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As we enter the 2nd half of our season, the bounty of our farmers’ fields and orchards keeps growing, with apples coming in along with all the greens, beans, corn, squash, roots veggies, stone fruits, berries, and more. It is, indeed, summer in New England! Miss Holly will be in the Market Kitchen tent, we’ll have live music by Betty’s Bounce, and Barefoot Books and Sheepshed will be with us. As always, our Kids Activity Tent 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.
Back for their 2nd visit this season, the ever-popular Betty’s Bounce will be providing live music for a good part of the day. Featuring local guitarists Audie and Zach Bridges and joined by Curtis Doo on the double bass, the band will play their special take on Django, Swing, and Gypsy jazz. Wear your dancing shoes!
Miss Holly will start her cooking demonstration around 10:15 in the “Market Kitchen” tent. Be sure to stop to get some great tips and recipes. As always, she will use fresh produce and products purchased that morning at the market and provides samples to try. Last week Holly made Melon, Peach, & Berry Salsa and Purple Cauliflower Sauté with Blue Cheese. All recipes are posted on our website and available as handouts at the market. For more about Holly, see thesoulchef.com
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!
To round out the fun for kids, Stacey of Barefoot Books will be with us, with great books and other educational products created by local authors and artists. Stacey always creates a great spot to hang out and read, too!
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, we need 1 or 2 folks for both setup and breakdown, and one person for the 11-1 General Table spot. We have a backup for getting the signs at the North Ave highway exits and around the lake, but if so moved, sign up and we’ll let you do it. 🙂 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.
Thank you to: Debbie, Doug, Heather, Janice, and Sarah for already signing up! 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.
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!
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors! As noted above, freshly picked apples are back in season, and the selection of vegetables and fruits jut keeps growing. Along with all the standards, Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will have wonderful greens and more, with the latter also having gorgeous cut flowers, and Charlton Orchards will have fresh cider, pasture raised –raised meats, and eggs.
For super daikon radish, (great for soups, stir fry, salads, and, when grated, as a tasty garnish) as well as amazing beets, along with their fresh herbs and unique Asian greens, don’t miss a stop at Flats Mentor Farm.
For pork, as well as their freshly slaughtered chicken, we have all you need at Copicut Farms, and for the very best cheese ever, see Jane at West River Creamery. From the soft ricotta and goat cheeses to her marinated feta, tangy cheddar, and crumbly Blue, it is all good. Very, very good. All of the meats, poultry, eggs, and cheese from our farmers are from pasture-raised animals.
NEWSFLASH: The Fish Lady will NOT be here this week due to a family obligation, but both Fior D’Italia and The Roasted Granola WILL BE HERE and are back for the season.
To take home or for a picnic lunch right at the market, try some of the excellent Middle Eastern foods from Samira’s Homemade, including a variety of humus, baba ganoush, spinach pies, salads, bread, grape leaves, and baklava.
Fior D’Italia is back with their wonderful pastas, sauces, pesto, mozarella cheese and more! Stop by for the best Italian foods around!
For the best in baked goods, you can choose from Mamadou’s traditional artisan loaves, Swiss Baker’s loaves, sweet and savory baked goods, and sandwiches, some popovers, scones, and pies from The Popover Lady, and for your favorite cookies by the four-pack, see Goodies Homemade. Also, the Roasted Granola is back this week for the rest of the season with their most amazing granola and locally made yogurt. AND honey!
For unique sauces, perseveres, pepper jellies of a variety of hotness, or really excellent horseradish, visit Sandy at Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish. For traditional “New Englandy” preserves and relishes, be sure to stock up at Coutt’s Specialty Foods (Mother’s Best), here for their biweekly visit.
Our newest food vendor, Atlantic Saltworks, is back yet again with a really great product made right up the road in Gloucester. Co-owned by Wakefield resident Alison Darnell, this new company offers a light, flaky salt and salt-based seasoning mixes that will dress up any meal. Stop by to try, buy, and learn all about how this innovative company brings out the saltiness with no bitter taste or additives.
Aaronap Cellars is here for their bi-weekly visit. This micro-winery, located in Westford, MA, produces small volume, innovative, artisanal wines from the best vineyards and orchards in New England and beyond. From Chardonnay to Malbec, to their unique Forest Gold Maple Wine, their products consistently win awards. Tasting is available.
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. I wonder if they will have those bacon ginger cookies this week? You can also buy their special blend of Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans at their tent.
Emmett’s Edibles is back this week with treats that even the most discriminating dog will love, as well as little kitty treats with catnip, the latter a huge hit with former PAWS rescue and now Market Manager familiar Orsini.
As noted above, we’ll have Barefoot Books with us, and Sheepshed is back for their second visit with hand spun and dyed yarns and felting materials and a unique line of pottery designed by owner Donna Carlson. Note: the manager had, in error, expected Donna two weeks ago. She really will be here this week!
NEWSFLASH: Wicked Good will NOT be at the market for the next two weeks. But Kaleidoscope Soap WILL be here. Along with a great product, owner Andrea can give you excellent skin care advice.
Doug Heath and Alison Simcox, who are also super market volunteers, will be back (they had to cancel last minute last week) with their books about local destinations Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart Reservation, and The Fells.
SNEAK PREVIEW: The Wakefield Educational Foundation will be at the market next week with their 2015-2016 school year calendars 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, 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!