Not Just For Summer Anymore! Winter Monthly Farmers Market Kicks Off with the Thanksgiving Festival This Sunday!
Missing the freshly picked fruits and veggies, pasture-raised meats, poultry, eggs, and cheese? Locally produced pastas, dips, spreads, and sweet and savory preserves and baked goods? How about the soaps, herbal products, and other unique artisan products?
Well, we’ve got it all happening in a great indoor location starting this Sunday, November 23 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street in Melrose, with additional market days taking place on the 3rd Sunday of each month including December 21, January 18, February 15, March 15, and April 19.
Here’s the story: The Melrose and Wakefield Farmers Markets have teamed up to create a Holiday/Monthly Winter Farmers Market featuring most of our favorite vendors, fun activities, and great live music to remind you of those lovely summer days we all enjoyed this past season.
To ensure the perfect ambiance, Pour Man’s Coffee will be on hand each market day, along with banjo duo Ed Britt and Don Borchelt, and Miss Holly will be doing her wonderful cooking demonstrations, as well.
UPDATE: Holly’s cooking demo will start at 1:00 p.m. on the stage.
For the youngsters, we will have Club Spouts, a great food education program for kids that the Melrose Market has been using, and that our Wakefield Farmers Market will be adopting for our summer season. Basically, young folks get the clue of the week from the Market Manager table, find the fruit or veggie at one of the farmer’s tables, and finally, try a taste to earn a stamp on their “Sprouts Passport” toward winning a prize. Be sure your child signs up at the Market Manager table at the entrance to the hall!
Barefoot Books will be with us the first two market dates, bringing their award-winning books, CDs, and gifts for children. Be sure to stop by to check out new titles and other educational fare, or to just hang out and read a book or two. You will find Barefoot Books on the stage, along with Pour Man’s Coffee and Miss Holly’s cooking demo station.
UPDATE: It looks like we will have a henna artist specializing in temporary tattoos for kids on the stage, too! Check back here for more info.
FAQ: What about Market Bucks? We take all Market Bucks!
Do you still have market money left from the summer? No problem. We will take both Melrose and Wakefield Market Bucks. IMPORTANT: Vendors will take only Melrose Market Bucks, so be sure to bring your Wakefield Market Bucks to the Market Manager table to exchange them for Melrose Bucks.
Along with credit and debit cards, 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 as you enter the hall to get your Market Bucks.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this month’s vendors!
As with all the markets days this winter season, we will have a mix of favorites from both the Melrose and Wakefield markets. For produce, we will have Farmer Dave’s, Dick’s Market Garden, and new to both markets, Oakdale Farm and Red Fire Farm.
For pasture-raised meats, poultry, and eggs, Lilac Hedge Farm will be with us, as well as Melrose favorite Shady Pine Farm. And, to round things out, West River Creamery, with their award-winning cheeses, will be joining us.
There will be plenty of seafood on hand as we welcome The Fish Lady and Roberto’s Seafood, and for the best of seasonings for all the produce, meats, and seafood, Bondat Foods will be at the market with their fabulous spice rubs and mixes.
We’ll have great Middle Eastern fare from Samira’s Homemade, as well as Fior D’Italia’s wide selection of gourmet pastas and more.
NEWSFLASH: In Good Taste will NOT be able to be with us this market day. We expect them for the rest of the season and are looking forward to seeing them next month!
The Roasted Granola with have their delectable granola, granola bites, and Sophia’s homemade Greek yogurt, and Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, and Doves and Figs will each have a great selection of sweet and savory sauces and preserves.
Also joining us is Soluna Garden Farm, with hand mixed spice blends, teas, and salts, as well as Spindler Confections, offering all kinds of confections including caramels, brittles, fudge, chocolates.
For artisans, we will have Mary Ellen Crafts, Sarah’s Originals, and Wakefield favorites Trow’s Treasures and Wicked Good Soap.
Click HERE for the current vendor schedule for the season.
Coming Up: On 12/21, we will also have Eventide Confections , Kaleidescope Soap, Kittredge Candles, and Tower Root Beer! Hall Brand Sugar Scrubs are scheduled for the last two market dates. There will be more activities and possibly more vendors (hoping for a hard cider vendor) added as the season progresses, and maybe even between now and Sunday 11/23, so stay tuned!
And, in the summer:
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!