LOTS of fresh produce as well as farm cold stored apples and root veggies, plus just about all your other favorite farmers and vendors will be at our final Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market this Sunday, April 23. The market is open from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall at 590 Main Street, Melrose. There is plenty of parking out back and we are conveniently located on the 136/137 bus line
Be sure to come stock up on fresh local produce, sustainably raised meat, poultry, eggs, and cheese, fresh fish, pasta, dips and spreads, maple syrup, honey, preserves, teas, spice blends, wine, hard cider, and all kinds of fresh baked goods, as well as a great selection of artisan fare such as soaps, candles, jewelry, herbal products, and all natural health and beauty products. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until our summer market starts on June 17!
There will be fun for kids: Yarrow will be with us to creating magical balloon creatures and more, plus Jessica Buster will be i providing delightful entertainment for the youngsters as well as a great place for one parent to go shopping while the other enjoys the songs and stories with the kids. You will find Yarrow in the main hall and Jessica in the bright and cheerful upper area, accessible via stairs or elevator. We will also continue to have our café area up on the stage where you can enjoy a snack from one of our vendors or just take a break and hang out.
WHAT’S COOKING? Since Baer’s Beans will be here, beans will be highlighted in our cooking demo, as will interesting and tasty fresh veggies from our farmers. Samples will of course be available. Recipes are always available at the market and are also posted on the Wakefield and winter market websites. Also: If you see something at one of our farmers’ tables that you want to try, let us know and we’ll will get it, wash it off, and chop or slice it up for you to try. You’ll find it all at the market kitchen area on the stage.
NEWSFLASH: Don’t forget that we hold a FREE DRAWING FOR $20 in Market Bucks each month! Just pick up a ticket when you enter, fill it out and drop it in the jar – location TBD. The winning ticket will be selected at the end of the market day. You don’t need to be at the drawing to win.
This month we will have Foxboro Cheese Company, a regular vendor at the Melrose summer market, at the winter market. This small farmstead cheese-maker is part of the Lawton Family Farm in Foxbor MA, which is the home to a herd of 25 Ayrshire cows that supply milk to OKA Real Milk ( a raw milk retailer) and Foxboro Cheese Co. Fromage Blanc is their award-winning flagship cheese. Light and creamy, with a buttery and slightly citrus taste, it is an excellent medium for flavoring. In the winter they offer two varieties, maple and garlic, with tomato basil and lemon honey available ih the summer. They make Asiago cheese from fresh Ayrshire milk that they warm, hand packed, and age for 60 days using traditional methods.
Back for a second visit this season, we welcome back Pleasant Moments, which specializes in hand-made soaps, bath products & potpourri. All soaps are glycerin-based with additives such as oatmeal, herbs and essential oils as noted in the type and variety. They also make potpourri from scratch to include a combination of dried lavender, orange peel, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, essential oils with a dried rosemary base. A note on their website says “Our products are individually wrapped & make perfect gifts for Mother’s Day , Birthdays, Holidays – or ANY day!”
Speaking of great sources for gifts, Greg Hilller of Wakefield will be back with his exquisite assortment of jewelry that Greg hand crafts from silver sheets and wire and hand cut & polished stones, rocks & minerals.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this month’s vendors!
Produce: Farmer Dave, Oakdale Farm.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm. Lilac Hedge also has honey and really tasty dried meat treats.
Cheese: Foxboro Cheese (West River Creamery was originally not able to come this month. Look for Old School Kitchen, below.)
Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood – fresh fish at great prices!
Specialty Syrups: Shagbark Farm, featuring a syrup from locally sourced hickory bark and sweetened with organic sugar.
Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Habibi, In Good Taste, Jaju Pieroji. Old School Kitchen (Jane of WRC will be here with her line of pickled veggies and mustards.)
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, and The Roasted Granola, that latter also offering yummy locally produced yogurt.
Spices and Seasonings: Soluna Garden Farm, which also offers teas and local honey.
Beverages: Aaronap Cellars, (try their award-winning Forest Gold Maple Wine) Pony Shack Cider, and Tower Craft Beverages.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles –Along with a great selection of healthy dog treats, you’ll find delectable bits your cats, too.
Artisans: Hiller Silver Studio Kittredge Candles, with soaps, too, Sarah’s Originals, featuring hand sewn items including lovely potholders and cloth children’s books, Sheepshed, offering handspun yarn, knit products, and pottery, soaps and bath products from Pleasant Moments.
As always, thanks to the USDA, the market accepts SNAP benefits. We also 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 about our winter market, see mewawinterfarmersmarket.org and sign up for our MeWa newsletter to get the latest updates. You will also find a sign-up link for volunteer on the MeWa website. Please consider volunteering! It’s fun and you will meet really nice people. You can also Like the MeWa Facebook page via facebook.com/melrosewakefieldfarmersmarket and follow us on Twitter via twitter.com/MWwintermarket.
And, don’t forget to check wakefieldfarmersmarket.org from time to time for updates about our famers and vendors and news about next year’s June 17-October 14, 2017 market season. See you at the market!