Kids' Day Sunday at the Chimacum Farmer
Guess what! This Sunday, September 4th, is Kids’ Day at the Chimacum Farmers Market from 10am to 2pm. Time to get excited! We have fun activities in store for you, including: craft projects by Sunfield School and Storytime by the Jefferson County Public Library. Also, if you haven’t tried it yet, this is your opportunity to sit on a Red Dog tractor. The very talented Brazilian Jazz band, Combo Choro, will play live music from 10am to 2pm. Come enjoy the local abundance our farmers have to offer and boogy and play this Sunday at the Chimacum Farmers Market.
It is hard to believe we only have three more Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Markets this season. The last day of the 13th season of the PT Wednesday Farmers Market is September 14th. We hope to see you there this and coming weeks from 2pm to 6pm on Polk Street. Fiddlehead Creamery will be back for the last Wednesday Farmers Market with delicious new flavors of their coconut-base ice cream.
This month at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets you can find an abundance of tomatoes large and small; slicers, saucers and salad toppers, ranging from burgundy to bright red and golden to green. Have you ever wondered which varieties you like most? The Tomato Taste Off on September 17th at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market on Tyler Street offers you a chance to answer the age-old question of which tomato most strikes your fancy. Chef Arran Stark will slice and dice more than 10 varieties of locally grown tomatoes for you to taste. Our prepared food vendors will serve up dishes featuring local tomatoes from paella and gazpacho to tomato basil hand pies. Yum! Last but not least, Laurie McKenzie of the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) will demonstrate tomato seed saving and talk about the OSAs national work developing and testing tomatoes varieties.
We are seeking volunteers to help with set up and clean up of the Tomato Taste Off on September 17th. Visit our website or Get Connected Jefferson for more information about volunteer opportunities at our markets. Our partner, the Jefferson County Washington State University Extension, is seeking volunteers for Farm Tour. Learn more here.
This Week's Music:
- 8/31: Howley Slim, 2pm to 6pm, PT Wednesday Farmers Market, Polk Street
- 9/3: Joe Kaplow, 10am to 1:45pm, PT Saturday Farmers Market, Tyler Street
- 9/4: Combo Choro, 10am to 2pm, Chimacum Sunday Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
See you at the market! ~ Amanda
New Vendor to the PT Saturday Farmers Market
Lalage Yoder, Essaoira
This Saturday at the Port Townsend Farmers Market Lalage Yoder will introduce us to some of the rich food culture and world flavors from her youth and travels. Her business, Essaouira, takes its name from a Moroccan port city, one of many places where Lalage lived prior to moving to Port Townsend. Visit Essaouira for traditional Moroccan dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients.
Originally from Wales and England, Lalage and her six siblings were raised with a love of quality food and a deep understanding of food as a part of place. Her father owned and operated a vineyard in England, which she and her siblings helped tend from childhood. Lalage’s parents were gastronomes and great cooks with a strong commitment to eating regionally for quality, freshness, taste and sustainability. The exposure Lalage and her siblings had to phenomenal food at home and at exquisite restaurants in Wales, England and Southern Spain, stuck with each of them. Lalage and all of her siblings are now cooks.
Lalage left home at age sixteen and moved to the South of France to work the vineyards. At eighteen, she moved to Morocco, and at twenty to Kodiak Alaska. She lived in Alaska for ten years and had two sons before moving to Port Townsend in 1989.
It was the boat building community that lured Lalage and her husband, George, to Port Townsend. Their commercial fishing vessel was in need of repairs and Port Townsend was just the place for the job. Once here, Lalage and her family found Port Townsend to be a great place to raise children. Twenty-seven years later, Lalage still calls Port Townsend home, although her European, Spanish and Moroccan roots greatly influence her cooking and palette.
Lalage has a strong commitment to sourcing as much of her ingredients locally as possible. She explains, “I am passionate about food, and every aspect of its production. I love turning people on to new and delicious things.” She plans to serve food utilizing organic ingredients as well as locally sourced beef, chicken, pork and vegetables. Look for Essaoira near the corner of Clay and Tyler Streets this Saturday.
From our Vendors
Lettuce is back at Onatrue Farm this week. Also, visit Max for a plethora of sweet peppers, tomatoes, melons, corn, three kinds of beans, Italian heirloom onions, and, of course, garlic, shallots and potatoes.
Green beans are Nash's veggie of the week. Raw green beans make an excellent crunchy sweet addition to a veggie platter or salad. Or dust off those famous green bean pickling recipes, grab some of our dill flowers and start canning. In addition to the green beans, we have yummy lemon cucumbers, which are great sliced up like an orange or enjoyed like an apple! They are a bit more mild than a traditional slicing cucumber and are perfect for introducing kids to something new. In addition to the cukes and green beans, we’ve got leeks, kale, chard, bunched beets (great for canning), green and red cabbage, and delicious Nash carrots. We’ll also have some of our very own apples this week. Get your crunch on!