Only 4 more market days left in our season! The weather is looking to be warm and sunny and our vendors and guests are stocked up with late summer offerings to ease us into the fall. 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.
Onset School of Music will be getting us in the market groove, providing great music this Saturday after being rained out a few weeks ago. Students Amy Young, Brian Conlon and Jesse DeLaurier will be performing with music from 10:30am-12:30pm. This annual event that is always inspiring and entertaining. 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 preparing a yummy 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.
The Wakefield Alliance Against Violence (WAAV) will be here to share information about Racing to End Domestic Violence 5k Road race on Saturday October 5th, 2019 at 9:00am. WAAV is a Community Based Volunteer organization, dedicated to creating a lifestyle free from violence in Wakefield by reaching out to the community, raising awareness, providing education resources, and support to families and individuals, with an emphasis on prevention.
The Meghan Burnett Foundation will also be joining us with information about this wonderful foundation created in Meghan’s memory along with tees, stickers, and wristbands to support the foundation. The Foundation has the goal of enriching the high school experience through sports, music and travel while helping local students discover their own personal potential.
We also welcome Wakefield Town Council members, who will be here answering market shoppers questions and offering voter registration. Stop by and say hello!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a few possible dates. You can also mail your application to WFM, PO Box 1426 Wakefield MA 01880.
Here’s our vendor list for September 21:
Produce: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 peppers that are oh so fresh. 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, onions and potatoes.
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.
Cheese: West River Creamery with the very best cheese, Jane will also have her delightful pickled produce and mustards. Stock up on your favorites!
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: Wakefield’s own Single Barrel Cellar will have their delicious pure maple syrup. You’ll put it on everything!
Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods will have 100% natural jams, jellies and relishes. Try the corn relish, it’s fabulous on a summer burger off the grill. Deano’s Pasta delicious fresh pasta and sauces, for a quick, easy and delicious meal at home. Habibi Gourmet Food (Mediterranean fare), with the best authentic, Egyptian and Lebanese food around. Try their olives!
Fork on a Road will be back next week!
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade is back! Susan’s cookies are the best. Swiss Bakers (try their pretzels, a great market snack), The Bread Shop will have their famous cinnamon rolls and sourdoughs (the everything, is everything!), and The Roasted Granola, with the best granola you’ve ever tasted.
Beverages: Aaronap Cellars (wine) are showcasing the best in Northeast wine making. 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. Tower Beverages will have their craft soda – you won’t find a better root beer.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles, with healthy treats for your canine and feline friends.
Artisans: eGlassy Lady is here with beautiful hand-blown glass vases, bowls, jewelry and decorative objects for your home. Hiller’s Silver Studio transforms silver sheets and wire and hand cut & polished stones, rocks and minerals into stunningly fine jewelry. Jerry’s Upholstery is here featuring decorative pillows, dog/cat beds, duvet covers and sheets. Ugly Baby Soap Company is back with their gentle handmade soaps and salves. Alison Simcox and Doug Heath with their books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and recent award winner, The Fellsway.
Sneak Peak: Next week Drumlin Farm is here! Plus, music from Jesse DeLaurier, get your flu hot at the Flu Clinic and the Friends of Lake Quannapowitt join us.
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