Only 5 more market days left! We have lots of great stuff “booked” for Saturday. September 14 will feature live music with Willie T & Doctor X, and Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away. They may have got rained out last week, but they’ll be back along with Wakefield Beebe Library Pop-up Library, our cooking demo, stuff for the kids and cold brew coffee. As always, local freshly picked fruits and veggies, the best fish, meat, dairy & flower bouquets that will last for weeks. You will also find the yummiest baked goods and breads, cheeses, syrups, jellies, jams you can only find at the market located at Hall Park (next to Veterans Field, GPS 468 North Ave Wakefield MA) each Saturday now through October 12, 2019 from 9am to 1pm.
Shop to the rhythm of Willie T & Doctor X on Saturday, a dynamic, Boston-based singer/songwriter duo. They’ve cut their teeth on the club and college circuit throughout the Northeast, dishing out their distinctive brand of acoustic rock, folk, and blues. Willie T’s deep, resonant, vocal style and masterful self-accompaniment on guitar is backed by Doctor X’s gutsy vocals, soulful blues harmonica and percussion. The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by The Savings Bank.
Our guest chef Wendy Dennis, who took over as Market Manager last week (Thank you, Wendy!) will be doing what she loves and preparing a vegetarian recipe using fresh produce and ingredients chosen that morning from our market. Plus, every recipe can easily be made with a protein or vegan. Be sure to check out our website for all our Market Kitchen recipes, always quick, easy and delicious. Thanks to The Wakefield Cooperative Bank, our Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food Education sponsor.
This week we have The Magic of Yarrow balloon twisting and face painting, Henna tattoos with Henna by Kayla, kid’s activity tent stocked with drawing materials. Plus new hula hoops, jump ropes, and sidewalk chalk. The market is a great place to shop, have a picnic, play, or just hang out on the shore of Lake Quannapowitt.
After last week’s rain, the Annual Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away will take place at the market this week. Be sure to bring some extra bags for books! Along with bringing LOTS of books that you can take home for free, they will also have a small display of Beebe goods for sale, such as local honey, note pads, book bags, and umbrellas.
Non-profit guest The Room to Write will be here, sharing information about their organization. The Room to Write, which connects and supports writers of all ages, abilities and means by providing physical space where writers are able to work and build community along with the structured programming and support individuals need in order to express themselves more effectively for academic, professional and creative purposes.
The Wakefield Beebe Library Pop Up Library is back for their monthly visit to the market. You can check out books and sign up for a library card if you need one!
A Call to Local Charitable Organizations! Now is the time to act if you would like a free spot at our market this season. Just go to the Nonprofit Group page on wakefieldfarmersmarket.org, review the guidelines to make sure you fit the criteria, and then download the application form and scan and email to email@example.com with a few possible dates. You can also mail your application to WFM, PO Box 1426 Wakefield MA 01880.
Produce: Lots of produce is being harvested and it’ll be at the market Saturday! Farmer Dave’s will have their amazing potted plants, lots of fresh greens and fresh fruit. Stop by Fay Mountain Farm’s booth and grab a delicious eggplant, the yummiest grape tomatoes and juicy peaches. Flats Mentor Farm is stocked with specialty Asian greens, herbs and the best carrots and spinach. Kelly’s Farm will have their gorgeous fresh cut flower bouquets and delicious, fresh sweet corn and greens.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will have all you need for locally raised meats, and poultry. Plus, farm fresh eggs, jerky, and honey.
Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood will have plenty of fresh seafood on hand. You can even pre-order and have it ready for you at the market. Call Roberto’s Seafood for details (617) 529-5701. The freshest fish, as one market shopper commented, “it’s like he’s pulling from the ocean and right into your bag”.
Maple: Ackermann Maple Farm offers delightful maple products, including maple syrup, maple sugar, and maple cream from their 3000 trees nestled in the hills of Cabot, Vermont. Stock up on their maple cream!
Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta delicious fresh pasta and sauces, for a restaurant quality meal at home. Fork on a Road brings vegetarian and vegan Market Day Meal Kits, inspired by the local harvest and Suman’s global pantry that include ingredients sourced direct from local producers. Grateful Tastes is here with their jams and jellies made from locally sourced ingredients. Try the smoked peach in a charcuterie. Habibi Gourmet Food (Mediterranean fare), with the best authentic, Egyptian and Lebanese food around. Try their olives!
Baked Goods: Swiss Bakers (try their pretzels, a great market snack), The Bread Shop will have their famous cinnamon rolls and sourdoughs, and The Roasted Granola, with the best granola you’ve ever tasted.
Goodies Homemade will be back next week!
Beverages: Aaronap Cellars (wine) are showcasing the best in Northeast wine making. Pony Shack Cider is here with their small batch, artisanal hard cider. Pour Man’s Coffee with the best cold brewed 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.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles, with healthy treats for your canine and feline friends.
Artisans: Sarah’s Originals, all handmade, Sarah makes super potholders and aprons for all the cooks, plus place-mats, cloth children’s books, and more. This is Sarah’s last time at the market this season! Jennifer’s Handmade Soap with artisan soaps and bath products. BeUbyRumi by Lovely handmade, beaded jewelry by one of Wakefield’s own artists. Sheepshed specializes in their own line of Tencel/Merino, Coopworth, Columbia, Silks, Angora rabbit and goat, creating fantastic spinning yarns to make that shawl you always wanted. Trow’s Treasure with herbal products for relaxation, pain relief, headaches and to sooth the body, mind & spirit, using organic herbs, natural ingredients, and essential oils. Alison Simcox and Doug Heath with their books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and recent award winner, The Fellsway.
Sneak Peak: Next week, Onset School of Music, Wakefield Alliance Against Violence and Goodies Homemade is back!
There are plenty of volunteer opportunities at our market. Just go to the How To Volunteer page on our website or stop by the Market Manager table once the market gets going to learn how. Many hands make a better market for all.
The VOLUNTEER SignUp for 2019 is ready for action!
Click HERE to sign up for one or more spots. If you are not sure how you want to help, stop by on a market day to see what it is all about before signing up.
The market will continue to accept both SNAP/EBT and credit/debit cards for the purchase of Market Bucks for shopping, and will again be matching SNAP purchases up to $10 per visit so that everyone can afford to get fresh and healthy foods at our market. And, Farmer Dave’s is again taking part in the Healthy Initiative Program (HIP).
The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightning or hurricane conditions). The market opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. every Saturday from mid-June to mid October. The 2019 season will run from June 15 through October 12. Please visit wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a current listing of vendors, live music, and special events and to sign up for our email newsletter. See wfmmarketkitchen.site for our recipes! You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
See you at the Market!
AnnMarie Gallivan, Market Manager