It was a GREAT DAY! Thank you to all! Photos of the day and many other market days HERE.
It looks like we will have wonderful weather for our last market day of the season! Along with all seven of our farmers and most of our other vendors, our award-winning banjo players Ed Britt and Don Borchelt will provide wonderful music to shop and play by all market day long, Chef Holly will be cooking at the center tent, and Yarrow our magic balloon man promises to celebrate this day with us.
NEWSFLASH: The Wakefield and Melrose Market Managers are teaming up to create a monthly market series to be held on Sundays noon to 4:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall in Melrose, with the first to be held November 23 and then on the third Sunday of the month from December through April. Click HERE for details.
But, back to our Wakefield Market, along with fine live music by our favorite banjo duo, Holly Pierce will be in the center tent creating delicious recipes that are healthy and easy to make, using fresh produce purchased that morning at the market. And, stay tuned: Holly plans to be at the winter market, and we hope to also have a few fun local foods and cooking events during the winter and spring.
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.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors!
Today is the day to stock your pantries, fridges, and freezers, and perhaps get a head start on some holiday gift shopping, as well.
There should still be corn, summer squashes, and berries, along with all kinds of sturdy greens, potatoes, root vegetables, and, of course, apples galore from Farmer Dave, Kelly’s Farm, and Charlton Orchards. Charlton also offers pasture-raised beef, eggs, and wines and hard cider made from their orchard fruits.
Make sure to make room in your freezer for pasture-raised meats and poultry, cheese, and fish!
You will find a nice variety of already frozen meat and poultry cuts, along with eggs, beef jerky products, and their own honey from Lilac Hedge Farm. If you have not already, try their beef and pork sticks – very tasty!
Copicut Farms will have their fresh pasture-raised chicken and eggs. These eggs will stay good in the fridge for weeks, and the chicken freezes well if you stock up with more than you can eat in a few days.
Jane Parent of West River Creamery will be happy to tell you how long different cheeses keep in the fridge and which are good for freezing. Along with award-winning hand-crafted cheeses made from pasture-raised cow and goat milk, Jane brings maple syrup and pickles with her, as well.
The Fish Lady will, as always, have the freshest of seafood. Note: her product is so fresh that freezing it won’t causes any harm, even if you forget to get it into the freezer for a few days, as I learned, with relief, from experience.
Jordan, the “Chief Flavor Engineer” behind Bondat Foods is back again with his truly fabulous rubs and spice blends for grilling, tacos, and more that make it easy to make any meal extra special.
Frozen pastas and raviolis from Fior D’Italia are perfect for quick yet gourmet quality meals. If you have not tried their whole wheat pastas, do so. You will be amazed. They also carry fresh mozzarella products and pesto, as well as sauces and entrees.
We will have a plethora of preserves this week! Coutt’s Specialty Foods, also known as Mother’s Prize and Mother’s Pure Preserves, will be here with their famous jams, jellies, preserves, relishes, and applesauce. Sandy of Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will also be here with her delectable sauces and preserves from locally grown ingredients.
The Roasted Granola will be back with us this week. Be sure to stock up on her unique granola and treats. She also carries sinfully delicious Greek yogurt made from goat and sheep milk.
For sweet and savory baked goods, we have The Popover Lady, who also has scones and pies, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery with classic loaves as well as cheese and olive breads, Swiss Bakers with everything from pastries to loaves, and great sandwiches, too, and Goodies Homemade will be here with the very best cookies.
And, be sure to get some cheesecake from 7at9 Bakery. Scrumptious, and in handy single serving sizes, too.
For excellent hot or cold beverage, visit Pour Man’s Coffee, where you will find Fair Trade coffee, superb black and green teas, hot mulled cider, amazingly tasty treats, and more. You can also buy their special Pour Man’s Blend of coffee beans in one pound bags.
In the artisan section, we will have both of our wonderfully unique soap vendors, Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap, as well as Salem Street Beadery, Trow’s Treasures, and, to round things off, local authors Doug Heath and Alison Simcox will be on hand with their books about Lake Quannapowitt and Breakheart Reservation. Lots of gift shopping opportunities!
Coming Up: Monthly Winter Market starting Sunday 11/23 and the summer market will run on Saturdays from June 20 through October 17, 2015.
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 through October 18, 2014. Please visit www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a complete listing of vendors and upcoming events and to sign up for our email newsletter. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. See you at the Market!