The Melrose/Wakefield Monthly Winter Farmers Market will hold its next market day on Sunday March 15, 2015 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main St in Melrose, and will continue on with its final winter season market day on April 19.
We had to miss our February date due to stormy weather, but promise an extra special day on March 15, with the arrival of freshly picked spring greens, products and specials just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Passover, and Easter, and tasty Ethiopian food to try or prepare at home from new vendor Adey Foods.
Be sure to check our website for updates, but here is a taste of what our vendors have told us:
• Farmer Dave’s will have plenty of greenhouse greens, including bok choy, arugula, elegance mix, spicy mix, tatsoi, and lettuce, as well as heads of cabbage to go with your St. Paddy’s Day meal.
• Shady Pine Farm will have all cuts of lamb and large briskets, also, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
• For a quick anytime meal, Fior D’Italia (The Pasta Man) will offer three packages of pastas (not including ravioli) for $12.
• Far From the Tree Cider will bring their newly released their spring/summer varietal, Sprig, made with cascade hops and fresh mint.
• For dessert, you can get delicious Shamrock Shortbread Cookies from Goodies Homemade.
We will continue providing a “café seating” area on the stage where you can take a break from shopping and enjoy a tasty beverage or baked treat from Pour Man’s Coffee, a sweet from Spindler’s Confections, a bite of Ethiopian food, or a cup of delicious clam chowder from Roberto’s Seafood.
We were pleased to discover that there is more to celebrate than the Ides of March on Sunday. It turns out that our March 15 market day coincides with World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD). Coordinated by Consumers International (CI), this year’s focus is “helping consumers choose healthy diets.”
WCRD was inspired by the address that President John F Kennedy gave to the US congress on March 15, 1962, in which he formally addressed the issue of consumer rights. He was the first world leader to do so, and, for this reason, the consumer movement now marks March 15 every year as a means of raising global awareness about consumer rights.
To celebrate this important day, Chef Holly Pierce, aka Miss Holly, will be creating this month’s cooking demo especially for our youngest cooks, since teaching our children well is the best way to ensure a better and healthier tomorrow. But, be warned: adults will be sure to also enjoy this fun, informative, and tasty demonstration! Holly will start food prep at around 1:00 p.m. on the upper level. To learn more or contact Miss Holly, see www.thesoulchef.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adding to the fun, Lynn Huston of Melrose will be following Holly with a video camera as she decides what to make while selecting ingredients from the vendors and then prepares a number of tasty dishes for folks to sample. Once produced, the video will be available on the market websites and via our local public access stations.
As always, there will be plenty of locally grown produce including spring greens, winter squash, beets, onions, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, kale, collards, spinach, and Brussels sprouts, pasture-raised meats, poultry, eggs, and cheese, hard cider, fresh fish, dips, spreads, sweet and savory preserves, fresh baked goods, granola, seasoning mixes, teas, cheesecake, hand crafted candy, root and ginger beers, soaps, candles, and herbal products and handmade crafts.
Here are the vendors coming on March 15:
Farms and Food: Farmer Dave’s, Oakdale Farms, Red Fire Farm, Lilac Hedge Farm, Shady Pine Farm, West River Creamery, The Fish Lady, Roberto’s Seafood, Adey Foods, Bondat Foods, Samira’s Homemade (Middle Eastern Foods), In Good Taste (Pam’s Salsa), Fior D’Italia (The Pasta Man), Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, Goodies Homemade, 7ate9 Bakery (Cheesecake!), Roasted Granola Co., Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, Doves and Figs, Soluna Garden Farm, Spindler’s Confections, Eventide Confections, and, for our canine and feline friends, Emmett’s Edibles
In addition, there will be live music all market day by banjo extraordinaires Ed Britt and Don Borchelt.
Along with credit and debit cards via our Market Bucks system, the Winter Market also welcomes SNAP/EBT transactions in exchange for Market Bucks. The Winter Market will match SNAP/EBT purchases up to $5 per visit so all of our neighbors can afford to eat healthy local foods. Just stop by the Market Manager Table.
SURVEY SAYS: We are currently running an online survey to help us decide what hours to hold the winter market next year. Click HERE to take the survey. Folks without online access can get a hard copy survey to fill out at the Market Manager Table during the next two market dates. Please take part in the survey. It is YOUR market!
A reminder: Our local farmers provide safe, nutritious food and also jobs that help boost our economy. Farmers Markets provide a unique opportunity for our farmers to sell the foods they raise directly to us, the consumer, which is good for all involved. And, our other vendors, while adding value to the market with their unique products, also benefit from selling directly to us. It’s a win-win and, by taking part, you are helping to create a more vibrant community and economy for everyone.
See you at the market!