The Wakefield Farmers Market will bring local farm fare, specialty foods and artisan products to Hall Park, next to Veterans Field, 468 North Ave., Wakefield, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through Oct. 12, including Sept. 28.
The Sept. 28 market will feature cooking demos, balloon twisting, henna and a kid’s activity tent with drawing materials. There will be hula hoops, jump ropes and sidewalk chalk as well as special events throughout the season.
Drumlin Farms’ Audubon Ark will make its annual appearance at WFM from 11 a.m. to noon. Wendy Ernst will be bringing a rabbit, a broadwing hawk and mice, as well as “you can touch” artifacts.
The Wakefield Board of Health will be at the farmers market for the day with information and bicycle helmets on sale for $15. Their flu shot clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. Attendees can bring their insurance card or, if not covered, the cost is $10.
The music tent will feature Jesse DeLaurier. The Melrose teen’s influences range from The Beatles to Steve Earle to Jason Isbell. The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by The Savings Bank.
Guest chef Wendy Dennis will be preparing a vegetarian dish using produce and ingredients chosen that morning from the market. The Wakefield Cooperative Bank is the Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food Education sponsor.
This week’s nonprofit guest is Friends of Lake Quannapowitt.
The vendors expected on Sept. 28 include A&D Books, Aaronap Cellars, Ackermann’s Maple Farm, Cloth Creations, Deano’s Pasta, Emmett’s Edibles, Farmer Dave’s, Fay Mountain Farm, Flats Mentor, Fork on a Road, Goodies Homemade, Habibi Gourmet Food, Halvah Heaven, Johnnie Johnnie Goods, Kelly’s Farm, Kittredge Candles, Lilac Hedge Farm, Pony Shack Cider, Pour Man’s Coffee, Roberto’s Seafood, Sasquatch Woodworks, Swiss Bakers, The Bread Shop and The Roasted Granola.
The market offers “Market Bucks” that can be purchased for use with vendors via credit/debit cards or SNAP/EBT, and will again be matching SNAP purchases up to $10 per visit so that everyone can afford to get fresh and healthy foods at the market. For HIP benefits, participants can shop with Farmer Dave’s.
The Wakefield Farmers Market will be held rain or shine, except in dangerous weather like lightning or hurricane conditions.
For information, visit http://wakefieldfarmersmarket.org.