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NEWSFLASH! TAKE NOTE, it’s time to VOTE! It is time to keep our market on the map via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration!
Last year our farmers market came in 1st in Massachusetts and #22 nationally in the “People’s Choice” and “Pillar of the Community” categories. The contest runs until September 22, at which time American Farmland Trust will present awards to the most endorsed markets in four special areas, as well as the “People’s Choice” award at the end of the Celebration.
BANJOS! And a FIDDLE! We will have two of the best old-timey banjo musicians around playing at our market this week. Ed Britt and Don Borchelt will be back, playing five-string banjo duets in the old-time clawhammer and three finger styles of banjo picking. Ed and Don are both multiple past winners of the annual Lowell Fiddle and Banjo Contest. They are joined by fiddler John Maguire. John says he really enjoys playing fiddle with “Texas headphones” on each ear! These talented gentlemen will be playing most of the day.
The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by
The Wakefield Memorial High School Alumni Foundation (WMHSAF) will be our nonprofit guest this week. Founded in 2006, the foundation’s mission is to work with the administration and community to support the education of our students. Along with supporting specific special projects, WMHSAF gives a $500 scholarship to a graduating student each year and presents an Alumni Hall of Fame award on a biannual basis. Stop by and show your support by purchasing a handy seat cushion decorated with the WMHS logo to use at sporting events, as a kneeler in your garden, or just to dress up your den or family room.
The Wakefield Beebe Library Pop Up Library is here for their monthly visits! Along with learning about the wonderful programs offered by the library, you can check out books, and even sign up for a library card if you don’t have one. I hear there will be plenty of cookbooks on hand for borrowing. STORY TIME will be at 10:30! And, all through the day, supplies (as long as they last) will be on hand for kids to make nature suncatchers from paper plates, ribbon, contact paper, and bits of nature that the kids can collect!
Suman Shah of Fork on a Road (forkonaroad.com) will in the Market Kitchen Tent to create a quick, easy, and tasty recipe or two featuring produce available at the market that morning. You will find the Market Kitchen tent to the left of the Market Manager tent. Cooking demos typically start around 10:00 a.m. Stop by to try a bite! You can also find our recipes on our new Market Kitchen Tent website: wfmmarketkitchen.site You can go directly to our new site (and be sure to bookmark it!) or click the link to it via our main website.
Yarrow will be with us making his magic with balloons, the Kid’s Activity tent will be stocked with plenty of paper and crayons, and we always have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages.
Before we go to the vendor list, here are this week’s specials and news from our vendors:
- A&D Books have a new book, The Lost Mill Village of Middlesex Fells, on sale at a great price, and are still offering Breakheart Reservation at a reduced price!
- Habibi Gourmet will have eggplant salad this week. Very tasty!
- Swiss Bakers will have more of their fabulous sandwiches
- The Popover Lady will have popovers large and small, plain, Asiago and cinnamon sugar, and special jalapeño cheese flavor, assorted scones and fruit pies.
- Emmett’s Edibles – Pick three of your dog’s favorite flavors and save. Choose from pumpkin, carrot, blueberry, cheese, peanut butter, molasses, and an herb that smells like pizza…yup it really does!
- And, don’t forget, SNAP folks can get their HIP benefits at Farmer Dave’s.
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!
Dried Legumes: Farmer Dave’s has Baer’s Beans!
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm has a great assortment of locally raised meats, poultry, and eggs, along with their local. honey. Charlton Orchards also always has eggs along with their other family farm fare.
Cheese: West River Creamery will really be back this week with their fabulous hard, soft, and marinated cheeses. The best!
Seafood: The Fish Lady will be here with the freshest of locally caught seafood. Best to show up early to be sure you can get your first choice.
Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta, Habibi Gourmet ( Middle Eastern food) and In Good Taste are all here. Farmer Dave’s stand has dried apples, jarred sauces, and REALLY scrumptious fruit breads and more made from their produce depending on the week. Charlton Orchards also has tasty jarred salsa, and jams, and pickles, and delicious pastries and other baked treats from their kitchen, plus their famous cider donuts!
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, (caramel corn and cookies) Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, (sandwiches, too) The Bread Shop, The Popover Lady (pies, too), and Roasted Granola, which also. offers local honey and locally made Greek yogurt.
Beverages: Did you know Charlton Orchards has apple cider? They do. For super hard cider, Pony Shack Cider is here this week, and as always, Pour Man’s Coffee, has the best coffee around, as well as refreshing fruit and tea beverages. They also have 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 has wholesome treats for dogs AND even some for cats, plus hey alwys have fun weekly specials.
Artisans: A&D Books, Be U by Rumi (jewelry) and Sasquatch Woodworks.
NEWSFLASH!: On The Edge Knife Sharpening HAD TO CANCEL due to illness. Check Back for updates.
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.
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. This is in addition to HIP. Do your HIP shopping first, THEN stop by for your Snap Match!
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