Amanda Milholland, JCFM Director and Market Manager
Port Townsend native, Amanda Milholland, has worked in the nonprofit field as a health educator, program manager, volunteer coordinator, community development worker and development director since 2004. Amanda worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda from 2006 through 2008 where she assisted a grassroots nonprofit organization with education, animal rearing and other community development projects. She is an avid home gardener with a strong commitment to personal and community connection with local food. Amanda, her husband Gabe and daughter Inez are happy to be back in Jefferson County after living in Portland, OR. firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 379-9098
Amy Goetz, Administrator and Assistant Manager
Amy Goetz and her husband Roberto have been a part of the market for over 10 years. Amy has lived in every part of Jefferson County and knows a good half of the population. Always dependable and friendly and approachable, Amy manages the Wednesday Market, the Saturday Market info, and processes all market apps and fees. She is the mother of two and friend to many of PT's cutest kids. email@example.com
Leif Gearhart-Hall is a native Michigander. After graduating with a Jazz Studies degree from Michigan State University in 2015, he spent some time traveling across the country. He eventually moved to Port Townsend in 2017 from Montana. He is an active member of the Port Townsend music scene as a trumpet player in several local bands. He also leads his own group, Leif & the Long Tones. He is excited to be even more involved with supporting local music as the Music Coordinator for JCFM. firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 JCFM Board of Directors
The JCFM Board works hard to address the needs of the vendors and the community. The board consists of 11 volunteer members who are elected to three year terms and until his or her successor shall have been elected and qualified. Board meetings are held monthly, generally the second Tuesday between 4 pm and 6 pm in the Bishop Hotel basement. Board elections are held annually at the JCFM annual member meeting. The board is open to input and strive to communicate openly with all our vendors and the public.
Janet Aubin, Finnriver Farm, President
I am a farmer at Finnriver Farm and Cidery in Chimacum. The Jefferson County Farmers Markets are incredibly important to me economically and philosophically. I grew up in Jefferson County and I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to live and work in my home community. The majority of the income from our farm comes from the Market, and we deeply value direct sales and the relationships we have built over more than 10 years of vending. I believe that the success of the Market is dependent on the continued ability of vendors to earn a livelihood. As a board member I work vigilantly and creatively to enhance the opportunities for local commerce and to sustain the market as a vibrant community gathering place—three times a week. I am particularly interested in strengthening the customer base at the Chimacum Market and working to make it a truly valuable venue for the vendors and rural county residents. Please feel free to contact me with any specific questions. email@example.com
Rebekah Cadorette Three Strands Handwovens, Vice President
I grew up in the farmlands of Central Illinois, traveled a bit, graduated from Seattle Pacific University, and married my husband, Skip, who grew up in Port Townsend. In November of 2000 I gladly moved back to this wonderful town. I have over 25 years experience creating handwoven, usable and wearable works of art. My studio is located uptown (not far from the market!) and there I focus on the transformation of fiber to fabric. While spinning, dyeing, and weaving all take place at the studio, my emphasis is primarily on weaving and the exploration of color. I have been a part of the market since 2003 and on the Board since 2009. I am looking forward to being a part of upcoming strategic planning and the transition to a new era with a new Director. Rebekah Cadorette
Roxanne Hudson, Spring Rain Farm & Orchard, Secretary
I am a co-owner of SpringRain Farm & Orchard, located in Chimacum Washington. My husband, John Bellow, is the farmer at our 28-acre farm. We have been growing organic products in the Puget Sound since 1994 and will be starting our fifth season in Chimacum in 2016. Along with John and other local farmers, I am one of the founders of the FIELD internship program and am currently serving as its Director. I work with our volunteer coordinator and WSU extension to facilitate the program and make sure it runs smoothly for the farmers and the many interns who come each season. I am also an Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Washington where I prepare special education and elementary teachers and doctoral-level researchers. I split my time each week between Seattle and Chimacum during the academic year. I would like to serve on the Jefferson County Farmers Market Board because I would like to help continue the many benefits the board, the director, and the market provide to farmers and producers of Jefferson County. I am relatively new to the area and to the market, and am incredibly impressed with the vigor and enthusiasm with which the community supports local producers of all sorts. The community has embraced us during our time here and I would like to help move the market forward along its track in making local products a greater part of the food economy and to developing stronger relations with vendors and the supporting community. Roxanne Hudson
John Estes, Community Member, Treasurer
John has been a board member of the Jefferson County Farmers Market since 2004, and has been treasurer since 2006. He and wife Sue are longtime market customers. A former Texan, John is a Certified Public Accountant in WA state and holds a BA of Business Administration in Accounting from Lamar University. He spent 30 years as Executive Director of a medium sized housing authority, controller of a local bank, controller and Vice President of a manufacturing company, senior accountant for Lamar university, assistant office manager for a steel container company and an accountant for CPA firms. John Estes
Marko Colby, Midori Farm
I have been a vendor at the Port Townsend Farmers Market for ten years (since 2005). First selling my sauerkraut and kimchi, then as a farm vendor working with Frog Hill Farm and since 2008 as co-owner of Midori Farm. The market was an important incubator for my small business and market sales make up a significant portion of our farms annual income. I have watched the market organization grow and flourish over the years and I am dedicated to seeing it continue to prosper. I would like to join the market board to help ensure that the primary concern of the organization is to serve the market vendors and increase sales, and also to provide a continued and important farmer perspective on the board.
Heidi Burbank , Java Gypsy Mobile Coffeehouse
I have been an active vending member in our markets since 2002. These years have given me the opportunity to make many positive connections with fellow vendors, community members and reoccurring visitors. I joined the Board in 2010 with a primary goal of enhancing channels of communication between the Board and its managing staff with fellow vendors. My aim remains to learn fellow vendors’ needs and strive to align the Board’s function and growth management to meet these needs, for I believe the success of our Markets can be measured by the success of each individual vendor. I believe our Markets’ future relies upon them remaining a fun experience while linking local people who work the soil, or who create culinary art, or beauty and utility out of raw materials, to our local shopping community, the greater NOP businesses we supply and the many visitors who support this local economy. And, as a mother who brings her children to our Markets, I want our markets to remain a magical event for families as well. firstname.lastname@example.org
John Dwyer, Chimacum Corner Farmstand, Board Member
After living for 34 years in the Austin, Texas area, my wife and I moved to Port Townsend in the spring of 2013. I began working in the Produce Department of the Chimacum Corner Farmstand in the fall of that year in what felt like a natural transition from my previous vocation. During the 14 years prior to moving to PT, my wife and I owned an organic vegetable farm, where I gained experience as an integral part of the local food movement. One of the things that impressed me most about Jefferson County was and still is the abundance and variety of local growers, artisans and food vendors. I hope that my background will help in supporting the area’s local producers in meeting the demands in this thriving community.
Karen Lee, former vendor, past President
Former owner of Ivy Hill Nursery, former Wednesday Market Manager, former Board president from 2005-2012, and longtime Saturday market booth volunteer, Karen Lee has been one of the cornerstones of the Jefferson county Farmers Market Organization, helping it grow to the successful market it is today.
Lauren Reinertsen, Pane d'Amore Artisan Bakery
I am the Operations Officer at Pane d’Amore Artisan Bakery and a long time market customer. I grew up in Jefferson County and own a home in Quilcene with my husband, Sam, and daughter, Claire. I am deeply vested in Jefferson County and care greatly about the people, traditions and values of our community. I have watched Chimacum Valley transform from a bustling dairy community to a rich agricultural farmland and am so proud that, despite adversity, our community has been able to thrive in a changing global economy. I am committed to ensuring that Jefferson County continues to be a place where families can grow for generations. It is essential that people can support themselves with the rich and abundant resources that our environment and our community have to offer while making sure that the land itself is maintained and cared for. The Jefferson County Farmers Market perpetuates those ideals and provides an amazing platform for the economy of Jefferson County’s farmers, artisans and entrepreneurs to thrive.
Todd Stephens, Millbrook Clayworks
I vend at the Port Townsend Farmers Market with Millbrook Clayworks. The Market is an incredible venue for me to connect with people and display my work. The local economy, particularly agriculture, is very important to me. I appreciate the Jefferson County farmers who provide my family, and the whole community, farm fresh produce. I love knowing where our food comes from and, even more so, the people who grow it! Being on the Board allows me to give back to this wonderful market. It’s a privilege to work with such talented and intelligent group. I enjoy learning about, and doing what I can to contribute to the continued success of the market. I grew up on Bainbridge Island and have an Arts and K – 8 Education degree from Western Washington University. While attaining my undergrad, and for a few years after, I lived and worked in Europe, Central America and Mexico. Those experiences broadened my outlook on how to live life. I have two young daughters who constantly amaze me (and who always look forward to market days!). As a family, we enjoy getting outside to muck around from the beaches to the mountains…and reading books in quiet places. email@example.com
Rachael Van Laanen, Mystery Bay Farm
Rachael Van Laanen is the owner of Mystery Bay Farm, a small goat dairy on Marrowstone Island that produces fresh cheese and yogurt from the milk of their herd of Alpine Goats. This will be their 5th year selling at the Saturday Market, which is their primary sales outlet. She is a firm believer in the power of farmer’s markets to promote and support local agriculture and economy through the face to face interaction between farmer/vendor and consumer. As a board member, Rachael supports the market’s alliance with its established mission, encourage rational, fair discussions of issues, help preserve the market as a place for farmers and small business people to make a living and promote it as a vibrant community space. Rachael Van Laanen