Rhody Farmers Market on Polk Street
Please see the address correction for Finnriver Cidery. The evening portion of the Artisan Food Festival will be at their new location, 124 Center Road, Chimacum, just south of the Chimacum Crossroads. The new location is looking beautiful!
This coming weekend is Rhododendron Festival. In order to keep a fire lane open for the grand parade, the Port Townsend Farmers Market will take place on Polk Street, one block west from our usual location. We will have a wide variety of farm-fresh produce, artisan foods, coffee, and arts and crafts as well as live music by the Possum Carvers and the Gluten Free Loafers.
Purchase raffle tickets at the Farmers Market booth for a chance to win a basket donated by the Port Townsend Food Co-op filled with an amazing assortment of goods donated by our vendors, or a night’s stay at the Ravenscroft Inn. The raffle proceeds will support our Gimme5 food assistance matching program. This program provided more than $12,000 in matching funds for farmers market shoppers using Food Stamps, WIC and Senior Nutrition vouchers in 2015. As a result, low-income market shoppers brought home nearly $39,000 in farm-fresh, local food last year. We need your help to provide food assistance matching tokens this market season. The winning raffle tickets will be drawn during Artisan Food Festival. Click here to learn more about Gimme5.
On May 28th the Port Townsend Farmers Market will host the Artisan Food Festival from 9 am to 3 pm in uptown Port Townsend on Tyler Street and in the Community Center. In the evening from 6 pm to 9 pm, the event will move to Finnriver Cidery’s new location, 124 Center Road, Chimacum, just south of the Chimacum Crossroads. This celebration of local farms and artisan food features artisan cooking classes by CedarRoot Folk School, chef demonstrations, artisan food juggling, kids activities with the YMCA and the Port Townsend Public Library, and live music by the Unexpected Brass Band and Rhythm Planet. More than 70 local farm, artisan food and arts and craft vendors, including visiting artisan food vendors, will participate in the event.
Mt. Townsend Creamery is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. In celebration, they are teaming up with Finnriver Cidery, Eaglemount, and Bainbridge Vineyard to offer cheese and alcohol pairing. Mt. Townsend will also be offering cheese pairings with other foods from the Farmers Market throughout the day. Mt. Townsend will be debuting their 10th anniversary cheese made with a combination of cow and goat milk from Mystery Bay Farm.
Visit our website for more information about Artisan Food Festival and to register for artisan food making classes by CedarRoot Folk School.
Mark Your Calendar
- Saturday, June 4th: Kids Storytime by the Port Townsend Public Library at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, 10:30 am, Tyler Street Port Townsend
- Sunday, June 5th: The Grand Opening of the Chimacum Farmers Market, Kids Day and Tour de Forts, 10 am to 2 pm, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
- Wednesday, June 15th: The Grand Opening of the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market and a chef demo by Arran Stark, 2 pm to 6 pm, Polk Street Port Townsend
Daily Bird, Naked Pottery
Daily Bird Pottery uses the word “naked” to describe their red clay mugs, bowls and cookware. No glaze, no molds, just hand-thrown and hand-sculpted pottery for daily use. Potter, Darby Huffman, and sculptor, Phoebe Cantelow, keep their rich red clay cookware, tableware and sculptures “naked” so as to reveal the craftsmanship that goes into each piece. Phoebe and Darby have worked together since 2008 combining pottery and sculpture. Over the years, they have perfected their method of high firing and clay choice to make beautiful, microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe home-ware that doesn’t require glaze.
Darby, Phoebe and their daughter, Xoe, are the creative force behind Daily Bird Pottery. Originally from Colorado, Phoebe and Darby packed their bags to move to Canada when George W. Bush was elected president. En route, they found home in Port Townsend.
Darby made his first clay dish at age five. He loved the feel of clay in his hands from this early age. In high school, Darby discovered the wheel and has been throwing pots ever since.
Phoebe is the woman behind the bird. She too started working with clay early in life. At age six she sculpted her first shapes. Today, as in her childhood, Phoebe finds inspiration from the raw feel of clay in her hands. She lets the clay determine its shape through a conversation between earth and artist. Frequently these shapes are birds, hence the name “Daily Bird.”
Xoe runs the administrative arm of the business. She is responsible for marketing, bookkeeping, sales and human resources. Xoe moved to Port Townsend four years ago to help her parents with their business. Like her folks, she found our eccentric, welcoming community to be the place she was looking for.
When I was at the Daily Bird studio, Xoe offered me two cups of tea poured from the same thermos. Daily Bird made one of the mugs I drank from. They call this the “tea challenge.” I was hesitant to believe that I would notice a difference drinking the same tea from two different cups. I found the tea in the Daily Bird cup brighter in taste, as if the raw feel of the cup in my hand had transferred life to the drink in the cup. There is something special about there red clay mugs.
You can find Daily Bird Pottery at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, the Daily Bird studio off of Sims Way, Getables in Downtown Port Townsend, Nash’s Farm Stand, and at the Bainbridge Island Museum.
In Season from Our Vendors
Onatrue Farm will bring a great selection of head lettuces to Rhody Market. The Romaine is looking particularly tasty. Also, we will have the last of the first crop of spinach, some fine Tuscan style kale, and close to the last of the Frill kale. Last but not least, we will have a lot of real nice garlic scapes, and some fresh garlic bulbs. Hmmm, Romaine and garlic? Caesar salad will be on our menu this week! See you Saturday.
Red Dog Farm is excited to be at Rhody Day Market! We’re bringing more veggies this week, including: carrots, green onions, Hakurei turnips, radishes, green garlic, bok choi, red dandelion, salad mix and spinach. Plus a full selection of plant starts. See you Saturday!
Dimensional Colors will be attending this Saturday‘s Farmers Market with extra space for a table of discounted items. Come early, before the parade, with your light switch plate needs. Special orders are welcome.
Java Gypsy Coffee House has been attending the Rhody Parade for over a decade just across from the fire station. This year we are really excited to participate in the Port Townsend Farmers Market during Rhody Saturday on Polk Street. Come early, get a cup of coffee and enjoy the Farmers Market before the Rhododendron Festival Grand Parade.
Propolis Brewing is celebrating Rhody Festival on Friday, May 20th with their first live music performance with Melodic Folk/Pop singer, songwriter and storyteller Jet Sparks and Sean Burke on Guitar. This is an all ages, no cover event from 5 pm to 8 pm. Propolis is located at: 2457 Jefferson St, Port Townsend. Imbibing Bubbles & Deep, Sweet Tunes. Happy Rhody!! Get Your Pink On!!
Rose Theatre Members can 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 the second drink of lesser value half-off from Java Gypsy Coffee House. Roy's Japanese Maples and Ivy Glass are both offering 15% off to Rose members. Salt Creek Ceramics is offering 10% off on all ceramics. Also ask Paella House, Nash's Farm, Olgita's, Bentley Cedar Furniture, Mountain Spirit, Daily Bird Pottery and Millbrook Clayworks about their weekly specials.