SNAP at the Market
The Jefferson County Farmers Markets want to make it easier for all people in our county to eat fresh and local! During the remainder of the Chimacum and Port Townsend Farmers Market seasons we are pleased to offer shoppers who are low-income and qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/EBT or Food Stamps) funds an extra $5 for fresh, locally grown food when you spend $25 (in honor of our 25th anniversary) on your EBT card. This means you buy $25 in EBT market tokens at the Port Townsend or Chimacum Farmers Markets this weekend through December 16th and we will give you an additional $20 in Fresh Bucks and Gimme5 tokens, a total of $45 including your EBT tokens! Please come by the market booth for more info.
Shoppers, tell your friends and family that we match $20 when you spend $25 on your EBT card for the rest of the market season. Yay to more local food on local plates!
As we head into the season of holiday feasts, we are thankful for the support we receive from local and national partners, which allows us to help you bring home more delicious and nutritious food from our local farms. Our Gimme5 and Fresh Bucks sponsors include: the Port Townsend Food Co-op, Jefferson Healthcare, Kristin Manwaring Insurance, United Good Neighbors, 1st Security Bank, and a Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant from the USDA.
Our general market sponsors include: Port Townsend Chiropractic, Organic Valley, Port Ludlow Resort, Gaiaceous Gardens, Kitsap Bank, Kitsap Credit Union, Ravenscroft Inn, Aldrich's, The Port Townsend Leader, the Port Townsend Arts Commission, Chimacum Corner Farmstand, Fountain Chiropractic and Windermere Real Estate. Please contact me if you would like to join JCFM as a sponsor for our 2018 market season.
On another note, we invite you to help us reduce the trash produced at market by bringing your own cup, plate or bowl for prepared food. Almost 100% of the trash produced at market is from prepared food sales--plates, bowls, cups and lids. Sadly, we currently don't have a way to recycle or compost paper or even "compostable" food containers in our community. Our community waste disposal would require a high-heat composter, which is a large investment that I hope will happen in the future.
Our food vendors can serve your food in a cup, plate or bowl from home as long as you help us keep things sanitary. Here are the guidelines:
- Please check in with your food vendor to make sure they are prepared to serve you in your cup, plate or bowl from home.
- Please hold you bowl or plate rather than placing it on the counter. The food vendor will serve you into your bowl/plate/cup.
- Enjoy fabulous artisan food while helping us reduce waste. Thank you!
See you at the market! ~ Amanda
From Our Vendors
HELP US LIGHT THE WAY AT FINNRIVER WITH A SOLAR POWERED CIDER GARDEN! JCFM is excited to support our friends at Finnriver in constructing a new solar energy system at their Chimacum Cider Garden, to function as a renewable energy generator and a dynamic educational resource. Finnriver is embarking on a crowd-funding campaign this month to generate funds for matching a USDA Rural Energy grant to install a 40 Kilowatt renewable energy system at the Cider Garden that, if completed, will be the largest solar installation in Jefferson County. We support Finnriver as they deepen their commitment to land and resource conservation, rural economic development and sustainable agriculture. It’s all about the love and the light!
Visit the link here to view their fun Solar Powered Cider Garden video and to contribute to this important project!
Onatrue Farm will not be at market this weekend. Farmer, Max Lindert, is undergoing chemotherapy for stage 4 mastatic squamous cell rectal cancer. He will be undergoing IMRT radiation treatment over the next 6 weeks. Onatrue does plan to participate in some of the upcoming farmers markets but has not decided on the dates yet. Look out for newsletter updates on Max's health and please keep Max and his family in your caring thoughts. They greatly appreciate support from our community!
Serendipity Farm will have its famous squash soup for the first time this Saturday to take the chill off your market day. Please bring your own cup and spoon if you can. We will also have frozen soup to take home. We will have our full line of dressings, pesto, and fresh salsa this week as well as our energy bars. Although a lot of summer produce is winding down, we have a great selection of fall veggies. We thank you for supporting our farm and farmers market. Your support means a lot!
Red Dog Farm is bringing Brussels sprouts!!! On the tree! We also have lots of other fall specialty produce like parsnips, turnips, celeriac, root parsley, salsify, and an amazing six kinds of radishes. Squashes and pie pumpkins fill out the fall offerings. We are bringing a small amount of decorative squashes for your porch or windowsill. And we have giant sunflower seed heads for your bird friends. We’ll be there, Saturday and Sunday rain or shine!
Upcoming Market Events
- Saturday, October 21st, 9 am- 2 pm, Tyler Street, Port Townsend Farmers Market with live music by Tootsweet from 10 am- 1:45 pm
- Saturday, October 28th, 9 am- 2 pm, Tyler Street, Port Townsend Farmers Market with Last Day of Outdoor Live Music for the Season by Ashley Kramer from 10 am- 1:45 pm
- Sunday, October 29th, 10 am- 2 pm, Chimacum Corner Farmstand, Season Closing Day of the Chimacum Farmers Market with pumpkin painting and trick-or-treat with participating vendors