Thank You to our Newsletter Sponsor
Jefferson Land Trust, an important partner for many of our local farmers, is the sponsor of this week’s Farmers Market newsletter. Jefferson Land Trust (JLT) is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit accredited conservation organization whose mission is to help the community preserve open space, working lands and habitat forever. Since its incorporation in 1989, Jefferson Land Trust has helped local communities permanently protect some of the most iconic, productive and ecologically significant land and water of Jefferson County. JLT currently helps protect wildlife corridors, riparian and wetland areas, salmon habitat, working agricultural land, and forests through direct ownership, conservation easements, stewardship agreements, and educational programs. We continue to work proactively to protect vital salmon and other wildlife habitat, sustain vast working forests and farms and protect ancient habitats and urban open space in Jefferson County and in neighboring communities on the Olympic Peninsula. Learn more about JLT on their website. Thank you JLT! Please contact Amanda Milholland to learn about sponsorship opportunities with the Jefferson County Farmers Markets.
Berries, Kids and Farmers Markets are In Season
Last weekend, at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, I ate a strawberry with remarkable flavor that was almost the size of my palm. Yum! Strawberries are on and raspberries are close behind.
In addition to strawberries, carrots, peas, artichokes, and grass-fed meat, our adjunct farmers markets and kids are also in season. Following close behind the Chimacum Farmers Market opening, the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market opens NEXT WEEK on June 15 from 2pm to 6pm on Polk Street. Arran Stark leads a chef demo at the Wednesday Farmers Market from 4pm to 5pm, and the Brazilian jazz band, Combo Choro, plays live music. We hope to see you there!
We have had a wonderful crop of kids and families enjoying Storytime by the Port Townsend and Jefferson County Public Libraries this year. Librarians Jeanne Simmons and Martha Ashenfelter are gracing our weekend farmers markets with Storytime the first Saturdays and first Sundays of each month. What a treat! Kids Day and Opening Day of the Chimacum Farmers Market was so much fun! We hope to see you this Sunday at the Chimacum Farmers Market and at the next Kids Day on July 3 from 10am to 2pm.
Jefferson Public Health distributes WIC farmers market checks this weekend at the Port Townsend Saturday and Chimacum Sunday Farmers Markets. Thanks to the generous support of private donors – Jefferson Healthcare, United Good Neighbors, the Port Townsend Food Co-op, Pane d’Amore and a small grant from the USDA – we offer matching funds for EBT (food stamps), WIC and Senior Nutrition checks at our markets for the purchase of fresh food from our local farms. Visit the market booth for more information about the Gimme5 food assistance matching program and thank you to our sponsors!
- June 11 - WIC check distribution and live music by Ranger and the Re-Arrangers at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, 9am to 2pm
- June 12 -WIC check distribution and live music by Westerly at the Chimacum Farmers Market, 10am to 2pm
- June 15 - Opening of the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, Polk Street, 2pm to 6pm
- June 18 - Jefferson Healthcare Health Expo at the Port Townsend Community Center, 9am; chef demo by Arran Stark 9:30am; music by Jack and Joe 10 am to 2 pm
Crust, Baking up Something Delicious
This week Crust Bakery is bringing Cherry Vanilla Lattice Pie, Vanilla Iced Coffee Hand Pie, and wheat-free Chocolate Chewies as well as more than a dozen other favorite hand-baked sweet and savory pies to the market.
Working side by side, mother-and-daughter team Suzen Maxwell and Kelli Heidtmann, are the creative geniuses behind Crust Pies. Neither mother nor daughter ever imagined that they would be where they are today, back together in a small community in the Pacific Northwest, working, happy, and successful. Before dreaming up Crust Pies, Kelli, from New York City, worked in kitchens most of her adult life as well as managed and toured with a couple of rock bands. The first time she baked a pie she received such positive feedback that she knew she had found her calling.
Suzen, from Massachusetts, was a health worker and nurse prior to her life of pie. She also started a shoe and purse business employing Balinese women in one of the poorest parts of India. It became very challenging for Suzen to continue importing clothing after the deadly SARS virus emerged in India in 2002.
Kelli and Suzen purchased their kitchen, the Market Kitchen, from chef Arran Stark in 2014. Today, it is shared by nine different businesses, almost all of which vend at our markets: Paella House, Sol Food, Sweet Lamb Baking Company, Olgitas, Mo Chili BBQ, the Salmon Wagon, and a couple of other local businesses. This bustling kitchen is also a pick up-spot for Community Sustained Agriculture Shares from Red Dog Farm.
Celebrating their fifth Port Townsend Farmers Market season this year, Suzen and Kelli are grateful for their loyal and new customers. Kelli writes, “We appreciate the numerous comments we receive on our display. We enjoy when people comment on the creative flavors we come up with. When we feature an ingredient from a specific farm, we love to hear from farmers that our customers are then going to that farm in search of the ingredient they tasted. Last week, Max of Onatrue Farm, was excited to sell so many strawberries to customers sent his way by us. Many people have voiced how beautiful our pies are and the care that is put into each one. Some have even asked if they are real food to eat, not sculptures. It makes all the hours in the kitchen worthwhile.”
You can find Crust Pies at the Port Townsend Saturday and Wednesday Farmers Markets, and the Port Townsend Food Co-op, as well as soup made by Crust at Chimacum Corner Farmstand.
New To Market This Week
River Run Farm is coming back to market this weekend with a beautiful variety of head lettuces, including butter, leaf, and romaine lettuces. They also have strawberries and rhubarb.
New to market, Midori Farm has shell peas, snow peas, snap peas, zucchini, and Brazilian broccoli.
This is the last week that Mystery Bay Farm and Mt. Townsend Creamery has their special collaborative cheese, Mt. Mystery. This cheese uses a delicious blend of cow milk and goat milk form Mystery Bay Farm. Mt. Mystery is a celebration of Mt. Townsend Creamery’s 10th anniversary. Yum!
Red Dog brings shell peas and fava beans to the Port Townsend Saturday and Chimacum Sunday Farmers Markets. They also have some nice green Bibb lettuce and basil. Radishes are on sale! Two for $3.50 for all four varieties: pink beauty, red, Easter egg, and French breakfast. See you Saturday and Sunday!
Egg and I Gardens brings farm-raised Tamworth pork in frozen cuts to the Chimacum Sunday Market.
Finnriver Farm's stand bursts with berries this weekend! Strawberries are so red and so sweet right now, and raspberries are almost ripe. Come early, there may be a few pints! As for veggies, farmer Janet is most impressed by Finnriver’s butterhead lettuce. “They are works of art!” We have three choices of eggs: duck, hen, and pullet. “We get a lot of questions about pullet eggs. Here's the answer. We keep the eggs from our newest flocks of hens separate because we think they are a special treat! Chickens lay slightly smaller eggs at first with bright, perky yolks. I encourage you to give them a try!”
SpringRain Farm has fresh chicken, chicken livers and hearts, and strawberries this week.
Nash’s Farm has basil! Fava beans are Nash’s veggie of the week as well as Romaine lettuce, sweet and crunchy!
Visit Gifts of Mother Earth for Father's Day shopping ideas, including: new "Dad's Garden" terra cotta plaques and sake cups.
This week, at the Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Valley Dairy has two varieties of raw cow's milk cheese: a straight-up West Valley Wheel and West Valley Wheel with Herbs D' Provenance.