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UPDATE: Emmett’s Edibles will not be able to attend our market today. We hope to see them next week!
This week’s market day will feature a return visit by the delightful singer songwriter Amy Spillert, the Wakefield Educational Foundation (with calendars!)as our nonprofit guest, and Barefoot Books, along with our farmers and other vendors with the best and freshest farm fare, specialty foods, and artisan products around. The Wakefield Farmers Market takes place at Hall Park, on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt, each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from June 18 through October 15, 2016.
Singer songwriter Amy Spillert is back for her 2nd visit to grace us with her folky and upbeat tunes that include original songs inspired by the ocean, nature, history, love, and friendship. She also has a set of cover tunes that are a perfect fit for farmers markets and fun family songs. Plus, she has an absolutely beautiful voice. Music will start around 10:00 a.m.
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. WEF awarded grants totaling 28,000 in the 2015-2016 school year. Be sure to stop by and help them kick off their major fundraiser by purchasing one of their lovely calendars featuring original artwork by students of all ages and the 2016-2017 school calendar details. It is truly an investment in our future.
Barefoot Books will be here with award-winning books and other fun and educational materials for young folks. Be sure to stop by to see what’s new or to just hang out and read a story. We are so glad to have this great resource back at our market this year!
WHAT’S COOKING? Last week we made Quick Zucchini and Eggplant Sauté with Tomato and Basil, featuring Sicilian eggplant from Farmer Dave’s, lovely zucchini from Kelly’s Farm, tomatoes from both, and amazing parsley and Thai basil from Flats Mentor Farm. Recipes are posted on our website and hard copies are available at the Market Kitchen tent. Stop by between 10-11 or so to find out what the cooking demo will be about this week. Right now it looks like it will feature sugar pumpkin (that is a picture of the test run) although bitter melon was in the running, as well. As always, all the main ingredients will be sourced that morning from our farmers and specialty food vendors. And remember: If you see something at one of our farmers’ tents that you want to try, let us know and we will get it, wash it off, and chop or slice it up for you to try!
Yarrow or Blake will be with us this week bringing their super balloon twisting skills, we will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper and crayons. As always, there will be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages, and we now have an extra tent and chairs set up so folks can take a break from shopping in a bit of shade. FYI, the picture is of the Market Manager’s stepdaughter and grandkids from Arkansas getting balloons from Yarrow last week.
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.
Give it a try – it’s fun!
Thank you to Alison, Debbie, Dianna, Doug, Henry, Janice, and Marietta for signing up!
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.
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/market/wakefield-farmers-market-ma/ , or use the handy link on our wakefieldfarmersmarket.org website to “recommend” our Wakefield Farmers Market. Right now we are at #1 in only 3 out of 5 categories in Massachusetts but holding in #19 – 21, depending on the category, in the USA. If you already voted, ask a friend to vote! The contest runs until September 21, 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. Help keep is on the map!
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors!
NEWSFLASH: West River Creamery and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will NOT be here this week but will both be back for the rest of the season on September 10. Coutt’s Specialty foods is also taking this weekend off but will be back September 17.
Produce: Apples are definitely in as we enter the full harvest season! Hard/winter squashes (sugar pumpkins are in!) are starting to make their appearance while all the summer bounty of corn, tomatoes, peppers, melons, berries, greens, beans, squash, tomatillos and more are in abundance at Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm. Flats Mentor Farm will have their lovely Asian greens, select root veggies, and summer squashes, as well as the very best fresh herbs including parsley, mint, two varieties of basil, and cilantro.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm raises cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens to produce healthy and delicious steaks, chops, ribs, and sausages, as well as ground beef, pork, and lamb, and poultry and eggs. They also offer CSA shares which can be picked up at our market. Fun Fact: Owners Tom and Ryan have a pet camel named Joshua and a water buffalo named Bear. Really!
Seafood: The Fish Lady will be here with an assortment of freshly caught local seafood. She often sells out of at least some types early on, but you can always call Michelle at 781-929-5358 or email her via email@example.com to place a special order.
Specialty Foods: Deano’s, Pasta will be here with their super pastas, raviolis, and sauces that you can pop in your freezer to have on hand for gourmet meal in minutes, and you will find the very best Middle Eastern foods at Samira’s Homemade to take home or enjoy as a picnic lunch on the shore of our Lake Quannapowitt; just bring a blanket!
Baked Goods: you will find amazing loaves at Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, a variety of sweet and savory breads and treats, including really yummy sandwiches, at Swiss Bakers, amazing popovers, as well as scones and pies, from The Popover Lady. and most excellent granola at the Roasted Granola tent. They also bring locally made Greek yogurt and local honey to make for a perfect breakfast. And don’t forget Goodies Homade for the BEST cookies.
Beverages: Downeast Cider House is here this week with refreshing summer flavors and well as their amazing pumpkin cider. It is REALLY good. Pour Man’s Coffee will or course be here with their fruit, team and coffee beverages and uniquely delicious baked goods. You can also purchase Fair Trade coffee that Dean’s Beans blends especially for them.
Pet Treats: Don’t forget your canine and feline friends! You can get great pet treats from Emmett’s Edibles.
Artisans: As noted above, Barefoot Books is here, and Kittredge Candles will be making their 2nd of three visits of the season this week. Bead happy is back, too, with lovely woven bead jewelry and more! Alison Simcox and Doug Heath will also join us with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Fellsway.
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.
COMING UP: For music, September 10: Kev G Mor, September 17: Kali Stoddard-Imarin, September 24: Banjo extra-ordinaires Ed Britt and Don Borchelt. Also, the Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away will take place on September 10, Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark will make their annual appearance on September 24. And there is still more in the planning, including a fun pop-up art program for kids on 10/15!
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 18 through October 15, 2016.
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!Wendy Dennis