Our July 8th market day will feature live music by Betty’s Bounce, new artisan vendors Sasquatch Woodworks and BeUbyRumi, as well as lots of freshly picked produce, pastured farm fare, all kinds of specialty foods, and other great artisan products. The Wakefield Farmers Market will be at Hall Park, on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt, each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from. from June 17 through October 14, 2017. To give directions to a friend, just tell them to use 468 North Ave via GPS.
We are pleased to host Betty’s Bounce for their 1st visit of this season. Local guitarists Audie and Zach Bridges are joined by Curtis Doo on the double bass, and will play their special take on Django, Swing, and Gypsy jazz. Wear your dancing shoes!Music will start around 10:00 a.m.
The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by The Savings Bank.
Wendy Dennis will be back in the Market Kitchen tent this year, sharing easy, healthy, tasty ways to use one or more types of produce offered by our farmers each week. While specifics often get decided on each Saturday morning, this week will definitely have a focus on Swiss chard and/or summer squash. You will find the Market Kitchen tent to the left of the Market Manager tent. Cooking demos typically start around 10:15 a.m..
Our super balloon twisting artist who goes by The Magic of Yarrow plans to join us, or will send an equally talented friend, and we will of course also have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages. We will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper, crayons, as well.
Our nonprofit guest this week will be the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry (WIFP), represented by the good folks from local CPA firm Tonneson + Co as they publicize the 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk around Lake Quannapowitt that they put on each year to benefit WIFP. The run will take place on Sunday July 16, 2017. Do be sure to stop by to learn about the event, and sign up to run, walk, or be a sponsor.
Before we go to the vendor list, here are this week’s specials and news from our vendors in the order received:
New Vendor! Sasquatch Woodworks – This week Sasquatch Woodworks will be bringing a variety of live edge charcuterie and snack boards as well as lightning etched and powder metal inlaid wine glass holders. They make great gifts to bring to your post 4th of July BBQ. He will also have two turquoise inlaid mesquite rounds that will make great end table tops.
Emmets – Be sure to stop by Emmett’s and pick up some Peanut Butter Dreams for your dog.
Charlton Orchards will have strawberries, raspberries and blueberries!
Habibi Gourmet Food – Now selling 12 oz. artichoke spinach hummus. Delicious!
Swiss Bakers – New Hazelnut Croissants! Also, along with their amazing pretzel baguette sandwiches, they have their summer PBB: pretzel burger buns. One bag with 6 large sesame pretzel burger buns for only $10.00.
BE SURE TO click HERE to check for any late-breaking specials updates!
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – the official list of week’s vendors!
Produce: Charlton Orchards, Farmer Dave, and Kelly’s Farm will have a growing (no pun intended) amount of fresh produce, maybe raspberries but definitely strawberries, lots of wonderful greens, tomatoes, garlic scapes, onions, radishes and more.
NEWSFLASH: Due to some farming issues, Flats Mentor Farm are not yet able to join us. Stay tuned for more news.
Dried Legumes: Farmer Dave’s now brings Baer’s Beans to our market! Grown and dried in Maine by Farmers Charley and Carol Baer, they are the best and so fresh there is no need to soak before cooking.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will have all you need for locally raised meats, poultry, and eggs, along with their local. honey. They also have yummy jerky type products, including dog treats. You can also get lovely eggs from Charlton Orchards.
Fish: Our friend Michelle Kraft aka The Fish Lady will be here with great seafood from Red’s Best, whose labels tell you who actually caught your fish from our local waters.
Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta, Habibi Gourmet, Coutts Specialty Foods and check out Farmer Dave’s stand for dried apples, jarred sauces, and more made from their produce depending on the week.
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade (the best cookies!), Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, The Bread Shop, and The Roasted Granola, which also offers locally made yogurt.
Beverages: Pour Man’s Coffee who offer hot or cold beverages and unique treats to enjoy at the market as well as Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles (treats for dogs AND cats)
Artisans: Sarah’s Originals, Sasquatch Woodworks and also new this week, Rumi of Wakefield, owner of BeUbyRumi, with lovely hand beaded jewelry. Alison Simcox and Doug Heath will also be here with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and the Middlessex Fells.
Before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!
NOTE: Potential volunteers are always welcome to “shadow” a volunteer doing a task you are interested in learning how to do before you sign up for a market day volunteer spot next year.
Thanks to all who took the time to vote via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration last season!!! Our farmers market came in 1st in Massachusetts and #22 nationally in the “People’s Choice” and “Pillar of the Community” categories!! For more information, see:markets.farmland.org
As always, 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. Check back for updates on the new HIP program, brought to you by the USDA and being implemented this summer in Massachusetts.
The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightning or hurricane conditions). Our next summer season will run from June 17 through October 14, 2017.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, Twitter, and Tumbler! See you at the Market!Wendy Dennis and Heather Tribe