The mission of the Wakefield Marketplace is to provide:
A local market for homegrown plants and produce plus homemade goods and crafts. We emphasize naturally grown fresh produce, meat, eggs, honey, and baked goods along with unique crafts. Our farmers accept WIC coupons (Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program)
Education for our visitors through conversations with vendors as well as a variety of demonstrations and activities the last Saturday of each month during the market season. We also award scholarships to students and members to further the study of agriculture, ecology, traditional crafts or to improve their products and produce.
Founder Rev. Nancy Spenser Smith developed the vision for the Wakefield Marketplace in 1995 after a trip to the cottage industry markets in Shanghai and seeing a report about an artisan’s co-op in the Carolinas.
Working with local contacts, members were recruited and a large yellow tent was set up at the corner of Route 16 and Route 109 for opening day in May 1996. The following year, Rev. Smith offered the present location on her property two miles up the road just outside the historic district of Wakefield.
The tent deteriorated over the years and was replaced by the building of a pole barn through a grant from the Alden Young Trust.