This is a special weekend at the Port Townsend Saturday and Chimacum Sunday Farmers Markets. First, you can find an abundance of local berries and fruit—strawberries, raspberries, currants, the first of the blueberries, silvanberries, and boysenberries—are available this Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets. SpringRain Farm & Orchard also has cherry tomatoes and Nash’s has cherries from Eastern Washington.
What goes better with berries than kids? This weekend we have Kids’ Day at the Chimacum Farmers Market on Sunday from 10am to 2pm with special musical guest, Harmonica Pocket. Other fun activities include sitting on a Red Dog tractor, paint your own bowl with Millbrook Clayworks, Storytime with the Jefferson County Public Library, craft activities with Sunfield Farm and Waldorf School as well as a robotics demonstration with Northwest Discovery Lab. Also, at this Saturday’s Port Townsend Farmers Market the Port Townsend Public Library will host Storytime from 10:30 to 11:30am with librarian Jeanne Simmons. It’s going to be fun!
Just in time for berry season, this Saturday the Blackberry Bushes Stringband of Seattle play live music at the Port Townsend Farmers Market. The Blackberry Bushes combine banjo, guitar, fiddle, bass, and the musical stylings of talented vocalist, Jes Raymond. They have a playful and resonant sound with twang as well as sophistication. Check out some of their music here.
We have a series of seasonal food-focused events coming your way. On July 16, we celebrate Berries in Abundance at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. Chef Arran Stark offers a demo featuring local berries and our prepared food vendors will fix up some special dishes with berries from our local farms. Of course, there are also plenty of berries for you to bring home. Following Berries in Abundance, we have a Tomato Taste Off on Saturday, Sept. 17; Kale Day on Saturday, Oct. 15; and Winter Squash Day on Saturday, Nov. 12. There is so much to celebrate this growing season. See you this week at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets!
Summer Berries with SpringRain Farm & Orchard
A certified organic farm, SpringRain Farm & Orchard grows a wide variety of berries, orchard fruits, asparagus, garlic, tomatoes, herbs, and salad greens. SpringRain farmers work to foster an ecological system that closely matches a natural ecosystem. Farmer/owners John Bellow and Roxanne Hudson and their crew pasture raise meat animals, and sustainably rotate perennial vegetable and fruit crops, annual crops, and cover crops on 26 acres of historic farmland.
John Bellow is the main farmer and architect of SpringRain Farm & Orchard. Both John and the land he farms have a history of agriculture. The land that is now SpringRain Farm & Orchard has been in agriculture since the 1920s. Prior to John and Roxanne’s purchase of the farm in 2008, the land had been neglected and mainly used for pasturing cows and horses where it had not been reclaimed by brambles. Today, SpringRain works in partnership with Jefferson Land Trust and the Conservation District to steward 1,200 feet of Chimacum Creek, an important habitat for threatened Chum and Coho salmon. Working with the Conservation District, John and Roxanne rebuilt the creek bed and planted over 1,200 native trees along its bank. One of their first actions as new owners was to donate a conservation easement to Jefferson Land Trust to preserve the agricultural value of the farm and protect over three acres of riparian habitat near the creek. Today, Chimacum Creek meanders happily through SpringRain Farm & Orchard and wild salmon spawn again along its gravely bed with chickens freeranging near its bank.
John earned a Ph.D. in agroforestry and eco-physiology from the University of Florida. He has extensive experience farming in the Pacific Northwest as well as internationally. John worked with farmers to reduce deforestation and erosion as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines, where he and Roxanne met. He had a vegetable CSA farm near Mt. Vernon, WA, and researched shade-grown coffee in Costa Rica and pear and fava bean companion planting in Guatemala. John served as a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer in Moldova and Kyrgyzstan, and guided the establishment orchards in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. Today, John uses all of his expertise to design and carry out a diversified, sustainable farm plan at SpringRain Farm & Orchard.
Roxanne, who served as an educator for deaf children with the Peace Corps in the Philippines, helps with many aspects of the farm. She assists with planning, marketing, budgeting, processing jams, and farm labor when necessary. Along with her duties as co-owner of the farm, she is an associate professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. As a professor, Roxanne trains special educators and researchers. She is also the current director of the Jefferson County FIELD internship program and she is the secretary of the Jefferson County Farmers Market Board of Directors.
With summer solstice behind us, berries are in season at SpringRain Farm & Orchard. The raspberries, silvanberries, and white and red currants are in abundance. Boysenberries, blueberries, gooseberries and Sungold cherry tomatoes have just started to make it to market. You can find eggs, chicken, salad green, herbs, and more grown by SpringRain Farm & Orchard at the Port Townsend Wednesday and Saturday Farmers Markets and the SpringRain Farm Stand. Also look for produce, preserves, and meat produced by SpringRain at the Port Townsend Food Co-op, Chimacum Corner Farmstand, Key City Fish & Poultry, Pane d’ Amore Bakery, Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar, Farm’s Reach Cafe, Fireside Restaurant at the Inn at Pt. Ludlow, Fort Worden, Hillbottom Pie, Jefferson Health Care Hospital, and Sweet Laurette’s Cafe & Bistro. While you are at the Port Townsend Wednesday and Saturday Farmers Markets, introduce yourself to SpringRain farmers, Meghan Mix and Tassie Mardikes, and enjoy the abundance of summer berries.
New From our Vendors
Mo-Chilli BBQ is at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market as well as the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market this week. More markets equals more Mo-Chilli.
This week Midori Farm has English cucumbers, Gold beets, carrots, fava beans, and more at the Port Townsend Farmers Markets.
Stock up on real 100% grass-fed beef from Short's Family Farm. This week they are offering a 20% off sale on top sirloin and T-bone steak.
Paella House is bringing back their Black Paella just for this weekend to the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. It gets its amazing black color from squid ink and features spot prawns and calamari. Unique and delicious!
Red Dog Farm is bringing some new herbs this weekend: Italian and curly parsley, dill, cilantro, oregano, and thyme. They also have lots of raspberries. Stock up for the red part of your red, white, and blue weekend!
Sweet Lamb Baking Company serves strawberry shortcake with fresh, local berries, and whipped cream. They also celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with red, white, and blue macaroons—raspberry, coconut, and blueberry, that is.
The very first Finnriver Farm blueberries are at the market this Saturday! Finnriver Farm is also bringing bountiful raspberries. They offer a four-pack special on berries.
Raspberries are here! Grab a scoop of fresh raspberry coconut gelato this week from Fiddlehead Creamery. Other delicious flavors this week include: strawberry basil, roasted banana, ginger lemonade, and more!