Wakefield Farmers Market

Saturdays June 17 – October 14 2017

July 14, 2017
by Heather Tribe
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July 15, 2017 On The Edge Knife Sharpening, Tower Craft Beverages, Flats REALLY Back! Cheese, Too and MORE!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors.
Check out our Pre-Order Page and our Weekly Specials Page


 Our July 15th Market will feature music by North Shore Radio 104.9 FM, and for the first time this season: FLATS   MENTOR FARMS with all their lovely greens!!!!! All About Corks will be there for the first time this season too with her creative and beautifully designed pieces! Can you say Root Beer! – Tower Craft Beverages is back this week!!! So is Jaju Pierogi who will be there with a special new flavor in store for you! Tons of wonderfully fresh produce as well as 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 North Shore 104.9 Radio for their 1st visit of this season. Known as your “Hometown radio station on the FM dial” they have a great time entertaining shoppers and create the perfect vibe for our Market! Expect fun giveaways and lots of cool tunes. 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.  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.


Before we go to the vendor list, here are this week’s specials and news from our vendors in the order received:

Emmets – If you have a new puppy or just trying to teach your dog new tricks, pick up some Pumpkin Stars. Stars make great training treats for your furry family members and are low in fat.

Flats Mentor Farms wants everyone to know they will be back this week! The cold and rainy May slowed things down so they won’t have their full array of produce but what they will have is sure to be fabulous.

On the Edge Knife Sharpening will be here. Show up early to get in line!

Aaronap Cellars will be bringing back their Summer Blush Rose. With hints of local Concord grapes, this wine has been selling out every week!   Come before it’s gone!

Jaju Pierogi will be bringing back a special new flavor – Reuben – with Pastrami and Sauerkraut!

Charlton Orchards will have Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries!

Habibi Gourmet Food – Now selling 12oz. artichoke spinach hummus.

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’s and Kelly’s Farm will have even more fresh produce as we get further into the summer season. Strawberries should still be available and the other berries are coming into the height of their season. Expect more squash, peas, green tomatoes, onions and much more! Flats Mentor Farms will have herbs and their lovely greens. We hope they have pea tendrils but we’ll have to wait and see.

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. (Note: Charlton’s Patty and Nate Sr. should be back this week).

Fish: Michelle Kraft aka The Fish Lady will be here with great seafood from Red’s Best, whose labels tell you who caught your fish from our local waters. She also offers seafood frozen right off the boat, too, for those who want to have seafood that tastes like fresh later in the week.

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: Deano’s Pasta, Habibi Gourmet, In Good Taste (salsa!) and Jaju Piergo, with their delicious and convenient polish dumplings will be here. Also check out Farmer Dave’s stand for dried apples, jarred sauces, and more made from their produce depending on the week. Charlton Orchards also has tasty jarred salsa and jams from their kitchen.

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery (have you tried their olive bread?), Swiss Bakers (sandwiches, too!) The Popover Lady (the very best popovers including cheese and cinnamon sugar), The Bread Shop (yummy cinnamon buns!), and The Roasted Granola which also offers local honey and locally made Greek yogurt.

Beverages: Pour Man’s Coffee has the very best hot (well, probably just iced this week) or cold coffee and refreshing fruit and tea beverages around. They also have unique treats to enjoy at the market as well as Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home. Tower Craft Beverages will be with us this week with their fantastic Root beer. Aaronap Cellars has a variety of gorgeous wines perfect for your summer picnic!

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles has wholesome treats for dogs AND even some for cats!

Artisans: All About Corks will be here, as will Wakefield’s Hiller’s Silver Studio, and On The Edge Knife Sharpening. Alison Simcox and Doug Heath will also join us with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Middlessex Fells.


Before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com Click the logo or this link to  sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire 2017 season!

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
Market Co-Managers


Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr!
twitter.com/wakefieldfarmmk

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wakefieldfarmersmarket.tumblr.com

Find us on Facebook!
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July 12, 2017
by Wendy Dennis
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July 15, 2017 Preview On The Edge Knife Sharpening, Tower Craft Beverages, Flats REALLY Back! Cheese and Maple, Too!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors.
Check out our Pre-Order Page and our Weekly Specials Page


Even MORE Berries!  Flats is Back!
Looks to be a great day!

Fun News! North Shore 104.9 Radio will be at the market on July 15 for the first visit of this season, starting around 10:00 a.m. Known as your “hometown radio station on the FM dial”, they have a great time entertaining shoppers and create a great market vibe.

Please let your friends know about us! We bring local farm fare, specialty foods, and artisan products to Hall Park (next to Veterans Field) each weekend from mid-June to mid-October. This year the market will be held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. starting June 17 through October 14, 2017.

SNEAK PREVIEW of the July 15 Market Day
  • Flats Mentor Farm is BACK FOR THE SEASON!  YAY!
  • On The Edge Knife Sharpening
  • Jaju Piergo (polish dumplings – really tasty!)
  • All About Corks and Hiller’s Silver Studio
  • West River Creamery and Ackermann Maple Farm are back, too!

Click HERE for this week’s vendor specials and news. It gets updated as the week goes on, so check back, too!


Click HERE for the latest vendor schedule!


Before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.comClick the logo or this link to  sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire 2017 season!

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. 


It is time to vote again via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration! Our farmers market came in 1st in Massachusetts and #22 nationally last year. For more information and to vote, 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. We will let everyone know once Farmer Dave’s has it up and running at our market.


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!Heather Tribe
Market Co-Manager


Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr!
twitter.com/wakefieldfarmmk

instagram.com/wakefieldfarmmk/
wakefieldfarmersmarket.tumblr.com
 
Find us on Facebook!
facebook.com/wakefieldfarmersmarket

July 7, 2017
by Wendy Dennis
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July 8th Market Day! New Vendors Sasquatch Woodworks & Be Uby Rumi! Music by Betty’s Bounce! Blueberries & Raspberries are in!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors.
Check out our Pre-Order Page and our Weekly Specials Page


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!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.comClick the logo or this link to  sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire 2017 season!

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
Market Co-Managers


Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr!
twitter.com/wakefieldfarmmk

instagram.com/wakefieldfarmmk/
wakefieldfarmersmarket.tumblr.com
 
Find us on Facebook!
facebook.com/wakefieldfarmersmarket

July 5, 2017
by Heather Tribe
0 comments

July 8th Preview & Specials! New vendor Sasquatch Woodworks, Music by Betty’s Bounce

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors.
Check out our Pre-Order Page and our Weekly Specials Page

 IT’S BERRY TIME! Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries will all be available at this week’s market.

Let your friends know about us! We bring local farm fare, specialty foods, and artisan products to Hall Park (next to Veterans Field) each weekend from mid-June to mid-October. This year the market will be held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. starting June 17 through October 14, 2017.

SNEAK PREVIEW of the July 8 Market Day

• Farmers will have berries & more!
• Coutts Specialty Foods & Deano’s Pasta
• New Vendor Sasquatch Woodworks!
• Music by Betty’s Bounce
• Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry will be our Nonprofit guest

Click HERE for this week’s vendor specials and news. It gets updated as the week goes on, so check back, too!

Click HERE for the latest vendor schedule!

Before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!

Click this link to  sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire 2017 season!

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!
Heather Tribe
Market Co-Manager


Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr!
twitter.com/wakefieldfarmmk
instagram.com/wakefieldfarmmk/
wakefieldfarmersmarket.tumblr.com
Find us on Facebook!
facebook.com/wakefieldfarmersmarket

June 30, 2017
by Wendy Dennis
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July 1st Market Day Great Weather! Stock up for July 4th! Pony Shack Cider, Aaronap Cellars, Lilac Hedge Meat and LOTS of Yummy Veggies!😀

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors.
Check out our Pre-Order Page and our Weekly Specials Page


Our July 1st market day will feature live music by Eddie Dee, both new vendor Pony Shack Cider and Aaronap Cellars so you can stock up for July 4th, as well as lots of freshly picked produce, pastured farm fare, all kinds of specialty foods, and some 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 Eddie Dee for his 1st visit of this season. Eddie is a local  musician who is also one of the key sound people at Linden Tree Coffeehouse. His smooth voice and wide repertoire folksy tunes are more than a perfect fit for a farmers market, whether you are shopping or want to sit and listen for a spell. 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 be geared toward creating an easy side or two for the July 4th holiday.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.


Before we go to the vendor list, here are this week’s specials and news from our vendors in the order received:

Emmett’s Edibles – Try an Emmett’s assortment pack and get 3 popular treats: beef, peanut butter and cheese!

Farmer Dave’s now has a good daily harvest of kousa, summer, zucchini and some patty pan squash. Also they are now harvesting a good amount of raspberries. Farmer Jane is busy baking some wonderful strawberry breads with our own strawberries!

Pony Shack Cider will be showcasing:

Fifers Dream – Their signature cider, bright crisp and apple forward. Drinking extremely well right now!

Manhattan – A unique take on cider, this barrel aged cider with cherries is their take on the famous cocktail! Limited batch!

Goodies Cookies will be bringing Caramel Corn to munch while watching the Fourth of July parade. (Manager’s Note: This is SERIOUSLY delicious caramel corn!)

They will also have Ice Cream Sandwich Kits: Create your own fireworks with “Over the Top” Fudge and Caramel Sauces to make your own ice cream sandwich sundaes at your holiday BBQ.

This week Aaronap Cellars will bring back their Forest Gold Maple Wine. A GOLD medal winner in the 2017 Best of New England Wine Competition, our Forest Gold is made from pure maple syrup from the Berkshires and sports notes of maple, almond and cloves. Serve by itself or on pancakes and ice cream, this wine is a true dessert in a glass!

Swiss Bakers: We have our amazing Sandwiches back, as well our special for the 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, as well.  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.

Cheese: West River Creamery. Jane and her family make the very best cheese around. Really! Bet you can’t try a sample without buying some.

Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta, Jane’s Old School Kitchen line that you’ll find at West River Creamery’s tent, 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: Aaronap Cellars, Pony Shack Cider and Pour Man’s Coffee. The latter offers hot or cold beverages 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 (treats for dogs AND cats)

Artisans: Kittredge Candles and Sheepshed. Alison Simcox and Doug Heath will also be here with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and the Middlessex Fells.


Coming Up: Music from, to name a few, Betty’s Bounce, and Los Sugar Kings, and a visit from Northshore 104.9. To be scheduled, visits from Drumlin Farms and Curious Creatures. Plus: hold September 9 for the Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away!


Before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com Click the logo or this link to  sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire 2017 season!

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
Market Co-Managers


Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr!
twitter.com/wakefieldfarmmk

instagram.com/wakefieldfarmmk/
wakefieldfarmersmarket.tumblr.com

Find us on Facebook!
facebook.com/wakefieldfarmersmarket

June 28, 2017
by Heather Tribe
0 comments

July 1st Preview and Specials!  Music by Eddie Dee, Great Day to Stock Up for the July 4th Holiday!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors.
Check out our Pre-Order Page and our Weekly Specials Page

SUMMER SQUASH ARE HERE! 

And, plenty of raspberries too!
Let your friends know about us! We bring local farm fare, specialty foods, and artisan products to Hall Park (next to Veterans Field) each weekend from mid-June to mid-October. This year the market will be held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. starting June 17 through October 14, 2017.

SNEAK PREVIEW of the July 1 Market Day
  • Both Aaronap Cellar AND Pony Shack Cider – stock up for the July 4th Holiday!
  • Salem Street Beadery are back!
  • Music by Eddie Dee
  • Strawberry Bread from Farmer Jane of Farmer Dave’s!

Click HERE for this week’s vendor specials and news. It gets updated as the week goes on, so check back, too!


Click HERE for the latest vendor schedule!


Before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.comClick the logo or this link to  sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire 2017 season!

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!Heather Tribe
Market Co-Manager


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June 21, 2017
by Wendy Dennis
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June 24 Preview and Specials! NEW Pony Shack Cider! Barefoot Books, Amy Spillert Performing

  • Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors.
  • Click HERE   for the 2017 complete downloadable vendor schedule.
    NOTE: Always check back for updates!
  • Check out our Pre-Order Page and our Weekly Specials Page

Again, THERE WILL BE STRAWBERRIES!  And, rumor has it raspberries will be making their first appearance, too!

Check back Friday afternoon for ALL the details!

Let your friends know about us! We bring local farm fare, specialty foods, and artisan products to Hall Park (next to Veterans Field) each weekend from mid-June to mid-October. This year the market will be held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. starting June 17 through October 14, 2017.

SNEAK PREVIEW of the June 24 Market Day
  • New Vendor: Pony Shack Cider
  • Barefoot Books
  • Amy Spillert Performing
  • Kittredge Candles
  • Jimmy Fund is our nonprofit guest
  • Pop Up Library!!

NOTE: Flats Mentor Farm will be joining us on July 1 and then be with us for the rest of the season.


Click HERE for this week’s vendor specials and news. It gets updated as the week goes on, so check back, too!

Newsflash: All About Corks had to cancel this week: They will be back on July 15.


We’ll have all the updates in our Friday newsletter, but for now,  here are the vendors who are officially on the schedule to attend the market at least a few times, with some biweekly and weekly, during the market season: Aaronap Cellars, Ackermann Maple Farm, All About Corks, Barefoot Books, The Bread Shop,Charlton Orchards, Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Emmetts Edibles, Farmer Dave’s, The Fish Lady, Flats Mentor Farm, Goodies Homemade, Habibi Gourmet Food, Hiller’s Silver Studio, In Good Taste, Jaju Piergo, Kalaidascope Soap, Kelly’s Farm, Kittredge Candles, Lilac Hedge Farm, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Pony Shack Cider, The Popover Lady, Pour Man’s Coffee, Roasted Granola, Sarah’s Originals, Sasquatch Woodworks, Sheepshed,  Swiss Bakers, Tower Beverages, Trow’s Treasures, and West River Creamery.


Before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com Click the logo or this link to  sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire 2017 season!

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
Co-Market Managers


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June 16, 2017
by Wendy Dennis
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Opening Day June 17 RAIN or SHINE! Plenty of Produce and Farm Fare, Lots of Vendors, Knife Sharpener, Tower, and More!😃

RAIN OR SHINE!!!  Be sure to support your local farmers and vendors


Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors.
Check out our Pre-Order Page and our Weekly Specials Page


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!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com Click the logo or this link to  sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire 2017 season!

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
Market Manager


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May 22, 2017
by Wendy Dennis
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Opening Day June 17! In the Meantime: What IS a Farmers Market, Anyway?

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There are less than 4 weeks to go before the Wakefield Farmers Market launches its 9th season of bringing local farm fare, specialty foods, and artisan products to Hall Park (next to Veterans Field) each weekend from mid-June to mid-October! This year the market will be held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. starting June 17 through October 14, 2017.

FYI: The Los Sugar Kings Duo, upper right in the collage, will be with us July 29!

We’ll have updates and/or farmers market-related information in upcoming emails and web posts in the upcoming weeks, but, today I wanted to share  the column I recently wrote for the Wakefield Daily Item. I decided to use my Friday 5/19 column space to present a history of our market, as well as information about what defines a farmers market, how they benefit their communities, and a Q&A regarding some of the guidelines followed by most farmers markets across the USA and Canada.

Here is the bulk of it with some additions and adaptations:

To start: The mission of the Wakefield Farmers Market (WFM) is to provide locally grown produce and help local farms remain vibrant, as well as promote our town as a cultural arts, recreation, and dining destination so as to bring more business activity to our town, and bring neighbors together to commune and share resources.

Wakefield Farmers Market (WFM), which held its first season in the summer of 2009, was conceived of and created by the Wakefield Initiative, an informal group of residents committed to improving the quality of life in Wakefield. A big thank you to Bill Chetwyn, who is also a long-time WFM volunteer, Anthony Guardia, and Kevin Piskadlo for spearheading the Wakefield Initiative!

Because there is income involved via vendor fees, sponsorships, and, if a nonprofit, grants and donations, a farmers market needs to be a legally recognized entity, whether it be a sole proprietorship, a corporation of some sort, a nonprofit organization, or a program of a nonprofit organization. In addition, it needs insurance, which is provide to us, along with A LOT of advice and support, from Mass Farmers Markets.

Wakefield Climate Action Project (WCAP) a local 501 (c) (3) organization that addresses environmental issues, agreed to adopt the newly forming WFM as one of its projects since efforts supporting local farmers and shopping locally fall within its mission statement.

Wakefield Initiative members Maura Racamato and Kelli Stromski were the Co-Market Managers during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, and, thanks to them, WFM is a popular destination for shoppers and vendors alike. Because I, as a co-founder of WCAP, had already been taking care of the financial and legal end during the first two years, Kelli and Maura thought it made sense to ask me if I could take on the role of Market Manager in 2011 when life changes meant they were not able to continue as managers.

For those not familiar with the Wakefield Initiative, it was a small group of folks whose mission was to implement innovative programs that would positively impact the financial position of the community while also adding to the quality of life within the community, with “making Wakefield a better place to live” a key parameter. A big thank you to Bill Chetwyn, who is also a long-time WFM volunteer, Anthony Guardia, and Kevin Piskadlo for spearheading the Wakefield Initiative!

Given that they brought us the canoe and kayak rental on Lake Quannapowitt and the December Holiday Stroll, the latter now a project of the Wakefield Events Planning Committee, along with our farmers market, I would say they succeeded in their mission!

Now we get to the “What is the definition and mission of a farmers market” part. Here are the minimum qualifications for a Massachusetts Farmers’ Market as deemed by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR):
Two or more farmers primarily selling products grown, produced, or raised by the farmers. The market has set hours of operation and operates on a regular schedule. The products are clearly labeled as to origin. The market complies with all applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations The market must have, and abide by, a set of rules that governs the operation of the market and, at a minimum, assures the primary purpose of a Massachusetts Farmers’ Market as providing a direct marketing opportunity for Massachusetts farmers, foresters and fisheries and addresses the following:
o Terms and conditions of sales, including pricing and labeling
o Vendor eligibility and product source
o Compliance by all vendors with local, state, and federal laws and regulations.

Now, here is the more friendly, but still accurate definition of a farmers market from the Farmers Market Coalition: “A farmers market is a public and recurring assembly of farmers or their representatives selling the food that they produced directly to consumers.”

They continue with “What is at market depends on a combination of location, season, and market rules about what can be sold. Many farmers markets only carry locally-grown, locally-made and/or locally-processed foods, [while many also feature local artisans, as well] and create a system of guidelines that ensure vendors are producing what they are selling.”

So, how does a farmers market help a community? Beyond bringing just-picked produce and creating a pleasant place to shop or just hang out, numerous studies have determined that communities benefit in a number of ways by hosting a farmers market, including increasing traffic to local storefronts, albeit it is apt to take place at a higher rate when the market is directly in the downtown area. But, regardless of the specific location, if the market is successful, which ours is, it helps make a community a “destination location.”

Fun fact: I know of more than a few people who had “town has a farmers market” as a criteria when searching to purchase a new home. Also, according to Kelli Stromski, many current listings on Zillow mention our market as positive feature of our community.

Farmer’s markets, including ours, also benefit the community by providing a free spot for charitable groups to highlight their good works, and provide a valuable venue for the Board of Health to provide flu shots and important information, as well as for groups such as Wakefield Main Streets to highlight all the good things in our downtown area and beyond.

And, while I have yet to find a person or group to take over the “Wakefield Presents” spot that we hosted in 2015 to promote cultural arts in our town, or to take on my idea of a spot that is hosted by, and thus highlights a different merchant each week but that always offers coupons and flyers from any business wanting to participate.

As noted above, farmers markets have rules and guidelines beyond those set by their state and the USDA. As do most, ours includes the “make, bake, or grow it yourself” rule. Why? Because it is all about local and buying direct from the person, or someone hired directly by the person to sell at the market, who has grown or produced the product. That is what folks across the USA and Canada expect to find at a farmers market.

There are also guidelines that makes good business sense, such as not saturating the market with a vendor type and being loyal to current vendors, both critical to a successful market that will support as many farmers as possible. For, bottom line, while a successful farmers market greatly benefits a community, it is all about the farmers. And we are lucky to have some great farmers!


Before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com Click the logo or this link to  sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire 2017 season!

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 look around this website 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
Market Manager


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April 27, 2017
by Wendy Dennis
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MEWA Wrap-Up, April 23 Recipes: Celeriac and Spinach Soup & Roasted Kidney Beans, and Look for WFM News Soon!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors.
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Now that the winter market season is over, it is time to start thinking about our summer farmers market that opens on June 17 and runs through October 14, 2017. The Wakefield Farmers Market is held on Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Hall Park, North Ave, next to Veterans Fields and across from the main entry parking lot of the WMGLD building.

Before we move on, though, I’d like to say a big thank you to all who stopped by the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market this year and in the previous two seasons. Cindy Chabot, the currently outgoing Melrose (Sally Frank) Farmers Market Manager was great to work with, as were all the Melrose staff and volunteers, and I met some great vendors, as well, some of whom you will see at our summer market this year.

While we are proud of creating a pleasant market venue for our farmers, vendors, and customers these past three winter seasons, we have decided to do only the Thanksgiving Harvest market next year and not continue the monthly winter market for the foreseeable future. However, I will be sure to let everyone know where you can find your favorite farmers and vendors next winter. And, who knows, maybe we’ll do an indoor pop-up market or two here in Wakefield to tide us over to the next summer season.


WHAT’S COOKING? Back to the last winter market day: In searching for cooking demo recipe ideas that would highlight vegetables available on our April market day, I found a lovely recipe for Celeriac and Spinach Soup on the United Kingdom Allrecipes site that totally fit the bill. The measurements were all in metric, which led me to make an error when figuring out the amount of water needed, which, happily, led to my discovering that cooked cannellini beans are great for thickening and are also the perfect flavor match for this soup.

I also neglected to think through my saucepan choice when grabbing a size up from the market pan from my own supply of cookware. Note to self: make sure all cookware for demos works on an induction burner. Disaster was averted because Memorial Hall, where the market was located, has a kitchen with a stove.

Because I used way too much water, albeit was able to save the day and create a soup that was rather splendid, if I do say so myself, I made it again at home so I could be sure of the proportions of the veggies to water, etc. before sharing the recipe. The following recipe makes 4 cups of soup, less than the original recipe but easy to halve, double, and adapt to your liking.

Cook’s Note: While you can use a regular vegetable peeler and box grater to prep the celeriac, I (with my arthritic thumb joints) recommend using a ceramic Y type peeler or use a knife to slice off the peel and use the grate option on a food processor if that is an option. Also, although the original recipe calls for “young leaf spinach,” the regular fresh spinach I used, including an inch or two of the stems, cooked down and puréed just fine.

For the soup, I used celeriac and spinach from Farmer Dave’s, an onion from Oakdale Farm, beans from Baer’s Beans, Greek yogurt from The Roasted Granola Co., and Ras el Hanou (an African spice mix that contains nutmeg, among many other ingredients) from Soluna Garden Farm, who will, someday I hope, join our market. They are located in Winchester and also have an online store. I highly recommend you check them via solunagardenfarm.com.

I also sprinkled a bit of tamari over some light red kidney beans from Baer’s Beans that I had cooked earlier, spread them in one layer on a foil-lined tray, and popped them into the market toaster oven preheated to 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. It made for a fun and tasty part crunchy, part chewy, and very nutritious snack. Seconds on samples were requested by many.


Okay – Here is the recipe!

Celeriac and Spinach Soup

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, 5 oz or so, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 celeriac, about 10 oz, peeled and grated to make three cups lightly packed
3 1/2 cups water*
1/2 pound spinach to make 7 cups lightly packed
½ cup cooked cooked cannellini beans* (optional)
½ tsp Ras el Hanou* (or grated nutmeg to taste, see directions, below)
salt (start with ½ tsp) and pepper to taste
1-2 tbsp Greek-style yogurt* per cup, stirred in (optional)

NOTES: *I used plain water, but the veggie stock called for in the original recipe would be a nice addition. I used the beans at the demo and I think they add a wow factor, but my batch at home was also great without them. I highly recommend investing in a jar of Ras el Hanou, but I am sure just the nutmeg that the original recipe calls for would add a lovely touch, as well. As to the yogurt, if you don’t do dairy, leave it out and use the beans if you want a thicker soup.

Directions: Cook the onion and garlic for about 5 minutes or until getting soft. Add the celeriac. Pour in the water of stock. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover the pan, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the celeriac is tender. Stir the spinach into the soup, bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Let the soup cool slightly before puréeing it with an immersion blender or in batches with a standard blender or food processor. Add cooked beans if using, adding water if too thick. Reheat the soup, if necessary, then stir in the Ras el Hanou or a little grated nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt. Or not; it is tasty either way.

This recipe was adapted from http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/2711/celeriac-and-spinach-soup.aspx. I encourage you to check it out as it includes lots of tips for further adaptation.


And, before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com Click the logo or this link to  sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire 2017 season!

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. lightening 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
Market Manager


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