It’s that time again!
The Melrose/Wakefield Monthly Winter Farmers Market will hold its 3rd market day of the season this Sunday January 18 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main St in Melrose and will continue on the 3rd Sunday of the month through April, including February15, March 15, and April 19.
Here is the latest: Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery will be with us! They had vehicle issues last month but promise to bring lots of their amazing artisan bread this Sunday. Also, Goodies Homemade will be back with lots of wonderful cookies. They are the best! As noted in last week’s column, we will have a “cafe” area on the stage where you can sit down at a table and enjoy a hot beverage and treat from Pour Man’s Coffee or a cup of clam chowder from Roberto’s Seafood. You can also bring home a pint or quart of chowder, as well.
Also new this month: Have you been wondering how to cheer up your pooch or feline friend? Never fear, Emmett’s Edibles is now here! Be sure to get some tasty wheat and soy free treats for your best buddies.
There will, as always, be plenty of sustainably raised veggies, as well as apples and possibly some tomatoes, along with hardy veggies and greens including winter squash, beets, onions, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, kale, collards, spinach, and Brussels sprouts from Farmer Dave’s, Oakdale Farm, and Red Fire Farm, with the latter offering certified organic produce. Oakdale Farm also has eggs from their pasture-raised hens.
For a wide variety of delicious pasture-raised meats and poultry, as well as eggs, be sure to stop by to see the folks from Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Hill Farm. For amazing cheese, visit West River Creamery. Their award-winning goats and cow cheeses are handcrafted from the animals raised on their farm in Vermont.
Pasture-raised fare does cost more but the flavor alone is worth the price. Of equal value, pasture-raised products are also better for you and our environment than products from conventional “factory farms.”
According to Nutrition Journal 2010, 9:10, decades of research supports the argument that grass-fed/pasture-raised beef is superior to grain-fed beef, with a lower fat content, a healthier fat ratio, and higher precursors for Vitamin A and E and cancer fighting antioxidants. There is also a plethora of research, including studies published by the USDA and the Journal of Animal Science, showing that all pasture-raised meats, poultry, eggs, and dairy products have a healthier nutritional profile as well as a low level of pesticide and other contaminants.
Our two hard cider vendors, Down East Cider and Far From The Tree, joined us for the first time last market day with great success! Using apples from local orchards, they each have a unique take on this traditional New England product. You need to try a sample from each.
Here are the vendors we expect:
Farms and Food: Farmer Dave’s, Oakdale Farm and Red Fire Farm, Lilac Hedge Farm, Shady Pine Farm, West River Creamery, The Fish Lady, Bondat Foods, Samira’s Homemade, In Good Taste, Fior D’Italia, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, Goodies Homemade, 7ate9 Bakery, The Roasted Granola, Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, Doves and Figs, Soluna Garden Farm, Spindler Confections, Eventide Confections, and Ackermann Maple Farm.
Beverages: Pour Man’s Coffee, Tower Root Beer, Far From the Tree Cider, and Down East Cider.
Artisans: Kittredge Candles, Trow’s Treasures, and Wicked Good Soap.
Spices, teas, and honey,
And, here is the quick list of what will be available this Sunday: Fresh fish, chowder, dips, salsa, spreads, sweet and savory preserves, fresh baked goods, seasoning mixes, teas, cheesecake, hand crafted candy, sodas made with cane sugar, soaps, candles, and herbal products.
In addition, Ed Britt and Don Borchelt will be playing great banjo tunes, and Miss Holly will be doing her wonderful cooking demonstrations starting around 1:00 p.m.
Along with credit and debit cards via our Market Bucks system, the Winter Market also welcomes SNAP/EBT transactions in exchange for Market Bucks. The Winter Market will match SNAP/EBT purchases up to $5 per visit so all of our neighbors can afford to eat healthy local foods. Just stop by the Market Manager Table.
When you come, be sure to start by heading up the stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor area where you will find a number of your favorite vendors, including Tower Root Beer, Kittredge Candles, and the two hard cider vendors. This is where you will find Holly doing her cooking demonstrations, as well.
While the majority of the vendors are on the main floor, we also have a stage area where, as noted above, we will now have a “café” area with tables and seating so you can take a break from shopping and enjoy a beverage, some chowder, or another snack. You will also find Roberto’s seafood, Spindler Confections, and the growingly famous Pour Man’s Coffee on the stage as well
We do hope you will stop by. Our local farmers provide safe, nutritious food and also jobs that help boost our economy. Farmers Markets provide a unique opportunity for our farmers to sell the foods they raise directly to us, the consumer, which is good for all involved. And, our other vendors, while adding value to the market with their unique products, also benefit from selling directly to us. It’s a win-win and, by taking part, you are helping to create a more vibrant community and economy for everyone.
And, for you football fans:
The winter market is only once a month.
You can tape the game. 🙂