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Get ready for a great day of shopping via supporting our local farmers and more! The Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market will hold its 2nd market day of the season on Sunday December 20, just in time for all your last minute shopping for the upcoming holidays. The market is open the 3rd Sunday of the month through April from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street in Melrose, conveniently located on the 136/137 bus line and with plenty of municipal parking in back of the hall.
Baer’s Best will be with us for their first of two visits this winter season! Carol and Charley Baer have been growing “dry beans” on their farm for over 25 years, Types include Jacob’s Cattle, Yellow Eye, Soldier and others that have been New England staples since Colonial times. The Baer’s point out that their beans are always fresh and cooks quickly, without the need for presoaking. You can learn more by visiting baersbest.com and finding them on Facebook.
AND, to help us learn new ways to cook with dried beans and other fine produce and products from the market, be sure to stop by to meet our new Winter Market cooking demonstrator, Amy Rindskopf!
Here is a bit about her:
Amy has been cooking and creating recipes for as long as she can remember. As a longtime CSA member, she enjoys the delicious challenge of working with seasonal foods through New England’s many seasons. Amy lives in Winchester, where she develops and presents recipes at the summer farmers market and is the event manager at Wright-Locke Farm. When she isn’t cooking, she can usually be found holding a camera, taking pictures of food and farms.
Along with some prepped beans from Baer’s Best, Amy will use produce and other products purchased at the market that morning to create some easy, tasty recipes for you to sample at the market and make at home.
FOR THE KIDS:
Jessica Buster, who presents monthly at the Melrose Public Library, will once again be leading sing-alongs for kids during the day in the lower level of the hall accessible directly from the entry area by stairs or elevator.
ALSO for the kids: Stacey of Barefoot Books will be on the stage offering a great “make a tree ornament” craft activity along with BB’s award-winning books, CDs, and gifts for children.She is also offering a special sale:
20% off your entire Barefoot Book Purchase if you buy 3 or more items!
We will once again have a café area on the stage (a good place from which to watch your child make an ornament at Barefoot Books) where you can take a break from shopping and enjoy a beverage and a snack –And yes, Pour Man’s Coffee will be there special blend of Fair Trade coffee from Dean’s Beans, hot cider, and unique and wonderful baked treats.
REMINDER: Kittredge Candles will be joining us this month for their first winter visit, as will
7ate9 Bakery and Atlantic Saltworks.
AND, Patti Small of On The Edge Knife Sharpening will be with us. YAY! Just look for her van in the parking lot.
PLUS : Salem Street Beadery, a favorite at the Wakefield summer market, will be with us!
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this month’s vendors!
Produce: Farmer Dave’s, Dick’s Market Garden, and Oakdale Farm, with the latter also offering eggs from their farm.
Dried Beans: Baer’s Best
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm. Lilac Hedge also has honey.
Cheese: West River Creamery. Jane will also have pickled products and maple syrup.
Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood will be the only fish vendor. The Fish Lady expects to be back in January.
Specialty Foods: Samira’s Homemade, In Good Taste, and Deano’s Pasta, Coutt’s Specialty Foods, and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish.
Baked Goods: Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, The Popover Lady, Swiss Bakers, 7ate9 Bakery (which, along with cheesecake, will have wraps and other treats as well) and The Roasted Granola, which also offers locally made yogurt.
NEWSFLASH: Goodies Homemade won’t be here – they will be back in January!
NEWSFLASH: Spindler Confections will NOT be able to join us this month. They are scheduled to be back in January.
Spices and Seasonings: Bondat Foods, Atlantic Saltworks, and Soluna Garden Farm, which also offers teas.
Adult Beverages: Aaronap Cellars and Downeast Cider.
Coffee: Pour Man’s Coffee
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles
Artisans: Kaleidescope Soap, Kittredge Candles, Mary Ellen Crafts, Salem Street Beadery, Sarah’s Originals, Trow’s Treasures, and Wicked Good Soap.
Children’s Books: Barefoot Books
Knife Sharpening: On The Edge Knife Sharpening
There. It looks like there will be something for everyone. 🙂
As always, the market accepts SNAP benefits and will match up to $10 per market day, and “market money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card. NOTE: you can exchange any Wakefield Market Bucks that you may still have for Melrose market money at the Market Manager Table.
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