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

    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