Wakefield Farmers Market

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Updates for March 15 : Portrait Artist, Kids Cooking Demo, Spring Greens!

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Photo of greens from Farmer Dave’s taken in February. They will be ready for our March 15 market!

Check back soon for news about April 19, our final winter market date of the season!  In the meantime, read on for what was happening at our March Market Day.

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Scroll down for all the news, but here are some updates and highlights from below so you know all about this great market day coming up.

AND, be sure to come “weather” or not!
Just the freshly picked spinach, arugula, and other greens will be worth the trip.
Our vendors will thank you, too!

Here are the Highlights and Updates:

(Just a few more spots to fill on our volunteer team! Please consider helping out – it’s fun! CLICK HERE for info and signup options.)

NEW!  Local artist Anita Roy Dobbs will be on hand to draw pencil sketch portraits – for free! Just take a seat or seat your child, spouse or friend in the “subject chair” and, in 5-10 minutes, you’ll have a lovely sketch to take home and frame.  This is sure to be popular, so you might have to take a number and wait your turn.  Look for Anita on the 2nd level.


KIDS COOKING DEMO! To celebrate this important day, Chef Holly Pierce, aka Miss Holly, will be creating this month’s cooking demo especially for our youngest cooks, since teaching our children well is the best way to ensure a better and healthier tomorrow.  But, be warned: adults will be sure to also enjoy this fun, informative, and tasty demonstration!  Holly will start food prep at around 1:00 p.m. on the upper level. To learn more or contact Miss Holly, see www.thesoulchef.com or email holly@thesoulchef.com.

Adding to the fun, Lynn Huston of Melrose will be following Holly with a video camera as she decides what to make while selecting ingredients from the vendors and then prepares a number of tasty dishes for folks to sample.  Once produced, the video will be available on the market websites and via our local public access stations.


UPDATE: Alison of Coutt’s Specialty Foods will NOT be able to be with us this month. She will be back on April 19.


See the list below for all the specials, but we just learned that Lilac Hedge will have plenty of Lamb Shanks and also have a new breakfast sausage that is spectacular! If you are on Facebook, check out their page. They have posted some very interesting and informative information about how they harvest their meats. E.g. the slaughter house they use most was designed by reknown animal behavior specialist Temple Grandin.

See also Welcome to Adams Family Farm for more info.


Did you know that Farmer Dave of Farmer Dave’s travels in the winter to teach people in other countries about sustainable farming methods?
Click HERE to read some of his thoughts upon returning from Ethiopia.


And here is the original newsletter that went out a few days ago – read on for ALL the details!

The Melrose/Wakefield Monthly Winter Farmers Market will hold its next market day on Sunday March 15, 2015 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main St in Melrose, and will continue on with its final winter season market day on April 19.

We had to miss our February date due to stormy weather, but promise an extra special day on March 15, with the arrival of freshly picked spring greens, products and specials just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Passover, and Easter, and tasty Ethiopian food to try or prepare at home from new vendor Adey Foods.

Be sure to check our website for updates, but here is a taste of what our vendors have told us:

•    Farmeeggsr Dave’s will have plenty of greenhouse greens, including bok choy, arugula, elegance mix, spicy mix, tatsoi, and lettuce, as well as heads of cabbage to go with your St. Paddy’s Day meal.
•    Shady Pine Farm will have all cuts of lamb and large briskets, also, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
•    For a quick anytime meal, Fior D’Italia (The Pasta Man) will offer three packages of pastas (not including ravioli) for $12.
•   leaf_clover_clip_art_11141 Far From the Tree Cider will bring their newly released their spring/summer varietal, Sprig, made with cascade hops and fresh mint.
•    For dessert, you can get delicious Shamrock Shortbread Cookies from Goodies Homemade.

We will continue providing a “café seating” area on the stage where you can take a break from shopping and enjoy a tasty beverage or baked treat from Pour Man’s Coffee, a sweet from Spindler’s Confections, a bite of Ethiopian food, or a cup of delicious clam chowder from Roberto’s Seafood.

We were pleased to discover that there is more to celebrate than the Ides of March on Sunday. It turns out that our March 15 market day coincides with World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD). Coordinated by Consumers International (CI), this year’s focus is “helping consumers choose healthy diets.”

WCRD was inspired by the address that President John F Kennedy gave to the US congress on March 15, 1962, in which he formally addressed the issue of consumer rights. He was the first world leader to do so, and, for this reason, the consumer movement now marks March 15 every year as a means of raising global awareness about consumer rights.

The-Soul-Chef-Logo-3To celebrate this important day, Chef Holly Pierce, aka Miss Holly, will be creating this month’s cooking demo especially for our youngest cooks, since teaching our children well is the best way to ensure a better and healthier tomorrow.  But, be warned: adults will be sure to also enjoy this fun, informative, and tasty demonstration!  Holly will start food prep at around 1:00 p.m. on the upper level. To learn more or contact Miss Holly, see www.thesoulchef.com or email holly@thesoulchef.com.

Adding to the fun, Lynn Huston of Melrose will be following Holly with a video camera as she decides what to make while selecting ingredients from the vendors and then prepares a number of tasty dishes for folks to sample.  Once produced, the video will be available on the market websites and via our local public access stations.

logoThere will also be handouts about World Consumer Rights Day and healthy recipes available at the Manager Table.

As always, there will be plenty of locally grown produce including spring greens, winter squash, beets, onions, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, kale, collards, spinach, and Brussels sprouts, pasture-raised meats, poultry, eggs, and cheese, hard cider, fresh fish, dips, spreads, sweet and savory preserves, fresh baked goods, granola, seasoning mixes, teas, cheesecake, hand crafted candy, root and ginger beers, soaps, candles, and herbal products and handmade crafts.

Here are the vendors coming on March 15:

Farms and Food: Farmer Dave’s, Oakdale Farms, Red Fire Farm, Lilac Hedge Farm, Shady Pine Farm, West River Creamery, The Fish Lady, Roberto’s Seafood, Adey Foods, Bondat Foods, Samira’s Homemade (Middle Eastern Foods), In Good Taste (Pam’s Salsa), Fior D’Italia (The Pasta Man), Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, Goodies Homemade, 7ate9 Bakery (Cheesecake!), Roasted Granola Co., Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, Doves and Figs, Soluna Garden Farm, Spindler’s Confections, Eventide Confections, and, for our canine and feline friends, Emmett’s Edibles

Beverages: Pour Man’s Coffee, Tower Root Beer, Far From the Tree Cider, and Down East Cider.

Artisans: Halls Sugar Scrubs, Kittredge Candles, Mary Ellen Crafts, Sarah’s Originals, and  Trow’s Treasures

In addition, there will be live music all market day by banjo extraordinaires Ed Britt and Don Borchelt.

snapAlong with credit and debit cards via our Market Bucks system, the Winter Market also welcomes SNAP/EBT transactions in exchange for Market Bucks. The Winter Market will match SNAP/EBT purchases up to $5 per visit so all of our neighbors can afford to eat healthy local foods. Just stop by the Market Manager Table.

SURVEY SAYS:  We are currently running an online survey to help us decide what hours to hold the winter market next year. Click HERE to take the survey.  Folks without online access can get a hard copy survey to fill out at the Market Manager Table during the next two market dates. Please take part in the survey.  It is YOUR market!

nofarms-e1323286753753A reminder: Our local farmers provide safe, nutritious food and also jobs that help boost our economy. Farmers Markets provide a unique opportunity for our farmers to sell the foods they raise directly to us, the consumer, which is good for all involved. And, our other vendors, while adding value to the market with their unique products, also benefit from selling directly to us. It’s a win-win and, by taking part, you are helping to create a more vibrant community and economy for everyone.

For updates about the market and more, be sure to check  back here at www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org or www.melrosefarmersmarket.org and/or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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See you at the market!


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