Our July 1st market day will feature live music by Eddie Dee, both new vendor Pony Shack Cider and Aaronap Cellars so you can stock up for July 4th, as well as lots of freshly picked produce, pastured farm fare, all kinds of specialty foods, and some great artisan products. The Wakefield Farmers Market will be at Hall Park, on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt, each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from. from June 17 through October 14, 2017. To give directions to a friend, just tell them to use 468 North Ave via GPS.
We are pleased to host Eddie Dee for his 1st visit of this season. Eddie is a local musician who is also one of the key sound people at Linden Tree Coffeehouse. His smooth voice and wide repertoire folksy tunes are more than a perfect fit for a farmers market, whether you are shopping or want to sit and listen for a spell. Music will start around 10:00 a.m.
The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by The Savings Bank.
Wendy Dennis will be back in the Market Kitchen tent this year, sharing easy, healthy, tasty ways to use one or more types of produce offered by our farmers each week. While specifics often get decided on each Saturday morning, this week will definitely be geared toward creating an easy side or two for the July 4th holiday.You will find the Market Kitchen tent to the left of the Market Manager tent. Cooking demos typically start around 10:15 a.m.
Our super balloon twisting artist who goes by The Magic of Yarrow plans to join us, or will send an equally talented friend, and we will of course also have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages. We will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper, crayons, as well.
Before we go to the vendor list, here are this week’s specials and news from our vendors in the order received:
Emmett’s Edibles – Try an Emmett’s assortment pack and get 3 popular treats: beef, peanut butter and cheese!
Farmer Dave’s now has a good daily harvest of kousa, summer, zucchini and some patty pan squash. Also they are now harvesting a good amount of raspberries. Farmer Jane is busy baking some wonderful strawberry breads with our own strawberries!
Pony Shack Cider will be showcasing:
Fifers Dream – Their signature cider, bright crisp and apple forward. Drinking extremely well right now!
Manhattan – A unique take on cider, this barrel aged cider with cherries is their take on the famous cocktail! Limited batch!
Goodies Cookies will be bringing Caramel Corn to munch while watching the Fourth of July parade. (Manager’s Note: This is SERIOUSLY delicious caramel corn!)
They will also have Ice Cream Sandwich Kits: Create your own fireworks with “Over the Top” Fudge and Caramel Sauces to make your own ice cream sandwich sundaes at your holiday BBQ.
This week Aaronap Cellars will bring back their Forest Gold Maple Wine. A GOLD medal winner in the 2017 Best of New England Wine Competition, our Forest Gold is made from pure maple syrup from the Berkshires and sports notes of maple, almond and cloves. Serve by itself or on pancakes and ice cream, this wine is a true dessert in a glass!
Swiss Bakers: We have our amazing Sandwiches back, as well our special for the summer:PBB: pretzel burger buns. One bag with 6 large sesame pretzel burger buns for only $10.00!
BE SURE TO click HERE to check for any late-breaking specials updates!
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – the official list of week’s vendors!
Produce: Charlton Orchards, Farmer Dave, and Kelly’s Farm will have a growing (no pun intended) amount of fresh produce, maybe raspberries but definitely strawberries, lots of wonderful greens, tomatoes, garlic scapes, onions, radishes and more.
NEWSFLASH: Due to some farming issues, Flats Mentor Farm are not yet able to join us. Stay tuned for more news.
Dried Legumes: Farmer Dave’s now brings Baer’s Beans to our market! Grown and dried in Maine by Farmers Charley and Carol Baer, they are the best and so fresh there is no need to soak before cooking.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will have all you need for locally raised meats, poultry, and eggs, along with their local. honey. They also have yummy jerky type products, including dog treats, as well. You can also get lovely eggs from Charlton Orchards.
Fish: Our friend Michelle Kraft aka The Fish Lady will be here with great seafood from Red’s Best, whose labels tell you who actually caught your fish from our local waters.
Cheese: West River Creamery. Jane and her family make the very best cheese around. Really! Bet you can’t try a sample without buying some.
Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta, Jane’s Old School Kitchen line that you’ll find at West River Creamery’s tent, and check out Farmer Dave’s stand for dried apples, jarred sauces, and more made from their produce depending on the week.
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade (the best cookies!), Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, The Bread Shop, and The Roasted Granola, which also offers locally made yogurt.
Beverages: Aaronap Cellars, Pony Shack Cider and Pour Man’s Coffee. The latter offers hot or cold beverages and unique treat to enjoy at the market as well as Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles (treats for dogs AND cats)
Artisans: Kittredge Candles and Sheepshed. Alison Simcox and Doug Heath will also be here with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and the Middlessex Fells.
Coming Up: Music from, to name a few, Betty’s Bounce, and Los Sugar Kings, and a visit from Northshore 104.9. To be scheduled, visits from Drumlin Farms and Curious Creatures. Plus: hold September 9 for the Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away!
Before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!
NOTE: Potential volunteers are always welcome to “shadow” a volunteer doing a task you are interested in learning how to do before you sign up for a market day volunteer spot next year.
Thanks to all who took the time to vote via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration last season!!! Our farmers market came in 1st in Massachusetts and #22 nationally in the “People’s Choice” and “Pillar of the Community” categories!! For more information, see:markets.farmland.org
As always, along with accepting credit and debit cards, we also proudly welcome SNAP/EBT transactions in exchange for “Market Bucks.” Our market continues to match SNAP/EBT purchases up to $10 per visit so all of our neighbors can afford to eat healthy local foods. Just stop by the Market Manager Tent to get your Market Bucks. Check back for updates on the new HIP program, brought to you by the USDA and being implemented this summer in Massachusetts.
The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightning or hurricane conditions). Our next summer season will run from June 17 through October 14, 2017.Please visit www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a complete listing of vendors and upcoming events and to sign up for the email newsletter. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumbler! See you at the Market!Wendy Dennis and Heather Tribe