Annual Review and Thank You!

25 Years Fresh

Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market
Open April-October, 9 am-2 pm, November-December 10 am-2 pm

Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market
Open June-September, 2-6pm

Chimacum Farmers Market
Open June-October, 10 am-2 pm

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Thank You For a Fabulous 25th Market Season

Happy Solstice and New Year. On this, the darkest day of the year, I am thankful for the community, local farms and food that help make Jefferson County a vibrant place to live. On Saturday, December 16th we wrapped up our 25th farmers market season. Thank you for your support! By shopping locally at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets you helped us break our sales record, strengthen local farms and small sustainably-minded businesses as well as bring our community together in celebration. I am pleased to share some of the successes of the season with you as well as updates about new programs coming to market in 2018.

It is with your support that we broke our total sales and Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market sales records this year. In 2017, sales at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market were nearly 10.5% (over $100,000) greater than any previous year. Together, our market vendors exceeded $1,170,000 in sales at our Saturday Farmers Market. Sales were also up from 2016 by 21% at the Chimacum Farmers Market and 7% at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market. Jefferson County Farmers Market sales growth ripples out to benefit our whole community as it supports nearly 80 market businesses, including more than 30 local farms. Direct sales between market vendors and community members also support hundreds of local jobs, and keep money circulating in our local economy. According to the Farmers Market Coalition, for every $100 spent at local farmers markets, approximately $68 stays in local communities and $99 in the state. This means that by shopping at our three markets this season, you helped keep more than $902,000 in our local economy and $1,32,000 in our state economy this year. Wow!

JCFM increased local food access this market season by providing shoppers who use federal food assistance dollars at market with over $12,000 in matching funds for fresh, local food. As a result, local families, senior citizens and individuals who are low-income brought home about $34,000 in nutritious, farm-fresh food from market this season. Support from community members and market sponsors make our food assistance programs possible. Our thanks go out to the individuals who contributed $5-$1,000 in support of local food access for low-income community members as well as to our 2017 Gimme5 Sponsors: Jefferson Healthcare, Kristin Manwaring Insurance, the Port Townsend Food Co-op, United Good Neighbors, and 1st Security Bank. We also receive a small Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant from the USDA in support of our Fresh Bucks food assistant matching program.

This season, JCFM hosted monthly chef demonstrations with Jefferson Healthcare's Executive Chef, Arran Stark. In total, we hosted 13 cooking demonstrations at the Port Townsend Saturday and Wednesday Farmers Markets. These include the chef demonstrations which took place during the Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival, Tomato Taste Off, and Squash Tasting. Through these demonstrations, Chef Stark, as well as chefs Kelly Bell of Gray Wolf Ranch and Gabriel Schuenemann of Alder Wood Bistro, introduced us to delicious new ways to prepare local vegetables.  

We tried out a new Chimacum Farmers Market location at the Chimacum Corner Farmstand this year. While we missed the relaxed atmosphere of the grass, we saw significant sales growth. We are still deciding on the location of the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets for our 2018 season. That said, the Chimacum Farmers Market will stay at the Corner Farmstand in a location that best supports market visibility, sales, and our growing kids program.

While we hosted a monthly Kids' Day at the Chimacum Farmers Market in 2016 and 2017, next season we are going to expand this program to offer weekly kids activities at the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets. Our new Power Of Produce Club (POP Club) will help transform our markets into a welcoming learning environment for children. Through games, produce tasting, and hands-on activities, children will learn about the local food system, nutrition, the seasonality of local food, and related topics. This program, supported in part by a grant from the First Federal Community Foundation and by our sponsor, Port Townsend Chiropractic, will also provide participating children who are five to 12 years old with $2 vouchers for fresh produce at the market when they participate in POP Club activities. We welcome additional support for this program as well as volunteers to lead kids' activities.

One more exciting thing to look forward to in 2018 is the trial of a fruit and vegetable prescription program. In partnership with Jefferson Healthcare and the Port Townsend Food Coop, JCFM is working to expand local food access in 2018. While the scope of this program will be small at first, we hope to develop a model that we can build upon in future years. Stay tuned for more information about the fruit and vegetable prescription program and POP Club in 2018.

These successes are ones we can celebrate together. It takes a community that values local food and invests in local businesses to grow a thriving farmers market. Thank you for shopping locally, eating seasonally and creating community at our farmers markets this year! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to JCFM in 2018 to further support our three farmers markets, local food access for low-income community members, and/or POP Club. Thank you again for a great season and contact me with your questions.

See you at the market in 2018! ~Amanda Milholland

PS: Our application for vending at the Port Townsend or Chimacum Farmers Markets is now available on our website. Click here to review our vendor guidelines and apply.

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Closing Day Farmers Markets & Magic

Closing Day Market this Saturday

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This Saturday, December 16th, we celebrate the end of the 25th Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market season with our Closing and Winter Holiday Farmers Market. Join us on Tyler Street and inside the Port Townsend Community Center from 10 am to 2 pm for your final chance to stock up on locally grown produce, meat, artisan breads, pastries, cider, wine, hand-made gifts, and more from the farmers market this year.  We will also have live music by Aimée Ringle, Gretchen Sleicher and friends inside the Community Center.

EBT shoppers, please note that Fresh Bucks expire at the end of the market season. Bring your Fresh Bucks to market on Saturday and use them up on delicious, local produce. If you end up with extra Fresh Bucks at the end of the PT Farmers Market season, look on the back for a list of participating farmers markets. We are still offering our $20 in matching for farm-fresh food to EBT shoppers when you purchase $25 in EBT tokens on your card. This means you get $45 to spend at the market and your food dollars stay in our community supporting local farms. We also offer $2 for fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs for each $5 you spend on your EBT card. Extra money for local food! What a deal!

Thank you for supporting our local farmers, artists and artisan food makers this season by shopping at the Jefferson County Farmers Markets. Together, we are building a strong local food system and enhancing our local economy through direct sales at the farmers market. Stay tuned next week for my close of season newsletter with a recap of our 25th market season.

See you at the market! ~ Amanda

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Feel the Magic; Tomten Village Natural Toys
Andrea Blair, Tim Kubica

Tomten Village Natural Toys inspires belief in magic and play with beautiful, creative and hand-built toys. These Waldorf-style toys incorporate natural materials, including wood and wool with rainbow bright colors. Artist Andrea Blair sources many of her materials from the beaches and forests near her Port Townsend home. Andrea, in collaboration with her husband, Tim Kubica, creates each felted cloud, crown, gnome doll, gnome home, and wooden game with the hope of encouraging children’s imaginations. She describes Tomten Village toys as “open ended,” meaning they don’t have to be played with in just one way.
The magic of Tomten Village Natural Toys is a reflection of the artists who make them. As a family, Tim, Andrea and their three children, have woven a path that celebrates the power of the mystical with wonder, song, and dance. Andrea has lived many lives leading to her work as an artist. The dedication she developed as a competitive child gymnast, the love of color she adopted living in the Dominican Republic, and her sense of adventure inspired by a childhood in the wilderness are all visible in her art.
Andrea, like her husband, lived somewhat of a nomadic lifestyle before planting roots in Port Townsend in 2010. Her father’s work with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) brought Andrea and her family around the Western United States, where she lived in and near national parks during her youth. His work on the Oregon Trail and with BLM greatly inspired Andrea's life and future travels.

Andrea trained as a competitive gymnast from early childhood. She worked with diligence on mastering her sport with the goal of reaching the Olympics. At age 14 she split her kneecap. While her injury ended her dream of competing in the Olympics, it did not stifle her dreaming or adventurous spirit.
Andrea majored in Spanish and International Affairs at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. She then lived in the Dominican Republic for several years. There, Andrea fell in love with color, singing, dancing and the vibrant culture of her new home. The Dominican colors and cultural influence stayed with Andrea as she transitioned into her work leading cultural exchange programs, and, later, into her life as a mother of two, living blocks from the Washington DC capital building.

While Andrea’s husband at the time worked as the spokesman for the Secretary of Defense, a vivid and, ultimately, life-changing dream called her toward a different world. Andrea dreamed that she met a fairy healer who, she later learned in a conversation with a friend, bore remarkable resemblance to real life Scottish fair healer Robert John (RJ) Stewart. Steward happened to be presenting at an upcoming Fairy and Human Relations Congress in Twisp, WA and Andrea decided to attend. Since then, the Fairy Congress and its sister event, Singing Alive, have become integral parts of Andrea’s life.

While attending Singing Alive, Andrea and her two young sons were out early one morning on a walk in the forest. They happened upon a band of wild horses who wanted to pass them on a narrow trail. Before they knew it, the horses were biting and kicking them. Tim, who was walking in the same woods, chanced upon this dangerous scene and proceeded to fight off the horses. This valiant deed sparked Andrea and Tim’s friendship, which slowly blossomed into romance.

In 2010, Tim and Andrea joined forces in life and as collaborators in the creation of the colorful and imaginative Tomten Village Natural Toys. Tim brings his woodworking skills to the partnership while Andrea knits, felts and paints Tomten Village toys to life from her home art studio. 

This Saturday, for our Winter Holiday and Closing Day Farmers Market, visit the Tomten Village market booth to meet the artists and find heirloom-quality toys. It is the perfect time to share some magic with friends and relatives and what better place to find it than at the Tomten Village market booth. You can also find Tomten Village toys in Port Townsend at Bazaar Girls and soon at Finnriver Cidery in Chimacum as well as Propolis Brewing in Port Townsend. Learn more about Tomten Village in this Leader Article.

 Tim with Tomten toys.

Tim with Tomten toys.

From Our Vendors

Crust is back at Market! We will be bringing COOKIES! but no pies. Lots and lots of cookies all tied up with string. It's the tastiest present ever--for yourself, your friends, your relatives. We can't wait to see you all--nice and warm and dry INSIDE the Community Center.

SpringRain Farm will have delicious, local gift ideas and ethically-raised meat for your holiday feasts. We will have our organic pasture-raised chicken, turkey, and duck.  As well, we have farmstead jams made by Roxanne with our own organic fruit and sweetened with honey. You can also pick up a gift certificate for someone who loves local organic food good for use at our farm stand and the 2018 farmers market. Look for us outside with all the other hardy farmers. 

Newquist Forge is back after a two month hiatus from the market, during which time we created and installed garden gates and outdoor railings in PT and PA. New to the forge is our small forest axe, "small enough to travel, big enough to chop", and our botanically-themed paper towel and toilet paper holders. We will also have an assortment of small iron gift items like barbecue tools, key chains, bottle openers, candle-holders and more. 

Red Dog Farm is so very thankful for all of your support this year! We are bringing spinach, salad mix, greens, carrots, potatoes, squash, popcorn, and, of course, more to the last market of the season. We are still offering our Stock-up Special: Save 20% when you purchase $40 or more. We hope you will take advantage of this offer and fill up your home with local, Red Dog produce for the winter months ahead. Wishing everyone a warm, nourishing and happy wintertime!

Nonprofit partner, Swan School, will be at our last farmers markets of the season selling their Plantathon cards. These cards offer a great alternative gift for friends and family. The purchase of each card goes to support Swan School students in planting trees in support of salmon habitat. Visit the Swan School market booth for more information.

Give Thanks for Phenomenal Local Food

25 Years Fresh

Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, Winter Hours, 10 am-2 pm Nov.-Dec. 16
Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, Closed for the Season
Chimacum Farmers Market, Closed for the Season

 Check out these beautiful, huge veggies grown by Midori Farm. 

Check out these beautiful, huge veggies grown by Midori Farm. 

Happy Thanksgiving! On this day of gratitude, let me share my thanks for you, friends of the Jefferson County Farmers Markets. When you shop at your farmers market, local farms and small businesses grow. It takes a community of eaters who value sustainably grown food to support local farms. Thank you! 

One of our market patrons recently shared an article, What Does "Organic" Mean?, by Francis Thicke of Local Futures. This article points out that the organic classification has lost some of its meaning as large agribusinesses have capitalized on the growing popularity of organic food by successfully lobbying to lower minimum organic production standards. As a result, "organic" eggs can come from chickens crammed into buildings and with no real access to the outdoors. Foreign grain shipments can be sold as organic while lacking proper documentation. At the same time, consumers see the "organic" label with an image of happy birds on the egg carton and imagines chickens free-ranging outside. When we see "organic," so many of us think of food produced with care for the environment and soil nurtured for future generations, but this is no longer the case.

Thicke suggests that the answer to the slippage of the meaning of organic is to add a second label to organic foods that meet a higher standard of production. Is this the solution or will we find in a few years that the label indicating a higher standard of production is also co-opted by big businesses looking to follow sales trends? Labeling alone does not assure responsible farming practices, as made evident by the wide range in production standards amongst organic growers.

A relationship between eaters and growers is necessary for a strong food system that can feed us while nurturing the soil for the next generation. Our local farmers markets provide opportunities for exactly this kind of relationship. Here in Jefferson County we are truly blessed with small farms that have a high level of commitment to community and environmental health. If you are not sure about the growing practices of any of these farms you can ask the farmers themselves when purchasing directly from them at the Port Townsend Farmers Market this weekend. You can also visit some of these farms during Farm Tour or shop at their farm stands during the week. Thankfully, our sponsors, the Port Townsend Food Co-op and Chimacum Corner Farmstand, also carry locally grown produce, meat, and dairy from many of the farms that participate in our markets.

Thank you Jefferson County farmers for responsibly growing nutritious and delicious, super-fresh food and for building your soil so it can produce healthy food for years to come. Thank you shoppers for investing your food dollars into our local economy by shopping at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets. Every dollar you spend locally circulates here, in our community, building jobs and sustaining local businesses.

Is your family in town for Thanksgiving? Bring them to market this Saturday. We are open from 10 am to 2 pm this Saturday through December 16th. There is also a craft fair inside the Port Townsend Community Center. Check it out.

See you at the market! ~ Amanda

 Baby Brighten (4-months old) puts these same winter vegetables grown by Midori Farm into perspective. Brighten and grandpa Doug sit by Pane d'Amore Artisan Bakery in the morning before market. Thanks Grandpa for helping with market set up!

Baby Brighten (4-months old) puts these same winter vegetables grown by Midori Farm into perspective. Brighten and grandpa Doug sit by Pane d'Amore Artisan Bakery in the morning before market. Thanks Grandpa for helping with market set up!

From Our Vendors

Red Dog Farm will have lots of greens to go with all your holiday leftovers. We also have a strong supply of sweet, crunchy carrots to keep you and your families eating healthy this winter. Happy feasting!

Have a little extra room in your freezer and like good deals? Pick up a ground beef box from One Straw Ranch! We have 20 lbs boxes at 15% off and 50 lb boxes at 20% off. Stop by the booth for more details and to see an example of the space requirement for 20 lbs.  

Onature Farm: Many thanks to all the farmers market customers who have volunteer help and offered generous donations.

Max has been in the hospital all week. He is feeling better and probably will be released tomorrow. He has had a lot of side effects from chemo and radiation treatments. Things will get better, he just needs to rest. We will take a break from market this week.

Thanks again for the support. It is much appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving. ~Kris Lindert

Finnriver Cidery is 'amped up' to generate solar power at our community Cider Garden by installing the largest renewable energy system in our county! Help us reach our fundraising goals and learn more at:

Upcoming Market Events

  • Saturday, November 25th, 10 am- 2 pm, Tyler Street, Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market and Arts and Craft Fair inside the Port Townsend Community Center.
    • About the Arts and Craft Fair: November 24 & 25, Friday and Saturday. This annual Port Townsend Arts Guild event is held following Thanksgiving in Uptown at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St., from 10 am to 5 pm both days. Come dive into the holiday shopping season with locally handmade arts and crafts! Some of the Port Townsend Farmers Market craft vendors will be participating in this event.
  • Saturday, December 16th, 10 am- 2 pm, Holiday Farmers Market and Season Closing on Tyler Street and inside the Port Townsend Community Center. Shop inside for local arts and crafts, fresh food for your winter celebrations and more!
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Eat Local This Thanksgiving

25 Years Fresh
Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, April 1-Dec. 16, Winter Hours Nov.-Dec. 10 am-2 pm
Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, Closed for the Season
Chimacum Farmers Market, Closed for the Season

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Stock up for Thanksgiving this Saturday

While summer crops have come and gone, the hardy vegetables of fall are perfect for the warm meals we crave this time of year. Winter squash, beets, carrots, potatoes, turnips, Brussels sprouts, leeks, onions, apples, and dark leafy greens beg to be made into warm soups, roasted dishes, mashes, and pies. At market we have all of the sweet, crunchy and satisfying vegetables for your Thanksgiving meal. We also have lamb, beef, pork, chicken, fish, cheese, as well as artisan breads. And give a toast to local food and community with local wine, beer or cider. Delicious!

If you are looking for some inspiration for your holiday cooking, you are in luck! Chef Arran Stark is joining us this Saturday starting at about 10:30am. He will bring with him samples of nine varieties of locally grown squash for you to taste side-by-side. Just the names of these squash could inspire poetry: Lower Salmon Rive, Butter Cup (two types), Black Kabocha, Curry, Long Island Cheese, Delicata, and Winter Luxury Pumpkin. Come taste them for yourself. Students from Swan School will also join us at market with live music starting at around noon.

Remember, our winter hours are 10 am to 2 pm through December 16.

See you at the market! ~ Amanda

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From Our Vendors

Max here from Onatrue Farm. I am in the "core" of Chemotherapy and radiation. The last big round, so I am very tired. We will not be at market Saturday. We need a family break for rest. Otherwise, I have a positive attitude and look forward to a new season of farming in 2018. We may be back for some December markets, as we have lots of nice cabbage and greens. The generosity of our community helping us through hard times brings a tear of joy to my eye. Simply beautiful! Thank you.

Be well, Farmer Max and family

This week's special at One Straw Ranch is Lamb Stew Meat, which will be 10% off. With this weather it is a great time to make stew! Toss the lamb in the slow cooker, season liberally with salt and pepper, layer in some veggies from market, such as carrots, onions, and potatoes. Top with some thyme, rosemary, and oregano, throw in a handful of raisins, splash in about a half cup of sherry (or water), and you'll have a delicious savory-sweet lamb stew. Alternatively, combine the lamb with sweet potatoes, dates, and spices such as ginger, cinnamon, curry, and turmeric for a deliciously aromatic Moroccan style lamb stew. Recipes for both will be available at market.

Also, still trying to decide what to do for your Thanksgiving dinner? Or is even a small turkey too big for your crowd? Consider a One Straw Ranch leg of lamb! Most of our leg roasts are about 3.5 lbs, perfect for a small gathering. We always have a few at market, but if know you want to pick one up on this busy Thanksgiving-prep weekend, contact us to reserve one now! or 360-531-0404

Mystery Bay Farm: By the time Thanksgiving is in sight, we have finished our last milking of the season and most of the goats are successfully bred. The long nights coax out all the tiredness from the trailing farm season. This winter we will have cheese, cajeta and yogurt until supplies last. Once we run out we will be back in production around mid-March.  This Saturday, November 18th will be our last Port Townsend Farmers Market of the season. Please come say 'hello' and get your winter supply of goat milk products. Thank you all for supporting our family farm. This was our 9th year!

Red Dog Farm is gearing up for the big Thanksgiving week, the best eating week of the year! We have all the veggies to go with your turkey, ham and cranberries. Our salad mix and loose spinach has never tasted better, which is rare for mid-November! We will be bringing tons of herbs- rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley and more. Potatoes for mashing? Look no further than our delicious German Butterballs or reds. There are nine varieties of winter squash, all excellent for pie or caramelizing. And of course, many other Northwest staples to chose from- kale, carrots, and weird roots. See you Saturday!

Finnriver Cidery is 'amped up' to generate solar power at our community Cider Garden by installing the largest renewable energy system in our county! Help us reach our fundraising goals and learn more at:

Upcoming Market Events

  • Saturday, November 18th, 10 am- 2 pm, Tyler Street, Local Squash and Pre-Thanksgiving Market. Chef Arran Stark of Jefferson Healthcare will offer samples of nine varieties of local squash and will prepare something delicious to inspire your holiday cooking starting at 10:30 am. Students from Swan School will perform music starting at 12 pm.
  • Saturday, December 16th, 10 am- 2 pm, Holiday Farmers Market and Season Closing on Tyler Street and inside the Port Townsend Community Center. Shop inside for local arts and crafts, fresh food for your winter celebrations and more!
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25 Years Fresh
Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, April 1-Dec. 16, Switching to Winter Hours Nov.-Dec.
Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, Closed for the Season
Chimacum Farmers Market, June 4-Closing Day Oct. 29

Halloween & Closing Day of the Chimacum Farmers Market

This Sunday, October 29th, marks the last day of the Chimacum Farmers Market season. Join us from 10 am to 2 pm at Chimacum Corner Farmstand for a Halloween Market with pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating with participating vendors and at the Chimacum Corner Farmstand, and live music by Douglas Francisco. Come in costume for a chance to win fabulous prizes from the farmers market and Chimacum Corner Farmstand. Prizes will be given in the categories of animal, vegetable, and spooky.

Our thanks go out to you, our customers, for your support of the Chimacum Farmers Market. We also thank Chimacum Corner Farmstand for your partnership, the Port Townsend Cooperative Playschool for lending us the brushes and paint containers for pumpkin painting, Jefferson County Library for Storytime at the market, the Northwest Discovery Lab of fun science activities at market, and Red Dog Farm for bringing tractors to Kids' Day. Thank you!

While at market, stock up on local produce, meat, eggs, artisan bread and more. And if you use your EBT card (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) at market, JCFM will provide matching funds for fresh food from local farms. Purchase $25 in EBT tokens and we will give you an extra $20 for nutritious and delicious food from local farms. That's no trick, just treat!  

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Local Ginger Just in Time for Cold Season

This week I have the sniffles. Maybe you do as well. With children back at school and wet weather setting in, it is cold season. Luckily, SpringRain Farm and Orchard has fresh, delicious ginger at market. When I think of ginger I usually think of the semi-dry roots in the produce refrigerator of the grocery store or powdered ginger called for in holiday baking recipes. Last year Max at Onatrue Farm brought the first local ginger to the Port Townsend Farmers Market. This season SpringRain has beautiful, succulent, fresh ginger at market.

Local ginger is much more mild and juicy than ginger powder or the ginger root available at grocery stores. This treasure can be used in any dish that calls for ginger. However, its more mild flavor also lends itself to munching on raw. If you have a cold, grab some fresh ginger root from SpringRain this weekend and try biting right into it! If eating ginger straight sounds crazy to you, try my favorite cold cure:

Hot Ginger, Lemon and Honey Tea

  1. Grate 2-4 inches of fresh ginger root into a sauce pan
  2. Add 3 cups water (more if you like your tea to have a milder flavor)
  3. Bring water to a boil and let simmer for 2-5 minutes (the longer it simmers the more flavor is released)
  4. Poor the tea into a mug
  5. Squeeze a half lemon into your cup
  6. Add fresh, local honey to taste (Tarboo Creek at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market has delicious honey harvested this fall.)
  7. Optional, add a shot of rum or bourbon
  8. Drink, enjoy and share with friends and family with colds or on a cold day

You can find a plethora of local fall veggies that taste great with fresh ginger at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets this weekend. Here are some ideas: squash soup or Indian Spiced Carrot Soup with grated ginger; stir-fry with local peppers, broccoli, cabbage, steak, and ginger; and Ginger Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust. Yum! Stop on by the market booth to share your favorite way to use fresh ginger. If you have a good recipe I will include it in the next newsletter.

One last note, the Port Townsend Farmers Market hours switch in November to our winter hours: 10 am- 2 pm. Make sure to mark the time change on your calendar for the weekend of November 4th.

See you at the market! ~ Amanda

  Yes, local spicy and sweet peppers are still abundant at market.

Yes, local spicy and sweet peppers are still abundant at market.

From Our Vendors

Finnriver Cidery is still raising funds for the installation of solar power at their Cider Garden. Please support the largest renewable energy installation in our county by contributing to their crowd-funding campaign this month to generate funds for matching a USDA Rural Energy grant. Visit the link here to view their fun Solar Powered Cider Garden video and contribute to this important project!

Onatrue Farm: Many of you have stopped by the farmers market booth to ask about Max of Onatrue Farm. Max reports that he is struggling with the radiation treatment, which he will continue over the next five weeks to fight against stage 4 mastatic squamous cell rectal cancer. He an his family appreciate your kind thoughts and support. Onatrue hopes to be back at market again some time this season. Please show your support when they are at market by buying some fall veggies. Thank you!

Upcoming Market Events

  • Saturday, October 28th, 9 am- 2 pm, Tyler Street, Port Townsend Farmers Market with Last Day of Outdoor Live Music for the Season by Ashley Kramer from 10 am- 1:45 pm
  • Sunday, October 29th, 10 am- 2 pm, Chimacum Corner Farmstand, Season Closing Day of the Chimacum Farmers Market with pumpkin painting and trick-or-treating with participating vendors
  • Saturday, November 4th, switch to winter hours 10 am- 2 pm, Tyler Street, Port Townsend Farmers Market
  • Saturday, November 18th, 10 am- 2 pm, Tyler Street, Local Squash and Pre-Thanksgiving Market. Chef Arran Stark of Jefferson Healthcare will offer samples of many varieties of local squash and will prepare something delicious to inspire your holiday cooking.
  • Saturday, December 16th, 10 am- 2 pm, Holiday Farmers Market and Closing Day of the Port Townsend Farmers Market Season inside at the Port Townsend Community Center. Shop inside for local arts and crafts, fresh food for your winter celebrations and more!

First of Fall at Market and Farm Tour Weekend

25 Years Fresh
Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, April 1-Dec. 16
Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market,  June 14-Sept. 13
Chimacum Farmers Market, June 4-Oct. 29

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There is a change in the air. While summer squash, melons, tomatoes, sweet corn and even berries are still available at market, we had our first rainy weekend in months and our Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market has closed for the season. Days are getting shorter, evenings more crisp, and fall crops are coming on.

It is Jefferson County Farm Tour time!
In addition to local farms, this year's Farm Tour stops include The Port Townsend Saturday and Chimacum Farmers Markets. Why visit the markets as part of Farm Tour? Our local farmers markets are important business incubators for more than 30 farms. Farms that participate in our markets produce a huge variety of vegetables, fruit, grass-fed meat, cider, wine, cheese, honey, plants, and flowers, as well as value-added products like jam, sauerkraut, soap, wool, and more! Our markets provide a vital direct sales opportunity for local farms, many of which are so busy this time of year they are not able to host tours of their farm. This means that you have to come to market to visit with many of the farmers we rely on for fresh, local food. 

Also part of Farm Tour is Jefferson Healthcare's Executive Chef, Arran Stark, who will be at the Port Townsend Farmers Market providing a cooking demonstration starting at 10 am on Saturday. Come see what he is cooking up with local summer and early fall produce. 

I know that many of you are market regulars. This weekend when you come to market see if you can look at the market as if you are visiting it for the first time. How many farm vendors do you see? What are they producing and where are they from? This is a great time to introduce yourself to a vendor you haven't met yet, try something new, and support our hard working farmers. 

See you at the market! ~ Amanda

Farmers at Market this Saturday                    Farms at Market this Sunday
Amie's Garden                                                                          The Green Spot
Chimacum Valley Dairy                                                            Finnriver Farm
Eaglemount Wine and Cider                                                    Midori Farm
Finnriver Cidery                                                                        Red Dog Farm
Finnriver Farm                                                                          Short's Family Farm
Green Gables Gardens
Midori Farm
Mountain Spirit Herbal Company
Mystery Bay Farm
Nash's Organic Produce
Onatrue Farm
One Straw Ranch
Phocus Farm
Red Dog Farm
River Run Farm
Serendipity Farm
Short's Family Farm
SpringRain Farm and Orchard
Tarboo Creek Honey
Victor's Lavender
Willow Wind Farm

Upcoming Market Events

  • Saturday, September 16, 9 am-2 pm, Farm Tour at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market with over 30 local farmers, Tyler Street
    • Chef demo by Arran Stark, 10 am
    • Live music by Choro 11:30 am-1:45 pm
  • Sunday, September 17, 10 am- 2 pm, Farm Tour at the Chimacum Farmers Markets, Chimacum Corner Farmstand. Learn more about Jefferson County Farm Tour and other farm locations here
  • Sunday, October 1, 10 am- 2 pm, last Kids' Day at the Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
  • Saturday, October 14, 9 am- 2pm, Tyler Street, Olympic Peninsula Apple & Cider Festival at the Port Townsend Farmers Market
  • Sunday, October 29th, 10am-2pm, Season Closing Day of the Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
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From Our Vendors

Willow Wind Farm will have another great week of peppers and flowers this Saturday. We will also have a plant sale at our farm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come get plants for your fall planting.

This week One Straw Ranch is offering a special on Lamb Bones. With intimations of the approaching season change, we thought it would be a great time to make some bone broth! Lamb Bones will be 30% off. We will be at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market this weekend. Additionally, the ranch is on Farm Tour both Saturday and Sunday. Hopefully you can join us and meet some of the animals at 6456 Flagler Rd, Nordland. See you this weekend!

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