First, September 3 is the deadline to cast a ballot at www.votemyfarmersmarket.org in the American Farmland Trust Favorite Farmers Market Contest! Our Wakefield Farmers Market was in 2nd place in the state-wide contest as of Thursday morning. Be sure to cast your vote today to make sure we stay in the top five and maybe even get to the top spot! If you do not use email, stop by the Market Manager tent this week and we will get your name and enter your vote for you.
Holly Pierce of Sweet Thing Food will be back again with another wonderful and delicious cooking demonstration. Holly will start around 10:00 a.m. and, as always, be using fresh veggies and fruits, as well as other products purchased at the market that morning. There are always free samples, and Holly is happy to talk with you about all things having to do with good food and the food/health connection.
With the weather looking good, I am willing to bet that the mysterious Yarrow will be with us this week with his twistable balloons but, as always, we never know until he appears…
Our nonprofit guest this week is Neurofibromatosis, Northeast which was founded in 1988 by a group of people who were in some way affected by the genetic disorder affecting the nervous system known as neurofibromatosis (NF). The Mission of NF Northeast is to find a treatment and the cure for neurofibromatosis by promoting scientific research, creating awareness, and supporting those who are affected by NF. Stop by to learn about upcoming events such as their Coast to the Cure Bike Ride in Ipswich on September 8 and their 6th Annual Steps2Cure NF walk/run happening on October 14 right here around our Lake Quannapowitt!
The vendor roster for this week includes five of our farmers, 11 food vendors, as well as Kittredge Candles and Kaleidoscope Soap, for a total of 18 vendors this week.
News Flash: Charlton Orchards will not be with us this week but will be back next week for the rest of the season.
Farmer Dave and Kelly’s Farm will be sure to have plenty of wonderful fruits and veggies on hand, and come early if you want some of Kelly’s beautiful locally-grown cut flowers! And, be sure to stop by Flats Mentor Farm for their wonderful Asian greens and herbs.
West River Creamery will have an assortment of hand-crafted cow and goat cheese from their farm, and John Crow Farm will, as always, have a variety of pasture-raised meats and poultry. Also, if you want a really special turkey this Thanksgiving, stop by the John Crow tent or put your order in now at www.johncrowfarm.com!
All our bakers, Swiss Bakers, Mamadou’s Bakery and Cannistraci Fine Foods will be on hand with their wonderful breads, pies, popovers and other goodies. Don’t forget: Swiss Bakers has sandwiches, too!
For treats, we’ll have cookies from Goodies Homemade and maple and honey products from Ben’s Sugar Shack, or, for a tasty and healthy drink for breakfast or a snack, stop by Silky Smoothies.
Don’t miss the Middle Eastern Food from Samira’s Homemade. They have a spicy version of grape leaves that is new this year. Fior D’Italia now has frozen entrees along with their pasta and wonderful mozzarella cheese. Coutt’s Specialty Foods will be here this week with yummy jams, relishes, and preserves. And, along with their usual assortment of fresh seafood, Globe Fish will have swordfish on sale for $12 per pound and swordfish kabobs on sale for $7 per pound.
Coming Up: Friends of the Beebe Library Book Give-Away on 9/8. Live music by Betty’s Bounce on 9/15. Drumlin Farms Audubon Ark visits on 9/22. The annual Plein Air Paint Out will take place on September 29, Live music by Kirsten Manville TBA but probably October 6, and more to come!
PARKING NOTE! Don’t forget! Really! We can use the 1st thirty MBTA parking spaces along North Ave! Note: there is a sidewalk against the fence going to crosswalks from these spaces, so you can get to and from the market safely!
And, thanks to a generous grant from Mass in Motion, our market is now able to process SNAP/EBT and credit/debit cards. Customers purchase “Market Bucks” at the Market Manager tent and use it to pay the vendors, with the vendors getting reimbursed at the end of the day.
As always, a big thank you to Special Event Sponsor Wakefield Cooperative Bank! Also, a big thank you to The Savings Bank and the Wakefield UPS Store for being Friends of WFM! Your support means we can make our market an even greater asset to our community.
The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightening or hurricane conditions). The market opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. every Saturday until October 20. Please visit our website (www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.com) for a complete listing of vendors and upcoming events. See you at the market!