PT Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Market Openings Around the Corner

 Willow Wind Farm,  Photo of Artisan Food Festival Market by David Conklin, http://www.conklinphoto.com/. Thank you, David!

Willow Wind Farm, Photo of Artisan Food Festival Market by David Conklin, http://www.conklinphoto.com/. Thank you, David!

The Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets opening days are less than a week away! Starting this weekend, our market season is in full swing with our Saturday Farmers Market at its usual time and place, and our Chimacum Farmers Market opening this Sunday, June 3 at the Chimacum Corner Farmstand, 10am to 2pm. On June 6th, our Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market opens at its new location, the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride, 2 to 6pm.

We have some new as well as fabulous returning vendors this season. New vendors at the Chimacum Farmers Market include: Northern Thai food vendor, Who Sells the Chicken Eggs?; Sweet Seed Flower Farm; Honeyhoney Soap; Duckabush Mushrooms; Hurricane Hills Winery; Sativa Valley Essentials; Jacobs' Fleece; Dietrich Farms; Scarlett Leather; Avantgardenz; and artist, Brendon Hohmann. We are pleased to offer you a variety of new products while continuing to bring you the fresh farm produce, meat and, soon, berries, from farms, including: Finnriver, Midori, Onatrue, Red Dog, and Egg and I Fuchsias. Don't forget the coffee and pastries! Java Gypsy Coffee House and Pane d'Amore Artisan Bakery will also be at market with yummy treats to start your Sunday on the sunny side.

With our new Haines Place Park and Ride location, our Wednesday Farmers Market can be easily accessed from anywhere in the county. Try transit to the farmers market or walk, bike, hop or drive to the new location of our mid-week farm and food market. We have plenty of parking and you can stroll from uptown through Kah Tai Lagoon to get to the market.

This season we have more vendors registered for the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market than we have had in years! Here are 15 reasons to visit us on opening day: Mountain Spirit Herbal Company, Duckabush Mushrooms, SpringRain Farm & Orchard, Fiddlehead Creamery, Finnriver Farm, Serendipity Farm, Midori Farm, Hopscotch Farm + Cannery, Chimacum Valley Dairy, Bob's Bakery, River Run Farm, Cape Cleare Fishery, Golden Harvest, Onatrue Farm, and Hurricane Hills Winery. Do you need any more reasons? Here are a few more: We are hosting a red ribbon cutting with the Port Townsend and Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce as well as chef demonstration with Arran Stark at our opening day market.

Kids, registration for our new Power of Produce (POP) Club starts this Sunday at the Chimacum Farmers Market. This season we are hosting weekly POP Club activities at our Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets in partnership with the YMCA, Organic Seed Alliance, Port Townsend Public and Jefferson County Libraries, 4-H, Red Dog Farm, Jefferson Healthcare and the Resort at Port Ludlow. Through play, food tastings, and hands-on activities, children will be introduced to where our food comes from, how it grows, and who grows it as well as fun ways to eat local. While club registration is restricted to children between the ages of five and 12, kids of all ages can participate in the activities. After participating in kids activities, registered POP kids will get $2 weekly for fresh fruit and vegetables good at any of our county farmers markets. Thank you First Federal Community Foundation, Port Townsend Chiropractic, and Chimacum Corner Farmstand for your POP sponsorships. Kids, bring your parent or guardian, sign up for POP Club, and come play with your food with us!

See you at the Market! ~ Amanda

Upcoming Events

  • June 2, 9am-2pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market, Tyler St, 10am live music by Cheyenne Skye followed by the Port Townsend High School Band
  • June 3rd, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Farmers Market Opening
    • The first day of POP Club, registration for kids 5-12 years old
    • 10:30am Storytime with the Jefferson County Library
    • 11:30am Live music with Harmonica Pocket
    • 12pm Kids' menu tasting with chef Dan Ratigan, Port Ludlow Resort and Fireside Restaurant. Dan will offer samples of a spread made with Mystery Bay goat cheese, fresh herbs, local vegetables and Red Dog Farm roasted carrots for dipping.
    • Red Dog tractors and farm-fresh food all day!
  • June 6th, 2-6pm, Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market Opening at Jefferson Transit's Haines Place Park and Ride
    • Red ribbon cutting with the Port Townsend and Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
    • POP Club registration and activities with the Organic Seed Alliance
    • Chef demo with Arran Stark

From Our Vendors

  Mt. Townsend and Mystery Bay join forces in cheese making!

Mt. Townsend and Mystery Bay join forces in cheese making!

Mt. Mystery is back! This mixed milk (goat and cow), soft ripened cheese is made each spring when Mt. Townsend Creamery and Mystery Bay Farm team up. We made one, and only one, batch. Don't miss this decadent collaboration of our county's milk and cheese makers.
 

Red Dog Farm is excited to be at both the Port Townsend Saturday and Chimacum Farmers Markets this weekend! We’ll have radishes, carrots, basil, garlic, cilantro, kales and more! Our veggie plant starts are still on sale, plus lots of herb and flower starts to choose from as well.

Artisan Food Festival This Saturday

The 5th Annual Artisan Food Festival is this Saturday, May 26th, 9am to 3pm! Here in Jefferson County we have a unique diversity of local farms and food artisans. This weekend we will celebrate all of the artisan and farm food that our market has to offer, learn what to do with it from talented local chefs, as well as taste market food in new combinations and preparations. Kids, we will also make food art and play on the grass. We are open an extra hour for Artisan Food Festival, 9am-3pm. Join us for the day! More details about the event below.

Get your raffle tickets this Saturday for a room voucher at the Ravenscroft Inn, one of our uptown market neighbors and sponsors. Funds collected from the raffle will support our food assistance matching program, Gimme5. Locals, have you heard of a "staycation?" This is your chance to enter to win a relaxing night's stay at this beautiful bed and breakfast, and to support local food access for community members with low incomes. Come by the market booth to get your raffle ticket, $2 per ticket or $5 for three tickets. What a deal! The raffle drawing will take place on Saturday at Artisan Food Festival. You don't need to be present to win.
 

Farm Bill Fails

 

The House voted down the proposed 2019 farm bill last week. This bill would have resulted in significant cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) affecting more than a million households.  It would also have eliminated the Women Infants and Children (WIC)/Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Assistance Program (FMNP). At the same time, it would have reduced spending on programs serving farmers such as the USDA's value-added producer grants, which have benefited local farms by providing matching funds to start value-added farm food production.


What does this mean for you and your farmers market? Market shoppers using SNAP will not see reductions in their federal-funded food assistance benefits through the Farm Bill in 2019. Shoppers who qualify for WIC and Senior FMNP will still be able to access these programs through the Jefferson County Public Health WIC office and OlyCAP, respectively. JCFM is committed to continuing our SNAP and FMNP matching programs next market season to ensure healthy, local food access for our community and to support local farms through farm-direct sales to shoppers utilizing SNAP, FMNP and our matching programs.
 

See you at the Market! ~ Amanda

PS Hey job seekers! Market sponsor, Aldrich's Market, is hiring a Produce Manager. Interested? Stop by Aldrich's for more information.

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Special Food Happenings


Chef Demos
9:30am Tasty Teas with Denise Joy, Mountain Spirit Herbalist. Denise shares, "What a great time to be in the Northwest as so many of the herbal plants are ready for harvest. There is peppermint, comfrey, mullein leaves, thyme, oregano, lemon balm, late nettles, and many more. All of these herbs can be used for herbal tea, for flavor and for health benefits. I will be honored to show you simple ways to incorporate these herbs into tasty drinks for your friends and family."
10am Omelettes with Deb Taylor, Finistère featuring fresh market eggs and produce.
11:30am Chicken butchery with Arran Stark, Jefferson Healthcare featuring chicken from SpringRain Farm and Orchard.
12:30pm Salish Succotash and Salmon with Jesse Rose, Silverwater Restaurant featuring Cape Cleare salmon, locally sourced seaweed and fresh market produce.
Market Meal at Aldrich's: the chefs at Aldrich's will be shopping the farmers market on Saturday to purchase ingredients for a market meal. After the Artisan Food Festival Market, stop by Aldrich's to see what they cooked up with farm-fresh produce.


Throughout the Day

66 vendors: 15 artisan food vendors serving Northern Thai sausage, paella, salmon sandwiches, burgers, crab cakes, BBQ, raw and prepared shellfish, coconut ice cream, pies and pastries, coffee and more!; three artisan cider and wine makers; three cheese makers; 20 farms with fresh produce, meat, seafood, plants, tinctures, body care products and mushrooms; 20 arts vendors; massage with Oma, henna skin painting, and calligraphy. 

Kids Activities: Bag painting and vegtable print-making as well as bubbles on the Rec Center/Community Center grass with the YMCA and Port Townsend Farmers Market.  

From Our Vendors

In Celebration of Artisan Food Festival, Johnson and Gunstone Shellfish will serve raw oysters, barbecued oysters with your choice of toppings, and Asian-inspired steamed clams. They will also sell Manila clams by the pound as well as one or two varieties of oysters by the dozen.

In Celebration of Artisan Food Festival, Mt Townsend Creamery, Port Townsend Vineyards and Sweet Lamb Baking Company are joining forces to offer cheese, wine and home-made cracker pairings.

Barbarian Fine Cuisine celebrates one year this weekend at Artisan Food Festival! Our mission is to build community through real food. Our dishes bring together local foods from amazing small business owners that, through their everyday work and ethics, make our burgers taste so good. All we do is put these delicious flavors together. This Artisan Food Festival we are featuring One Straw Ranch and their incredibly tasty lamb with two recipes in addition to our vegetarian falafel burger. The Khan - lamb kafta burger, Mt Townsend jack, tzatziki, tomato, carrot and beet salad and organic greens on a Bell Street Bakery brioche bun. The Vlad - lamb kafta burger, Mt Townsend jack, mint pesto, grilled onions, tomato and organic greens on a Bell Street Bakery brioche bun. Khan (V) -  falafel burger, tzatziki, carrot and beet salad, tomato and organic greens on brioche bun. 

Red Dog Farm is bringing some new spring produce this week, including garlic scapes, baby carrots, cilantro, and the first of the kales. For plant starts, our 4-pack veggie sale continues, plus we have tomato starts on sale!

It is the LAST WEEK FOR FRESH RICOTTA from Mystery Bay Farm!  Yes, our season for fresh Ricotta has come to a close. Come and get your last bite of spring goodness.

Visiting vendor, Lioness Organics, joins us for Artisan Food Festival with handmade delicious drink mixes with nourishing mushroom extracts and other superfoods. We use only organic, non-GMO and fairly-traded ingredients, which are herbalist formulated. Mother and daughter foraging partners, we are lovers of fine food and practitioners of natural medicine. This is our offering to encourage health, which feeds our ability to follow our hearts, to live our dreams. Visit us this weekend only at the market.

Upcoming Events

  • June 2, 9am-2pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market, Tyler St
  • June 3rd, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Farmers Market Opening
    • The first day of the Power of Produce (POP) Club, registration for kids 5-12 years old
    • 10:30am Storytime with the Jefferson County Library
    • 11:30am Live music with Harmonica Pocket
    • 12pm Kids' menu tasting with chef Dan Ratigan, Port Ludlow Resort and Fireside Restaurant. Dan will be sampling a spread made with Mystery Bay goat cheese, fresh herbs, local vegetables and  Red Dog farm roasted carrots for dipping.
    • Red Dog tractors and farm-fresh food all day!
    • WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program check distribution at market
  • June 6th, 2-6pm, Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market Opening at Jefferson Transit's Haines Place Park and Ride
    • Red ribbon cutting with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
    • POP Club registration and activities with the Organic Seed Alliance
    • Chef demo with Arran Stark
    • WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program check distribution at market

Taste Fresh Spring's Best at Your Local Farmers Market

 By David Conklin

By David Conklin

Last Saturday the first of the asparagus grown by SpringRain Farm and Orchard made it to market. Rhubarb, rabb, purple-sprouting broccoli, salad greens, leeks, carrots, beets, potatoes, fresh herbs, shiitake mushrooms, eggs, artisan cow and goat's milk cheese, pasture raised meat, and more are abundant and in season at the Port Townsend Farmers Market.

These precious, sunny spring days almost beg us to eat dinner outside, spread a blanket on the grass and enjoy the tastes of the season. Can you hear the first of the asparagus calling you to market? If you make it to market early, grab some asparagus. If you miss the asparagus, rabb is similarly tender and a great addition to a warm salad.

Warm salad? While there is still a chill in the air but the days are brilliantly sunny, it is the perfect time to combine raw and cooked veggies for a spring feast. On a bed of fresh salad greens, try adding baked asparagus or rabb, roasted herbed potatoes, soft goat cheese, a hard boiled egg or baked salmon.
Voilà, you have a warm salad!

Baked Asparagus

Ingredients:
Fresh asparagus
Olive oil or another cooking oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: fresh garlic and/or other fresh herbs
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Break off the tough ends of the asparagus or rabb. Place the asparagus/rabb on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, then toss to coat the asparagus/rabb completely. Spread the asparagus/rabb in a single layer and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Add garlic and fresh herbs as desired. Roast the asparagus for 25 minutes or until tender but still crisp. Enjoy as a side dish or on top of a salad.

VegRx Clarification

I am thrilled with the level of interest in our new fruit and vegetable prescription program, VegRx. Based on the number of phone calls received by Jefferson Healthcare and the great questions about the program at the Market Info Booth, it is clear that our community is ready for a program that responds to local food insecurity with a monthly prescription redeemable for nutritious, locally grown fruit and vegetables.

An important point of clarification is that JCFM, Jefferson Healthcare and the Food Co-op are in a trial phase with the VegRx program. This market season, we are working with a single team of provider champions who are able to prescribe VegRx. The Jefferson Healthcare Orca Pod, Drs. Mattern, Parker, Harris and PA Sarah Irick, can prescribe VegRx. The screening for need will happen during routine well-child check-ups. Proof of income status is not required.

Nationally, basic food assistance, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/EBT, formerly food stamps) and the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Assistance Programs (FMNP) are in a precarious state. The proposed 2019 Farm Bill if passed would cut SNAP by more than $213 billion over the next ten years, nearly 30%. It also calls for the elimination of WIC and Senior FMNP. If passed, the majority of households receiving SNAP would see reductions to their food assistance funds. At the same time, SNAP eligibility changes would cause at least 4 million people to loose their food benefits altogether. More than $260 billion in food purchasing benefits would be moved from individual households to the government. Instead of letting households that receive more than $90 a month continue to use their SNAP benefit to buy food at their local grocery store, the USDA would use about 20% of all remaining SNAP benefits, or $130 billion over ten years, to give qualifying households a box of non-perishable food products. If passed budget cuts would affect some 34 million people in 2019 — almost 90% of SNAP participants. Here in Jefferson County, these cuts would impact some 4,400 people who receive SNAP.

Budget cuts would also reduce the USDA budget for farm programs by some 25%, especially in the areas of crop insurance and conservation programs. Additionally, it would eliminate value-added producer grants, which have helped local farms including SpringRain Farm and Orchard and Finnriver Farm and Cidery with one-time investment for the development of infrastructure for value added food production. Read more here, here and here.

If the proposed budget is passed, reductions to USDA funding for basic food assistance may affect the amount of matching funds JCFM has available through our Fresh Bucks program. USDA funded Fresh Bucks are given to SNAP/EBT shoppers at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets as well as at farmers markets in Kitsap, Clallam, and Mason counties, when farmers market shoppers use their SNAP/EBT card to purchase food.

Regardless of the national budget, JCFM is committed to supporting locally grown food access through our Gimme5 program this and in future years. Local individuals and businesses fund Gimme5 and VegRx.

As grant and community support allows, JCFM hopes to grow the number of Jefferson Healthcare clinicians who are able to prescribe VegRx next season as well as the number of people served by this program. This trial period will give us an opportunity to modify the program for the best future success, begin to identify the level of community need, and fundraise to expand the program next season.

Community support is critical to the future of programs like VegRx and Gimme5. While we depend on congressional representatives to uphold programs like SNAP and FMNP, it is up to us-- you and me, our community-- to sustain and grow services like VegRx and Gimme5. Need for these programs may be even grater next and in future years, depending on our national budget outcome.

Contact Market Director, Amanda Milholland, with your VegRx questions or to make a donation to support community access to nutritious, locally grown food.

See you at the Market! ~ Amanda

Upcoming Events

  • Saturdays Weekly, 9am-2pm Port Townsend Farmers Market, Tyler Street
  • April 21, 10am-1:45pm Homemade Music at the Port Townsend Farmers Market
  • May 26th, 9am-3pm, Artisan Food Festival at the Port Townsend Farmers Market: 70+ local farm, artisan food and arts vendors; chef demonstrations; raw and prepared shellfish by Johnson & Gunstone Shellfish, cheese and wine tasting with Mt. Townsend Creamery and Port Townsend Vineyards; kid's activities; more!
  • June 3rd, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Farmers Market Opening and the first day of the Power of Produce (POP) Club. Stay tuned for more information about our new weekly kids club at the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets.
  • June 6th, 2-6pm, Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market Opening this season at the Haines Place Park and Ride  

From Our Vendors

Red Dog Farm is bringing tomato and basil starts this Saturday! Additionally, we will have 60 varieties of other vegetable, flower and herb starts to fill your garden. The tulip parade continues with some of the most popular varieties- flaming parrot, salmon parrot and red peony types, plus a wide array of colors, shapes and sizes. For produce- greens and roots are the highlights for this perfect salad season.