The Wakefield Farmers Market team is just about ready for the summer season that begins on Saturday June 15 at its Hall Park location on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt. The market takes place each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., this year from June 15 through October 12, 2019. To give directions to a friend, just tell them to use 468 North Ave via GPS.
Wakefield Farmers Market will have an information tent at the Festival by the Lake being held on June 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the Lower Common. While we won’t have farmers or veggies on hand, we will have the latest news.
In what has become an annual tradition, all are welcome to enter a free drawing for $20 in Market Bucks that you can use anytime during the season. You can also sign up for our online newsletter and, also, learn how to become part of our great WFM Volunteer Team.
Stop by, say hello to our new Market Manager AnnMarie Gallivan, and new Market Day Coordinator Karen Beasley and give a thank you to our outgoing Manager Wendy Dennis.
A Note from AnnMarie: Over the past 8 years, Wendy has been a dedicated volunteer and Market Manager, bringing her commitment to bringing local farmers and community together. Her passion for the market is evident in the vibrant market community she has helped create. Wendy will be continuing as a WFM Committee member and as the Food and Farm Education Coordinator for our market. You might just see her doing a cooking demo or two this season. Hope to see you at the Festival!
We will again have cooking demos most if not every week in the Market Kitchen Tent with a rotating assortment of chefs from our local food service businesses. More about that as we get this new program in place. A big thank you to the Wakefield Cooperative Bank, our Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food Education sponsor!
Thanks also to The Savings Bank, who is once again sponsoring our music program. We will have live music most if not every week starting with local (and super talented) musician Tim Foley on Opening Day. Other musicians lined up include Amy Spillert, Patiño Vazquez, Eddie Dee, Gentle Temper, Julie Doherty, Betty’s Bounce, and Willie T & Doctor X, Birchwood Blaze, and not until September, our former opening day stars, students from Onset School of Music.
SEASON UPDATE: We have a total of 41 vendors this year with an average of 22 vendors each week, plus live music, a nonprofit guest, and occasional special guests and special events. While Flats Mentor Farm will not be starting until July, all our farmers except for West River Creamery and Ackermann Maple Farm, which will attend mostly biweekly, will be with us each week. Aaronap Cellars, and Pony Shack Cider will round out our number of Agricultural vendors to 9.
In case you missed it last week, here are all our 2019 vendors, some coming weekly, some biweekly, and some occasionally: A&D Books, Aaronap Cellars, Ackermann Maple Farm, All About Corks, , B-Organics, Be U By Rumi, Cloth Creations, Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Drive By Pies, e-Glassey Lady, Emmetts Edibles, Farmer Dave’s, Fay Mountain Farm, Flats Mentor Farm, Fork On a Road, Goodies Homemade, Grateful Tastes, Habibi Gourmet Food, Halvah Heaven, Hiller’s Silver Studio, Jennifer’s Soap, Jerry’s Upholstery, Kelly’s Farm, Kittredge Candles, Lilac Hedge Farm, Pony Shack Cider, Pour Man’s Coffee, Red Antler Apothecary, Roasted Granola, Roberto’s Seafood, Sarah’s Originals, Sasquatch Woodworks, Sheepshed, Single Barrel Cellar, Swiss Bakers, The Bread Shop, Tower Beverages, Trow’s Treasures, Ugly Soap Company, and West River Creamery.
For special guests/events, we will have monthly visits from the our Lucius Beebe Memorial Library’s Pop Up Library, The Friends of the Library Book Give-Away will be held on September 7, and once we figure out the best dates to make for a good mix, visits from Drumlin Farms and Curious Creatures will be scheduled.
For weekly fun, we hope to have face painting, perhaps a balloon artist, and Henna by Kayla will be with us most weeks. The Kid’s Activity Tent will be stocked with crayons and paper and, as always, there will be sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, and hula hoops on hand each market day throughout the season.
The Wakefield Independence Day Committee will be our nonprofit guest during our first two market days. Be sure to stop by to learn how to support Wakefield’s wonderful annual parade that the committee organizes as part of our town’s July 4th celebration, and meet some of the amazing people who make it all happen.
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.
NEWSFLASH: The Kindness Rock Garden is back! Don’t know what that is? Stop by on June 15 because Girl Scout 662842 will be on hand to tell you all about it and even give you a rock to paint and add to this special project.
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!
Wendy Dennis, Outgoing Market Manager