This Saturday, August from 9am to 1pm, the Wakefield Farmers Market will be full of freshly picked fruits, veggies, locally raised meats, fresh fish, dairy, and specialty foods you won’t find on any supermarket shelf. As I write this on Wednesday morning, the weather is predicted to be beautiful, NO humidity and a high of 78.
Kayla Russell will be here with her creative Henna designs, Balloons by Yarrow twisting away to the delight of the wee ones and face painting by Cathy.
Thank you to Wakefield Cooperative Bank for being a Harvest sponsor this year, allowing us to offer unique extras to our market!
Tin Can Flower Truck is here, where customers can pick flowers by the stem and create their own bouquets.
Joining us for the first time live on the park, The Strong and Simple Podcast, dedicated to cutting through the fallacies of the wellness industry to present you with the fitness and nutrition information you need to make the best decisions for you.
We’ve got live music from The Julie Dougherty Duo. Back for the first time since 2019. Special thanks to The Savings Bank for sponsoring our music tent once again this year, making it possible for us to support local musicians.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – the official list of week’s vendors! Produce: All our farms will have plenty of in season produce. Farmer Dave’s will also have fresh mushrooms, from Fat Moon and lots of yummy things from Jane’s Kitchen. It’s corn season at Kelly’s Farm, plus lots of in season squashes, cucumbers and berries. Flats Mentor Farm is back with the best asian produce, zucchini blossoms and the best garlic. Flats is a cash only vendor.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will have all you need for locally raised meats, poultry, and eggs. You will taste the difference with your first bite. Check out their cheese, local honey, and yummy jerky type products. Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood will have plenty of fresh seafood on hand. Captain’s Cut Cod, Haddock, Salmon, shellfish and more. Super fresh and always delicious.
Cheese: West River Creamery with the best cheese, will also have her delightful pickled produce and mustards.
Specialty Foods: Coutts Specialty Foods with preserves, Deano's Pasta delicious fresh pasta (cash only vendor), Fork on a Road with meal kits & spices, and Habibi Gourmet Food (Mediterranean fare), the very best authentic Egyptian and Lebanese food. Craic Sauce, see what Brian is cooking up to spice up your summer menus. Check out our new additions to specialty foods, Crepe Du Jour will be offering up sweet and savory crepes this summer. Del Sur Natural with the most amazing empanadas. Beckah’s Bangin Butter with an amazing selection of nut butters. Bruttium Olive Oil joins us, pressed on their family’s olive groves in Italy and bottled locally.
Baked Goods & Sweet Treats: Goodies Homemade (the BEST Cookies). Purple Carrot Bread Co., The Bread Shop, and Roasted Granola, return this year. Secret Stash Sweets will be back selling the best caramels and treats. New this year: Desserts by Nathan will be offering Middle Eastern specialty desserts and specialty chocolates. These will include a variety of baklava, Tulumba (fried pastries), Armenian Pastries, and traditional cookies. The chocolates will include a variety of seasonal flavors of molded chocolate bonbons and turtles. Mahalab Bakery offers a fusion of many traditional savory bakes from the Mediterranean region, with a twist and innovative recipes; Inspired by the rise of quality artisan baking, our baked goods make use of the natural fermentation leavening. Savory Mediterranean baked goods and flatbreads, Labne (Kefir Cheese), hummus, spice mixes.
Beverages: Pour Man’s Coffee is here, 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. Creations Coffee is here with the best, ice cold teas for a hot day at the market, and treats that are sure to please. Aaronap Cellars Summer Blush is back! Stock up before they sell out. Simple Sips returns with their amazing all natural drink mixes - try them, you won’t be disappointed. Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles, with healthy treats for your canine and feline friends.
Specialty Vendors: Biss Botanicals returns, with a great selection of healthy houseplants.
Artisans: A&D Books is here with all things local. Grab a book and a snack and have a picnic. BabyRama with her beaded jewelry designs, Liza Vaughn Art and Washington Beach Designs are back this week. 3Dazzle Creations is back with the coolest 3D printer planters and designs. Jennifer’s Handmade Soap with her fun and creative soaps and beauty products. Little Happynest returns with sensory play items that will satisfy all ages. EGlassy Lady is here with her beautiful blown glass creations and TBs Dots on Pots with the most beautiful pottery.
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 again be matching 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.
The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightning, hurricane conditions or town emergency). The market opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. every Saturday through October 29, 2022. Please visit wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a current listing of vendors, live music, and special events and to sign up for our email newsletter. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. See you at the Market!