It is here! Opening day of Port Townsend’s Wednesday Farmers Market is tomorrow, June 15, from 2 to 6pm on Polk Street. This mid-week, food-focused market offers a great variety of local produce and artisan food in a laid back atmosphere. This year’s Wednesday market vendors include: Finnriver Farm, Midori Farm, SpringRain Farm and Orchard, Onatrue Farm, Crust, Pane d'Amore, Mo-Chili BBQ, Chimacum Valley Dairy, and Fiddlehead Creamery. In addition to delectable pastries, succulent strawberries, crunchy carrots, rich cheese, and zippy garlic scapes, this week we feature live music by Brazilian jazz band, Combo Choro, and chef Arran Stark cooks up something fresh and local for you to taste. Also, raspberries are marking their debut at our markets this week. Come early to pick up some of these tasty treasures.
Jefferson Healthcare is hosting a Health Fair in the Port Townsend Community Center on Saturday starting at 9am. This event includes health screenings, chances to win prizes, and fitness activities. At the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, Chef Arran Stark demonstrates healthy breakfast cooking starting at 9:30am, and musicians Jack and Joe perform live music.
Sunday is Father’s Day as well as the Chimacum Farmers Market. The proverb, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” may have some truth. If you ask my dad, there are few things that are a greater expression of love than a home-cooked meal or a home-baked pie. You can find fresh fixings for delicious Father’s Day breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner at our three markets as well as beautiful bouquets, crafts, and cards to send to out-of-town dads. See you at the Farmers Market!
Mark Your Calendar:
• June 15, Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market opening, 9am-2pm
• June 18, Jefferson Healthcare Health Fair at the Port Townsend Community Center and Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, 9am-2pm
• July 2, Storytime with the Port Townsend Public Library at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, 10:30am
• July 3, Kid’s Day at the Chimacum Farmers Market, 10am-2pm
• July 16, Celebrate local berries at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, 9am-2pm
Something for Dad from Gifts of Mother Earth
Lynda Pollard is one of the handful of vendors who started selling at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers when the market was downtown by Elevated Ice Cream. A painter, sculptor, ceramic artist, and former art teacher, Lynda first sold handmade garden pots at the PT Farmers Market in 1995. Lynda received a few special orders for garden signs in the early days of her business and found that there was a demand she could fill for original, handmade signs. Today, she continues to make garden signs using letters from an old word press stamped into clay.
In addition to garden signs, Lynda makes garden pots, hanging plant holders, garden marker stakes, and sake cups. If a father in your life likes to garden or would enjoy a custom ceramic sign, Lynda is the lady to visit. She fires some of her work in a Raku kiln. Raku is a traditional Japanese method that creates distinct ceramic pieces. Using an aluminum container as a reduction chamber, the Raku method creates a reaction between oxygen and clay minerals causing pieces to look metallic and have wide color variations as if they are still aflame.
Look for Gifts of Mother Earth at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market.
New From Our Vendors
For the Wednesday Farmers Market, Onatrue Farm has its first small harvest of baby new red potatoes! Additionally, farmer Max is excited to bring just-picked strawberries, cucumbers, cabbage, cauliflower, summer squash, zucchini, garlic, fresh-cut basil, plus lots of greens, and other stuff too.
Lia Johnston from Pane d'Amore is making ice cream sandwiches with vegan ice cream from Amanda Thieroff of Fiddlehead Creamery. The cookies are also vegan as well as raw and gluten-free. How many frees can one food be and still exist?
Midori Farm brings fresh English cucumbers, zucchini, peas, mini onions, fava beans and maybe carrots to the Port Townsend Wednesday and Saturday Farmers Markets as well as the Chimacum Farmers Market.
SpringRain Farm is at the Wednesday and Saturday Farmers Markets with the first of their raspberries and the last-ish of their strawberries.
Cherry Vanilla Hand Pie, Strawberry Mint Hand Pie, Berry Lemon Tart, Chocolate Chewy Cookies, Chicken Curry Hand Pie, Garlicky Greens AND MORE are coming your way, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK! Now you can have more Crust Pies. They look forward to seeing you on Polk Street at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market. Hooray!
Mountain Spirit has been busy with harvest all week. Come see what’s new on the dry herb table this Saturday. Rose Theatre Members enjoy 10% off all teas.