It looks to be a fine weather day for our first market day of the fall season. Our awesome banjo duo is back to provide great music during the day, Miss Holly will be cooking up healthy, tasty recipes in the Market Kitchen Tent, and the Wakefield Health Department will be here with bicycle helmets for sale and flu shots for $10 or free with your participating insurance card. As to fruits and veggies, there are still plenty of summer crops and an ever-growing number of fall season produce coming in, so come ready to shop.
The Wakefield Board of Health will be back with lots of information about the new biking and pedestrian programs, Wake-Up, (Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition), and Mass in Motion-Melrose/Wakefield, which works to help folks make easy yet effective healthy lifestyle choices. They will also have their high quality bicycle helmets on sale for $15, courtesy of the Wakefield Board of Health as well as flu shots. Here is the official word: The flu vaccine is free with the following insurances: Tufts, Harvard Pilgrim, Blue Cross of Massachusetts, Unicare, Fallon, Health New England, Neighborhood Health Plan, BMC Healthnet, Newtork Health, Cigna, Celticare, MassHealth and Medicare Part B. The vaccine is $10 for those without one of the accepted insurances. Bring your insurance card(s) or a copy of with you.
NEW! Presto! Music, a music referral and networking service, will be sponsoring a tent/table to support the “presenting arts”. On various weeks, folks will have a chance to get information and talk to representatives of the Standing Room Only concert series, Wakefield Repertory Theatre, the Sweetser Lecture Series, Wakefield Music Boosters and other established Wakefield organizations. Look for the Wakefield Presents! banner.
Miss Holly will be here this week cooking in the “Market Kitchen” using produce and products that she will purchase that morning at the market. Along with providing a few healthy, easy, tasty recipes that you can sample that morning, Holly has a wealth of knowledge she is happy to share, including cooking tips, ways to make food fun for kids, and how to transition to a more healthy way of eating that works for you. All recipes are posted on our website and available as handouts at the market. For more about Holly, see thesoulchef.com.
Our super banjo duo, comprised of Don Borchelt of Stoneham and Ed Britt of Wakefield, will be back. Don recently suffered an arm injury but is back in excellent form, albeit he may need to take a few breaks here and there. Ed and Don, both multiple past winners of the annual Lowell Fiddle and Banjo Contest, play five-string banjo duets in the old-time clawhammer and three finger styles of banjo picking. They can often be found busking during the warm months in Harvard Square and at local farmers markets.
We expect either Yarrow or Blake the Balloon Guy to be on hand, ready to take requests for balloon art creations, our Kids Activity Tent will have paper, crayons, and scavenger hunt sheets to choose from, and there will, as always, be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages.
And, before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed.
You can sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire season.
HELP!!! As of Friday morning, we need people for table shifts, setup, and breakdown, and, also, someone to fetch the signs at the highway exits and around the lake at the end of the day. Note: The sign fetching is a good “partners” project: one to drive, the other to jump out and back in quickly with the signs. 🙂
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.
Thank you to: Janice and Lisa for already signing up! to help on 9/26! Click HERE to learn about all the volunteer opportunities. Thank you all!
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.
We made #1 in Massachusetts and #17 Nation-wide in the Amercian Farmland Trust Farmers Market Celebreation! Click HERE and scroll down for complete results.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors!
Just like last week, we are still in that time of year when just about everything is in season, and Farmer Dave’s, Kelly’s Farm, and Charlton Orchards will have plenty of stone fruits, joined by a growing assortment of apples and pears, and corn, greens, eggplant, and beans lined up with even more hard squash, gourds, and just dug potatoes. Charlton Orchards will also have fresh cider, pasture raised –raised beef and eggs, and stop by early to get gorgeous cut flowers from Kelly’s Farm. Flats Mentor Farm will, as always have a lovely selection of Asian greens, daikon radish, beets, squash, Asian cucumbers, and more, as well as beautifully fragrant fresh herbs. We are lucky to have great farmers with consistently wonderful harvests!
Copicut Farms will have their freshly slaughtered chicken, eggs, and their own pork, and Lilac Hedge Farm is here for their biweekly visit, bringing assorted cuts of beef, lamb, pork, and poultry, as well as eggs, beef jerky sticks, and local honey. All of the meats, poultry, eggs, and cheese from our farmers are from pasture-raised animals.
Unfortunately, Jane and West River Creamery will not be able to join us this week and may not be back this season. Everything is okay, but some scheduling issues have come up. She will do her best to come back for at least our last market day on 10/17. Because they travel from Vermont together, we won’t be seeing Sandy and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, either. The excellent news is that both Jane and Sandy will be joining us for the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Market. More about that coming soon!
Michelle, our super The Fish Lady, will as always, have fresh, locally caught seafood, labeled with the fisherman who made the catch, as well as with advice for storing and preparing your purchases. Be sure to get there early for the widest selection.
It’s just one of those weeks: Fior D’Italia will not be here this week but WILL be back next week for the rest of the season!
The Popover Lady will have scrumptious fruit pies and sweet and savory popovers, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery will have their lovely assortment of artisan breads, including their superb sourdough loaf. And for the best cookies, you only need to stop by Goodies Homemade. Swiss Bakers is here, too, with all your favorite baked goods as well as sandwiches.
7ate9 Bakery will be here for their biweekly visit, with amazing cheesecakes, frozen cheesecake pops, single-serve cookies, and really delicious and healthy wrap – perfect for a lakeside picnic lunch!
For breakfast at home or at the market, The Roasted Granola has yogurt, too! Thy have bite-size snacks and wonderful local honey, as well. For the very best Middle Eastern food, look no further than Samira’s Homemade for dips, spreads, breads, grape leaves, and more.
Be sure to visit In Good Taste (Pam’s Salsa), here for their biweekly visit, For the best salsa and salsatina, (pea pesto). Ackermann’s Maple Farms will also be with us this week, with lovely maple products from Vermont, as will Bondat Foods, with their truly amazing rubs and seasonings. Try the sample pack – they are all excellent!
Downeast Cider House is here for their bi-weekly visit. They offer a variety of their standard and seasonal flavors, including Original, Unoriginal, and in this fall season, Pumpkin, which is quite good. If you can’t make up your mind after sampling, you can get a variety pack of 9 cans of your choice.
As always, you can get most excellent hot and cold Fair Trade coffee and tea, as well as hot and cold fruit concoctions from Pour Man’s Coffee. They also have rotating assortment of really unique and totally delicious baked treats. You can also purchase their special blend of Dean’s Beans Fair Trade coffee by the 1 pound bag.
Emmett’s Edibles is here today, too – stop by for the best pet treats around!
Both of our fine soap makers, Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap, will be here, each with their unique line of products, as well as our favorite jewelry artisan, Salem Street Beadery.
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 starting June 20 through October 17, 2015.
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 and Twitter. See you at the Market!