Last weekend at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market Dharma Ridge Farm brought the first carrots, Onatrue Farm the first garlic scapes, and SpringRain Farm had 14 containers of fresh strawberries. The plant starts from Willow Wind, Red Dog, FinnRiver, Midori, Nash’s, E + M Seeds and SpringRain farms are almost glowing with vitality. Hanging flower baskets from Amie’s Garden and Gathering Place are overflowing with blossoms, as are the bouquets from Serendipity Farm. This is a turning point in the farming season in Jefferson County, announced by the crisp crunch of fresh carrots and sweet juice of strawberries. As the first of each crop arrives at the farmers market I feel a deep sense of joy that makes me want to throw a dance party for carrots, garlic scapes and delicious eggs from pasture-raised chickens. I hope to see you this coming Saturday to enjoy this time of growing abundance.
As the season brightens, more of our vendors return to the PT Farmers Market and community celebrations are just around the corner. Who knows, maybe there will be an impromptu dance party for garlic scapes after all. This coming weekend Mad Moose Pizza and Oma will be back at the PT Farmers Market. The Rhododendron Festival Farmers Market is coming up on May 21st on Polk Street from 9 am to 2 pm. The Artisan Food Festival is the following weekend on May 28th from 9 am to 3 pm on Tyler Street and in the Community Center. The evening portion of the event will take place from 6 to 9 pm at Finnriver Cidery's new location with farm-fresh food from Dented Buoy Pizza and Paella House, cider and kombucha on tap and live music by Joy in Mudville.
This month we are hosting a raffle as a fundraiser for our Gimme5 food assistance matching program. All of the proceeds go towards matching funds for fresh food from our local farms for customers using Food Stamps (EBT), Women Infants and Children (WIC) or Senior Nutrition checks at our markets. We are raffling off two prizes: a beautiful basket donated by the Port Townsend Food Co-op filled with gifts from our vendors as well as a $250 gift certificate from Ravenscroft Inn, one of our season sponsors. The winning tickets will be drawn during the Artisan Food Festival May 28th. Buy your $5 tickets this weekend for a chance to win one of these amazing prizes.
Oma with Healing Hands is Back
Oma Landstra will be back at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market this weekend offering chair massage. She is one of the handful of vendors who has been participating in the Port Townsend Farmers Market almost since its inception 18 years ago when the market was in downtown in the area that is now a parking lot for Elevated Ice Cream. She was one of maybe eight vendors.
At the time, Oma had recently completed her training as a massage therapist. As a farmers market customer, she saw that there was a niche not being filled at the market. “People need healing attention. It is incredible that one can transform how someone feels through massage,” says Oma. Working with pressure points and meridians, Oma loves helping people and caring for her community through massage.
In Season from Our Vendors
This week Serendipity Farm will bring a wide variety of tomato plants, summer squash plants, onion starts, flowers and more to the Farmers Market. Additionally, we will be doing tastings of our pestos, and salad dressings. We will also have more snap peas this week.
Serendipity Farm is honored to bring Pete’s Peonies from Wildwood Farm - a market favorite for years. As many of you know Pete had a stroke and is unable to come to market so we will sell his peonies for him. We will have a donation jar for their family and a card for you to sign wishing him well. So please stop by to enjoy Wildwood Farm peonies, and sign the card. Thank you all for coming to market.
Mt. Townsend Creamery is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. In celebration, Mt. Townsend Creamery and Mystery Bay Farm have teamed up to make a special 10th anniversary cheese, a goat and cow blend. You can find some of this delicious cheese in the basket that will be raffled off this month in support of Gimme5.
If you are a Rose Theater Member look for special deals with our participating vendors. Buy five plant starts and get one free from Red Dog Farm. Buy one drink and get one free from Java Gypsy Coffee House. Roy's Japanese Maples and Ivy Glass are both offering 15% off to Rose members. Also ask Paella House, Nash's Farm, Olgita's, Bentley Cedar Furniture, Mountain Spirit and Millbrook Clayworks about their weekly specials.