PT Farmers Markets on Polk Street this Week
This week both of the Port Townsend Farmers Markets are on Polk Street. That’s right, our Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market is moving up a block to make way for the Uptown Street Fair on Saturday, August 20th. While our farmers will be on Polk Street, our arts and craft vendors and some prepared food vendors will remain on Tyler Street. Our prepared food vendors will mostly be on Lawrence Street. As usual, the PT Saturday Farmers Market will open at 9am with vendors staying at market until at least 2pm. Some will stick around until 5pm when the event wraps up.
This Saturday marks the 26th anniversary of the Uptown Street Fair, a lively event that includes local music, the Port Townsend Arts and Crafts Fair and free activities for families. The Port Townsend Arts and Crafts Fair opens at 9am. Children’s activities follow from 10am to 3pm with music from 10am to 5pm. The “Grandly Local Parade,” one of the shortest and most colorful parades in the Northwest, starts at 2pm and is open to the public. To join the parade, meet at the corner of Harrison and Lawrence Streets by the Fire Department at 1:30pm. Visit the Port Townsend Main Street website for more information.
We have fun music for you this week at our markets. Bruce Hook will play at the PT Wednesday Farmers Market from 2pm to 6pm and Sunday Speedtrap will play at the Chimacum Farmers Market from 10am to 2pm. The summer heat has finally ripened the first of the local corn and even some local melons grown by Onatrue Farm. Basil, beautiful and tasty tomatoes, cilantro, peppers, tomatillos and eggplant are also available this week at market.
This is a great time to enjoy fresh, homemade salsa. Here is a simple salsa recipe from my home kitchen:
Chop and combine
- 2 to 3 medium-sized fresh tomatoes or a container of halved cherry tomatoes, stems removed
- ½ red onion, chopped fine
- 1-3 cloves fresh pressed garlic (optional)
- 1-2 Serrano or jalapeno peppers, stems and seeds removed, add more if you like hot salsa and less if you prefer mild
- Juice of one lime
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- Salt and pepper to taste
We are still seeking funds for our Gimme5 food assistance matching program. Through Gimme5 and our new Fresh Bucks program, the Jefferson County Farmers Markets support community food security and health. We provide matching funds for the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as other local farm-fresh food to shoppers who are low-income. Our goal is to provide a total of $14,000 in matching funds to families, senior citizen and other shoppers who are low-income this market season. We need your help to raise $4,000 to continue offering food assistance at our markets for the remainder of the season. Please visit our website or contact Amanda Milholland, Market Director, to make a donation.
See you at the market! ~Amanda
Artist, Janice Speck
Artist, Janice Speck, started vending at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market about 10 years ago. At that time, she sold felted and decorated clothing, jewelry and felted wall hangings. Over the years, she has become more serious about making art that is personally fulfilling first and foremost. Janice explains, “Making art is something I have to do. I am not making it to sell it. I am making it for the love of creating.” She has moved away from decorating clothing and towards felting. Today, Janice makes felted wall hangings in the style of cave paintings and felted bead necklaces. With more than 20 years of textile and felting art experience under her belt, Janice’s work is playful and shows a mastery and love for the craft.
Janice loves selling her art directly to customers at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. When someone buys her work, she can see how excited they are, which is really fulfilling for her as an artist. She also loves working alongside other market vendors, whom she looks forward to seeing each week.
Originally from London, England, Janice studied art at the Harrow School of Art in the suburbs of London. She met her husband, Ray, an American, while hitchhiking around Spain in the 1960s. Together, they moved to the United States, arriving with only $30 to their names. Janice and Ray hitchhiked across the country to Walnut Creek, California where Ray’s family lived. After getting their feet under them, they built a houseboat and lived in Richardson Bay, CA on the cheap. They squatted on their boat, avoiding paying rent or mooring fees. For work Janice bought and sold clothing, an interest that later led her to open About Time, the Port Townsend clothing store.
A scholarship for Ray from the Wooden Boat School inspired the Specks move to Port Townsend in the early 1980s. Janice opened About Time in 1983 with only $1,500 worth of inventory. She hand painted t-shirts, slowly growing her business while keeping her expenses low. She owned and managed About Time until 2003.
In addition to creating her own work, Janice teaches art workshops periodically for the Port Townsend School of Art at Fort Worden. She also participates in the annual Wearable Arts Show.
You can introduce yourself to Janice and find her felted wall hangings and necklaces at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. This week, Janice will be on Tyler Street with the other market crafters. Read the recent Leader article about Janice for a further glimpse into her story.
From our Vendors
Last Saturday was the last day at market this season for Bentley Cedar Furniture. You can find outdoor furniture made by Rick Bentley at Shold Garden Center on Sims Way. Rick and his wife, Ginna, extend their thanks to the people of the Port Townsend area for their continued support.
Summer is finally here and SpringRain Farm is bringing the heirloom tomatoes. They will have lots of Striped Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter, Cherokee Purple, and John's new favorite tomato, the Pineapple. SpringRain farmers recommends their favorite summer breakfast-time indulgence: a slice of Pane d'Amore sourdough bread, a smear of pesto, slice of heirloom tomato, and a sprinkle of herb salt. Pure delight! Meghan will also have SpringRain’s usual organic chicken, duck, and forage-fed rabbit this week at market. Stop by for a dozen eggs. Their hens are laying up a storm.
Short’s Family Farm will be fully stocked with all cuts of grass-fed beef at market this weekend.
In honor of National Goat Cheese Month, Mystery Bay Farm is bringing Lavender Honey Chevre to market on Saturday. Find Mystery Bay Farm on Polk Street this Saturday for a sample of this delicious seasonal fresh goat cheese. Yum!
Onatrue Farm’s field-grown treats are starting to ripen! Expect a limited amount of icebox watermelons and tropical melons this Saturday. Max also has organic sweet corn, sweet peppers, strawberries, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, onions, shallots, garlic, potatoes, as well as new crops of beans, beets and cabbage.
This Saturday Bob's Bagels will have their pecan burgers for those looking for lunch-style fare. Try the pecan burger on their very popular MacDad sandwich. The burger will feature the same vegetarian pecan sausage that Bob makes in-house dressed with maple Dijon mustard, and arugula and tomatoes from Chimacum. All of this deliciousness is sandwiched in a cheddar and pickle bagel. Don't knock it till you try it. They will have samples for the fearful. Bob’s has sold out of their pecan burgers each week. Get to market sooner than later for your pecan burger.
Serendipity Farm will have a full range of vegan and regular pesto, many flavors of salad dressings, as well as Romano beans and green beans by the pound and by the case. They will also have cucumbers, potatoes, and salad mix, as well as heirloom, cherry and Roma tomatoes by the case. Visit Serendipity for a summer bouquets, vegan gluten free treats and summer cheer.