Closing Day & Holiday Farmers Market

This Saturday is the closing day of the 24th season of the Port Townsend Farmers Market! We are celebrating the holidays and end of the market season with a partially inside farmers market. Join us for live music by Douglas Francisco and Rooster Crow while stocking up on hand-crafted gifts and locally grown and produced food. Also, kids are welcome to join Chris Llewellyn from Serendipity Farm for ornament painting in the Community Center. Check it out.

Looking for a perfect gift? We will have beautiful hand-made pottery by Millbrook Clayworks and Daily Bird Pottery; ceramics by Salt Creek Studio; jewelry by the Silver Alchemist, the Chain Maker and visiting Chimacum vendor, Pacific Grove Jewelers; felted hats and dolls by Kim Thompson; aprons and potholders by Too Hot to Handle; fused glass switch plate covers by Dimensional Color, soaps and body care products as well as teas and tinctures by Victor's Lavender and Mountain Spirit Herbals; and hand puppets, hats, dog biscuits and more by Gatheringplace.

Despite the recent frosts and even snow, expect some leafy greens at market as well as an abundance of root vegetables, winter squash and even the last of the local quince. With cover crops planted and more frosty days on the way, this is your last chance to purchase fresh, local food directly from our farmers at the market before farmers market season 2017. Also, look for succulent, locally-raised meat by SpringRain Farm and Orchard, One Straw Ranch and Moonlight Farm as well as locally-made jams and honey by SpringRain and, visiting vendor, Tarboo Creek Honey. Last but not least, Willow Wind  and Serendipity farms and Green Gables Garden have your wreath needs covered.  

With the market season coming to a close, I want to share my deep appreciation for all of the devoted market shoppers, hard working farmers, artisan food makers and artists as well as individual and community sponsors that make our three Jefferson County Farmers Markets possible. Our season sponsors this year include: Jefferson Healthcare, Port Townsend Chiropractic, Organic Valley, Port Ludlow Resort, Kitsap Bank, Ravenscroft Inn, Aldrich's, Chimacum Corner Farmstand, Kitsap Credit Union,  and Kristin Manwaring Insurance. Our Gimme5 food assistance program sponsors include: First Federal Community Foundation, Jefferson Healthcare, United Good Neighbors, the Port Townsend Food Co-op and Pane d'Amore Artisan Bakery. Thank you! Please contact me if you are interested in joining us as a sponsor of our 25th season in 2017.

I will send out a report in the next few weeks recapping the season's accomplishments and sharing a sneak preview for next year's markets.

See you at the market. ~ Amanda

P.S. We will have our lost and found box at market on Closing Day. This is your final chance to reclaim your glasses or water bottle before they are donated to small children for art projects or given to farsighted elves to assist them in their holiday gift making. 

Dimensional Color

Barbara Gersenson, sole proprietor of Dimensional Color, taught herself to sculpt with powdered glass. First introduced to enameling in the 1980's in a jewelry class, Barbara developed her own techniques through experimentation. She found a jewelry kiln at her parent's home and put it to work teaching herself the art. Initially, Barbara made jewelry, which she vended at concerts in New Jersey, where she grew up and lived at the time.

Ready for a new start after a divorce, Barbara and her children moved to Blyn, WA to be closer to her parents who had relocated there from the East Coast.  It was after this move that Barbara began exploring enameling with attention towards creating useful items for the home.  

In 2000, Barbara first applied her enameling skills to copper switch plate covers. Barbara describes the process of fusing glass a kind of sculpting. She layers colors and forms the designs with powdered glass. Barbara writes on her website, "Each piece is spontaneous and unique."

Barbara has been vending at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market for 12 years, selling switch plates and jewelry. The Farmers Market is an important venue for Barbara as the low vendor fees make it an accessible marketplace for her work. "My work is so labor intensive it's hard to sell in a store as the markup would make my pieces too costly." Vending at the Farmers Market is a more affordable option for artists like Barbara.  

Come see Barbara's work for yourself this Saturday at the Port Townsend Farmers Market. Visit her website for examples of her custom designs. You can also order directly from Barbara for all of your switch plate needs. 

From Our Vendors

A new batch of yarn has just arrived at One Straw Ranch! Come choose from six different un-dyed wool yarns in gorgeous natural browns, grays, creamy-white, and nearly black. Our yarn, roving, and raw wool make lovely warm hats, socks, scarves, and gloves and are great for last minute gifts for the fiber artist in your life. We also have sample packs available for stocking stuffers or the beginning fiber artist. Also, come stock up on burger, breakfast links, and ground lamb, and sign up for our winter no-obligation delivery list.

Hi all! Thank you from Mountain Spirit Herbals for a record year at the Port Townsend Farmers Market. Come see us and get a small free gift with any purchase at our last Market of the year. We will also have lots of sale items at our table. Have a happy holiday season.

SpringRain Farm will be at the market with all our special holiday meats.  We will have organic, pasture-raised turkey breasts, legs, and whole birds, whole ducks, and our very very last fresh chicken.  We will also have our forage-fed rabbits and this is the last week for our jam sale.  If you are looking for a local gift, our jams fit the bill.  Roxanne makes them from honey and organic fruit grown on our farm. 

The Silver Alchemist is offering 20% off all jewelry for closing day. Come check out Roberto's original designs. 

Serendipity Farm will have a large assortment of holiday wreaths, holiday vegan gluten free treats, including some boxed as gifts. Additionally, we have a holiday salad mix and some micro greens, onions and more.  We will also have our squash soup,  granola, peppers and jams.

Also, Chris and grandkids will have a painting table for kids (young and old) inside of the Community Center. We will have cutouts of farm animals horses: goats, chickens, ducks, pigs, and cats. Come in old clothes as we may not have enough paint aprons to go around. Join us for a little holiday fun.

Nash's veggie of the week is an old faithful – Alaska Bloom POTATOES. Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C, contain potassium, vitamin B-6 and dietary fiber. The Alaska Bloom potato has a creamy colored flesh and pinkish eyes, and is similar to a Yukon Gold in that they are thin-skinned and flavorful. And, of course, potatoes go well in just about any dish: breakfast, lunch and dinner!! Try a bag this weekend! In addition to the potatoes, we’re bringing to market collard greens, kale, chard, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, parsley, a bit of arugula, carrots, parsnips, rutabagas, sunchokes, and our root medley bag. Hope to see you this weekend!