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Wakefield Farmers Market: A Vibrant Blend of Freshness and Community

Updated: Jun 21, 2023

Early summer flower arrangements from Singing Brook Farm
Flower Bouquets from Singing Brook Flower Farm

The Wakefield Farmers Market is back again this week, ready to showcase a diverse array of fresh produce, delectable baked goods, savory meats and cheeses, refreshing beverages, artisanal crafts, and much more. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Lake Quannapowitt at Hall Park on 468 North Avenue, Wakefield, this Saturday promises to be a delightful morning filled with community spirit and culinary treasures. The market will be open from 9 am to 1 pm, so be sure to mark your calendars and bring your shopping bags!

As we move deeper into the summer season, local farmers are bringing forth the bounties of their labor. Farmer Dave's, a staple at the market, will be offering their Healthy Incentives Program (HIP)-eligible produce, ensuring that fresh fruits and vegetables are accessible to all. Fingers are crossed that Flats Mentor Farm, known for their exceptional Asian produce, will tentatively join the market, while Griffin Hall Farms introduces their vibrant and nutrient-packed microgreens. And let's not forget Kelly's Farm, which will be presenting a selection of their finest farm-fresh produce.

For meat, fish, and cheese enthusiasts, Lilac Hedge Farm will be on-site, showcasing their high-quality humanely raised meat and poultry products, along with farm fresh eggs. Life.Love.Cheese., a new addition to the market, will tantalize taste buds with their artisanal cheese varieties. Roberto's Seafood promises to bring the taste of the ocean to landlocked Wakefield.

Quench your thirst with a variety of beverage options available. Beraka Juice will offer a range of refreshing drinks. Creations Coffee delicious teas and baked goods, Pour Man's Coffee with their award winning cold brew, and the newly introduced LilyBird Coffee will provide ample caffeinated options, while also serving up bottled coffee, teas, and lemonade. Don’t forget House Bear Brewing returns with their unique meads and ciders.

Indulge in the delicious aromas wafting from the bread and baked goods offerings. The Bread Shop, Drive-by Pies, Purple Carrot Bread Co., Goodies Homemade, and Sweet Botanical Bakes will satisfy your cravings for fresh bread, pastries, and sweet treats.

If you're in the mood for some hot food, look no further. Clover Bento Box & Dumplings and Crepe Du Jour, will be serving up a wide range of mouthwatering dishes.

All your favorite specialty vendors will be here, Deano's Pasta, Del Sur Empanadas serving hot & frozen empanadas, and the renowned Drew's Stews & More will be joining us for their final visit. Additionally, Emmetts Edibles will have pet treats available for your furry companions. Don't forget to check out Grateful Tastes, Habibi for your Middle Eastern food cravings, Healthy Nut Snacks, Lumi Herbal Teas, Open Fire Spices & Rubs, and the ever-popular Roasted Granola for their unique offerings.

While exploring the market, take some time to peruse the artisans' stalls. 3Dazzle Creations, BeUbyRumu, Kittredge Candles, Mariela Mexico, and TBs Dots on Pots, will showcase their craftsmanship and creative wares. National Sharpening Co. for you to get those knives sharpened. And don't miss Singing Brook Farm Flowers, the newest addition, which will add a touch of nature's beauty to your day.

Live music sponsored by The Savings Bank, courtesy of talented musician Tim Foley, will create a festive atmosphere throughout the market. Additionally, the Wakefield Gas and Light Department and the Wakefield Independence Day Parade Committee will be present, bringing the community together and fundraising for Wakefield’s world famous Independence Day Parade.

While the weather forecast predicts possible thunderstorms later in the day, don't let that dampen your spirits. Wakefield Farmers Market is a rain-or-shine event, so come prepared with umbrellas and a sense of adventure.

Bike to the Market! WFM is now able to offer Bike Valet service to those traveling by bicycle to the market, thanks to Wakefield Safe Streets. They will also valet your stroller, It’s free, easy and safe.

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 match 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.

Join us this Saturday, June 24, from 9 am to 1 pm at Hall Park for a vibrant celebration of local produce, delectable treats, handcrafted goods, and the warm embrace of community. Let's support our local farmers, artisans, and businesses while enjoying the best that Wakefield has to offer. We can't wait to see you there!

See you at the market!

Important Parking Information:

In an effort to improve parking efficiency and ensure the safety and accessibility of the Wakefield Farmers Market, new parking rules have been implemented. These rules aim to address concerns regarding pedestrian safety, handicapped spaces, and convenient parking options for visitors. Below you will find an outline of the various parking locations available near the market, along with their respective distances and walking times.

  1. Veterans Field Parking: Located between Veterans Field and the Market, the U-shaped lot provides parking options for market-goers. It is important to be mindful of pedestrians and respect the designated handicapped spaces in this area.

  2. Lakeside Avenue: A parking lot on Lakeside Ave, situated 0.2 miles away from the market (approximately a 3-minute walk), offers several parking spaces for visitors' convenience.

  3. Light Department Employee Lot: Also located 0.2 miles from the market (approximately a 3-minute walk), the Light Department employee lot is another viable parking option for market attendees.

  4. Town Hall: The parking lot at Town Hall, situated at 1 Lafayette Street, is located 0.4 miles away from the market (approximately a 7-minute walk). Visitors are encouraged to utilize this parking area.

  5. Common St: Common St provides four-hour customer parking spaces in addition to spaces in front of First Baptist and Artichokes. These parking options are situated 0.4 miles from the market (approximately a 7-minute walk) and offer convenient access to the market.

  6. North Ave: On the business/residential side of North Ave, visitors can find parking spaces. It is important to adhere to parking restrictions, such as maintaining a safe distance from corners and respecting time limits. Parking on the railroad track side of North Ave may result in a bill from the T, as those spaces are not owned by the town. This area is located 0.4 miles from the market, an approximate 8-minute walk from Albion St.

  7. Near the Bandstand: Parking spaces are available along the common near the bandstand, situated 0.5 miles away from the market (approximately an 8-minute walk).

The Town of Wakefield and Wakefield Farmers Market have implemented new parking rules to enhance parking options and ensure the safety and accessibility of the market for all visitors. By familiarizing yourself with these parking locations and following the guidelines provided, you can have a pleasant experience at the market. Please note that all times and distances mentioned are approximate.



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