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Looks like we will have a great weather day, but either way, be sure to stop by to support our local farmers! The Wakefield Health Department will have bike helmets for $15, most of our farm and food vendors will be here, and we have a nonprofit guest with us this week that you need to learn about. And a lake breeze. 🙂 The Wakefield Farmers Market takes place at Hall Park, on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt, each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from June 18 through October 15, 2016.
We are pleased to welcome More Than Words (MTW) in our nonprofit guest spot this week. MTW is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. It began as an online bookselling training program for youth in DCF custody in 2004 and opened its vibrant bookstore on Moody St in Waltham in 2005 and added its Starbucks coffee bar in 2008. MTW replicated its model in the South End of Boston in 2011, thereby doubling the number of youth served annually. While the programs are open to youth from across the state, accessibility does limit participation to those who can commute to the current locations. Please stop by and learn about this great program and how you can help them grow so as to reach even more youth in our communities.
BIKE HELMETS! The Wakefield Health Department will be with us this week offering information about the pedi and biking initiatives, Wake-Up, (Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition), and Mass in Motion-Melrose/Wakefield, which works to help folks make easy yet effective healthy lifestyle choices. In addition, they will have high quality bicycle helmets on sale for the reduced price of $15 each, courtesy of Wakefield Board of Health.
WHAT’S COOKING? Last week we used tomatoes, onion, garlic and basil from Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm and lemongrass from Flats Mentor Farm and made Tomato Sauce Seasoned with Lemongrass: Quick, Thick, and Easy! You will find copies of the recipe, as well as other recipes, on the website as well as at the Market Kitchen tent next to the Market Manager tent. Stop by between 10-11 or so to find out what the cooking demo will be about this week. To fit the weather, it will probably be something cool and refreshing – although it remains to be seen if the base will be watermelon or tomato, but in any case, cucumber will be somehow involved. As always, all the main ingredients will be sourced that morning from our farmers and specialty food vendors. And remember: If you see something at one of our farmers’ tents that you want to try, let us know and we will get it, wash it off, and chop or slice it up for you to try!
Yarrow or Blake will most likely be with us this week bringing their super balloon twisting skills, we will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper and crayons. There will be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages, and we now have an extra tent and chairs set up so folks can take a break from shopping in a bit of shade.
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.
As of Friday afternoon, we still need someone for the General Table spot once more for breakdown, and someone to fetch the signs.
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.
TAKE NOTE, it’s time to vote! It is time to keep our market on the map via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration! Go to:markets.farmland.org/market/wakefield-farmers-market-ma/ to “recommend” our Wakefield Farmers Market. Right now we are #1 in Massachusetts and #20 in the USA! The contest runs until September 21, at which time American Farmland Trust will present awards to the most endorsed markets in four special areas, as well as the “People’s Choice” award at the end of the Celebration.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors!
NEWSFLASH: Unfortunately, Flats Mentor Farm will NOT be able to attend our market this week. They apologize but will be back for the rest of the season with their amazing Asian greens and squash, herbs, and select root veggies.
Produce: The selection is still growing as more crops come in at Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm. Berries are still happening, more types of tomatoes and peppers are coming in, and there is corn, cauliflower and broccoli, with so many types of green, squash, cukes, beans, and root veggies. And melons from Farmer Dave’s!
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: As always, Lilac Hedge Farmer will have their steaks, chops, ribs, sausages, ground beef and pork, and cuts of lamb, as well as poultry and eggs – all oh so good compared to factory farmed fare. They also offer CSA shares and special orders that can be picked up each Saturday at the market.
Cheese: Along with their hard, soft, and marinated cheeses, West River Creamery will have their fresh mozzarella this week! It is just out of this world delicious. Jane will have her gorgeous pickled veggies, too.
Maple: Ackermann’s Maple Farm will be here with their syrups and more. They want folks to know that this will probably be the last week they will have their rum barrel aged maple syrup, because we are about to sell out!
Seafood: Michelle, our Fish Lady, NOT be here NEXT week, August 20, so get to the market early this week if you want to stock up on your seafood! It freezes beautifully. She will be back on August 27 for the rest of the season. You can always contact here via 781-929-5358 email@example.com NOTE: The Fish Lady now accepts credit cards!
Specialty Foods: Bondat Foods, with their amazing seasonings and rubs, and In Good Taste (salsa!) are here this week, and we will of course have Deano’s, Pasta (you can special order whole wheat fusilli and penne) Samira’s Homemade amazing MiddleEastern foods, and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, with lovely jams, sauces, and the very best horseradish.
Baked Goods: We can get fabulous cookies from Goodies Homemade, traditional artisan breads from Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, all kinds of breads, sweet treats, and sandwiches from Swiss Bakers, and the most amazing popovers from, who else but The Popover Lady, who has pies and scones, too. Plus, Roasted Granola has amazing granola as well as locally made Greek yogurt and local honey.
Beverages: Aaronap Cellars is here this week with their lovely wines made with some, if not all local grapes from Massachusetts and other New England states. Pour Man’s Coffee is here also with refreshing beverages and baked goods from the finest ingredients. They also have the BEST coffee.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles has tasty healthy treats for dogs and cats!
Artisans: Kaleidoscope Soap and Salem Street Beadery will be here, as well as Alsion Simcox and Doug Heath with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Fellsway.
As always, along with accepting credit and debit cards, we also proudly welcome SNAP/EBT transactions in exchange for “Market Bucks.” Our marketcontinues 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.
COMING UP: The Wakefield Board of Health will be with us on August 13 with all kinds of great public health information and bike helmets of all sizes on sale for $15. A bargain!Betty’s Bounce is back on August 20, Amy Spillert will be back on September 3 , the Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away will take place on September 10, Kali Stoddard-Imari is here September 17,and Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark will make their annual appearance on September 24. And there is more to come!
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 18 through October 15, 2016.
Please explore 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, Instagram, Tumbler, and Twitter. See you at the Market!Wendy Dennis