Port Townsend Farmers Market
Winter Hours 10am-1pm, Tyler Street
Saturdays through December 17th
Celebrating Winter Squash this Saturday
Plus: Stock your Pantry Day
Are you excited about winter squash? Sweet and savory, this beloved vegetable is a great source of anti-oxidants. It also has anti-inflammatory as well as anti-diabetic and insulin-regulating properties. Wow squash! This Saturday we are celebrating Winter Squash and Stock Your Pantry Day at the Port Townsend Farmers Market from 10am to 1pm on Tyler Street. Join us for a chef demo by Jefferson Healthcare’s Executive Chef, Arran Stark. Also, come to the market to stock your pantry with storage vegetables available in abundance. Check out the “From Our Vendors” section of this newsletter for a sneak preview of bulk veggies and artisan food to look forward to this weekend.
Lots of Jefferson County Farmers Market customers and farmers sure are excited about winter squash. Last Saturday, market customers and vendors shared some of their favorite ways to eat their favorite squash with me. Widely beloved squash include: delicata, red kuri, butternut, spaghetti, acorn and kabocha. Ask your farmer for their recommendations of which squash to use for pies, soups and roasts.
Here are some winter squash preparation ideas to get excited about from Port Townsend Farmers Market customers and vendors:
- Delicata sliced in rounds baked (with or without the seeds) with butter and garlic, salt and pepper or with olive oil and salt or butter and brown sugar
- Delicata in a stir-fry on tortillas with a mix of Mt. Townsend Campfire and New Moon cheese
- Butternut squash soup
- Butternut squash paired as a creamy addition to lasagna
- Delicata or kabocha pie
- And roasted butternut stuffed with rice, veggies, sausage and cranberries
Market customers Jim and Salty Hanes shared a trick for preparing kuri squash. Put the whole squash in the oven, seeds and all and bake it at 350°F. Salty explains, “It’s cleaner and retains the full flavor of the squash.” Another squash idea recommended by Anne O’ is delicata scones!
What about the seeds? Seeds from winter squash make a great snack food. Scoop the pulp and seeds from inside the squash, separate out the seeds and sprinkle them with salt. Place them in a single layer on an oiled cookie sheet and lightly roast them at 160-170°F in the oven for 15-20 minutes. These tasty mouth poppers are full of healthy oils (omega-6 fatty acids).
Now are you excited about winter squash? See you Saturday at the market! ~ Amanda
P.S. Don't forget we have switched to winter hours. For the rest of the market season the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market is open from 10am to 1pm. On beautiful days we may stay open to 1:30pm.
From Our Vendors
SpringRain Farm and Orchard still has turkeys left for Thanksgiving! Certified organic and raised in our apple orchard, these birds are delicious and a great ethical choice. They are $6/pound and we need a $20 deposit to hold your turkey. We sell our turkeys by pre-order. This weekend is the last chance to pre-order your bird at the Market. We also have a new ordering system where you can order and pay online or you can download and mail in a hard copy order form as we have done in the past. Last day for electronic orders is 11/15. Also new this year, you can pick up your turkey on November 19 at the Market if you want. No need to come to the farm unless you want to say "Hi." For all the information, go to: http://www.springrainfarmandorchard.com/where…/turkey-order/.
Red Dog Farm has lots of storage items to offer this week! Winter Squash, carrots, potatoes, roots of all orientation, garlic, and more. Buy 10 lbs or more of any one item and take 20% off. Applies to mixed varieties- e.g. 10# mixed squash. See you Saturday!
Midori Farm will have bulk beets, carrots, turnips, celery root, potatoes and, of course, winter squash.
Crust Pies will have pumpkin, cream and walnut tarts at market this Saturday. Yum!
Serendipity Farm will have yummy squash soup this weekend in addition pestos, salad dressings, gluten-free treats, squash and other fall and winter favorites. Come on by for a taste of pesto.