UPDATE: It was a great day! Click HERE for pictures. Drawing winner and new about next market day coming soon.
It’s going to another fun day at the market for the youngsters this week. Holly will be in the center tent doing a special Kids Cooking with Holly, and we will have a scavenger hunt with tracking down various fruits, veggies, and fun facts about our farmers as the theme. Our friend Yarrow the magic balloon artist will be back with us this week and, with Lilac Hedge Farm making their biweekly visit, we will have all seven of our farmers with us.
Kids Cooking with Holly will start around 10:15, and our own chef and food educator Holly Pierce, aka Miss Holly, will be needing some assistants! The “Market Kitchen” will be in the center tent this week where Holly will create quick, easy, and delicious recipes using produce purchased at the market that morning that will tempt the most discriminating of pallets. Really! As always, Holly will have samples for you to try. Last week Holly made Spiced Lentils and Chilled Peach Soup. All recipes are posted on our website and available as handouts at the market. For more about Holly, see thesoulchef.com.
SCAVENGER HUNT! We will have a kid’s activity tent and table with clipboards, pens and a set of questions on hand for curious kids who want to track down the answers. DRAWING CONTEST! We’ll also have crayons and paper for young artists to draw their Favorite Vegetable. If you bring your veggie picture to the Market Manager Tent you will be entered into a drawing for a prize of $10 in Market Bucks. If you do the hunt AND draw a picture, you can be entered into the drawing twice.
Our nonprofit guest will be the Colonel James Hartshorne House Association, the group that manages the historic Hartshorne House located on Church Street, right around corner from Hall Park. Built in 1681, the house has a rich history, including miraculously surviving a fire, and currently serves as a lovely setting for private events as well as an excellent educational resource. Stop by to learn more about the building and their grounds and garden, as well as upcoming events, including an ice cream social taking place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on August 5 featuring ice cream donated by Meletharb Ice Cream.
Yarrow will be working his balloon magic this week, creating curious creatures and more, and there will of course be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages. If you are interested in organizing a chalk drawing or hula hoop contest or exhibition, let us know.
And, before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed.
You can sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire season.
If you are not sure about volunteering, stop by on a Saturday to see what is is all about.
As of Friday morning, we could use one more person to help with set up 8:00-9:00 , and we need the General Table spot filled for both 9-11 and 11-1 shifts. A person or two to help with kids activities would be great – and easy to do. :). We also need someone to fetch the signs at the highway exits and around the lake. Note: The sign fetching is a good “partners” project: one to drive, the other to jump out and back in quickly with the signs. 🙂
Thank you to: Alison, Bill, Doug, Janice, and Marietta for already signing up for u8/12/15! Click HERE to learn about all the volunteer opportunities. Thank you all!
We like to remind folks that, 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. WIC and Senior Farmers Market Coupons are also accepted directly by Kelly’s Farm and Farmer Dave’s.
Our market will continue participating in the Plant A Carrot Campaign, a program designed to help farmers markets raise funds as well as raise awareness of farmers and farmers markets all across the country. “Carrots” will be available for sale ($5 each) all season at the market. To learn more and to get your very own Carrot, be sure to stop by the Market Manager tent!
We’ll have all seven of our farmers with us this week offering everything from veggies and fruits to pasture-raised meats, eggs, cider, honey, wine, cut flowers, and possibly some cider donuts at Charlton Orchards, which always has a great “family farm stand” spread. You’ll find a plethora of freshly picked produce at Kelly’s Farm and the same at Farmer Dave’s, with gorgeous cut flowers at the former and lovely potted herbs at the latter.
And, be sure to see what Flats Mentor Farm has on hand. The Market Manager is hoping they have Yu Choy this week, but all their Asian greens, root veggies, and herbs are luscious.
The Fish Lady will have the freshest of seafood caught by the local fisherman of Red’s Best, and, in the tent next to her you’ll find In Good Taste (Pam’s Salsa) making their biweekly visit. Be sure to try the Salsatina! And don’t miss a stop at Ackermann’s Maple Farm, here for their biweekly visit with maple syrup and more!
Fior D’Italia will have their pasta, including an amazing variety of ravioli, along with sauces and fresh mozzarella. For the best Middle Eastern food, shop at Samira’s Homemade. From bread, spreads and salads to spinach pies, you can grab lunch. And you need to try their baklava. The Best.For traditional artisan loaves, visit Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, and see Swiss Bakers for their assortment breads and baked goodies, as well as sandwiches. And, for cookies, the answer is: Goodies Homemade. 7ate9 Bakery will be here for their biweekly visit – be sure to try a frozen cheesecake pop!
Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish has a unique line of sauces and preserves, and The Roasted Granola has the best granola, as well as locally made yogurt and local honey. And, don’t miss a visit to Pour Man’s Coffee, which has the best hot and cold Fair Trade coffee and tea, as well as refreshing fruit concoctions and truly unique and wonderful baked treats.
NEWSFLASH! Schedule change: Bondat Foods will be with us NEXT WEEK and then back to the biweekly schedule starting 8/15.
Tower Root Beer, which also has excellent ginger ale, ginger beer, and cream soda, is here this week, as is Downeast Cider House, with a refreshing variety of hard cider that those of you over 21 can sample before your make your choice.
For artisan vendors, All About Corks will be here this week along with Salem Street Beardery, plus our soap makers Kaleidoscope Soap, where you can also get great skin care advice, and Wicked Good Soap, with fun soaps for kids along with a variety of bar soaps and “hands free” hand lotion sticks.
Doug Heath and Alison Simcox, who are also super market volunteers, will have their books about local destinations Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart Reservation,and The Fells for sale.
Stay tuned for news and updates every Friday in this spot throughout the market season-there is much more to come! And, do stop by this and any Saturday during the market season to shop, play, listen to music, have a picnic, or just relax and enjoy the sights.
The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightening or hurricane conditions). The market opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. every Saturday starting June 20 through October 17, 2015.
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 and Twitter. See you at the Market!Wendy Dennis