We're excited to welcome you back to another delightful Saturday at the Wakefield Farmers Market on September 16th, 2023. Our weekly market is a cherished event that brings our community together to celebrate the abundance of local produce, artisanal creations, and the spirit of togetherness.
However, before we dive into the details of this week's market, we want to bring to your attention an important matter regarding our future seasons. As Hurricane Lee approaches, we must prioritize the safety of our market goers and vendors. In the event that winds are predicted to exceed 20 mph, we may have to cancel the market. High winds pose a significant safety hazard, and we want to ensure that everyone remains safe during such conditions. Please stay tuned to our social media channels and website for updates on the market's status.
Upcoming Public Meeting - October 5, 2023:
We'd also like to inform you about an upcoming public meeting scheduled for October 5th at 7:00 pm. This meeting will discuss changes that are planned for Veterans Field and Hall Park, changes that could have a significant impact on the Wakefield Farmers Market 2024 season. While we don't have all the details at this time, it's possible that these changes could lead to the cancellation of the 2024 season. We will provide more information as we get closer to the date, and we encourage all our supporters to attend this meeting and voice their opinions.
Now, let's focus on the positive and exciting aspects of this week's market:
Fresh Produce Abounds:
Assuming that the weather permits, you can look forward to a cornucopia of fresh produce from Farmer Dave's (HIP), Griffin Hall Farms, and Kelly's Farm. These local heroes bring the finest fruits and vegetables from the harvest to your table.
Meats, Cheeses, and More:
Lilac Hedge Farm, Eclectic Clam, Life.Love.Cheese, and Roberto's Seafood are ready to showcase their finest meats, cheeses, and seafood. Dive into a world of flavor and culinary inspiration.
Sip and Savor:
Stay refreshed and invigorated with a wide selection of beverages, including Beraka Juice, Creations Coffee, House Bear Brewing, Lilybird Coffee, and Pour Man's Coffee. Enjoy a sip while exploring the market's offerings.
Indulge in artisanal creations from The Bread Shop, Desserts by Nathan, Drive-by Pies, Goodies Homemade, Purple Carrot Bread Co., and Secret Stash Sweets. These culinary talents offer a world of sweet and savory temptations.
Hot and Satisfying:
Satisfy your appetite with hot food options from Clover Bento Box & Dumplings and Crepe du Jour. Their delicious offerings will warm your heart and taste buds.
Exploring Unique Flavors:
Unleash your culinary creativity with specialty foods like Deano's Pasta (Cash Only), Del Sur Empanadas, Emmetts Edibles Pet Treats, Grateful Tastes, Habibi Gourmet, Healthy Nut Snacks, Lumi Herbal Teas, Mei Mei Dumplings, and Roasted Granola.
Artistry and Nature's Beauty:
Add a touch of artistry to your life with creations from 3Dazzle Creations, BeUbyRumi, FernxFlow Candles, Kerry's Kreations, Little Happynest, Mariela Mexico, Singing Brook Farm Flowers, and Washington Beach Designs. Elevate your living spaces with handcrafted items and fresh blooms.
Engaging Special Guests:
Don't miss the opportunity to engage with special guests like Balloon Art by Yarrow (cash only) and representatives from the Town of Wakefield. They bring an extra layer of fun and community spirit to the market.
Live Music by Anderson Graham:
The soothing melodies of Anderson Graham, sponsored by The Savings Bank, will provide a delightful soundtrack to your market journey. Enjoy the musical ambiance as you explore the market's treasures.
Bike to the Market! WFM is now able to offer Bike Valet service to those traveling by bicycle to the market, thanks to Wakefield Safe Streets. They will also valet your stroller, It’s free, easy and safe.
Want to help? Go to the Get Involved/Volunteer page on our website or stop by the Market Manager table to learn how. We are always looking for setup and breakdown help and encourage kids that need volunteer hours to lend a hand. Many hands make a better market for all.
The market offers SNAP/EBT and will match SNAP purchases up to $15 per visit, so that everyone can afford to get fresh and healthy foods at our market. We could not provide this SNAP Match or its increase from $10, without the generous sponsorship of The Wakefield Food Pantry. Good news for SNAP folks: HIP is back! Use your EBT card to shop with Farmer Dave’s first, then get your additional SNAP bucks and match at the Market Manager Tent.
Join Us on September 16th (Severe Weather Permitting):
Assuming the weather cooperates, Hall Park, overlooking the serene Lake Quannapowitt, is ready to welcome you for a day of community bonding, culinary exploration, and artistic discoveries. We hope to see you there, but please stay tuned to our updates for any weather-related changes.
Thank you for your continued support of the Wakefield Farmers Market, and we look forward to sharing another memorable market day with you.
We can't wait to see you there!
Important Parking Information:
In an effort to improve parking efficiency and ensure the safety and accessibility of the Wakefield Farmers Market, new parking rules have been implemented. These rules aim to address concerns regarding pedestrian safety, handicapped spaces, and convenient parking options for visitors. Below you will find an outline of the various parking locations available near the market, along with their respective distances and walking times.
Veterans Field Parking: Located between Veterans Field and the Market, the U-shaped lot provides parking options for market-goers. It is important to be mindful of pedestrians and respect the designated handicapped spaces in this area.
Lakeside Avenue: A parking lot on Lakeside Ave, situated 0.2 miles away from the market (approximately a 3-minute walk), offers several parking spaces for visitors' convenience.
Light Department Employee Lot: Also located 0.2 miles from the market (approximately a 3-minute walk), the Light Department employee lot is another viable parking option for market attendees.
Town Hall: The parking lot at Town Hall, situated at 1 Lafayette Street, is located 0.4 miles away from the market (approximately a 7-minute walk). Visitors are encouraged to utilize this parking area.
Common St: Common St provides four-hour customer parking spaces in addition to spaces in front of First Baptist and Artichokes. These parking options are situated 0.4 miles from the market (approximately a 7-minute walk) and offer convenient access to the market.
North Ave: On the business/residential side of North Ave, visitors can find parking spaces. It is important to adhere to parking restrictions, such as maintaining a safe distance from corners and respecting time limits. Parking on the railroad track side of North Ave may result in a bill from the T, as those spaces are not owned by the town. This area is located 0.4 miles from the market, an approximate 8-minute walk from Albion St.
Near the Bandstand: Parking spaces are available along the common near the bandstand, situated 0.5 miles away from the market (approximately an 8-minute walk).
The Town of Wakefield and Wakefield Farmers Market have implemented new parking rules to enhance parking options and ensure the safety and accessibility of the market for all visitors. By familiarizing yourself with these parking locations and following the guidelines provided, you can have a pleasant experience at the market. Please note that all times and distances mentioned are approximate.