The Wakefield Farmers Market team is gearing up for a busy market day on Saturday July 4 at its Hall Park location on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt. The market is held each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from June 20 through October 17, 2015.
We made the decision to hold the market on July 4 after polling farmers market manager across the nation. Most said it was one of their busier days, especially those in communities that already have gala events planned. Our vendors, many of whom have way more farmers market experience than I have, also agree that it is worth holding the market this weekend.
Our farmers are especially glad that we will be open. Fruits and veggies must be picked when they are ripe and then need to be sold as soon as possible for ultimate freshness. Crops don’t take time off for the holidays!
When the WSSC morning activities on the Upper and Lower Common were postponed last year to Saturday July 5 due to the hurricane, we had great fun seeing all the kids with their carriages, wagons, bikes, and pets who stopped by to enter a drawing for $25 in Market Bucks. We again invite the morning parade entrants to stop by before or after their event to show off their creations and enter the drawing.
We do realize that, while the parade does not start until 4:30 p.m., we will find chairs lined up along the North Ave side of the market place when we show up in the morning. While we certainly don’t want to interfere with a decades long tradition (As a townie myself, I understand that the parade trumps all!), we will need to move chairs aside for the morning, but WE WILL PUT THEM BACK at the end of the market day in plenty of time for the parade.
The market is looking for extra volunteers that day to help with the chairs. If you can, please stop by to help between 8:00-8:30 a.m. or 1:15-1:45 p.m. You can sign up for a spot via our website or just show up.
And, do plan to stop by the market between 9:00-1:00 to get the freshest of produce, cheese, breads, dips, spreads, cookies, cheesecake and more, including delicious hard cider in easy to transport cans, and a variety of pasture-raised meats and poultry for your cookouts and barbeques.
FYI: our meat vendors, by law, have to have their animals slaughtered and packed at a USDA approved slaughterhouse, thus their products come frozen. The good news is that you can toss a frozen steak right on the grill and it cooks up just fine. (Ask my husband the grill man; he will vouch for me!) And, sausages and other products thaw quickly in cool running water or the microwave. Just be sure to cook any meat or poultry that you defrost via a quick technique immediately after thawing!
Along with one of our magicians and/or balloon twister artists, and the usual sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, and hula hoops for kids of all ages, singer-songwriter Amy Spillert will be providing live music, and Holly Pierce, aka Miss Holly, will be making her first appearance of the season to present a tasty cooking demonstration using foods purchased at the market that morning.
I invite you to stop by this or any Saturday during the market season to shop, listen to music, have a picnic, or just relax and enjoy the sights. We look forward to being a part of Wakefield’s amazing Independence Day activities this year and wish you a happy and safe 4th of July!
See you at the market – and thank you in advance for your understanding about the chairs! 🙂