Closing Day & Holiday Farmers Market

This Saturday is the closing day of the 24th season of the Port Townsend Farmers Market! We are celebrating the holidays and end of the market season with a partially inside farmers market. Join us for live music by Douglas Francisco and Rooster Crow while stocking up on hand-crafted gifts and locally grown and produced food. Also, kids are welcome to join Chris Llewellyn from Serendipity Farm for ornament painting in the Community Center. Check it out.

Looking for a perfect gift? We will have beautiful hand-made pottery by Millbrook Clayworks and Daily Bird Pottery; ceramics by Salt Creek Studio; jewelry by the Silver Alchemist, the Chain Maker and visiting Chimacum vendor, Pacific Grove Jewelers; felted hats and dolls by Kim Thompson; aprons and potholders by Too Hot to Handle; fused glass switch plate covers by Dimensional Color, soaps and body care products as well as teas and tinctures by Victor's Lavender and Mountain Spirit Herbals; and hand puppets, hats, dog biscuits and more by Gatheringplace.

Despite the recent frosts and even snow, expect some leafy greens at market as well as an abundance of root vegetables, winter squash and even the last of the local quince. With cover crops planted and more frosty days on the way, this is your last chance to purchase fresh, local food directly from our farmers at the market before farmers market season 2017. Also, look for succulent, locally-raised meat by SpringRain Farm and Orchard, One Straw Ranch and Moonlight Farm as well as locally-made jams and honey by SpringRain and, visiting vendor, Tarboo Creek Honey. Last but not least, Willow Wind  and Serendipity farms and Green Gables Garden have your wreath needs covered.  

With the market season coming to a close, I want to share my deep appreciation for all of the devoted market shoppers, hard working farmers, artisan food makers and artists as well as individual and community sponsors that make our three Jefferson County Farmers Markets possible. Our season sponsors this year include: Jefferson Healthcare, Port Townsend Chiropractic, Organic Valley, Port Ludlow Resort, Kitsap Bank, Ravenscroft Inn, Aldrich's, Chimacum Corner Farmstand, Kitsap Credit Union,  and Kristin Manwaring Insurance. Our Gimme5 food assistance program sponsors include: First Federal Community Foundation, Jefferson Healthcare, United Good Neighbors, the Port Townsend Food Co-op and Pane d'Amore Artisan Bakery. Thank you! Please contact me if you are interested in joining us as a sponsor of our 25th season in 2017.

I will send out a report in the next few weeks recapping the season's accomplishments and sharing a sneak preview for next year's markets.

See you at the market. ~ Amanda

P.S. We will have our lost and found box at market on Closing Day. This is your final chance to reclaim your glasses or water bottle before they are donated to small children for art projects or given to farsighted elves to assist them in their holiday gift making. 

Dimensional Color

Barbara Gersenson, sole proprietor of Dimensional Color, taught herself to sculpt with powdered glass. First introduced to enameling in the 1980's in a jewelry class, Barbara developed her own techniques through experimentation. She found a jewelry kiln at her parent's home and put it to work teaching herself the art. Initially, Barbara made jewelry, which she vended at concerts in New Jersey, where she grew up and lived at the time.

Ready for a new start after a divorce, Barbara and her children moved to Blyn, WA to be closer to her parents who had relocated there from the East Coast.  It was after this move that Barbara began exploring enameling with attention towards creating useful items for the home.  

In 2000, Barbara first applied her enameling skills to copper switch plate covers. Barbara describes the process of fusing glass a kind of sculpting. She layers colors and forms the designs with powdered glass. Barbara writes on her website, "Each piece is spontaneous and unique."

Barbara has been vending at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market for 12 years, selling switch plates and jewelry. The Farmers Market is an important venue for Barbara as the low vendor fees make it an accessible marketplace for her work. "My work is so labor intensive it's hard to sell in a store as the markup would make my pieces too costly." Vending at the Farmers Market is a more affordable option for artists like Barbara.  

Come see Barbara's work for yourself this Saturday at the Port Townsend Farmers Market. Visit her website for examples of her custom designs. You can also order directly from Barbara for all of your switch plate needs. 

From Our Vendors

A new batch of yarn has just arrived at One Straw Ranch! Come choose from six different un-dyed wool yarns in gorgeous natural browns, grays, creamy-white, and nearly black. Our yarn, roving, and raw wool make lovely warm hats, socks, scarves, and gloves and are great for last minute gifts for the fiber artist in your life. We also have sample packs available for stocking stuffers or the beginning fiber artist. Also, come stock up on burger, breakfast links, and ground lamb, and sign up for our winter no-obligation delivery list.

Hi all! Thank you from Mountain Spirit Herbals for a record year at the Port Townsend Farmers Market. Come see us and get a small free gift with any purchase at our last Market of the year. We will also have lots of sale items at our table. Have a happy holiday season.

SpringRain Farm will be at the market with all our special holiday meats.  We will have organic, pasture-raised turkey breasts, legs, and whole birds, whole ducks, and our very very last fresh chicken.  We will also have our forage-fed rabbits and this is the last week for our jam sale.  If you are looking for a local gift, our jams fit the bill.  Roxanne makes them from honey and organic fruit grown on our farm. 

The Silver Alchemist is offering 20% off all jewelry for closing day. Come check out Roberto's original designs. 

Serendipity Farm will have a large assortment of holiday wreaths, holiday vegan gluten free treats, including some boxed as gifts. Additionally, we have a holiday salad mix and some micro greens, onions and more.  We will also have our squash soup,  granola, peppers and jams.

Also, Chris and grandkids will have a painting table for kids (young and old) inside of the Community Center. We will have cutouts of farm animals horses: goats, chickens, ducks, pigs, and cats. Come in old clothes as we may not have enough paint aprons to go around. Join us for a little holiday fun.

Nash's veggie of the week is an old faithful – Alaska Bloom POTATOES. Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C, contain potassium, vitamin B-6 and dietary fiber. The Alaska Bloom potato has a creamy colored flesh and pinkish eyes, and is similar to a Yukon Gold in that they are thin-skinned and flavorful. And, of course, potatoes go well in just about any dish: breakfast, lunch and dinner!! Try a bag this weekend! In addition to the potatoes, we’re bringing to market collard greens, kale, chard, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, parsley, a bit of arugula, carrots, parsnips, rutabagas, sunchokes, and our root medley bag. Hope to see you this weekend! 

Holiday Markets Inside Community Center And Meet Pane D'Amore

Port Townsend Farmers Market

Winter Hours 10am-2pm, Tyler Street and in the Community Center

Saturdays through December 17th

 

This is the time of year when so many of us start thinking about finding gifts for our loved ones and cooking fabulous meals with and for our friends. This Saturday marks the second to last Port Townsend Farmers Market for the 2016 season. As winter Holidays approach, come celebrate the last two markets and find local, farm-fresh foods perfect for meals with family and friends. Also, local artisans have jewelry, furniture, ceramics, beautiful wreaths and so much more for your holiday giving. On Saturday, December 10th and 17th, join us for the Winter Holiday Farmers Market on Tyler Street and inside of the Port Townsend Community Center in uptown Port Townsend.

We have some special guests joining us this Saturday. The Wild Blackberry Pickers will perform live string music and the New Old Time Chautauqua will parade through the market at about 11 am.

We also will have visiting vendors this and next week. This week look out for the return or Bentley Cedar Furniture and the Chain Maker inside of the Community Center. Also, look out for Pacific Grove Jewelers visiting from the Chimacum Farmers Market. Next week Tarboo Creek Honey and La Crepe de Quimper will join us from the Chimacum Farmers Market.

See you at the market. ~ Amanda

P.S. I plan bring our lost and found box to the market this and next Saturday. We have several pairs of glasses, a few water bottles and a couple of other random items that have been left at the market this season. If you have misplaced something at the market, please come visit us and take a look in the box. Items not claimed by the end of market on the 17th will be given away.

For the Love of Baking

Pane d’Amore Bakery

Established in 2003 by Frank d'Amore and Linda Yakush, Pane d'Amore Artisan Bakery has been vending at the Jefferson County Farmers Markets for twelve years. Pane (bread) d'Amore (of love) is devoted to baking organic bread and pastries using the very best ingredients sourced locally as well as from around the state and world. 

Linda, a Port Townsend native, has baked since early childhood. She remembers baking as the first thing she could do by herself in the kitchen. As an adult, Linda baked for her family. She home-schooled her two sons, weaving baking into their home life and education. After living in the Midwest, Southern United States and various parts of the Northwest, Linda and her family moved back to Jefferson County in 1990, where she continued to bake at home. Aside from baking, Linda started a landscaping business and helped found the Port Townsend Film Festival.

Frank d'Amore

Frank d'Amore

Linda Yakush with Focaccia

Linda Yakush with Focaccia

Frank started baking for this friends and family when he was 18 years old and living in Seattle. Though Frank did not bake professionally his entire career, he did spend some time working as a baker for different businesses throughout his life.  Frank’s knowledge and love of the art of baking expanded and increased with time. 

In 2002, Frank and Linda got together. Both at turning points in their careers, they decided they wanted to start a business together. At the time, Frank was doing physical therapy for a hand injury. The therapy looked a lot like kneading bread, reminding them both of their shared love for baking. Form this starting point, their dream of a local, organic bakery was born.

Over the course of the next year and with the help of their sons, Linda and Frank transformed the old Constance Building in uptown Port Townsend into a production bakery. They opened their doors to the Port Townsend community on June 8th, 2003 and were met with a very warm welcome. 

It was around this same time that the Port Townsend Farmers Market Manager, Harvindar Singh, urged Pane d’Amore to join the Farmers Market with their breads and pastries. Pane d’Amore has been a consistent, community-loved market vendor from the very beginning.

Linda and Frank’s shared love and care for quality ingredients shaped the business they began together, and which Linda continues to operate today. Pane d’Amore prioritizes using local ingredients when possible, including foods grown by Nash’s, Midori, Red Dog and Dharma Ridge farms. They use Mt. Townsend and Mystery Bay cheeses in some of their pastries and are also a retailer for local cheeses, Cape Cleare Salmon and Morganics Jam at their Port Townsend, Sequim and Bainbridge bakeries. Linda takes great joy in using local ingredients and in purchasing them directly from our local farmers. She loves incorporating these nutritious, beautiful foods into the bread and pastries that feed our community.

While Pane d’Amore has grown with wholesale accounts and three storefronts, the business continues to have a strong community focus. They contribute to JCFM as a sponsor of the Artisan Food Festival and donate to our Gimme5 food assistance matching program. They have a no waste policy. Any bread that is not sold is donated to our local food banks, homeless shelters, and retirement homes. When there is still bread left over, it is donated to local farmers to feed pigs, cows, and chickens. 

While Pane d’Amore has continued to grow over the years, the business has also faced hardship. Aside from the sacrifices, hard work, and diligence it takes to sustain a small business, in 2010 co-founder, Frank d'Amore, had to retire early for health reasons. His early retirement and declining health took a toll on the family-based business. The remaining crew persevered and continued baking, carrying on their co-founders legacy.

Over the next two years, the business continued to grow and improve with Linda at the helm while Frank's health continued to decline. On August 8th, 2012 beloved father, partner, and leader, Frank d'Amore, passed away at his home in his sleep due to complications with type 1 diabetes. This rocked not only his family and his beloved bakery but also the community that he loved and that loved him in return. Linda as well as Frank's son, Gabriel, bravely carried on managing and growing the business.

This week you can find Pane d’Amore inside of the Port Townsend Community Center along with several of our other artisan food makers as well as artists and farmers. Currently, Linda is most excited about her holiday baking. Try some of Pane d’Amore’s seasonal treats; panettone,  panforte and gibassier.

Max with locally grown mushrooms from Onatrue Farm

From Our Vendors

'Tis the season for making bone broth and soup! This weekend One Straw Ranch has pork bones on sale for $3.95/lb (regularly $4.95/lb). The bones are in 3lb packages - just perfect for a batch of broth to make ahead for sipping on a cold day or for winter soups and stews. If you like your broth a little more meaty, pick up a package of beef stew meat to include with the bones in the stock pot. Add a handful of salt, a few tablespoons of vinegar, cover with water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 12-36 hours. Tasty nutrition! One Straw Ranch also offers gift certificates as a unique, local stocking stuffer!

SpringRain will be inside the Community Center with our festive proteins and jams. We will have whole, organic, pasture-raised turkeys in the 22-24 lb range, turkey breasts, and turkey legs--perfect for your winter holiday feast. Also for your festivities, you will find organic pasture-raised ducks, rabbits, and the last of the fresh, organic chicken you know and love. Roxanne will also have a full selection of our farmstead jams made in small batches with honey and our own organic fruit; the perfect stocking stuffer or host gift. 

NASH carrots are the Veggie of the week. Get here and pick some up. In addition to our carrots, we’ve got our root medley bag, sunchokes, beets, parsnips, rutabagas, collard greens, kale, green and red cabbage, parsley, Brussels sprouts, and leeks. If you haven't tried one of our root medley bags, pick one up this weekend. They have everything you need to create a nice roasted veg medley or toss in with your favorite roast.  Feeling uninspired? Grab some Nash’s fresh ground soft white wheat and make a CARROT CAKE! 

Only 3 More Markets!

Wow! We have almost made it to December. This mild fall has resulted in an extended growing season for Jefferson County farmers. With only three markets left, our farmers are still bringing an abundance of greens, squash, root vegetables, herbs, meat and more to market. This is your chance to stock up on beets, carrots, winter squash, kale, chard, collared greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, rutabaga, turnips, celery, apples and pears while they can be purchased directly from our local farmers.

EBT shoppers, we still have matching funds available when you use your EBT card at the farmers market booth. For every $5 you spend on your card, we give you an additional $2 for fresh fruit and vegetables. When you spend $20 or more on your EBT card, we also give you one Gimme5 token for produce, meat, eggs and dairy from our local farms. What a deal! Thank you Jefferson Healthcare, Pane d'Amore Bakery, PT Food Co-op, United Good Neighbors, First Federal Community Foundation, FINI and community for your generous support that allows us to increase the accessibility of local food for everyone in our community, regardless of income. 

This time of year I am asked each Saturday about our last market date for the season. Our Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market runs through December 17th. The last two markets, December 10th and 17th, will be inside of the Port Townsend Community Center. In addition to an abundance of local produce, meat, dairy, and artisan foods, these Holiday Markets will feature original, hand-crafted arts from the Port Townsend Saturday vendors you know and love as well as a few visiting vendors from our Chimacum Farmers Market. We will also have live music by the Wild Blackberry Pickers on December 10th and by Douglas Francisco on December 17th in the Community Center.

See you at the market!

Artist Kim Thompson

Kim Thompson, originally from Southern California, first learned to work with wool 10 years ago when riding her bike around New Zealand. A painter by training and profession, Kim found herself at a turning point in her career. After years of exposure to the harsh chemicals in oil paint, Kim developed an allergy to oil as well as other less toxic paints. This extreme sensitivity resulted in a sea change for Kim from professional artist with work in galleries around Southern California and Austin, TX to fiddler and bike traveler. In 2001, Kim moved from Santa Fe, CA where she worked as a professional artist, to Olympia, WA with her fiddle.

Fiddle Tunes first brought Kim to Port Townsend. Inspired by the music scene and local community, Kim moved to Port Townsend where she built a small home in the woods. However, the cold and damp of winter motivated Kim to travel to New Zealand, where she had some friends.

In New Zealand Kim travelled by bike and played her fiddle on street corners to cover her expenses. She was introduced to felting and doll making with wool by one of her New Zealand friends. Working with wool was like a homecoming for Kim as it gave her the ability to use her artistic skills without the exposure to chemicals.

In 2006, Kim came back to Port Townsend, bought herself a card table and set up at the Port Townsend Farmers Market selling felted dolls. Soon she taught herself to make other felted items: vessels, hats, masks and more. She uses wool from Solstice Farm in Chimacum as well as Ananda Hills Farm in Port Ludlow. Taught by a farmer in Centralia, Kim spins and cards her own wool.

The Port Townsend Farmers Market has played an important role in Kim’s life. Vending at the market enabled Kim to reestablish herself as an artist.  She explains, “I could not have done any of this without the farmers market because it is affordable to sell here. That is important when making work that is so time-consuming. I really like vending at the market. I love this community, seeing friends, making friends, and sharing Port Townsend with visitors to the market.”

You can find beautiful hats, dolls, animals, vessels and other wool work by Kim on Saturdays at the Port Townsend Farmers Market. She is located in the middle row of the market near the corner of Tyler and Lawrence streets facing the Port Townsend Community Center. This weekend, introduce yourself to Kim and check out her hats. They are perfect gifts for yourself or a loved one this time of year.

From Our Vendors

Lacinato KALE is Nash's veggie of the week!! This kale is one of the most popular varieties we grow and it’s easy to tell why. It can be added to soups, stews, chopped into salads. Truly, the options are almost endless. You can use it to make kale chips. Add it to caramelized onion and bacon for a less healthy and very delicious side dish. The Lacinato kale is also often referred to as “Dinosaur” kale or Tuscan kale and has been used since the 18th century by the Italians. Enjoy!

We’ve got SUNCHOKES. Come pick some up this week if you haven’t already! They are a delicious snack and can be roasted or steamed. They kind of look like white ginger root, but taste a little like artichoke and potato. I chopped them up into bite size pieces and roasted them the other night with a little olive oil at 425 F for about 25 minutes. So yummy! We also have carrots, rutabaga, parsnips, beets, leeks, Brussels sprouts, flour, grain and more.  

Mountain Spirit will have all teas available at 10% off for the remainder of the season. This is a good time to pick up you winter supplies. We have a lot of fun, healthy products for the holiday season. I hope to see you at market, and dress warm. Also, come check out our Hydrotherapy sprays.

Red Dog Farm is still going strong with 47 different varieties of veggies. We have tender and sweet frost-kissed kales and squash, crisp and sweet carrots, peppery storage radishes, and buttery popcorn. We’ll be in fine form at market this weekend. Hope to see you there!

SpringRain Farm is back at the market this week and will have fresh organic chicken.  We are nearing the end of fresh chicken as the season winds down.  We also have a limited number of organic pasture-raised turkeys and turkey parts available for Christmas.  Check with Roxanne about availability. 

Randy at the Spot is offering a Year End sale on frozen crab cakes - 1 dozen for $40.00 (includes container of tri-citrus aioli).