It’s another great day for kids at the market! Holly will do a special Cooking with Kids demonstration over next to the Market Manager tent starting from to 10:15 or so, Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark will be at the market from 11:00 -12:00 with some small creatures for us to meet, and Barefoot Books will be with us all market day long with wonderful books and other educational fare, as well as a nice spot to sit and read a for bit if you’d like. All to live music by Kevin. G Moore starting around 10:30.
Back for her annual visit, Wendy Ernst of Drumlin Farms will be on hand with a number of small furry or feathered animals to meet up close and gently touch. Look for the tent with a back flap in the Special Event Area over toward the lake.
As always, our Chef Holly will do her cooking demo shopping with our farmers that morning and use the fresh ingredients to create a few tasty dishes that bothkids and adults will enjoy. She will be wanting a few assistants, so show up early! There will be samples, of course.
In between these activities, stop by Barefoot Books, where you are welcome to just hang out and read from the most excellent selection of children’s books, many by local authors and illustrators, that Stacey will have with her.
Kevin G. Moore with be with us starting from around 10:30 in the center tent, singing and playing folk tunes, classic favorites, and blues from the soul. Kevin has a gift for capturing the full essence of the lyrics and music with a variety of vocal and guitar-picking styles. He is a class act that you don’t want to miss.
We have two nonprofit guests today, both dealing with worldwide issues. Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM) will be back to publicize The RIM Walk they are holding on October 18 to raise awareness about issues related to refugees, asylum seekers, and asylees on both a global and local scale.
Rotary will also be with us, highlighting the work they do in the worldwide movement to eradicate polio. The club will be offering market visitors a change to take the “Purple Pinkie Pledge.” Health workders typically dye children’s pinkie fingers purple to indicate that the child was vaccinated. Everyone is invited to get their pinkies ink-stamped and then share the message about polio when they are asked why they’re pinkie is purple.
We like to remind folks that, 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.
NEWSFLASH: We are proud to say that our market made it to #1 in Massachusetts and #18 in the top 100 most celebrated farmers markets in the USA in the American Farmland Trust “I Love My Farmers Market” contest. Thank you for your support!
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors!
The fall crops are really starting to come in strong and apples are one of the highlights. Charlton Orchards will again have their fresh apple cider (come early – it goes fast!!) along with produce, wine, pasture-raised beef, honey, and their yummy cider donuts. Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will have their usual assortment of lovely, just picked produce and, as always, Flats Mentor Farm will have their wonderful Asian greens and herbs.
Lilac Hedge Farm will have their great assortment of beef, pork, lamb, and poultry, as well as eggs, beef jerky products, and their own honey. They often have some treats for dogs, too. Copicut Farms will have a variety fresh chicken: whole, parts, and eggs, and they should have more of their pork this week, as well.
Jane of West River Creamery will have a wonderful assortment of delicious hand-crafted cow and goat cheese, and Sandra of Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will be traveling with Jane with her lovely sauces and preserves from locally grown ingredients.
She’s back! Be sure to stop by early to get your choice of fresh seafood from The Fish Lady!
For sweet and savory baked goods, stop by Swiss Bakers, (they have sandwiches, too) Mamandou’s Artisan Bakery, The Popover Lady, and Goodies Cookies, and be sure to get some hot or iced coffee or regular or green tea, mulled cider, or other creative and tasty concoction from the folks at Pour Man’s Coffee.
For a taste of breakfast, The Roasted Granola has amazing granola made from the freshest ingredients, including local honey and fresh Greek olive oil, as well as equally amazing Greek yogurt to accompany. Hopefully they will have their granola bites and bark (with dark chocolate) this week.
Along with baked goods, we have Middle Eastern Foods from Samira’s Homemade, pastas, mozzarella cheese, and more from Fior D’Italia, sweet and savory preserves from Coutt’s Specialty Foods – a market favorite – and, to top it off, 7at9 Bakery will be with us with their totally outrageous cheesecake.
For artisans, along with Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap, Salem Street Beadery will be with us, as well.
To round things off, local authors Doug Heath and Alison Simcox are back this year to sell the books they have authored about local landmarks, one about Lake Quannapowitt and their latest all about Breakheart Reservation. Doug and Alison are also loyal WFM volunteers, stepping to help with set up and breakdown whenever needed.
Coming Up: Bike Clinic courtesy of Mass In Motion on 9/27, The Plein Air Paint Out on 10/4, and more live music and activities still to come!
The Plein Air Paint Out will be held on Saturday October 4 with an October 11 rain date. There will be no registration fee, but please sign up if you are planning to attend. Artists are invited to find a spot somewhere around Lake Quannopowitt to paint from 9:00 a.m.-noon and then display their painting for sale, along with up to three additional works, from noon-1:00 p.m. at the market.
See the Plein Air link in the top menu of this website or click HERE to learn more and sign up to paint.
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 through October 18, 2014. Please visit www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org often for a complete listing of vendors and upcoming events and be sure to sign up for our email newsletter. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. See you at the Market!