Only One More Saturday!
Only one more Saturday until Opening Day of the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market! Join us on April 2nd at 9 am for a red ribbon cutting by Port Townsend Mayor, Deborah Stinson, and Washington State Department of Agriculture Director, Derek Sandison. Our thanks go to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, our ribbon sponsor, who will be providing this year’s red ribbon for this momentous event.
Following the ribbon cutting, Mr. Sandison will offer opening remarks and we will have a goat parade through the market with adult and baby goats from Harmony's Way Farm and live music by Kristen and Otto Smith. Arran Stark from Jefferson Healthcare will provide a lively chef demo from 11 am to noon and the Port Townsend Public Library will host story time for kids of all ages starting at 10:30 am at the market.
This week I am highlighting Harmony’s Way Farm. Read on to learn more about the goats that will honor us with their presence at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market Opening Day.
at Harmony’s Way Farm
Felicia and her daughter, Kathryn, hand-raise LaMancha goats at Harmony’s Way Farm in Chimacum, WA. This five-acre farm is the home of Felicia and Jerry Allen, their six children, one miniature red pig, five dogs, a flock of roaming chickens, three bucks (male goats), a growing heard of does (female goats), and kids (baby goats).
Harmony's Way Farm's little red pig fed on goat milk
Harmony’s Way Farm has a focus on raising quality livestock for milk production and making and selling traditional goat milk soap. LaMancha goats are know for great tasking milk and high milk production levels. Felicia raises goats that are on track to rank in the top ten milk producer category this year at Washington State county fairs.
When I visited Harmony’s Way Farm I found Felicia in her pajamas. She had been up all night assisting with the birth of baby goats. I was able to hold two goats that were delivered just hours before, their black coats sleek from being hand-washed by Felicia and their little legs still a bit unstable, but strong enough for wobbly standing. When I visited, there were over 30 baby goats in the Harmony’s Way barn, ranging from several weeks to hours old.
Kidding, the birth of baby goats (or kids), takes place generally in the months of February, March and early April after five months of gestation. Goats generally have two to three babies at a time. Felicia says, “Springtime is like a second Christmas because you don’t know what you are going to get.” Felicia carefully raises her goats, assisting with their births, monitoring their health and wellbeing throughout their lives, and socializing them for calm, gentle personalities.
Felicia and her family moved from the Port Angeles area to Chimacum in 2004 to be closer to her husband’s work. Jerry is a union ironworker in Seattle. Chimacum is a great fit for their family as it is closer to Seattle than Port Angeles and is a great place for animal rearing. Felicia and her family also love the Jefferson County Fair and were eager to be closer to the home of one of their favorite summer events.
Felicia grew up on a farm west of Port Angeles with horses, cows and pigs. Prior to raising goats, Felicia and Kathryn, as well as Felicia’s other children, were involved with 4-H. With her background in 4-H and experience living on a farm, goat rearing came naturally to Felicia.
Felicia started raising goats because her son could not drink cow milk. Goat milk is much easier for him to digest. Inspired by her sensitivity to most soap, Felicia was also interested in making goat milk soap for her own use. She learned how to make soap from Diana Dyer of Whisky Hill Farm. She uses 100% goat milk as a base for her soap. The result is creamy soap that is gentle on sensitive skin. She started selling soap at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market in 2004.
What Felicia enjoys most about her work is being outside and playing with her goats. She loves kidding season in the spring and showing her goats at the Jefferson County Fair and other Washington State fairs. She takes great pride in the health and wellbeing of her flock.
On opening day of the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, Felicia will be at the lead of the goat parade with a few of her adult and baby goats. The goats will be at the market from opening at 9 am to closing at 2 pm. Come introduce yourself to Felicia and her goat friends on April 2nd.
You can find goat milk soap made by Felicia at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. Felicia hopes to also sell her soap at the Chimacum Corner Farmstand again this season.
Helping Dreams Come True
Saturday Farmers Market vendor Pealla House is hosting a fundraising campaign to grow their business. With community support they hope to build their own food trailer. Check out their campaign page for more information: gofundme.com/paellahouse.