MUSIC JUNE 9: Brad Faucher

MUSIC: Brad Faucher is a musician, music teacher, short film producer, and live music producer living in Waltham, MA. Brad has helped pioneer the live music scene in Waltham over the last 10+ years. He has served as co-coordinator for live music for Waltham Riverfest for the last 5 years and founded “The Waltham Sound” music series. In addition, Brad has run Session450 for the last 7 years at Joco’s Bar and Kitchen- a weekly live blues, jazz, and soul music event.
Brad Faucher

MUSIC JUNE 23: Terry Kitchen

Terry Kitchen

Terry Kitchen is a musical storyteller.

Award-winning Boston contemporary folk singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen is as much a storyteller as a musician. His new CD The Post-American Century combines his considerable skills as a singer, composer and guitarist with his fearless emotional honesty, keen eye for detail, and deep empathy for his subjects for a compelling portrait of the land we live in.

Terry Kitchen’s web site 

MUSIC JULY 7: Gerry Beaudoin

Jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin has carved out a career as a leader, arranger and guitarist and educator. His first national success was in 1990 with the Boston Jazz Ensemble. Gerry then went on to make three critically acclaimed Gerry Beaudoin Trio recordings with mandolin titan, David Grisman. The Gerry Beaudoin Trio has built a reputation of flawless performance and professionalism. The Trio consists of Gerry Beaudoin on guitar, Gerard Beaudoin III on vibes and Brad Hallen on acoustic bass. Their song selection is based in the jazz tradition, the Great American songbook and pop classics.

Gerry Beaudoin on All About Jazz website 

MUSIC JULY 14: Dave B & The Hotshots

Dave Birkin is a Waltham resident who plays saxophone and flute, and sings with his band of Hot Shots. This 5 piece group performing authentic interpretations of vintage R&B Jump Blues/New Orleans music from the late ’40s through the mid ’60s, was formed in the early ’90s and retains three of its original members, Dave Birkin – sax/vocals, Mark Shelford – guitar/vocal, and Ken Steiner – acoustic bass/vocal. The current line up also includes Richard Malcolm – drums, and Jim Heffernan – keys.

Dave B and the Hotshots at Reverb Nation website 

MUSIC JULY 21: Mike Williams with Toni Lynn Washington

Michael Williams is a jazz and blues guitarist and Waltham resident. He has recently been performing with Grammy winner James Cotton, and has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada with Michelle Willson and others, including Mighty Sam McClain, David “Fathead” Newman, Sugar Ray Norcia, Darrell Nulisch, Tone Cool recording artists The Love Dogs, and blues piano virtuoso David Maxwell. Toni Lynn Washington is an American blues singer. She took to music at an early age, singing with her school and church choirs. She has had seven Blues Music Award nominations. Washington received the 1999 Boston Blues Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2003 she released her fourth CD since 1997, and her first on the NorthernBlues label.

Michael Williams Blue Tempo website

MUSIC AUGUST 11: Ashley Kamal

MUSIC:  Singer/instrumentalist – Ashley Kamal has been performing in Waltham since age 5 and is excited to continue studying music in college. She was the first Waltham Idol winner and has sung for and played the piano in WHS’s Show Band for the last year. As a solo artist, she plays acoustic pop covers in the singer/songwriter style.

MUSIC AUGUST 18: Moody Street String Band

The Moody Street String Band, named for the location where they first rehearsed, were formed in the early 1990’s, and have been performing at the market since 1997. The lineup has changed through the years, but today’s band features fiddle, accordion, banjo, mandolin, guitars and bass, playing a wide reportoire of traditional string music. They play and sing tunes that are a lively blend of Irish, English, Scottish and Old-timey New England music.

MUSIC OCTOBER 6: High-Strung Strummers

MUSIC: The High-Strung Strummers is a high energy duo that specializes in the old-time dance music of Appalachia, and the performance of Anglo-American ballads that found their home in that region. Lead vocalist Sarah Jane Nelson is a multi-instrumentalist who has been playing traditional music for folk festivals, New England contra dances, and other regional events for over a decade. She is a music journalist and is currently completing a biography of Ozark songcatcher Max Hunter. Cathy Mason is a highly accomplished fiddler and music instructor who has spent more than thirteen years studying Southern fiddle music with the masters of that tradition. Together, Cathy and Sarah have been finalists at the popular Lowell Banjo & Fiddle Contest, and they delight audiences with the rich harmonies and rhythmic accents of their “twin” fiddling. Recent and upcoming appearances include the Lowell Fairy Festival, an Arlington house concert, Rogers Memorial Library, Newton Farm Day and the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston house concert and workshop.

High Strung Strummers

MUSIC OCTOBER 20: Kali Stoddard-Imari

MUSIC – Kali Stoddard-Imari is a Boston-based singer songwriter who has been placed in front of acts like Adam Ezra Group, Taj Mahal, Martin Sexton, Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn. Born and raised in the North East Kingdom of Vermont, he grew up playing around with poetry, hip hop and chorus, never fully mixing the ideas until he picked up the guitar at 17. He now creates a Folk Pop, Rhythm & Rock vibe with hints of Roots Rock, Blues, Reggae Fusion, and Soul. He has traveled cross country and thousands of miles to perform. With music as an outlet and family and community as inspiration, he works to unite people and create positive experiences for everyone he can.

Kali Stoddard-Imari’s website 

Boston Smoked Fish Co.

The Boston Smoked Fish Company produces the highest quality smoked fish available using sustainably harvested fish, locally-sourced ingredients, and all natural preparation. We hand select the freshest fish daily from the docks in Boston, expertly match it with fresh herbs and spices, and gently smoke it in small batches over specific varieties of North American hardwoods. We believe it is important for people to know what they eat, and that is why we use locally-sourced ingredients from the communities in which we work and live.

OUR STORY
It all started in the backyard in 2013 when two smoked fish enthusiasts and food lovers decided to try and push the envelope, making smoked fish with a richer more delicious flavor while being minimally processed with honest, simple ingredients. Working with a home smoker and experimenting with 72 different brine recipes, multiple sources of fresh fish, and different hardwoods, Chris and Matt finally found what they were looking for. To share their passion and delicious results with friends and families, they purchased a vacuum sealer and began packaging the fish they smoked.

You’ll taste a wonderful harmony of flavors–all from whole and honest ingredients–in each bite of our smoked fish. Blessed with the abundance of farmers market opportunities in the Greater Boston area, Chris and Matt turned in their former day jobs and started smoking fish full time. Today we pursue the art of smoking fish at our new home on the Historic Boston Fish Pier. The rest is history!
Boston Smoked Fish Co.

Bread Obsession

Bread Obsession is an artisan bread baking company that takes pride in producing European-style bread that is not only healthy and delicious but also beautiful. We bake in a wholesale-only bakery in Waltham, MA.
We specialize in German Ryes and other sourdough-based breads. We sell our loaves unsliced, freshly baked daily and each loaf is hand-shaped by skilled bakers. We offer a variety of breads including baguettes, Lexington Sourdough, Durum Levain, Mulit-grain Sunflower, Main Grains Whole Wheat Loaf, Flaxseed Rye, Tzitzel Rye, NY Deli-style Rye with Caraway, Cinnamon Swirl, Brioche, Cardamom Buns and Bagels among other breads.

Bread Obsession

Breezy Hill

Breezy Hill Farm is a small family run farm located just off of route 12 in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. According to their website: “We raise a variety of fruits and vegetables which we sell at local farmers markets and at our farm stand. Along with growing these fruits and vegetables we raise livestock- cattle, sheep, pigs, and chickens. Like our vegetables, our meat is sold at farmers markets and our farm stand. During the summer and fall many of our cows and sheep are shown all over New England. We are in 4H and are proud supporters of young people in agriculture. Originally we only raised what we could show, but soon interest in expanding grew and we began to start raising animals for meat. We believe that being able to have good quality, fresh and affordable natural food should be an option for every one. Farming is more than a hobby or job for us farming, is a lifestyle and something that is in our blood.” They are bringing yogurt, milk, and ice-cream to the market.

Breezy Hill

Cucina Aurora

Cucina Aurora is a small, woman owned, local business. Every time you purchase Cucina Aurora products on our website or by visiting a retailer in your neighborhood, you can rest assured you are getting the highest quality, handmade, gourmet products for you and your family. We encourage people to cook together, eat together and learn about each other’s lives around the dinner table. By using Cucina Aurora’s products, already infused not only with flavor, but with love, you can make quick, easy and healthy meals you can bring Meal Time Magic to your table every day.
Cucina Aurora

Cup Love Coffee

From its humble origins, coffee has come to occupy a significant place in our society. Coffee touches so many lives throughout the day and is part of millions of people’s morning ritual. As the sun climbs, coffee brings people together in a way unlike any other beverage. Over a shared cup of coffee friends meet, new romances arise, and the wheels of commerce turn. Into the evening, students and professionals power through deadlines and dining companions share an espresso to conclude a fine meal.

We are three friends and classmates who fell in love with coffee on a trip to South America. There is something captivating about the art of cultivating coffee and the care involved in growing and harvesting even a single pound. We love the tradition around coffee as well as its new directions and wanted to form a business around this amazing beverage. After tasting craft coffees and their exciting new flavor profiles, we were drawn to the “third wave” coffee movement, which treats coffee as an artisanal product, much like fine wine. We also want to take this opportunity to give back to our community by committing a percentage of proceeds to local charities. We welcome suggestions of organizations we should consider.

We have searched the globe sampling coffee beans from unique locations and worked to develop roasting profiles that truly celebrate the complex flavors and characteristics of the bean offering you a truly special (exceptional) experience. Our search continues.

Join us on our journey at the market and at our website: Cup Love Coffee.

Deano’s Pasta

We are fourth generation local pasta makers in Somerville, MA and happen to be one of the oldest fresh pasta companies in the country as we have been making artisan noodles, raviolis, and sauces since 1947. Our pastas and sauces are all natural, non-gmo, locally handcrafted and hand packed to assure the highest quality.
Deano’s Pasta

El Camino Foods

All of our authentic Puerto Rican recipes have been passed down through generations, which means our food is rich in flavor because we incorporate traditional spices and flavorings that enhance the natural goodness of our high quality ingredients.

Our Puerto Rican dishes are NEVER cooked with MSG, lard, or artificial colors or any other artificial ingredients. All of our food is made with the freshest ingredients responsibly sourced, which includes local farms. We also offer many delicious choices for those on restricted diets, including gluten free, dairy and nut free, vegetarian and vegan options.

Healthy, natural, and delicious… a winning combination.
El Camino Foods

Giacomo’s

Giacomo’s Gourmet Foods has evolved over the past two years, opening a retail space in the fall of 2017. We offer our 13 flavors of granola, granola bars, pesto, tapenade, balsamic glaze, infused olive oil, frozen soups and frozen prepared meals. All of our delicious creations are made in small batches in our commercial kitchen in Hubbardston, MA. Enjoy!
Giacomo’s

Heavens Harvest

Local family owned and operated farm situated in picturesque New Braintree close to the Quabbin Resevoir. We have been growing and selling Certified Organic Fruit and Vegetables since 1994.
Heavens Harvest

Samira’s Homemade

We started making our dips at the request of our friends. They kept on raving about our food saying to us, “This is the best Hummus we’ve ever tasted! Why don’t you sell it?” So we did.
Samira’s Homemade

Shayna’s Handbags

Special Attraction:  Face Painting!

Photo from Marblehead Farmers’ Market

Shayna Made bags are made by hand, in Massachusetts. I use upholstery remnants, leather, handmade vintage carpets, and fabrics from many other places. Or pick out your own fabric and I will make a custom bag just for you.

Each one-of-a-kind bag has a lining and usually 7 pockets. A place for everything–cell phone, wallet, notebook, pencils, pens, keys, a zippered compartment for cosmetics, and enough room for just plain stuff. Most measure 15″ wide by 12″ deep and 4″ across the bottom. Handles are 36-44″ and some are adjustable.
Shayna’s Handbags

Smith’s Country Cheese

Smith’s Country Cheese has been making true farmstead Gouda, Cheddar, and Havarti cheeses since 1985. All of our cheese is made with the raw cow’s milk from our own family dairy farm in Winchendon, MA. Our handcrafted cheeses and Gouda spreads are made with vegetarian rennet, clean solar energy, and with meticulous attention to following traditional recipes.
Smith’s Country Cheese