This Saturday, July 16 from 9am to 1pm, the Wakefield Farmers Market will be full of freshly picked fruits, veggies, locally raised meats, out of this world 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 partly cloudy and 85. Sounds pretty great to me.
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.
Beebe Pop-up Library is our guest, bring your library card and grab some summer reading, coffee, and tasty treats and head onto the shores of Lake Quannapowitt for a relaxing afternoon.
Relay for Life will be here to share information about an upcoming Sip & Make Fundraising event on July 26 from 6-9pm. I just happen to be facilitating the making portion of this event, so if you enjoyed my classes at Create, you’ll like this one. We’ll be painting 2 20oz stemless glasses and supporting a great cause.
Thank you to Wakefield Cooperative Bank for being a Harvest sponsor this year, allowing us to offer unique extras to our market! This week we welcome Tin Can Flower Truck where customers can pick flowers by the stem and create their own bouquets.
We’ve got live music from the talented Amy Young scheduled. This will be Amy’s first appearance of the 2022 season, please give her a big welcome. Special thanks to The Savings Bank for sponsoring our music tent once again this year.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – the official list of week’s vendors!
Produce: Farmer Dave’s, and Kelly’s Farm will have plenty of in-season produce of all kinds. There will be luscious strawberries available, as well as greens, herbs, and potted plants. Farmer Dave will also carry fresh mushrooms, from Fat Moon. 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: Coutt’s 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 and Drew’s Stews are back, see what they are 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.
Baked Goods & Sweet Treats: Drive-by Pies will have lots of Pies for the 4th. Strawberry Rhubarb is holding strong and plus Triple Berry, Peach, and blueberry. Keylime is available for pre-order. Visit their website for more info. 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's, 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. Simple Sips returns with their amazing drink 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.
Artisans: A&D Books, Jennifer’s Handmade Soap, Mariela’s Mexico bags are back, along with BeUbyRumi with her beaded jewelry designs, Ugly Baby Soap Company is here with their all natural soaps and creams. Their arnica salve is a staple for my arthritis. Liza Vaughn Art and Washington Beach Designs are back this week. We welcome a new artisan back, Roü-Mi Candle with all natural soy scented candles, candle accessories and room sprays. EssBee Soaps with clean and natural soaps and scrubs.
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!