With live music by Kev G Mor, our new Kid’s Activity Table, Barefoot Books, a Henna Artist, Cooking with Miss Holly, and the Pop Up Library, we have lots going on this coming Saturday. We are also excited to welcome as vendors two companies started by Wakefield residents: Atlantic Saltworks and ScentCraft Candle Co.
NEWSFLASH: While Charlton Orchards will have their wonderful produce, beef, cider, and other farm products, 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.
Using produce and products purchased at the market that morning, Miss Holly will be cooking in the “Market Kitchen” creating quick, easy, and delicious recipes that will make your taste buds buzz. As always, you will be able to try a taste. Last week Holly made “Eat Your Veggies” Gazpacho and Root Beer- Peach Dessert Sauce, the latter served over cheesecake from 7ate9 Bakery. Really, really good! All recipes are posted on our website and available as handouts at the market. For more about Holly, see thesoulchef.com.. For more about Holly, see thesoulchef.com
Singer songwriter Kev G Mor will be playing for us starting around 10:30.Kev will draw from his repertoire of favorite traditional folk tunes and blues, 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.
The Wakefield Beebe Library Pop Up Library is back this week after a really successful 1st visit last month. You can check out books, and even sign up for a library card if you don’t have one.
Be sure to stop by to see what in the world of words they will have on hand for this visit.
Henna Tattoo Artist Shweta Singhvi of Wakefield will be back this week to practice this 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 umbrella.
Yarrow or Blake will be on hand to work magic with balloons, there will be a Kids Activity Tent with paper, crayons, and two 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 early afternoon, we still REALLY need set up and breakdown help, a person for the 11-1 general table help shift (this would be a great introduction to volunteering at the market), a vendor/market bucks counter (12:45 to about 1:15 or so) as well as 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. 🙂
Thank you to: Debbie, Cathy, and Missy 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!
Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors
Charlton Orchard will have their famous spread of farm products (except for wine) including just picked produce and orchard fruits, fresh cider, and their pasture-raised beef and eggs. Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will have the full gamut of summer vegetables and fruits, with carrots coming in and plenty of summer squashes, beets, beans, and greens. Kelly’s had lovely cut flowers, too, and you will find potted herbs at Farmer Dave’s.
For the most excellent daikon radish (great raw, steamed, sautéed, or in soup) stop by Flats Mentor Farm, where you will also find lovely herbs and Asian greens.
Copicut Farms will have their chicken, eggs, and pork (their ribs are excellent), and West River Creamery will have their award-winning hard and soft cheeses cheese made from cow, goat, or sheep milk. All of the meats, poultry, eggs, and cheese from our farmers are from pasture-raised animals.
For the freshest of seafood caught by local fishermen, see The Fish Lady. She often runs out part-way through the day, so get their early for the best selection.
Bondat Foods is here this week, with really amazing rubs and seasonings that will bring out the best of any meats or veggies you cook. Fior D’Italia is the place to get pasta, ravioli, and sauces, as well as fresh mozzarella. Samira’s Homemade has amazing Middle Eastern food including spinach pies, spreads, and amazing baklava.
Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery had to call for more product part way through last Saturday! Don’t miss getting a loaf of their traditional bread. Swiss Bakers also has great breads, as well as sweet and savory baked goods and sandwiches. And then, for the best cookies, see Goodies Homemade.
For the best granola, be sure to visit The Roasted Granola, where you will also find locally made yogurt and local honey. If you need a unique sauce or jam, or have a hankering for horseradish, see Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish. And, Coutt’s Specialty Foods (Mothers Prize/Pure Preserves) is here for their biweekly visit, bringing traditional jams and relishes – a market favorite!
Aaronap Cellars is here this week with their really lovely assortment of award winning wines. You need to sample the maple wine. Out of this world. They also have excellent red and white wines.
Be sure to welcome new vendor, Atlantic Saltworks, co-owned by Wakefield resident Alison Darnell, with 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.
As always, Pour Man’s Coffee (co-owned by Wakefield resident Mike Doherty) will have best hot and cold Fair Trade coffee and tea, as well as refreshing fruit concoctions and truly unique and wonderful baked treats.
Emmett’s Edibles is back this week with treats that even the most discriminating dog (that would be my Buster) will love.
In the artisan section, Barefoot Books will have great books and educational materials for kids, all created by local authors, 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.
Wakefield resident Camden Giles of ScentCraft Candle Co. is here for the first time, bringing hand-poured candles made form soy blend wax, wood & cotton wicks, and fine fragrance oils. Also from Wakefield, Sarah Trow of Trow’s Treasures will have handcrafted herbal products, including soothing healing salved and insect repellant.
Our soap makers Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap will also be on hand, each with their unique lines of personally designed and handmade soaps and more.
SNEAK PREVIEW: The Wakefield Board of Health will be selling bike helmets at the market next week.
Stay tuned for news and updates every Friday in this spot throughout the market season-there is much more to come! 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!Wendy Dennis