RAIN OR SHINE!!! Be sure to support your local farmers and vendors
We said it before: THERE WILL BE STRAWBERRIES!
The forecast has been looking iffy, but we just might once again have great weather for our Opening Day. But, rain or shine, be sure to come and support our farmers and other vendors as we enter our 9th season of bringing fresh local produce, specialty foods, and more to our community. 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.
Due to a chance of rain, Onset School of Music decided it be best not to take a chance and bring all the equipment and young people to the market, just in case. They will reschedule sometime later in the summer. In the meantime, we may have a guest musician, but at least have a great soundtrack courtesy of former manager Kelli Stromski. Thanks, Kelli!
Our nonprofit guest this week is the wonderful Wakefield Independence Day Committee, the group that brought back and now continues to bring the biggest July 4th parade in Massachusetts and 2nd biggest in New England to our town. Volunteers will be on hand offering ways to help support parade, including some great T-shirts and other items for sale as well as ways become a one-day or ongoing part of the team that makes this great annual event happen.
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.
We will have plenty of vendors this opening day, with all but one of our farmers (Flats will start July 1), all but one of our specialty food/beverage vendors, including new vendors Jaju Piergo and The Bread Shop, with new vendor Pony Shack Cider starting next week, and at least three of our artisans, plus On The Edge Knife Sharpening!
>From all the feedback at the Festival by the Lake last week, I know there are a lot of folks joining me in looking forward to all the freshly picked fruits and veggies, lovely baked goods and specialty foods, and tasty treats and beverages that we will get to enjoy for the next 18 weeks.
Here are specials and news from our vendors in the order received:
Emmett’s Edibles will have a special sale: Buy 3 snack packs of your favorite pet treat flavors for $18.00.
Aaronap Cellars returns with new vintages of old favorites as well as some brand new wines. Check out their sweet rose “Summer Blush” or enjoy the new “Carmenere-Malbec” for summer grilling!
Charlton Orchards says” We will have lots of strawberries and tons of eggs, tomatoes, and lettuce.
ON THE EDGE KNIFE SHARPENING WILL BE HERE OPENING DAY!
Farmer Dave of Farmer Dave’s says: We will have greenhouse tomatoes, kale, swiss chard as well as modest amounts (come early!) of lettuce, radishes, bok choy, arugula, scallions. Also, we will have Macs and Cortlands from last year – still surprisingly crisp!
Flats Mentor Farm: James and Fong send word that they will be with us starting July 1 and then be here for the rest of the season.
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 plenty of in-season produce, although it might be a few weeks before the full bounty is in due to a cold May. But there will be luscious strawberries available, as well as greens, herbs, potted plants and hopefully cut flowers from Kelly’s if there are some ready for picking this early in the season. And, Charlton will have their eggs!
NEW THIS YEAR: Farmer Dave’s now has a kitchen to turn his produce into a number of great items such as jarred and picked products, marinara sauce and dehydrated produce, and will be bringing Baer’s Beans (dried legumes grown in Maine) to our market. Note: All items may not be available each week. As the season gets going, we’ll better be able to give an accurate item list for each market day.
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, as well.
Fish: The Fish Lady has great seafood from Red’s Best, where you know who actually caught your fish from our local waters. Check the website or Facebook for updates.
Cheese: West River Creamery. Along with the best cheese, Jane will also have her delightful pickled products and more.
Maple: Ackermann’s will have their delicious pure maple syrup and other tasty maple products.
Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, In Good Taste (salsa), and Jaju Piergo, the latter with really yummy polish dumplings.
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade (the BEST cookies!), Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Bread Shop (new this year and also offering freshly milled flour), The Popover Lady, and Roasted Granola, which also offers locally made yogurt.
Beverages: Aaronap Cellars (wine) and Tower Beverages (craft soda). Plus, Pour Man’s Coffee where you can get a hot or cold beverage and unique treat to enjoy at the market as well as Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles for your canine and feline friends.
Artisans: Hiller’s Silver Studio, Kaleidoscope Soap, and Sheepshed, as well as Alsion Simcox and Doug Heath with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Fellsway.
Coming Up: Throughout the season, we will host a number of great nonprofit groups, special events and feature live music most market days. We are also looking forward to cooking demos and other educational presentations that support our local farmers. Next week: Amy Spillert will be our musician and the POP UP Library will be with us!
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