For Kids: Cooking with Holly, Special Arts Activity, and Barefoot Books! And For ALL: Hot Cider :)

Don't miss all the great children's activities this week at the Wakefield Farmers Market! Also, we'll have free hot cider to enjoy on a crisp fall day.


It’s all about kids this week! Holly Pierce, Private Chef/Instructor of Sweet Thing Food will be presenting another wonderful Cooking Demonstration for Kids. Using produce and other products purchased at the market that morning, she will create quick, easy, and delicious recipes for pallets of all ages! As always, Holly will have samples for you to try. And she will need some assistants!

There will also be some fun arts-based activities for children presented by the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield, whose mission is to establish a volunteer non-profit organization to support the local Wakefield visual artist and craftsmen community. See www.artscollaborativeofwakefield.com for more information about this exciting new group!

In between these activities, stop by Barefoot Books, where you are always welcome to just hang out and read from the most excellent selection of children’s books that Stacey will have with her.

Or nonprofit this week is Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM), a non-profit, interfaith organization whose mission is "Building community with uprooted people to serve the common good," based upon the conviction that community is vital to people while they adapt to a new country after surviving severe trauma. Volunteers are crucial for RIM, and they help provide entree for clients into the wider community. Programs include: Cluster-based resettlement, chaplaincy for detainees, job preparation, ESL classes and case management.  See www.r-i-m.net for more information about this wonderful organization!

At the Market Manager tent, we will have Wakefield Educational Foundation (WEF) CALENDARS for sale for those who missed their visit last week! You can also download a calendar order form from http://www.wakefieldeducationalfoundation.org.

Also, either at the manager or cooking tent, you just might find a free cup of hot cider. So don’t let a chilly day keep you away!

The vendor roster for this week includes at least 5 of our farmers and at least 9 food vendors, including our biweekly visit from Coutt’s Specialty Food. In addition, we will have Barefoot Books and Kaleidoscope Soap with us.

NOTE: Charlton Orchards is back, but at press time I am not certain as to whether West River Creamery will be here this week.  Unfortunately,  Ben’s Sugar Shack again cannot join us but promises to be with us next week for sure. Check www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.com or our Facebook page for updates!  

I am sure that one of our wonderful balloon twisters will be with us this Saturday – I think we are quite lucky to have them!

Farmer Dave writes: We will have will have lots of apples, including Mac, Cortland, Macoun, Golden Delicious, and Empire, the last of the raspberries and strawberries, as well as leeks and potatoes, (vichyssoise, anyone?) spinach, winter squashes, pumpkins and more!  Kelly’s Farm will also be sure to bring lots of wonderful fruits and vegetables as well as their beautiful cut flowers.

Flats Mentor Farm will, as always, have their wonderful Asian greens, herbs and root veggies.  Be sure to stop by and try something new!

John Crow Farm will also be back with their super variety of pasture-raised meats, including lamb and pork, and poultry. Also, ask about their turkeys for the holidays!

Goodies Homemade will have their totally awesome cookies, and 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.  In particular, Cannistraci will have have popovers, small apple, cherry, and pumpkin pies, scones, and assorted breads and loaf cakes. And, don’t forget: Swiss Bakers has excellent sandwiches, too!

Along with tasty and healthy smoothies, Sheri of Silky Smoothies now offers soup by the cup at the market or to take home. Great for a chilly day!

For Middle Eastern Food, stop by Samira’s Homemade. These folks take no shortcuts and have a great variety of scrumptious specialties. And, along with pasta, regular mozzarella cheese, and frozen entrees, Fior D’Italia will again have seasonal specials, including pumpkin ravioli, and winter squash ravioli, and hopefully some more of their smoked mozzarella cheese.

Globe Fish/The Fish Lady will, as always, have an amazing selection of fresh seafood. IMPORTANT: Globe Fish is now signing folks up for holiday deliveries!  Stop by with your phone and email contact info.

Coming Up: Come prepared on October 20 to stock up on storable and preservable produce and food items and get a head start on holiday shopping as we end the season with the largest vendor roster of the year. We will also be celebrating Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. (foodday.org) And, weather permitting, we’ll have some festive cooking and music goings ons, too!

PARKING NOTE! Don’t forget!  Really! We can use the 1st thirty MBTA parking spaces along North Ave!   And, thanks to a generous grant from Mass in Motion, our market is now able to process SNAP/EBT and credit/debit cards

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!

Wendy Dennis
Market Manager

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