Thanksgiving Farmers Market this Saturday

Thanksgiving is only a week away! This Saturday, November 17th, 10am to 2pm, stock up for your Holiday cooking at the Port Townsend Farmers Market. We have lots of fresh, locally grown foods perfect for your holiday table: potatoes, carrots, parsnips, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, onions, garlic, kale, salad greens, lots of winter squash, pasture-raised meat, fish, honey, wine, cider, fresh-baked pastries, bread, hand pies, arts, crafts, and more. With 16 farms, eight artisan food, and 15 arts and craft vendors at market this Saturday, we have a great selection to choose from.

Need some inspiration? Jefferson Healthcare's Executive Chef, Arran Stark, is hosting his last demo of the season featuring locally grown foods for your Thanksgiving table. As those of you who are familiar with Arran know, he is a methods teacher. Rather than provide you with specific recipes, Arran teaches the strategies needed for cooking delicious meals. Join us starting at 11am for Arran's demo followed by delicious samples.

We only have five more Port Townsend Farmers Markets this season! Our Season Closing and Winter Holiday Farmers Market is on December 15th, 10am to 2pm. While the market season continues, take advantage of weekly opportunity to purchase fresh, delicious, locally grown foods directly from the farms that grow them. 

EBT shoppers, we are still offering $20 in matching when you spend $25 on your EBT card at market (a total of $45 combining matching and your EBT dollars). Visit the market booth for more information.
 

From Our Vendors  

It's true. This Saturday will be the final market of 2018 for Crust Bakery. We invite you to place your order for Thanksgiving pies at market this Saturday! Or, order some of our famous dough and make your own pie. There are so many delicious things available at market to fill your pie. We can't wait to see you, feed you, and enjoy the chilly and hopefully sunny Saturday with you. See you this Saturday and next year!~ Kelli and Suzen   

Red Dog Farm is stocked up for your Thanksgiving feast! Brussels sprouts, German butterball potatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, carrots, butternut squash, and oh so much more!

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, November 17th, Port Townsend Thanksgiving and Stock your Pantry Farmers Market, 10am-2pm, Tyler Street

    • 11am Last chef demo of the season with Arran Stark

    • All day, farm-direct food for your holiday dinner table

  • Saturday, December 15th, Port Townsend Winter Holiday and Season Closing Farmers Market, 10am-2pm

    • Farm vendors on Tyler St

    • Arts, crafts, and artisan food inside the Port Townsend Community Center

    • Live music

    • Craft activities for kids with Amy Goetz 

Sponsors Thank You

The Jefferson County Farmers Markets are pleased to announce that we received a $500 grant from the Port Townsend Sunrise Rotary for our 2019 farmers market season. Jefferson Healthcare and the Jefferson County Lodging Tax Fund are also returning as sponsors of our Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets. Thank you!

This is the time of year that I reach out to new and returning sponsors for our upcoming farmers market season. Sponsors help us host three vibrant weekly farmers markets each year, which support 80+ local farms, artisan food and arts businesses as direct-to-consumer market places. Our sponsors also support us in hosting weekly live music, special events, the Power of Produce (POP) Club for kids, as well as in offering food assistance matching programs, which support over 500 households with low-incomes in accessing fresh, nutritious food.  Please contact me if you would like learn more about our sponsorship promotion packages or to join us as a new or returning market sponsor in 2019.
 

See you at the Market! ~ Amanda

Wednesday Market Today and Tomato Taste Off this Saturday!

Tomato Taste Off Saturday
Learn, Taste, Vote!

  Localy grown tomatoes. Try some this Saturday at the Port Townsend Farmers Market and take some home today from the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market. Yum!

Localy grown tomatoes. Try some this Saturday at the Port Townsend Farmers Market and take some home today from the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market. Yum!

Tomatoes, as well as a wealth of summer produce, are in abundance at our local farmers markets. Today at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market and this weekend at the Port Townsend Saturday and Chimacum Farmers Markets you can find around twenty varieties of locally grown tomatoes plus sweet corn, the first of the succulent melons, spicy and mild peppers, summer squash, garlic, as well as blueberries, strawberries, greens and more!

Have you ever found yourself stumped as to which tomatoes to bring home from the market? They are all so beautiful, juicy and tasty. Nothing beats a ripe, fresh, locally grown tomato! Well, the Tomato Taste Off is the event for you!

On Saturday we are hosting our third annual Tomato Taste Off at the Port Townsend Farmers Market. Jefferson Healthcare’s Executive Chef, Arran Stark, will tickle your taste buds and inspire you with a cooking demonstration featuring locally grown tomatoes as well as other seasonal produce.

Following Stark’s demo, farmers market volunteers will have about a dozen varieties of locally grown tomatoes prepped for you to taste at the market stage. You will be able to vote on your favorite tomatoes, choose for yourself which tomato varieties you like best for your summer meals as well as for preserving to enjoy this winter.

Event Details:

  • All Day: Shop for tomatoes, summer bounty, and special tomato prepared food from our food vendors
  • 9:30-11 am: Chef demo by Arran Stark
  • 11am-12 pm: Taste and vote on your favorite tomatoes
  • 12 pm: Award announcement
  • 12:15 pm-1: 45 pm: Live music by Jonathan Doyle

From Our Vendors

Tarboo Creek Honey: We are presently extracting, bottling and labeling our 2018 harvest, and will be attending this weekends farmers market, August 25th.  This year's harvest is mostly fireweed nectar with a maple nectar influence. Yummmm!!! ~Fern & Pat

It's hot so we don't want to heat our houses making big meals, and it's the Tomato
Taste Off. This is the perfect week for BLTs and One Straw Ranch will have plenty of bacon in stock this weekend! Once you choose your favorite tomato at the Taste Off, pick up a tasty loaf of sourdough bread, a head of crunchy lettuce, and then stop by our booth for some delicious bacon. We'll have both regular bacon and jowl bacon. If all those scrumptious flavors aren't enough, try Mystery Bay chevre instead of the usual mayo. An easy hot weather summer feast!

    Hopscotch Farm + Cannery will have lots of preserves today at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market: Wild Blackberry with Sage, Blueberry with Thyme, and (everyone's favorite) Strawberry Rhubarb with Ginger.  Meghan will also have bell peppers, jalapeños, onions, potatoes, salad mix, plums, and more!

    Red Dog Farm is bringing our first SWEET CORN to markets this weekend! Beautiful bi-color ears packed with sweet juiciness. We also have some sweet little cantaloupe melons, red sweet peppers, and, finally, strawberries by the flat! Enjoy the sweetness of summer!

    POP Club

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    Today and Sunday Stephanie Brooks of the YMCA is hosting POP Club at the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets. We have been having so much fun playing with food, learning about local farming and trying seasonal produce at POP Club. Kids, join us today from 2:30-4:30 pm at the Haines Place Park and Ride and on Sunday from 10:30 am-12:30 pm at the Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand. POP Club registration is still open for kids five to 12 years old. Register today and get $2 for fresh produce every time you come to the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets to participate in POP Club.
     

    Upcoming Events

    • Today, Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, Haines Place Park and Ride, 2-6pm
      • 2:30 pm-4:30 pm POP Club with the YMCA
    • Saturday, August 25th, Tomato Taste Off at the Port Townsend Farmers Market, 9am-2pm, Tyler Street
    • Sunday, August 26, Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand, 10am-2pm
      • 10:30 am-12:30 pm POP Club with the YMCA
    • Wednesday, September 26, Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market Closing Day, Haines Place Park and Ride, 2-6pm

    See you at the Market! Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. ~ Amanda

    P.S. Did you take a fun photo at the farmers market silly hat photo booth? We have so great photos from photographers David Conklin and Rod Just. If you want a copy of a photo you were in please reach out to me and I can put you in touch with the photographer for a print.

     Hannah, Amie's Garden

    Hannah, Amie's Garden