It looks like we will again have great weather to go along with the great things happening at our market this week. For those with canine friends, Emmet’s Edibles will be making their first appearance, as will the Beebe Library Pop Up Library. We’ll have live music by market favorite Kev G Mor, and, of course, lots of fresh produce and more from our farmers and vendors.
Before we go on, we’d like to congratulate Maggie Fournier, winner of the Market Bucks drawing that July 4 morning parade entrants were invited to enter. And thank you to all who came by last Saturday to show us your amazingly decorated carriages, wagons, bikes, and pets! (Disclaimer: the Market Manager somehow missed getting a picture of the winner. This photo was taken by Maggie’s Dad before the bike parade.)
We are REALLY EXCITED to have the Wakefield Beebe Library Pop Up Library at our market for the 1st of their monthly visits of the season! Along with learning about the wonderful programs offered by the library, you can check out books, and even sign up for a library card if you don’t have one. I hear there will be plenty of cookbooks on hand for borrowing. Look for the tent over on the lakeside area of the market.
NEWSFLASH: Be sure to welcome our two new vendors!
Emmett’s Edibles will have their Snack Packs on Sale! Owner Kathleen Becker tells us that she will be offering 3-packs for $18.00 (regularly $6.99 each). She will have 6 flavors of Snack Packs to choose from along with a peppermint and gluten free beef treat. Emmett’s Edibles are wheat and soy FREE.
We also welcome Donna Carlson, owner of Sheepshed @ Moutain Farm of Lynnfield. Sheepshed products include hand-spun, hand-dyed yarns and felt fibers, hand-dyed silk scarves, and unique sheep pottery designed by Donna.
Miss Holly will start her cooking demonstration around 10:15 using fresh produce and products purchased that morning at the market. As always, you can try a bite. Last week Holly made amazing zucchini fritters with tzatziti as well as a really tasty rhubarb barbeque sauce. The recipes are on our website and will be available as handouts at the market. For more about Miss Holly (aka Holly Pierce) see thesoulchef.com
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 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. He is a class act.
We expect our Yarrow to be back this week to twist us some great balloon creations, and there will of course be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages. If you are interested in organizing a chalk drawing or hula hoop contest or exhibition, let us know!
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 afternoon, we still need a CC/SNAP processor (training provided – it’s not difficult) for the 9-11 table shift and one person for the general table help 11-1 shift, and we could use one more person each for set up and breakdown, 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: Alison, Doug, Jackie, and Marietta for already signing up for7/11/15! 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!
The Fish Lady will be here with freshly caught, local seafood from Reds Best. Each pack is labeled with the name of the fisherman who actually caught it. You can learn more about this innovation local company at redsbest.com.
For chicken and eggs, be sure to stop by Copicut Farms,who also has their own PORK this week!
And, do make sure to get some fabulous cheese from Jane Parent of West River Creamery. Jane will have everything from marinated feta (a perfect addition to a crisp green salad) to an assortment of soft cheeses, including some amazing ricotta, and hard cheeses make from goat, sheep, or cow milk. All of the meats, poultry, eggs, and cheese from our farmers are from pasture-raised animals.
Swiss Bakers is back for the season with all their favorites as well as sandwiches. The Popover Lady will have fruit pies and sweet and savory popovers, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery will have their lovely assortment of artisan breads, including their superb sourdough loaf, And for the best cookies, you only need to stop by Goodies Homemade.
You can get pesto, marinara sauce, and fresh mozzarella, along with a wide variety of pastas from Fior D’Italia. For breakfast here or to go, visit The Roasted Granola for really good granola and locally made yogurt. For a picnic lunch, you can get Middle Eastern dips, spreads, salads, and spreads from Samira’s Homemade.
Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will have delectable dessert sauces, unique jams combining sweet and savory flavors, and the very best of horseradish. Coutt’s Specialty Foods will be here for their biweekly visit with jams, preserves, and relishes made from traditional – and quite tasty – recipes.
Aaronap Cellars will be back for their 2nd visit of the season with award winning wines made right up the highway in Westford MA. If over 21, you can stop by their tent to sample their innovative, artisanal wines from the best vineyards and orchards in New England and beyond.
And, be sure to stop by Pour Man’s Coffee for the finest of hot and cold beverages, including Fair Trade coffee, teas, concoctions from fresh in-season fruits, and unique and totally delicious baked treats. You can also buy their special blend of Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans at their tent.
Our artisan selection will include Barefoot Books, with an excellent selection of books and educational materials created by local authors, and, for the first time, Sheepshed, with Donna Carlson, who spins and dyes her own yarns and fibers for felting, and more.
Our super soap makers Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap, with their unique products, will also be here, as will Doug Heath and Alison Simcox with their books about local destinations Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart Reservation, and The Fells.
And, as noted above, Emmett’s Edibles will be on hand for our canine friends! Bring on the dogs! 🙂
Stay tuned for news and updates every Friday, and often throughout the week, in this spot during 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