Kirsten Manville is a contemporary country and folk singer/songwriter who lives here in Wakefield. Her songwriting is influenced both by the folk music she heard while growing up with her parents in Reading, Massachusetts and the country music she immersed herself in while living in Nashville, Tennessee for several years. She plays in and around the Boston area, both as a solo act and as a member of the acoustic duo Kirsten & Dave. Kirsten will be performing between 10:00 a.m. and noon this Saturday. See www.kirstenmanville.com for more information.
Our nonprofit guest is Drums and Disabilities. (D.A.D.) Wakefield resident Karina Fireheart is doing a community outreach event to bring awareness to this charity that helps children, veterans and others with disabilities. Drum Therapy benefits people with disabilities such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and Asberger's, as well as soldiers with traumatic brain injury. Currently there aren't Drum Therapists in the state of MA and Karina is working to change that. To learn more, see www.dadprogram.org
And The Magic of Yarrow should once again be back again with his very cool balloon twisting!
PARKING NOTE! Don’t forget! 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.
The vendor roster for this week includes our six farmers, 10 food vendors, including a visit from Tower Root Beer, as well as Kaleidoscope Soap and Susie Kate’s Designs, for a total of 18 vendors this week.
It should be another great week for fresh vegetables and fruits from Farmer Dave, Charlton Orchards, Kelly’s Farm, and Flats Mentor Farms. I try to get a few items from each farmer, which gets me almost through the week, although I admit that some of those sweet fruits and crispy greens go really quickly in my household! And, this is THE season for corn and tomatoes, that’s for sure. Along with produce, be sure to check out Charlton Orchards pasture raised beef, wines, honey, and more!
I always make sure to check out what John Crow Farm, is offering, since it varies each week. The sweet sausage with fennel is a big hit at my house, but I want to try their chorizo and hot dogs, soon! And West River Creamery always has amazing goat and cow cheeses for every taste.
I am hoping Mamadou’s Bakery will be back this week – last week they had some oven issues. Cannistraci Fine Foods will have their usual assortment including their divine popovers, and, along with their usual fare, Swiss Bakers will again have their super sandwiches, which do sell out quickly.
If you have yet to try Middle Eastern Food, Samira’s Homemade always has samples to try. And, as always, get here early for your choice of super fresh seafood from Globe Fish!
Have you tried the frozen entrees from Fior D’Italia yet? They now have these handy meals, along with their pasta and mozzarella cheese. For the sweet tooth, Goodies Cookies are the best around! And, I still can’t get over the maple cotton candy from Ben’s Sugar Shack Finally, don’t miss the biweekly visit from Coutts Specialty Foods offering of jams, jellies, relishes, and more
NOTE: Silky Smoothies will be taking the week off but will be back on August 25. Unfortunately, Giovanna Gelato will not be back until next season because they are in the middle of moving their facilities from Belmont to a larger space in Malden. Luckily, we can get their gelato at Farmland in the meantime!
Coming Up: Kids Cooking Class by Holly on 8/25! Live music by Betty’s Bounce on 9/15. The Drumlin Farms Audubon Ark visits on 9/22. The annual Plein Air Paint Out will take place on September 29.
As always, a big thank you to The Savings Bank, our first Special Event Sponsor! Also, a big thank you to the Wakefield Cooperative Bank and the Wakefield UPS Store for being our first 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!