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.
The marketplace has blossomed over the years and is now a place where people come to experience quality NH products, in one convenient location.
Today we have over 50 members who have their base of operations within 30 miles of Wakefield. It is amazing the diversity and quality of artisans and farmers in and around Wakefield.
Our farmers pride themselves on providing quality plants, veggies and fruit to their customers. With their 100 plus years of combined experience they are always ready to answer questions about their produce, plants and fruit.
Our artisans include people who produce wood products, knit goods, quilts, candles, gourd creations, welded art, jewelry, and much, much more. Their dedication to quality products is amazing and is evident as soon as you arrive.