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As always, there’s a lot going on at our market this week! With Lilac Hedge making their biweekly visit, we’ll have all seven of our farmers with us, Miss Holly will be cooking up some tasty ways to use lovely fresh fruits and veggies, Ed Britt and Don Borchelt will be playing the best banjo music around, and our Board of Health will be selling bicycle helmets for $15. The Kids Activity Tent, now a permanent entity, will have paper, crayons, and scavenger hunt sheets for all to enjoy.
NEWSFLASH: In case you have not heard, Charlton Orchards will have their wonderful produce, beef, cider, and other farm products, but they will not have wine due to a fire on August 2 that destroyed their winery as well as 4000 gallons of wine. They have started a GoFundMe account and I urge you to consider helping the Benjamin family rebuild so that we can all enjoy their amazing fruit wines once again. Click HERE to donate.
Miss Holly will be in the “Market Kitchen” creating quick, easy, and delicious recipes to share as well as providing inspiring tips for experimenting in your own kitchen. As always, you will be able to try a taste. Last week Holly made a simple yet amazing Blueberry Pesto and a lovely Summer Vegetable Sauté that had everyone going Yum! All recipes are posted on our website and available as handouts at the market. For more about Holly, see thesoulchef.com
Ed Britt and Don Borchelt will be back for their second visit of the season, playing five-string banjo duets in the old-time clawhammer and three finger styles of banjo picking. Ed and Don are both multiple past winners of the annual Lowell Fiddle and Banjo Contest. They can often be found busking during the warm months in Harvard Square and at local farmers markets.
The Wakefield Health Department will be in our nonprofit spot this week offering information about the new 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, as well as a fun activity for the kids.
Our magic balloon man Yarrow will be making your choice of creatures, our Kids Activity Tent will have paper, crayons, and scavenger hunt sheets to choose from, and there will of course be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages. There is always something to do!
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 morning, all we need is a few folks to help with breakdown, as well as still 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. 🙂 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.
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.
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!
West River Creamery, whom we are so lucky to have, will have their wonderful selection of cheese, including marinated feta that is out of this world. All of the meats, poultry, eggs, and cheese from our farmers are from pasture-raised animals.The Fish Lady will have the freshest of seafood, labeled with the fisherman who caught it. As always, come early for the best selection.
Bondat Foods will have their superb rubs and seasonings that seem simple but are mixed to perfection to add fantastic flavors to any meat, poultry, fish, or vegetarian dish they meet.
You can get all the makings of a Middle Eastern meal, including spinach pies, spreads, and amazing baklava, from Samira’s Homemade. And for the very best salsa and salsatino, be sure to see In Good Taste, here for their biweekly visit.
For traditional artisan loaves, stop by Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery. For a variety of lovely breads, sweet and savory baked goods, and sandwiches, see Swiss Bakers. And, for the very best traditional cookies by the four-pack, be sure to visit Goodies Homemade. For unique sauces,perseveres, pepper jellies of a variety of hotness, or really excellent horseradish, visit Sandy at Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish. You’ll find her sharing a tent with fellow Vermonter Jane of West River Creamery.
NEWSFLASH: The Roasted Granola will NOT be here this week but will return next week for the rest of the season.
Ackerman’s Maple Farm is here for their biweekly visit, offering a variety of products including maple syrup, maple sugar, and maple cream from their 3000 trees nestled in the hills of Cabot, Vermont.
Our newest food vendor, Atlantic Saltworks, is back after a successful visit last market day. Co-owned by Wakefield resident Alison Darnell, this new company offers a light, flaky salt made right up the road in Gloucester. Stop by to try, buy, and learn all about how this innovative company brings out the saltiness with no bitter taste or additives.
Downeast Cider is back for their biweekly visit, with handcrafted hard cider made right in Charlestown MA from locally grown apples. I am partial to the “Unoriginal Blend,” but they are all great, including their “Original Blend” and “Lemonade” flavors. If over 21, stop by to sample before you buy.
Pour Man’s Coffee will have the finest of hot and cold beverages, including Fair Trade coffee, teas, concoctions from fresh in-season fruits, and unique and totally delicious baked treats. You can also buy their special blend of Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans at their tent.
All About Corks is here this week, with unique and lovely decorations made from recycled corks, and Salem Street Beadery will be here for their biweekly visit. Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap will be here, as well. Be sure to check out Wick Good Soap’s scented and unscented Lotion Bars. This new product puts soothing lotion in a handy applicator so you can just apply the moisturizer without getting your hands all messy.
SNEAK PREVIEW: Betty’s Bounce, featuring their own special take on “gypsy jazz” is back for a second visit next Saturday.
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, 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!