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Peaches and plums, melons and berries – it sure is still summer! But apples and pears are coming in now, and it won’t be long before there we see a butternut or acorn squash. However, there will still be plenty of freshly picked corn, tomatoes, and more well into the fall. Speaking of fall, the wonderful Wakefield Educational Foundation will be here this week selling their super school year calendars featuring artwork by Wakefield students. Kev G Mor will provide the tunes, Miss Holly will be cooking, and there’s always plenty of fun things for kids to do.
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.
Our nonprofit guest this week is the Wakefield Educational Foundation (WEF), which is a community- based organization dedicated to enhancing the educational experience for all students in the Wakefield Public School System. WEF awarded grants totaling over $25,000 in the 2014-2015 school year. Please consider helping them kick off their major fundraiser by purchasing one of their lovely calendars featuring original artwork by students of all ages and the 2015-2016 school calendar details.
Market favorite musician Kev G Mor is back this market day to share excellent covers of classic songs as well as some great blues and more. Kev is a master at making each tune his own while holding on to the original intent. Be sure to stop by for a listen. For more from Kev, see kevgmor.com.
Miss Holly will be busy in the Market Kitchen” tent starting around 10:15 or so. As always, she will use fresh produce and products purchased that morning at the market and provide samples to try. She can give you great cooking tips, too! Last week Holly made Kale & Greens Salad with Cider-Yogurt Dressing and Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich with Plum Conserve. 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!
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 more folks for both set up and breakdown, and one person for the 11-1 General Table spot. And, there is always room for more set up and breakdown help!
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: Alison, Cathy, Doug, Marietta, and Sarah for already signing up! to help on 8/29! 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.
TAKE NOTE! It is time to keep our market on the map via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration! Go to http://markets.farmland.org/market/wakefield-farmers-market-ma, or use the handy link on our wakefieldfarmersmarket.org website to “recommend” our Wakefield Farmers Market. Last year we were #1 in Massachusetts and #18 in the USA. Right now we are behind the Braintree Farmers Market and between #35 and #40 nationally, depending on the category. The contest runs until September 23, 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.
Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will have their usual great variety of freshly picked fruits and veggies, and, if you get there in time, you can get gorgeous cut flowers from Kelly’s. Charlton Orchards will have fresh cider, pasture raised –raised meats, and eggs along with select veggies and their stone fruits, apples, and berries. For super beets, daikon radish, Asian greens and fresh herbs, you need to make a stop at Flats Mentor Farm.Lilac Hedge Farm is here for their biweekly visit, bringing beef, pork, lamb, poultry and eggs, and Copicut Farms will have their chicken, (try a stewing hen for stock or a fricassee) cuts of pork, and eggs. All of the meats, poultry, eggs, and cheese from our farmers are from pasture-raised animals.
The Fish Lady is back! Be sure to stop by early for the the widest selection of the freshest of seafood.
NEWSFLASH: West River Creamery and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will not be with us for the next two weeks but will be back for the season starting September 12.
For the best of seasonings for all your meats, poultry, seafood, and veggies, be sure to stock up at Bondat Foods, offering fabulous rubs and spice blends that will make any meal special.
Along with pasta, regular mozzarella cheese, and frozen entrees, Fior D’Italia has pesto, and, I am hoping, their mozzarella rolls – the latter great sliced and melted on a nice toasting bread. And for Middle Eastern food, there is no better than what is offered by Samira’s Homemade, including really tasty olives and exquisite baklava.
All our bakers, Swiss Bakers, Mamadou’s Bakery, and The Popover Lady will be on hand with their wonderful breads, pies, popovers and other goodies. And, don’t forget: Swiss Bakers has excellent sandwiches, too!
For breakfast at home or at the market, The Roasted Granola has yogurt, too! Thy have bite-size snacks and wonderful local honey, as well. And, be sure to stop by Goodies Homemade for totally awesome cookies. You can also send cookie care packages to friends near and far via www.goodieshomemade.com.
For the very best salsa and salsatina (try some!) In Good Taste (Pam’s Salsa) is here for their bi-weekly visit, as is Ackermann’s Maple Farm. Straight from the woods of Vermont, Ackermann’s has a variety of maple products, including Maple Cotton Candy made that morning and sold in a handy package.
You’ll find 7ate9 Bakery, here for their biweekly visit, next to Pour Man’s Coffee. Along with their amazing cheesecakes and just the right bite size frozen cheesecake pops, I am hoping they will bring their newest product, sandwich wraps, with them. They had a great chick pea and veggie wrap, plus a nice chicken one, among others last visit.
Tower Root Beer is back again by popular demand, with the best Root Beer, Cream Soda, Ginger Ale, and Ginger Beer (nonalcoholic) around. If so inclined, their Ginger Beer is the best for a Dark ‘N’ Stormy cocktail.
Downeast Cider House is here for their bi-weekly visit. They offer a variety of flavors, including Original, Unoriginal, (my favorite) and lemonade. If you can’t make up your mind after sampling, you can get a variety pack of 9 cans of your choice.
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. Again 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.
For artisans, we will have Kaleidoscope Soap, All About Corks, Salem Street Beadery, and Wakefield’s Sarah Trow of Trow’s Treasures, who, by the way, makes an herbal insect repellent that is effective and has a wonderful scent.
Wicked Good will NOT be at the market this week but expects to be back for the season next week.
Doug Heath and Alison Simcox, who are also super market volunteers, will here with their books about local destinations Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart Reservation, and The Fells.
SNEAK PREVIEW: The Friends of Beebe Library will be holding their annual yBook Give-Away Next Saturday September 5 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!