This Saturday, September 3 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 you won’t find on any supermarket shelf. As I write this the weather is predicted to be the pick of the weekend, beautiful and in the 80s.
Balloons by Yarrow and Face painting by Cathy for the kids will be set up under the tree! 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 neck and shoulder massage. I’ll see you in line.
The Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department joins us with all sorts of energy saving information and to answer questions. I can’t share this story enough because I was so pleased with my service from both local businesses. A few months ago our water heater burst. We replaced it with a tankless water heater (installed by sponsor and veteran owned JLB Plumbing & Mechanical - they did an incredible job. They were organized and meticulous, plus they cleaned up after themselves). Thanks to the WMGLD reps at the market, I learned everything I needed to apply online. Easy peasy and I did it while I got my shopping done!
The VFW Auxiliary to Harold O Young Post 2394 in Melrose.will be sharing information about the Auxiliary and its programs, such as their scholarship programs, which cover all ages from K-12 with various contests yearly. And also include raffles as well as fun giveaways for kids.
Tin Can Flower Truck with a wide variety of flowers to create your own special bouquet, the ladies were recently featured on Chronicle. Shayna Seymour even mentioned the Wakefield Farmers Market!
This week we will be missing Pour Man’s Coffee and Deano’s Pasta, both will return next week.
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.
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.
Baked Goods & Sweet Treats: Goodies Homemade (the BEST Cookies). Purple Carrot Bread Co., and The Bread Shop. 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!
Beverages: Creations Coffee in Wakefield, each week bringing us coffees and teas from around the world. Their Hibiscus Tea is amazing.
Welcome House Bear Brewing to the market, offering up the newest, oldest trend in adult beverages, mead.
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: Biss Botanicals returns, with a great selection of healthy houseplants. Sourced from only local greenhouses, never online.
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: Rebound Juice - Small batch, fresh pressed juice; Wicked Bess - Small batch shrubs cocktail mixes, Mosi Vegan - Vegan, natural spices mix and Life. Love. Cheese. - Locally sourced charcuterie boxes and cups.
Artisans: Liza Vaughn Art is back with her gorgeous resin designs 3Dazzle Creations with the coolest 3D art. Ash to Dust Insights returns. Last year I ordered the most beautiful piece of art for my daughter from Ash to Dust and she absolutely loved it. Sarah’s Originals is back from summer vacation and we have missed her! Check out all the new things she’s been creating.
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!