WAKEFIELD MARKETPLACE opened for the season last Saturday, May 24. Here outside vendors (l-r) Mountainside Bakery, Mooseview Farm and Moose Mountain Farm offered baked goods, fresh produce, eggs, honey, maple syrup, ground beef and chicken – all locally grown, baked or hand made. (Thomas Beeler photo) (click for larger version)
May 29, 2014WAKEFIELD — Despite a rainy start last Saturday morning, May 24, the Wakefield Marketplace opened for the 2014 season promptly at 9 a.m. at the corner of Wakefield Road and Route 16, across from Palmer's Motel.
Marketplace President Ed Nason noted that six vendors who offer fabric crafts cancelled because of the wet weather, but there was a good turnout that day of local farmers and crafters offering jewelry and good things to eat.
During the main part of the season, from June through August, up to 35 vendors come to the Marketplace and display their wares every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Marketplace has its own building at can hold 15 vendors or so and vendors who display on the grass outside bring their own canopies, so the market is open rain or shine.
Nason's Moose Mountain Farm display offered fresh baked goods, fudge, ground beef, chicken, raw milk, honey, maple syrup and starter plants.
Next door was the Mooseview Farm stand where Pam Frazier offered certified organic fresh lettuce, kale, other greens and rhubarb, in addition to fresh eggs, hand-carved wooden toys by her husband Frank, and raffle tickets for the Parish Helpers of the First Congregational Church of Wakefield. Mooseview has greenhouses, so fresh produce will be available for weeks before greens grown outside are available.
Inside the building DJ Walkey of Serabrisket Bakery was nearly sold out of her breads, pies and rolls before 11 a.m.
Outside under its own canopy Mountainside Bakery of Brownfield, Maine, still had a good selection of breads, cakes and preserves left but the goods were going fast.
Other vendors offered handcrafted jewelry, wood carvings and wooden toys.
With the Wolfeboro Farmers Market not opening until June 19 this year, the Wakefield Marketplace is worth the trip for those looking for locally grown, baked and crafted items for sale.