1st Place Favorite Farmers Market in MA! Also, Library Book Giveaway, And Fine Chokolader is Back

We won 1st place in the Massachusetts! Book giveaway this week, fine chokolader is back, and the the late summer bounty is in full swing!

Library Book Giveaway, fine chokolader is back, Heirloom Tomatoes, and Sweet Corn!

The big news is that we won 1st place in Massachusetts in the American Farmland Trust Favorite Farmers Market Contest, with 204 votes compared to Attleboro’s 2nd place tally of 159 votes. The Community Farmers Market in Bowling Green, Kentucky was #20 in the nation in the mid-size category with 212 votes. We were pretty close! Thank you to everyone who was able to cast a vote in the Favorite Farmer Market contest!

The Friends of Beebe Library, the nonprofit volunteer group that supports our public library, will be at the Farmers Market this week!! If the weather is good, they will have a book giveaway, and either way, they will have a small display of Beebe goods, such as honey, note pads, book bags, and umbrellas. Also, be sure to check out www.wakefieldlibary.org to keep up with all the wonderful services and activities our wonderful library offers!

The Friends of Lake Quannapowitt (FOLQ) will be another of our nonprofit guests this week. Their mission is to promote public awareness and provide long-term protection and enhancement of Lake Quannapowitt and its surrounding public lands, and they do a great job of it!  Stop by to say hello and to learn about the lake and current FOLQ projects. Also, tickets for their November 18 Breakfast and Award Ceremony will be available for purchase.  See www.folq.org for more information.

We have also made room for Wakefield Young Adults with Multiple Sclerosis (Y.A.M.S.) this week to help them highlight their fund raiser and awareness program taking place all day on September 12 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Saugus, MA. Y.A.M.S. is a local support group designed to help individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, especially those in their 20s and 30s. They hold monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month at the Wakefield Public Library, also known as The Lucius Beebe Memorial Library at 345 Main Street, from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. Be sure to stop to visit them at the market- they will have a variety of giveaways, including tote bags!

The vendor roster for this week includes our 6 farmers, 11 food vendors, as well as Wicked Good Soap and Susie Kate’s Designs.

In Good Taste (Pam/s Salsa) is with us this week, and we welcome fine chokolader for the first time this season.

Charlton Orchards will be back with us this week and will have peaches and fresh apple cider along with additional produce, wine, honey, and cider donuts. Farmer Dave says:  “Savor the season’s flavor before it’s all gone! We will have glorious tomatoes and the best sweet corn of the season, the first of crisp Macintosh apples, and sweet carrots.  This may be the last week of stone fruits and some berries, but look for winter squashes starting next week!”  And, look for great produce and cut flowers from Kelly’s Farm and all the wonderful Asian greens and herbs from Flats Mentor Farm.

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.  And, don’t forget: Swiss Bakers has excellent sandwiches, too!

Stop by Ben’s Sugar Shack for maple and honey products and Silky Smoothies for a tasty and healthy drink for breakfast or a snack, and don’t forget that Goodies Homemade is also a gift box cookie company specializing in cookie care packages for kids away at school. "Send 24 delicious reasons to choose milk"! See www.goodieshomemade.com.

As always, there is tasty Middle Eastern Food from Samira’s Homemade, pasta, mozzarella cheese, and frozen entrees from Fior D’Italia, and the usual and amazing selection of fresh seafood from Globe Fish/The Fish Lady.

Coming Up: On the Edge Knife Sharpening and 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 10/6, and more to come!

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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