Only 5 markets left in the regular season. This Saturday, October 1 from 9am to 1pm, the Wakefield Farmers Market will be filled with freshly harvested fruits, veggies, locally raised meats, out of this world fish, dairy, and specialty foods. As I write this, the weather is predicted to be cloudy and fall-like.
Balloons by Yarrow and Face painting by Cathy for the kids will be set up under the tree once again! Along with something for the adults, Dr. Eliot Smalheiser, PT, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Mobile Physical Therapy has generously donated his time and expertise to offer the Wakefield Farmers Market community complimentary 10 minute massages.
Lots of Wakefield organizations coming out to share information, merchandise and community this week.
The Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department joins us with all sorts of energy saving information and to answer questions. Can’t say enough good things about the people at the WMGLD, they go above and beyond.
Wakefield Environmental Sustainability Committee will be here collecting hard to recycle apple sauce and baby food pouches, and other hard to recycle items.
Wakefield Human Rights Commission is here with information about what they are working on and how to help.
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.
We continue with live music from Wakefield resident, the delightful Amy Young. Back for the final time this season. Special thanks to The Savings Bank for sponsoring our music tent once again this year, making it possible for us to support local musicians.
Tin Can Flower Truck with a wide variety of flowers to create your own special bouquet.
This week we will be missing Deano’s Pasta, they have rescheduled to every other week due to staffing issues.
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, get the best homegrown corn at the market. Flats Mentor Farm is back with the best asian produce, zucchini blossoms and the best garlic. Flats is a cash only vendor.
Cheese: West River Creamery with the best cheese, will also have her wonderful pickled produce and mustards.
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 local honey, and locally made cheeses for all your charcuterie needs.
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.
Specialty Foods: Fork on a Road with meal kits & spices, and Habibi Gourmet Food (Mediterranean fare), the very best authentic Egyptian and Lebanese food. We welcome Barry’s Hot Sauce to the market family this week, see what he’s cooking up to spice up your summer menus. Grateful Tastes joins us on a weekly basis this season, and this week will have peaches, cherries, and peaches, oh my. Clovers Kitchen with dumplings and Japanese specialty foods, try the pork bento box, you won’t be sorry. Food rEvolution of Stoneham is a mission-driven woman-owned, shared commercial kitchen focused on creating a space for local food startups to test their concept and build their base. This week their booth will feature: Will from Wicked Bess, Kimi from Life. Love. Cheese, and Carmel Mosi Vegan
Breads, Baked Goods & Sweet Treats: Goodies Homemade (the BEST Cookies). Purple Carrot Bread Co., and The Bread Shop with all your bread needs, from rolls to loaves. Secret Stash Sweets will be back selling the best caramels and treats. Drive by Pies is back from vacation and is bringing all your favorites, pre order Key Lime and Chocolate and pick it up at the market! Sweet Botanical Bakes, delicious Shortbread cookies made with edible flowers. Bits and Bites by Kristine with everything purple yam (ube) - items include ube ice cream, ube crinkles, ube scones, ube brioche, ube cake. 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.
Beverages: Creations Coffee in Wakefield, each week bringing us coffees and teas from around the world. Their Hibiscus Tea is amazing. House Bear Brewing offering up the newest, oldest trend in adult beverages, mead. 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. Aaronap Cellars are here with innovative wines for every occasion. Revolution Red is back in stock!
Please note that this season our alcoholic beverage vendors are unable to offer samples. Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles, with healthy treats for your canine and feline friends.
Specialty Vendors: Bruttium Olive Oil joins us, pressed on their family’s olive groves in Italy and bottled locally.
Artisans: BeUbyRumi with her beaded jewelry designs. 90Acre Maker featuring handmade, functional wood pieces for kitchen and home; Ash to Dust Insights with one of a kind wood burned creations. Vintage Vault with handmade soy candles made in vintage containers. Mariela Mexico and her gorgeous handmade bags, which are durable and sturdy too!
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!