This week we welcome Kirsten Manville, 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, rain or shine! For more about Kirsten, see http://www.kirsten-dave.com.
Holly Pierce, Private Chef/Instructor of Sweet Thing Food will be back again with yet another of her super Cooking Demonstrations! She will create quick, easy, and delicious recipes from the produce and other foods she will purchase that morning at the market. As always, Holly will have samples for you to try that are sure to please palates of all ages!
Or nonprofit this week is The Wakefield Educational Foundation (WEF), a community-based organization dedicated to enhancing the educational experience for all students in the Wakefield Public School System. WEF provides grants to our public schools for innovative and creative programs that are unable to be funded in the current year’s school district budget. Since its inception in 1989, WEF has raised and awarded over $150,000 in grants to our Wakefield Public Schools. And, yes, they will have WEF CALENDARS for sale! See http://www.wakefieldeducationalfoundation.org for more information about this wonderful organization.
The vendor roster for this week includes 5 of our farmers and 11 food vendors, including our biweekly visits from In Good Taste (Pam’s Salsa). In addition, we will have Wicked Good Soap (check out the stick moisturizer!) and our last visits of the year from eGlassey Lady, with her beautiful hand-blown glass items, and Kittredge Candles for a total of 18 vendors.
Jennifer of Kittredge Candles writes: “We will have lots of fall fragrances and our big Christmas preview of candles, soaps & lotions. Our Christmas line-up includes Fraser Fir, Christmas Pine, Mulled Cider, Egg Nog, Peppermint Bark, Gingerbread, Sugar Plums, Winter in New England, Frankincense & Myrrh, Spiced Cranberry, Bayberry, Hot Cocoa, Firewood and many, many more. We will also have lots of items from the summer on SALE so we can make room for all the Christmas goodies! Finally, we've had some recent additions to our lip balm line, which now has 35 flavors. Joining our other unusual flavors like Pickle, Popcorn, Pizza and Peanut Butter lip balm we now have Candy Cane, Egg Nog and the one everyone has been asking for.....BACON lip balm!!!”
NOTE: Charlton Orchards will NOT be able to be here this Saturday, but will both be back for our last two weeks for sure! But Ben’s Sugar Shack is back with their maple products and honey!
And I am sure one of our wonderful balloon twisters will be with us this Saturday. I am sure glad they found us and keep coming back!
Farmer Dave and Kelly’s Farm will be sure to bring lots of wonderful fruits and vegetables, with apples and squashes coming into the height of their season, and Kelly’s should have their beautiful cut flowers on hand.
Farmer Dave writes: Farmer Dave writes: Kale kale kale! We will have three types: Tuscan/Lacinata, excellent for kale chips, Winterbor kale, great for soups and garnishes, and Red Russian Kale, a softer, milder kale with red and purple leaves which is perfect for sautéing. We will also have Empire, Cortland, Macoun, Macintosh, and Golden Delicious apples. And, we are still picking tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, raspberries, and all the other summer vegetables. It is not over till it is over. (The season, that is!)
Flats Mentor Farm will, as always, have their wonderful Asian greens, herbs and root veggies. Be sure to stop by and try something new!
West River Creamery will have their wonderful assortment of delicious hand-crafted cow and goat cheese from their farm, and John Crow Farm will also be back with their super variety of pasture-raised meats, including lamb and pork, and poultry. Maybe bacon this week?
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. And, don’t forget: Swiss Bakers has excellent sandwiches, too!
Silky Smoothie’s Hot Soup this week will be Veggie Lentil! Along with tasty and healthy smoothies - Pumpkin Pie and Silky Detox this week - Sheri now offers soup by the cup at the market or to take home.
As always, there is tasty Middle Eastern Food from Samira’s Homemade. Their baba gannoush is truly fabulous. I have never had such baba gannoush. And, along with pasta, regular mozzarella cheese, and frozen entrees, Fior D’Italia will again have seasonal specials, including pumpkin ravioli, winter squash ravioli, and smoked mozzarella cheese! Yum!
Globe Fish/The Fish Lady will, as always, have an amazing selection of fresh seafood. The scallops out of New Bedford are especially superb. IMPORTANT: Globe Fish is now signing folks up for holiday deliveries! Stop by with your phone and email contact info.
Coming Up: A children’s activity by the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield and Kids Cooking with Holly, and Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM) on 10/13, and, on 10/20, our last day of the market, come prepared 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!