Don’t forget! The Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market, back for its 2nd season, will hold its first market day of the season this Sunday, November 22 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street Melrose. This monthly event will continue on 3rd Sunday of the month from December through April, including December 20, January 17, February 21, March 20, and April 17. There is plenty of parking out back and we are conveniently located on the 136/137 bus line.
There will be plenty of farm, specialty foods, and beverages from which to stock your cupboard, fridge, and freezer for the holidays, as well as a nice selection of artisan vendors with great gift selections for the holidays.
Please note the new time frame of 11:00 – 3:00 that was chosen after analyzing data collect by via an online survey from both our customers and our vendors.
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AND: CLICK HERE to Help Make it All Happen! Volunteers still needed to take an hour shift to count folks as they enter and at least one more to help with breakdown at the end of the day. Just click the link to go to our VolunteerSpot page!
NEW: This year, we are taking advantage of the space in the lowest level of the hall, accessible by elevator or stairs from the entrance. Along with a handicraft vendor or two, Jessica Buster, who presents monthly at the Melrose Public Library, will be leading sing-alongs for kids three times during the day in that area.
Also for the kids: Stacey of Barefoot Books will be with us the first two market dates, bringing award-winning books, CDs, and gifts for children. Be sure to stop by up on the stage to check out new titles and other educational fare, or to just hang out and read a book or two.
Ed Britt and Don Borchelt will provide the perfect background music for a harvest-time market day, 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 can often be found busking during the warm months in Harvard Square and at local farmers markets.
Miss Holly will start her cooking demonstration in the upper level around noon. As always, she will create recipes based on produce and other product purchased that morning and will have samples for you to try. All recipes are posted on our website and available as handouts at the market. For more about Holly, see thesoulchef.com.
The Health Department that Melrose and Wakefield share will have a table in the main hall offering Healthy Food and Food Safety information. While it may only be staffed until 12:15, you can stop by any time during the day to pick up flyers and more. And, as you enter the lobby, you’ll find folks from the Melrose Energy Commission sharing information about a new electric bill change happening in Melrose.
We will once again have a café area on the stage where you can take a break from shopping and enjoy a beverage and a snack. And yes, Pour Man’s Coffee will be there!
Most of our summer Wakefield Farmer Market vendors will be attending most market days, although Atlantic Saltworks and Kitteredge Candles, and UPDATE: 7ate9 Bakery will NOT be starting until the December 20. On The Edge Knife Sharpening will also be starting in December.
NEWFLASH: If you are looking to stock up on maple products or purchase some for holiday gifts, don’t miss the November 22 market day, which is the ONLY winter market day that Ackermann’s Maple Farm will be with us this winter season.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for –
this month’s vendors!
For produce, we will have Farmer Dave’s, Dick’s Market Garden, and, back again this winter, Oakdale Farm, with the latter also offering eggs from their farm.
For pasture-raised meats, poultry, and eggs, as well as their honey, Lilac Hedge Farm will be with us, as well as Melrose favorite Shady Pine Farm. And, to round things out, West River Creamery, with their award-winning cheeses, will be here.
We will have plenty of seafood, with The Fish Lady and Roberto’s Seafood both on hand, and Bondat Foods will be at the market with their fabulous spice rubs and seasonings that make any dish, meat, fish, poultry, or vegetable, extra special.
We’ll have great Middle Eastern fare from Samira’s Homemade, the best of salsa from In Good Taste, and, new to us this year, gourmet pastas and more from Deano’s Pasta.
You’ll have plenty of baked goods from which to choose: Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, The Popover Lady, Swiss Bakers, and, for the best cookies, Goodies Homemade. NEW for Wakefield folks: Lulu’s Gluten Free Foods will also be with us.
The Roasted Granola with have their delectable granola, granola bites, and Sophia’s homemade Greek yogurt, and Coutt’s Specialty Foods and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, will each have a great selection of sweet and savory sauces and preserves.
Soluna Garden Farm, offers hand mixed spice blends, teas, and salts, and, stop by Spindler Confections where you can get all kinds of confections including caramels, brittles, fudge, chocolates.
Tower Root Beer will be coming each month with their wonderful sodas, including their signature root beer, their new grape soda, the best ginger beer around, and more.
For adult beverages, you can choose from (or have some of both) lovely wines from Aaronap Cellars and tasty hard cider from Downeast Cider. Both are award-winning and delicious.
And, for the best coffee and other beverages, plus unique baked goodies, don’t miss a stop at Pour Man’s Coffee!
For artisans, we will have Kaleidescope Soap, Mary Ellen Crafts, Sarah’s Originals, Trow’s Treasures and Wicked Good Soap. Perfect for holiday and hostess gift shopping!
As always, the market accepts SNAP benefits and will match up to $10 per market day, and “market money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card. NOTE: you can exchange any Wakefield Market Bucks that you may still have for Melrose market money at the Market Manager Table.
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