Check Back Wednesday for the August 12 Market Preview!
The Drumlin Farms Audubon Ark is coming this week, Linden Tree Coffeehouse will be the DJ for part of the day, and we’ll have another great cooking demo featuring some of the plethora of produce our farmers will be bringing. The Wakefield Farmers Market will be at Hall Park, on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt, each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through October 14, 2017. To give directions to a friend, just tell them to use 468 North Ave via GPS.
NEWSFLASH! We want to make sure everyone knows that HIP is HERE! Farmer Dave’s is now set up to provide Healthy Incentive Program benefits to all those receiving a helping hand via SNAP. Use your EBT card to purchase your produce from Farmer Dave’s and get the cost credited back to your account up to your maximum monthly HIP benefit. Then come to the Market Manager Tent to get market bucks, (and your match, see below) to purchase your additional produce and specialty food items.
FOR KIDS! Wendy Ernst of Drumlin Farms Audubon Ark will be on hand from 11:00 to noon with a number of small furry or feathered animals to meet up close and gently touch. The presentation will take place in one of the center tents. We’ve heard that a baby snapping turtle will be one of guests. Come and see what else will be visiting!
The cooking demo at our Market Kitchen Tent will be presented by Suman Shah, who created a tasty eggplant and corn relish sweetened with a bit of maple syrup last week. You’ll find our recipes on our new Market Kitchen Tent website: wfmmarketkitchen.site. All recipes present easy, healthy, and tasty ways to use one or more types of produce offered by our farmers. You will find the Market Kitchen tent to the left of the Market Manager tent. Stop by to try a bite! Cooking demos typically start around 10:00 a.m.
Our nonprofit guests, the Linden Tree Coffeehouse (LTC) volunteers will be at the music tent from 10-noon acting as our DJ, sharing some of the fine music recorded by the many talented artists who have graced its state since its beginnings in 1985. LTC presents ten or so acoustic music concerts a year in the Wakefield Unitarian Universalist Church social hall and, new this year, two free outdoor shows in the summer, featuring local and national singer-songwriters, playing a wide range of folk music from contemporary, traditional, bluegrass, and blues. Stop by to hear some great tunes and learn about this amazing volunteer organization that has long supported the arts in our community by providing an affordable and intimate venue for musicians and audiences alike. Be sure grab a flyer and ask how volunteers can see a show for free! The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by
The Savings Bank.
As always, our friend Yarrow will be with us to create your favorite creature from balloons, the Kid’s Activity tent will be stocked with plenty of paper and crayons, and hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes will be on hand for kids of all ages.
Before we go to the vendor list, here are this week’s specials and news from our vendors:
- Charlton Orchards will have newly added pickles!
- Sasquatch Woodworks will be bringing a variety of lighting etched serving trays and cutting boards.
- Emmett’s Edibles -Treat your dog to some tasty summery Very Berry Blueberry treats!
- Pony Shack Cider – Fifer’s Dream – Our signature cider, bright, well balanced and super refreshing for summer time fun!
- Jaju Pierogi – We’ll be coming to the market with our jalapeño cheddar flavor this week The right balance of spice and cheesy goodness!
- And, don’t forget, SNAP folks can get their HIP benefits at Farmer Dave’s!
BE SURE TO click HERE to check for any late-breaking specials updates!
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – the official list of week’s vendors!
Produce: Charlton Orchards, Farmer Dave’s, and Kelly’s Farm will have an ever-growing assortment of fresh produce, with stone fruit approaching full season and corn a staple now. Berries are still in full force and field tomatoes are here! Plus, Flat’s Mentor Farm now has a steady supply of all your favorite herbs and greens, plus carrots!
Dried Legumes: Check it out! Farmer Dave’s now brings Baer’s Beans to our market! Grown and dried in Maine by Farmers Charley and Carol Baer, they are the best and so fresh there is no need to soak before cooking.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will have all you need for locally raised meats, poultry, and eggs, along with their local. honey. They also often have yummy jerky type products, including dog treats, as well. Charlton Orchards also always has eggs along with their other family farm fare.
Cheese: West River Creamery. Jane and her family make the very best cheese around. Really! You have to try the blue cheese. Heaven!
Seafood: Michelle Kraft aka The Fish Lady has excellent locally caught seafood from Red’s Best. She also offers seafood frozen right off the boat for those who want to have seafood that tastes like fresh later in the week.
Specialty Foods: Coutts Specialty Foods (homemade jams and sauces), Deano’s Pasta, Habibi Gourmet, (wonderful Middle Eastern foods), and Jaju Pierogi (delicious Handmade Pierogi). Also check out Farmer Dave’s stand for dried apples, jarred sauces, and more made from their produce depending on the week. Charlton Orchards also has tasty jarred salsa and jams from their kitchen as well as pickles. And for picked veggies and amazing mustards, get those from Jane at the West River Creamery tent.
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, (the best cookies!) Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers (sandwiches, too!) The Popover Lady, The Bread Shop, and The Roasted Granola which also offers local honey and locally made Greek yogurt.
Beverages: Pony Shack Cider is a family-owned, small batch, locally sourced, artisanal hard cidery with refreshing and well-balanced variety and Pour Man’s Coffee with the most delectable cold coffee and refreshing fruit and tea beverages around. They also have unique treats to enjoy at the market as well as Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles has wholesome treats for dogs AND even some for cats! Boogaloo is quite the fan.
Artisans: Sarah’s Originals, Sasquatch Woodworks and Alison Simcox and Doug Heath will also join us with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Middlessex Fells.
Before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!
NOTE: 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 next year.
It is time to vote again via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration! Our farmers market came in 1st in Massachusetts and #22 nationally last year! Let’s do it again! For more information, see:markets.farmland.org
As always, 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. This is in addition to HIP. Do your HIP shopping first, THEN stop by for your Snap Match!
The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightning or hurricane conditions). Our next summer season will run from June 17 through October 14, 2017.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, Twitter, and Tumbler! See you at the Market!Wendy Dennis and Heather Tribe