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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! Go to: markets.farmland.org and type in 01880, or use the handy link on our wakefieldfarmersmarket.org website to “recommend” our Wakefield Farmers Market. 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.
Curious Creatures will be at the market from 11:00 – noon with interesting animals to learn about, see, and touch, under the guidance of a professional, of course! We never know which animals will be visiting, but there could be a snake, a rabbit, a gecko or even a chinchilla, so be sure to bring yourself and children of all ages to see what creatures you can meet.
Local musician Eddie Dee, man of many songs, will be here. Eddie has been playing out for years and is also one of the key sound people at Linden Tree Coffeehouse. His smooth voice and wide repertoire folksy tunes and more are a perfect fit for a farmers market, whether you are shopping or want to sit to listen for a spell.Music will start around 10:00 a.m.
The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by
Our nonprofit guest this week is the Wakefield Educational Foundation (WEF), a community- based organization dedicated to enhancing the educational experience for all students in the Wakefield Public School System. Be sure to stop by and help them kick off their major fundraiser by purchasing one of their lovely and useful calendars featuring original artwork by students of all ages and the 2017-2018 school calendar details. It is truly an investment in our future.
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.
NEWSFLASH! Barefoot Book’s is here this week! Be sure to stop by to peruse their award-winning books and other fun and educational materials or to just hang out and read a story. Just super books and more for kids.
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:
Pony Shack Cider will be showcasing their Barrel-Me-Over and Manhattan, their two whiskey barrel aged ciders, the perfect way to welcome apple season!
Kittredge Candles: Fall Fragrances are here!
Farmer Dave’s: BOGO! We have a nice pint mixture of many types of cherry/grape tomatoes – buy one get one free this market!
This will be the last week of donut peaches and we have a lot of nice peaches and nectarines.
Also: Stock up on cone peppers-red, yellow, orange – great in salads, great for cooking, great for freezing. With this cool weather, our cauliflower and broccoli is coming out of the fields beautiful.
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: As always, 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.
NEWSFLASH: West River Creamery will not be here this week but will be back on September 9.
Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta, and Habibi Gourmet ( Middle Eastern food) are here. Farmer Dave’s stand has dried apples, jarred sauces, and scrumptious fruit cake bread 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.
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: Pony Shack Cider, with their exceptional hard cider, and Pour Man’s Coffee, the latter with the cold brew coffee and 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!
Artisans: A&D Books, Barefoot Books, Kittredge Candles, and Sarah’s Original, with handmade aprons, potholders, and more.
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.
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