. She has an informal and engaging styles, with a repertoire that includes old favorites and more unusual offerings, traditional folk songs, participatory movement songs, puppets, and the use of song-based picture books. This is a great option for families with young children. One adult can shop while the other hangs out as their kids enjoy live, interactive entertainment. A win-win!


FOR ALL AGES: Home chef Amy Rindskopf will also be with us again, using produce and other products purchased at the market that morning to create some easy, tasty recipes for you to sample at the market and make at home. Last month she made “Beans on Toast,” which was a big hit with young and old. Be sure to stop by the “market kitchen” in the upper level of the hall to see what Amy will create for us this month..


We’ll have our usual café area on the stage where you can take a break, enjoy a beverage or goodies from Pour Man’s Coffee and other vendors, and relax to a soundtrack of great tunes selected by market volunteers – who have great taste in music, by the way.


Don’t Forget: We can’t do this without your help!  Click HERE to Volunteer for an hour or two and help make it all happen!


Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this month’s vendors!

Produce: Farmer Dave and Oakdale Farm will have tons of wonderful, fresh produce as well as hard squashes, potatoes, and apples picked last fall and in cold storage so we can enjoy them all winter and early Spring. Be sure to stock up for your Easter dinner!

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm. They should have some lamb if you are looking for a holiday roast. Lilac Hedge also has honey.

Cheese: West River Creamery. Along with the best cheese, Jane will also have pickled products and more.

Maple: Ackermann’s will have their delicious pure maple syrup and other tasty maple products.

Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood – freshly caught in New England waters.
Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, In Good Taste (salsa), Jaju Pierogi (Polish Dumplings), Samira’s Homemade, The Soup Guy, and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish.

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, and The Roasted Granola, which also offers locally made yogurt.

Candies: Spindler Confections with all actual natural ingredients.

Spices and Seasonings: Bondat Foods, and Soluna Garden Farm, which also offers teas.

Beverages: Aaronap Cellars (wine), Downeast Cider (hard cider) and Tower Beverages.

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles (Buster’s favorite snack source!)

Artisans: Kittredge Candles, Salem Street Beadery, Sarah’s Originals, and Trow’s Treasures.

Knife Sharpening: On The Edge Knife Sharpening will be parked outside.


As always, the market accepts SNAP benefits and will match up to $10 per market day, and “market money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card. NOTE: you can exchange any Wakefield Market Bucks that you may still have for Melrose market money at the Market Manager Table. 

For more information, see wakefieldfarmersmarket.org and/or melrosefarmersmarket.org and if you don’t get our emails in  your inbox, sign up for our newsletters via the handy signup form on the websites to get the latest details and updates. See you at the market!

Cindy Chabot
Wendy Dennis
Co-Market Managers
LIKE us on Facebook!
Follow us on Twitter @MWwintermarket

March 4, 2016
by Market Manager
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March 20 Market Day Preview and Recipe for Beans on Toast

Click HERE to view and print the latest vendor schedule.
Click HERE for pictures from the February 21 market day.

Busy February market day.

Busy  market day!

The Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market will hold its 5th market  day of the season on Sunday March 20. The market is open the 3rd Sunday of the month through April from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street in Melrose, conveniently located on the 136/137 bus line and with plenty of municipal parking in back of the hall.

OF SPECIAL NOTE:

Pour Man’s Coffee will be back this month! Mike and Joe took a few months off because they each were expecting a new family member. Both babies arrived safe and sound in February.

March is Massachusetts maple Month! Ackermann’s Maple Farm will be here for their last visit of the winter season to help celebrate. Aaronap Cellars will be selling their lovely maple dessert wine at 10% off, and I am sure other vendors will be offering maple fare at “delicious” prices.

FOR THE KIDS: Jessica Buster will be with us presenting her BabySongs program during the market day in the cozy lower level, accessible by stairs or elevator directly from the entrance. She has an informal and engaging styles, with a repertoire that includes old favorites and more unusual offerings, traditional folk songs, participatory movement songs, puppets, and the use of song-based picture books. This is a great option for families with young children. One adult can shop while the other hangs out as their kids enjoy live, interactive entertainment. A win-win!

FOR ALL AGES: Home chef Amy Rindskopf will also be with us again, using produce and other products purchased at the market that morning to create some easy, tasty recipes for you to sample at the market and make at home.See below for her most recent recipe and be sure to stop by the “market kitchen” in the upper level of the hall to see what Amy will create for us at the March market day.

As noted above, Pour Man’s Coffee will be in the café area on the stage where you can take a break from shopping and have a snack

As of  March 15, the following vendors are expected at the March 20, 2016 market day:
Aaronap Cellars, Bondat Foods, Coutts Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Down East Cider, Emmett’s Edibles, Farmer Dave’s, Goodies Homemade, In Good Taste, Jaju Pierogi, Kittredge Candles, Lilac Hedge Farm, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Oakdale Farm, On the Edge Knife Sharpening, The Popover Lady, Pour Man’s Coffee, The Roasted Granola, Roberto’s Seafood, Samira’s Homemade, Salem Street Beadery, Sarah’s Originals, Shady Pine Farm, Soluna Garden Farm, Spindler Confections, Swiss Bakers, Trows Treasurers, Vermont Gourmet Candy, and West River Creamery.

Amy created a really tasty dish featuring Baer’s Beans, Cluck Yeah! poultry seasoning from Bondat Foods, veggies from Farmer Dave’s, bread from The Popover Lady, and sheep’s milk cheese from West River Creamery. She got raves from young and old alike!

beans on toastBeans on Toast

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped fine
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 cups cooked Sulphur beans (or any white or yellow bean)
  • ½ tsp poultry seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Toasted bread
  • grated semi-hard cheese

Heat oil in frying pan and saute vegetables until soft.
Stir in poultry seasoning.
Add cooked beans and ½ cup water and cook until beans are warmed through, soft, and creamy in texture, adding more water if needed and seasoning further with salt and pepper, if desired.
Serve on toast and finish with a sprinkle of grated cheese.

As always, the market accepts SNAP benefits and will match up to $10 per market day, and “market money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card. NOTE: you can exchange any Wakefield Market Bucks that you may still have for Melrose market money at the Market Manager Table.

For more information, see wakefieldfarmersmarket.org, and for the latest news, sign up for our newsletter via the handy signup form on the website. See you at the market!

 

February 20, 2016
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February 21 Market Day: Fresh Greens and More, Baer’s Best, Ackermann’s Maple, Cooking Demo, Singalong for Kids – Come On Down!

Click HERE to view and print the latest vendor schedule.

It was a great day!  Click HERE for pictures from the day, and check  back for updates about our next market day on March 20, 2016!


This Sunday! The Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market will hold its 4th market day of the season on Sunday February 21. The market is open the 3rd Sunday of the month through April from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street in Melrose, conveniently located on the 136/137 bus line and with plenty of municipal parking in back of the hall.
NEWSFLASH:  Farmer Dave of Farmer Dave’s is planning to stop by for a visit!


OF SPECIAL NOTE:

Be sure to check out our newest vendors, Boston Bonbon and Jaju Pierogi. Boston Bonbon specialized in French macaroons featuring unique flavors like Earl Grey Tea, Lavender Honey, Thai Iced Tea, Raspberry Rose and many more. Jaju Pierogi create tasty polish dumplings, or pierogi, all by hand, based their grandfather’s 65-year-old, time-tested recipes.

Ackermann’s Maple Farm is back! We didn’t expect them back in the area until this summer, but we are glad they changed their plans.

FARMER DAVE of Farmer Dave’s will be at the market this Sunday! He is excited about all the fresh greenhouse greens his is bringing.


Donna Carlstrom of Sheepshed will also join us this month with handspun and hand-dyed yarns and delightful sheep pottery. She will be demonstrating her hand-spinning technique.

 

Baer’s Best will be back for one more visit with their wonderful dried beans. No worries about tough old beans when you buy from them, plus they have an amazing selection of heirloom varieties that you just won’t find on the typical grocer’s shelves.


FOR THE KIDS: Jessica Buster will once again present her BabySongs program during the market day in the cozy lower level, accessible by stairs or elevator directly from the entrance. She has an informal and engaging styles, with a repertoire that includes old favorites and more unusual offerings, traditional folk songs, participatory movement songs, puppets, and the use of song-based picture books. This is a great option for families with young children. One adult can shop while the other hangs out as their kids enjoy live, interactive entertainment. A win-win!


FOR ALL AGES: Home chef Amy Rindskopf will also be with us again, using produce and other products purchased at the market that morning to create some easy, tasty recipes for you to sample at the market and make at home. Last month she made a really tasty vegetarian “bubble and squeak.” Be sure to stop by the “market kitchen” in the upper level of the hall to see what Amy will create for us this month. We expect beans from Baer’s Best to be on the menu.


Take break from shopping, have a snack, or just enjoy the background music featuring soundtracks created for the Wakefield summer market.


Don’t Forget: We can’t do this without your help!  Click HERE to Volunteer for an hour or two and help make it all happen! As of Saturday early morning, we still need a Customer Counters for the 12-1 and 2-3 shifts (it’s easy!) and two more folks to help us breakdown and pack up at the end of the day. We have to be out by 4:00 or incur additional fees, so we really appreciate all hands on deck at the end of the day!


Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this month’s vendors!

Produce: Farmer Dave (fresh greenhouse greens, along with lots more) and Oakdale Farm (kale, potatoes, carrots, onions, spinach, and mesculin salad mix, as well as their eggs.)

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm. Lilac Hedge also has honey.

Dried Beans: Baer’s Best (\Grown in Maine and as fresh as can be.)

Cheese: West River Creamery. Along with the best cheese, Jane will also have pickled products and more.

Maple: Ackermann’s will have their delicious pure maple syrup and other tasty maple products.

Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood

Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, In Good Taste (salsa), Jaju Pierogi (Polish Dumplings), Samira’s Homemade, and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish.

Baked Goods: Boston Bonbons, Goodies Homemade, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, and The Roasted Granola, which also offers locally made yogurt.

Candies: Spindler Confections with all actual natural ingredients.

Spices and Seasonings: Bondat Foods, Atlantic Saltworks, and Soluna Garden Farm, which also offers teas.

Adult Beverages: Aaronap Cellars (wine) and Downeast Cider (hard cider).

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles (Buster’s favorite snack source!)

Artisans: Kittredge Candles, Salem Street Beadery, Sarah’s Originals, Sheepshed (yarn and pottery.)

Knife Sharpening: On The Edge Knife Sharpening will be parked outside.


As always, the market accepts SNAP benefits and will match up to $10 per market day, and “market money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card. NOTE: you can exchange any Wakefield Market Bucks that you may still have for Melrose market money at the Market Manager Table.

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February 12, 2016
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Sunday February 21, 2016 Market Day Preview and 1/17 Recipe!

Winter Market fareDon’t forget to mark your calendar because the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market will hold its 4th market day of the season on Sunday February 21. The market is open the 3rd Sunday of the month through April from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street in Melrose, conveniently located on the 136/137 bus line and with plenty of municipal parking in back of the hall.

More news to come, but for now, some updates – and scroll down for the Vegetarian Spiced Bubble and Squeak recipe that Amy created last market day.

UPDATES:

Ackermann’s Maple Farm is back! We didn’t expect them back in the area until this summer, but we are glad they changed their plans.

Donna Carlstrom, another summer vendor, will also join us this month with her handspun and hand-dyed yarns and delightful sheep pottery from Sheepshed. We hear that she will be demonstrating her spinning, as well.

AND: Baer’s Best will be back for one more visit with their wonderful dried beans! No worries about tough old beans when you buy from them, plus they have an amazing selection of heirloom varieties that you just won’t find on the typical grocer’s shelves.

ALSO: Our wonderful fish vendors will be alternating the rest of the season, so The Fish Lady will be with us this month.

jajuJaju Pierogi came for the first time last month and promptly sold out less than halfway through the market day! I know they plan to bring more of their Polish dumplings on the 21st, but you might want to stop there for the widest assortment. Favors include pineapple and cheese, cabbage and mushroom, sweet potato and caramelized onions, and potato and cheese. See jajupierogi.com for more info.

FRESH PRODUCE will of course be available from Farmer Dave’s and Oakdale Farm, locally raised poultry, eggs, and meats from Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm, and you will find the best cheese anywhere from West River Creamery.

We’ll have even more details in this spot next week, but here is a list of vendors expected to join us on February 21:

Aaronap Cellars, Ackermann’s Maple Farm, Atlantic Saltworks, Baer’s Best, Bondat Foods, Boston Bonbons, Coutts Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Down East Cider, Emmett’s Edibles, Farmer Dave’s, The Fish Lady, Goodies Homemade, In Good Taste, Jaju Pierogi, Kittredge Candles, Lilac Hedge Farm, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Oakdale Farm, On the Edge Knife Sharpening, The Popover Lady, The Roasted Granola, , Samira’s, Salem Street Beadery, Sarah’s Originals, Shady Pine Farm, Sheepshed, Soluna Garden Farm, Spindler Confections, Swiss Bakers, Vermont Gourmet Candy, West River Creamery and Wicked Good Soap.

Home chef Amy Rindskopf will also be with us again, using produce and other products purchased at the market that morning to create some easy, tasty recipes for you to sample at the market and make at home.

Amy January 2016 paperTo hold you over until the next market, here is the recipe Amy created at the January market.  It was really tasty, and so good for you and easy to make.

Vegetarian Spiced Bubble and Squeak
2 T olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups potato, chopped and boiled
1 cup shredded Brussels spouts
2 tsp Sweet, Sour, Spicy, and Savory Asian Seasoning *

Heat oil in a frying pan and sauté onion until just soft. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, then stir in seasoning. Add potato and cook, stirring occasionally, until just soft. Add Brussels sprouts and continue cooking to desired consistency.  Eat!
*Seasoning from Bondat Foods. Veggies were all from Farmer Dave’s.

As always, the market accepts SNAP benefits and will match up to $10 per market day, and “market money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card. NOTE: you can exchange any Wakefield Market Bucks that you may still have for Melrose market money at the Market Manager Table.

For more information, check back here, and for the latest news, sign up for our newsletter via the handy signup to the upper right on this website. See you at the market!