Beautiful weather is expected for our Saturday, August 24 market. The Wakefield Farmers Market brings peak local summer freshly picked fruits and veggies, the best fish, meat, dairy & cheeses, flower bouquets that will last for weeks, the yummiest baked goods and breads, syrups, jellies, jams you can only find at the market plus, lots of activities to Hall Park (next to Veterans Field, GPS 468 North Ave Wakefield MA) each Saturday now through October 12, 2019.
This week we have The Magic of Yarrow balloon twisting and face painting, Henna by Kayla, kid’s activity tent stocked with drawing materials. Plus new hula hoops, jump ropes, and sidewalk chalk. The market is a great place to shop, have a picnic, play, or just hang out on the shore of Lake Quannapowitt.
Our music tent will feature Betty’s Bounce, featuring local guitarists Audie and Zach Bridges and joined by Curtis Doo on the double bass, the band will play their special take on Django, Swing, and Gypsy jazz. The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by The Savings Bank.
Our guest will be taking a break this weekend. Be sure to check out our website for all our Market Kitchen recipes, always quick, easy and delicious. Thanks to The Wakefield Cooperative Bank, our Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food Education sponsor.
The Wakefield Educational Foundation (WEF) is our non-profit guest this week. They will be offering families a 13 month calendar featuring the full Wakefield Public School calendar including vacations, holidays, staff development days and the 6-day cycle. The calendar features artwork by many of the talented student artists in each of Wakefield’s public schools. Calendars are $20 and all proceeds from the sales support WEF grants which provide enriching programs that benefit all students in all of the Wakefield Public Schools. This year marks WEF’s 30th anniversary. Since WEF’s founding in 1989 WEF has awarded over $350,000 in grants to support innovative enrichment programs in the Wakefield Public Schools. This year alone, over $30,000 was awarded, the most every in WEF’s 30 year history.
A Call to Local Charitable Organizations! Now is the time to act if you would like a free spot at our market this season. Just go to the Nonprofit Group page on wakefieldfarmersmarket.org, review the guidelines to make sure you fit the criteria, and then download the application form and scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a few possible dates. You can also mail your application to WFM, PO Box 1426 Wakefield MA 01880.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – the official list of week’s vendors!
Produce: It’s Peach Season! And corn, tomatoes, greens, you get the picture. Farmer Dave’s will have their amazing potted plants, and lots of fresh greens! Stop by Fay Mountain Farm’s booth and grab a few of their famous zucchini for stuffing, the yummiest grape tomatoes and juicy peaches. Kelly’s Farm will have their gorgeous fresh cut flower bouquets and delicious, fresh sweet corn.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will have all you need for locally raised meats, and poultry. Try their farm fresh eggs, and the chicken is the best.
Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood will have plenty of fresh seafood on hand. You can even pre-order and have it ready for you at the market. Call Roberto’s Seafood for details (617) 529-5701. Eat more fish!
Cheese: West River Creamery with the very best cheese, Jane will also have her delightful pickled produce and mustards. Try the blue cheese, you won’t be sorry.
Maple: Wakefield’s own Single Barrel Cellar will have their delicious pure maple syrup. You’ll put it on everything!
Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods will have 100% natural jams, jellies and relishes. Try the corn relish, it’s fabulous on a summer burger off the grill. Deano’s Pasta delicious fresh pasta and sauces, for a restaurant quality meal at home. Fork on a Road brings vegetarian and vegan Market Day Meal Kits, inspired by the local harvest and Suman’s global pantry that include ingredients sourced direct from local producers. Habibi Gourmet Food (Mediterranean fare), with the best authentic, Egyptian and Lebanese food around.
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade (the scones are the best), Swiss Bakers (try their pretzels, a great market snack), The Bread Shop will have their famous cinnamon rolls and sourdoughs, and The Roasted Granola, with the best granola you’ve ever tasted.
Beverages: Aaronap Cellars (wine) are showcasing the best in Northeast wine making. Tower Beverages will have their craft soda – you won’t find a better root beer. Pour Man’s Coffee is here, too, with the BEST ice coffee and other beverages, plus treats to enjoy at the market. They also sell Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles, with healthy treats for your canine and feline friends.
Artisans: Johnnie Johnnie Goods is here with unique, artisan made leather and paracord jewelry. Sarah’s Originals, all hand made, Sarah makes super potholders and aprons for all the cooks, plus place mats, cloth children’s books, and more. The perfect place to pick up gifts or some essentials for your own home. Alison Simcox and Doug Heath with their books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and recent award winner, The Fellsway.
Sneak Peak: Next week, live music with Eddie Dee, Ackermann Maple Farm & our Cooking Demo is back!
There are plenty of volunteer opportunities at our market. Just go to the How To Volunteer page on our website or stop by the Market Manager table once the market gets going to learn how. Many hands make a better market for all.
The VOLUNTEER SignUp for 2019 is ready for action!
Click HERE to sign up for one or more spots. If you are not sure how you want to help, stop by on a market day to see what it is all about before signing up.
The market will continue to accept both SNAP/EBT and credit/debit cards for the purchase of Market Bucks for shopping, and will again be matching SNAP purchases up to $10 per visit so that everyone can afford to get fresh and healthy foods at our market. And, Farmer Dave’s is again taking part in the Healthy Initiative Program (HIP).
The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightning or hurricane conditions). The market opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. every Saturday from mid-June to mid October. The 2019 season will run from June 15 through October 12. Please visit wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a current listing of vendors, live music, and special events and to sign up for our email newsletter. See wfmmarketkitchen.site for our recipes! You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
See you at the Market!
AnnMarie Gallivan, Market Manager