This Saturday, September 10 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, the weather is predicted to be beautiful, NO humidity and a high of 80. We only have 8 markets left in the regular season.
We’ve got live music from Amy Young, will be keeping us entertained. Special thanks to The Savings Bank for sponsoring our music tent once again this year, making it possible for us to support local musicians.
Dr. Eliot Smalheiser, PT will return this week offering free 10 minute massages to our market community.
The Arts Collaborative of Wakefield is here with local art and information on the October art show, Creatures & Critters at the Albion Cultural Exchange. I’ve got 4 pieces entered for the show and many 5x7s available for the PAWS fundraiser that we are planning (I’m on the planning committee). Stop by and see what we have planned.
Massachusetts DCF returns to share information about the importance of fostering and how you can help.
Beebe Pop-up Library is back. Get a library card, grab a book, a blanket from Sarah’s Originals and something yummy to eat and drink, find a spot under a tree, and have yourself a picnic.
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.
Specialty Foods: 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 to spice up your summer menus. Drew’s Stews returns this week with his latest culinary creatures of soups, dips and stews. 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. Bruttium Olive Oil joins us, pressed on their family’s olive groves in Italy and bottled locally. Beckah’s Bangin Butter with an amazing selection of nut butters. Dolan Flavoring Company is here with their locally made vanilla.
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: 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. Bits and Bites by Kristine with everything purple yam (ube) - items include ube ice cream, ube crinkles, ube scones, ube brioche, ube cake. Sweet Botanical Bakes, delicious Shortbread cookies made with edible flowers.
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 Revolution Red 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: Liza Vaughn Art returns this week. Roü-Mi Candle returns with her beautiful candles for every room. Mariela Mexico and her amazing bags are back after a summer vacation. Sarah Original’s is back by popular demand! EGlassy Lady is here with her beautiful blown glass creations. Hiller Silver Studio will have all their amazing sterling silver and semi precious gem jewelry. Momo Ceramic Company joins us for the first time at the market, her pottery is beautiful and I know you’ll love it too. On the 5 Studio is back! Check out all the whimsical and beautiful art she has created with seaglass. Your favorite charcuterie boards will be here, with the work from Sasquatch Woodworks.
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!