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We are excited to welcome Wakefield native and market favorite Kev G. Mor back for his 1st visit of the season. Kev’s music will provide an excellent backdrop for a checking out a cooking demo, learning about henna art, and shopping for fresh produce, delicious specialty foods, and lovely artisan products. 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.
Singer songwriter Kev G Mor will be playing for us starting around 10:30. Kev has a growing collection of excellent originals that you can hear at kevgmor.com, but for market sets, Kev will draw from his extension repertoire of traditional folk tunes, blues, with a smattering of pop favorites, all of which he performs with spot-on vocal and guitar-picking styles and techniques that make the songs his own. If you have not yet heard him, do come to listen. He is a class act.
Henna Tattoo Artist Shweta Singhvi of Wakefield will be joining us for another visit this week. Shweta practices the traditional art form that uses all natural ingredients to create everything from designs of timeless beauty to cool modern super hero icons for the kids. Look for her along the path across the walk from the “hoop and sidewalk chalk” bench.
WHAT’S COOKING? We are happy to say that Kelly’s Farm sold out of green beans and Flats Mentor Farm sold out of water spinach, and I believe Farmer Dave may have had a good run on garlic after last week’s cooking demonstration at Market Kitchen tent. You will find copies of the recipes for Simple Spicy Sautéed Green Beans and Water Spinach Sauté, 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. We’ll be experimenting with lemon grass and tomato sauce. 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 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 we are in great shape, but another hand at the end of the day is always appreciated.
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 #19 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!
Produce: We are so lucky to have Farmer Dave’s, Kelly’s Farm, and Flats Mentor Farm at our market! Among them, they have an amazing selection of produce, from fruit: berries, even some great apples cold-stored from last year, to freshly picked corn, greens, beans, cukes, tomatoes, herbs, and so much more! Now the wait is on for daikon radish and stone fruits! From Farmer Dave: cherry tomatoes 2 containers for $4, We will have tons of slicing tomatoes, still $3/lb. Also, we will have a sale on Broccoli at $1.50/lb.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: For a great variety of “tastes so much better than factory-farmed” and healthy steaks, chops, ribs, sausages, ground beef and pork, and cuts of lamb, as well as poultry and eggs, you can’t beat Lilac Hedge Farm’s products. They also offer CSA shares and special orders that can be picked up each Saturday at the market.
Cheese: West River Creamery has the very best cheeses and pickled products. Have you tried the Firehouse Jack? You must.
Seafood: Along with her usual assortment of freshly caught local seafood, The Fish Lady WILL HAVE CRABMEAT THIS WEEK! Get there early.
NEWSFLASH from Deano’s Pasta: We are looking for one or two new employees to work some local farmers markets. Looking for someone friendly and reliable. A car is required. Pay is 13.00 per hour.
Specialty Foods: For traditional preserves and relishes, Coutt’s Specialty Foods is it, Deano’s, Pasta is amazing, Samira’s Homemade has the best Middle Eastern foods, and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish has super jams, sauces, and the very best horseradish.
Baked Goods: For the best cookies, see Goodies Homemade, you’ll find amazing breads from Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, all kinds of breads, sweet treats and even sandwiches from Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady has pies and scones, too, and a gluten free option, and The Roasted Granola has amazing granola as well as locally made Greek yogurt and local honey.
Beverages: Downeast Cider is here this week with their delightfully refreshing hard ciders. Think lemon and ginger on ice. And of course, we have Pour Man’s Coffee. Here is a bit about them from their website: “Pour Man’s Coffee is a small traveling coffee shop that moves from farmers market to farmers market offering up amazing, organic, fair-trade, cold brewed iced coffee. We also offer our NITRO cold brew coffee which is kegged and poured fresh from the tap. We have been experimenting with nitrogen infused herbal teas on tap as well as aging coffee beans in oak barrels… our goal is to make interesting and tasty beverages and baked goods with the finest ingredients for you to try!’ We are sure glad to have them.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles. Special this week: Buy 3 snack packs for 18.00 regularly 6.99 each. Seven great flavors to choose from or buy 3 of your best friend’s favorite!
Artisans :Both Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap are here, each with their unique product line, Greg Hiller of Wakefield will be here with Hiller’s Silver Studio’s beautiful jewelry, and Little Lemon Boutique will be here after a year hiatus with delightful hair accessories, scarves, and more for kids and adults. AND, we just learned that Salem Street Beadery will be joining us, too! Alsion Simcox and Doug Heath will also be here 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 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.
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, 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 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!Wendy Dennis