Here Comes the Chimacum Farmers Market!
Opening Day and Kid's Day, June 5th
It’s that fun time of year again when our farmers markets swing into summer. This weekend in addition to the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, we will have the Opening Day of the Chimacum Farmers Market on Sunday, June 5th. The Chimacum Farmers Market is open from 10 am to 2 pm in the grass of Chimacum Corner Farmstand, 9122 Rhody Dr. Chimacum.
Not only will there be a variety of beloved local farm, artisan food and arts and craft vendors, we will also have fun activities for kids and families on Opening Day at the Chimacum Farmers Market. Kid's Days will be first Sundays of every month June through October at the Chimacum Farmers Market, featuring live music and fun activities for kids and families. On Opening Day this weekend join us for an inner-tube toss with the ReCyclery, music by Anne-O and Her Band, paint your own pottery with Millbrook Clayworks, crafts with Sunfield School and the Jefferson County YMCA, and Storytime with the Jefferson County Library. You and your little one can also come sit on a Red Dog Farm tractor. It just so happens that in addition to being Chimacum Farmers Market Opening Day, June 5th is Tour de Forts and the Kul Kah Han Native Plant Sale at Chimacum Corner Farmstand. Wow! It is going to be fun!
At the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market Steve Grandineti and Band will play live music. Strawberries, artichokes, garlic scapes, carrots, snap and snow peas, salad greens, radishes, glorious flowers and so much more are in season.
See you at the market!
New From Our Vendors
Olgita's Tortillas y Más will have feature pupusas made with Olympic Run Ranch organically raised Pork, Midori Farms organic veggies and organic black bean purée. Get your freshly brewed Organic Jamaica - freshly brewed, ice cold hibiscus tea. Fresh, handmade corn tortillas by the dozen will be $1 off.
Red Dog’s veggie display is finally filling out. Our fields are abundant and we’re bringing our abundance into town to share with you. New this weekend we will have: Lacinato, red Russian, and green curly kales and collards. Still pretty new and very exciting are some perfectly sized baby French breakfast radishes, garlic scapes, carrots, sugar snap and snow peas, baby bok choi, beet greens, and purple and green onions. Plus, of course, lots more produce! We are so excited for Chimacum Market to start up. Hope to see you either Saturday or Sunday, or both!
Established in 2008 by husband and wife, Bruce Gleeman and Amy Rose Dubin, Chimacum Valley Dairy has been a licensed dairy sine 2014. Our cheeses are made in small batches using traditional methods. We make raw Artisan cows milk cheese using the milk from grass-fed Jersey cows at Dungeness Valley Creamery and raw Farmstead goat milk cheese from our herd of mixed breed dairy goats. We will have our West Valley Wheel cows milk cheese at market each Sunday until July, when our Chimatomme Goat milk cheese is released.
Fiddlehead Creamery is excited to bring ICE CREAM to the Chimacum Farmers Market this season!! Actually, we call it "N'ice Cream" because all of our flavors are 100% DAIRY-FREE, made instead with Organic coconut milk. A tasty treat that's easy on your health and on the environment? Yes, please! Check out our rotating list of exciting flavors, like Apple Crisp, Coconut Horchata, Strawberry Rhubarb, and, of course, Chocolate. :)
Tarboo Creek Honey will be at the Chimacum Sunday Farmers Market with 100% pure, raw, unfiltered honey in three sizes. We will also have samples of honeycomb fresh from the hive and 100% pure beeswax candles handcrafted with wax from our apiary and 100% cotton wicks. Additionally, we will have both high and low-fired handcrafted, hand-thrown pottery painted in our own glazes.
For a Successful Artisan Food Festival
This last Saturday, May 28th, was the Artisan Food Festival at the Port Townsend Farmers Market and Finnriver Cidery. The event was a great success made possible through community effort and collaboration. As the morning winds and sprinkle cleared, the day unfolded to be a joyful celebration of not just local and artisan food but community. More than 1,000 event participants enjoyed Artisan cooking classes by CedarRoot Folk School; chef demos by Kellen Lynch, Arran Stark and Daniel Rattagan; cheese pairing by Mt. Townsend Creamery; artisan food juggling by Danny Milholland and Tomoki Sage; live music by Unexpected Brass Band and Matt Sircely; kids activities by the YMCA and Storytime by Port Townsend Public Library.
I want to express my appreciation for my dedicated staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, event sponsors, vendors, and, equally important, the local and regional community members who showed up and enjoyed Artisan Food Festival. Amy Goetz, Assistant Market Manager; Aba Kiser, Music and Event Coordinator; Sonny Flores, Sound on Saturdays; and myself orchestrate the Jefferson County Farmers Markets. Thank you Amy, Aba and Sonny for your tireless collaboration, creativity and go get ‘em attitude.
My volunteer team, Doug Milholland, Rudo Van Lelyveld, Bob Ferris, Micah Van Lelyveld, Gabe Van Lelyveld, Jonah Kiser, Aliina Lahti, Meredith Milholland, Danny Milholland, and Justine Rebkah, set up and cleaned up the event as well as sold raffle tickets in support of the Farmers Market’s Gimme5 food assistance matching program. Chefs Kellen Lynch, Arran Stark and Dan Rattagan provided inspiring cooking demonstrations featuring foods from the market. Our in-kind sponsors, Thunderbull Productions, the Port Townsend Public Library, the YMCA and CedarRoot Folk School supported this event through assistance with promotion, hosting Storytime, kids activities, and artisan food marking classes. Thank you!
Event sponsors include: Pane d’Amore Bakery, the Port Townsend Arts Commission, the Port Townsend Food Co-op, Mt. Townsend Creamery and Organic Valley. Finnriver Cidery co-hosted the evening portion of the event with us. Crystie Kisler, your collaboration helped make this event much larger and more exciting than it would have been otherwise. My thanks go out to all of our sponsors for supporting this celebration of our vibrant, local farms and artisan food makers. This event would not have been possible without your generous support and collaboration.
JCFM Board of Directors, vendors, visiting vendors and musicians, thank you for showing up, helping vision this event and bringing the music that got us in motion. ~ Amanda Milholland