It is May! The Port Townsend Farmers Market is rich with radishes, arugula, spinach, lettuce, salad mix, chard, beets, carrots, leeks, artisan cheese, pasture-raised meat, eggs, artisan baked goods and arts and crafts. With all of this beautiful weather and the clever use of green houses, you may even find strawberries this month at the Farmers Market. This last Saturday, I purchased one of three cartons of strawberries from SpringRain Farm, the first of the season. Come to the market early if you want to get a carton of fresh, delicious berries. Yum! Also, along with the nice weather we are pleased to welcome the Salmon Wagon, Morganics and Sacred Skin Henna back to the market. Mad Moose Pizza joined us this last Saturday as well cooking up wood-fired pizza.
We have some exciting happenings in store for you this month. This coming Saturday the Port Townsend Public Library will be at the Farmers Market for story time. At 10:30 am you can find story time teacher, Jeanne Simmons, on the Community Center grass with stories for babies and kids.
This Saturday we are also kicking off our partnership with the Rose Theater. For the months of May and June if you are a Rose members look out for the Rose decal at participating vendor booths and ask our friendly vendors about promotions they are offering to Rose members. Participating vendors include: Red Dog Farm, Paella House, Mountain Spirit, Nash’s, Olgita’s, Ivy Glass, Roy’s Japanese Maples, Bentley Cedar Furniture, Gypsy Coffee House and Millbrook Clayworks. Get great deals on plant starts, tortillas, coffee and more!
On May 21st, Rhododendron Festival weekend, the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market will be on Polk Street, a block up from our usual location. Choose your parade watching spot and come visit the market. We will be open from 9 am to 2 pm with a variety of produce, artisan food and arts and crafts.
May 28th is the Artisan Food Festival from 9 am to 3 pm on Tyler Street and in the Community Center. The Artisan Food Festival is a celebration of local and regional artisan and farm-grown food. The event will feature more than 70 artisan food, farm, and arts and craft vendors, including visiting artisan food vendors. There will also be artisan food-making classes by CedarRoot Folk School, cheese pairing by Mt. Townsend Creamery, chef demos, artisan food juggling, live music, and kids activities. Also, join us for the after party from 6 pm to 9 pm at Finnriver Cidery’s new location for live music by Joy in Mudville, farm-fresh food from Dented Buoy Pizza and Paella House, and cider and kombucha on tap. Visit our website for more information.
During the month of May we will be hosting a raffle in support of our Gimme5 food assistance matching program. We will draw our winning raffle tickets during Artisan Food Festival at the Finnriver afterparty. You don’t need to be present to win. Tickets are $5 and we are raffling off a $250 voucher for the Ravenscroft Inn and a beautiful basket donated by the Coop filled with a bounty of goodies donated by our vendors. Come on by the farmers market booth to purchase your raffle ticket and support community access to locally-grown food.
The Jefferson Land Trust is an important partner for many of our local farms, assisting our farmers with setting up conservation easements and working with them to keep local land in agriculture. Jefferson Land Trust’s annual Conservation Breakfast is taking place on Thursday, May 12th. This event is a chance to share a good meal and hear about the Land Trust’s conservation successes and upcoming opportunities. For more information about this event please visit the Land Trust's website.
An Artist Weaves Her Path
Three Strands Handwoven
Before discovering spinning wool, Rebekah Cadorette did not think of herself as an artist. Rebekah is many things: a mother of six biological and adopted children, a former caretaker of a wildlife sanctuary in the Seattle area, a former exchange student to Japan and Thailand, and the wife of a minister.
Rebekah Cadorette started spinning raw wool in her early twenties as a creative outlet. She enjoyed it immensely but after a few years had an enormous stash of handspun yarn and nothing to do with it. She took a weaving class so she could justify spinning. After the first class she was hooked. Weaving was the path she had been looking for. Rebekah says, “I wake up every morning and think, ‘I get to go to work today!’” From her home studio in uptown Port Townsend, Rebekah transforms fiber to fabric, weaving intricate, rich-colored patterns. While spinning, dyeing, and weaving all take place at her studio, Rebekah's emphasis is on weaving and the exploration of color.
Three Strands textiles are woven from 100% cotton or a linen/cotton combination. Some of Rebekah’s yarns are purchased or salvaged mill ends, thereby preventing many pounds of fiber from entering landfills every year. Each hand-finished piece is of heirloom quality but sturdy enough to be thrown in the washer and dryer. Three Strands garments are woven from a combination of cotton, silk, wool, and hemp. They often feature hand-spun, hand-painted yarn. Three Strands Handwoven has a “use it all up” policy. Rehebak creates greeting cards from fabric scraps and temari, Japanese ornamental yarn balls, from thrums and waste yarn.
In 2002, Rebekah started vending her usable and wearable art at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. You can find Rebekah most Saturdays, April through October, at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. You can also find her garments and textiles at the Port Townsend Gallery and at galleries and boutiques around the country.
In Season from Our Vendors
Too Hot 2 Handle: Jeanne McCrae put a goat on it. Check our her new aprons and pot holders.
Mt. Townsend Creamery is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. In celebration they will be offering cheese pairing during Artisan Food Festival. They will be pairing cheese with other delicious food from our farmers as well as with cider and wine from our brewers. Also, Mt. Townsend Creamery and Mystery Bay Farm have teamed up to make 10th anniversary special 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.
Red Dog Farm is bringing tons of plants! All kinds of perennials and annuals; ornamentals, herbals and edibles; florals and foliage; bee-attracting, deer-deterring, loved-by-butterflies; and some good old-fashioned standbys. Some of our favorites this weeks include: moonflower, hollyhock, rosemary, epazote, celery, tomatoes, rue and marshmallow. There are tons more varieties too! See you Saturday!
Mom's love Crust Pies! Lemon asparagus tart, curried lentil hand pie, salmon & leek quiche, honey rose custard pie, salted chocolate mini pie, wheat free black bottom lemon tart. And more! Show your love with pie. You know she wants one.
Mountain Spirit is offering a last week of plants sale with lots of discount prices on fig trees, yellow raspberries and many different herbals. Also look for our Rose discounts, this week 10% off all mountain spirit herbal teas. Come check out our new labels.
SpringRain Farm is bringing the first of our new season of fresh chicken to the market this week. Organic, pasture-raised whole chickens you can feel good about eating. Despite what the supermarkets try to tell you, eggs are a seasonal product, and SpringRain will be bringing lots and lots of chicken and duck eggs. Now is the time for frittatas, omelettes, egg salad, and deviled eggs. Duck eggs are great for baking, and at the farm we love them hard boiled. Now is the bountiful time.