The Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market will hold its 5th market day of the season on Sunday March 20. The market is open the 3rd Sunday of the month through April from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street in Melrose, conveniently located on the 136/137 bus line and with plenty of municipal parking in back of the hall.
OF SPECIAL NOTE:
Pour Man’s Coffee will be back this month! Mike and Joe took a few months off because they each were expecting a new family member. Both babies arrived safe and sound in February.
March is Massachusetts maple Month! Ackermann’s Maple Farm will be here for their last visit of the winter season to help celebrate. Aaronap Cellars will be selling their lovely maple dessert wine at 10% off, and I am sure other vendors will be offering maple fare at “delicious” prices.
FOR THE KIDS: Jessica Buster will be with us presenting her BabySongs program during the market day in the cozy lower level, accessible by stairs or elevator directly from the entrance. She has an informal and engaging styles, with a repertoire that includes old favorites and more unusual offerings, traditional folk songs, participatory movement songs, puppets, and the use of song-based picture books. This is a great option for families with young children. One adult can shop while the other hangs out as their kids enjoy live, interactive entertainment. A win-win!
FOR ALL AGES: Home chef Amy Rindskopf will also be with us again, using produce and other products purchased at the market that morning to create some easy, tasty recipes for you to sample at the market and make at home.See below for her most recent recipe and be sure to stop by the “market kitchen” in the upper level of the hall to see what Amy will create for us at the March market day.
As noted above, Pour Man’s Coffee will be in the café area on the stage where you can take a break from shopping and have a snack
As of March 15, the following vendors are expected at the March 20, 2016 market day:
Aaronap Cellars, Bondat Foods, Coutts Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Down East Cider, Emmett’s Edibles, Farmer Dave’s, Goodies Homemade, In Good Taste, Jaju Pierogi, Kittredge Candles, Lilac Hedge Farm, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Oakdale Farm, On the Edge Knife Sharpening, The Popover Lady, Pour Man’s Coffee, The Roasted Granola, Roberto’s Seafood, Samira’s Homemade, Salem Street Beadery, Sarah’s Originals, Shady Pine Farm, Soluna Garden Farm, Spindler Confections, Swiss Bakers, Trows Treasurers, Vermont Gourmet Candy, and West River Creamery.
Amy created a really tasty dish featuring Baer’s Beans, Cluck Yeah! poultry seasoning from Bondat Foods, veggies from Farmer Dave’s, bread from The Popover Lady, and sheep’s milk cheese from West River Creamery. She got raves from young and old alike!
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped fine
- 1 clove garlic, chopped fine
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- 2 cups cooked Sulphur beans (or any white or yellow bean)
- ½ tsp poultry seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- Toasted bread
- grated semi-hard cheese
Heat oil in frying pan and saute vegetables until soft.
Stir in poultry seasoning.
Add cooked beans and ½ cup water and cook until beans are warmed through, soft, and creamy in texture, adding more water if needed and seasoning further with salt and pepper, if desired.
Serve on toast and finish with a sprinkle of grated cheese.
As always, the market accepts SNAP benefits and will match up to $10 per market day, and “market money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card. NOTE: you can exchange any Wakefield Market Bucks that you may still have for Melrose market money at the Market Manager Table.
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