25 Years Fresh
Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, April 1-Dec. 16, Switching to Winter Hours Nov.-Dec.
Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, Closed for the Season
Chimacum Farmers Market, June 4-Closing Day Oct. 29
Halloween & Closing Day of the Chimacum Farmers Market
This Sunday, October 29th, marks the last day of the Chimacum Farmers Market season. Join us from 10 am to 2 pm at Chimacum Corner Farmstand for a Halloween Market with pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating with participating vendors and at the Chimacum Corner Farmstand, and live music by Douglas Francisco. Come in costume for a chance to win fabulous prizes from the farmers market and Chimacum Corner Farmstand. Prizes will be given in the categories of animal, vegetable, and spooky.
Our thanks go out to you, our customers, for your support of the Chimacum Farmers Market. We also thank Chimacum Corner Farmstand for your partnership, the Port Townsend Cooperative Playschool for lending us the brushes and paint containers for pumpkin painting, Jefferson County Library for Storytime at the market, the Northwest Discovery Lab of fun science activities at market, and Red Dog Farm for bringing tractors to Kids' Day. Thank you!
While at market, stock up on local produce, meat, eggs, artisan bread and more. And if you use your EBT card (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) at market, JCFM will provide matching funds for fresh food from local farms. Purchase $25 in EBT tokens and we will give you an extra $20 for nutritious and delicious food from local farms. That's no trick, just treat!
Local Ginger Just in Time for Cold Season
This week I have the sniffles. Maybe you do as well. With children back at school and wet weather setting in, it is cold season. Luckily, SpringRain Farm and Orchard has fresh, delicious ginger at market. When I think of ginger I usually think of the semi-dry roots in the produce refrigerator of the grocery store or powdered ginger called for in holiday baking recipes. Last year Max at Onatrue Farm brought the first local ginger to the Port Townsend Farmers Market. This season SpringRain has beautiful, succulent, fresh ginger at market.
Local ginger is much more mild and juicy than ginger powder or the ginger root available at grocery stores. This treasure can be used in any dish that calls for ginger. However, its more mild flavor also lends itself to munching on raw. If you have a cold, grab some fresh ginger root from SpringRain this weekend and try biting right into it! If eating ginger straight sounds crazy to you, try my favorite cold cure:
Hot Ginger, Lemon and Honey Tea
- Grate 2-4 inches of fresh ginger root into a sauce pan
- Add 3 cups water (more if you like your tea to have a milder flavor)
- Bring water to a boil and let simmer for 2-5 minutes (the longer it simmers the more flavor is released)
- Poor the tea into a mug
- Squeeze a half lemon into your cup
- Add fresh, local honey to taste (Tarboo Creek at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market has delicious honey harvested this fall.)
- Optional, add a shot of rum or bourbon
- Drink, enjoy and share with friends and family with colds or on a cold day
You can find a plethora of local fall veggies that taste great with fresh ginger at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets this weekend. Here are some ideas: squash soup or Indian Spiced Carrot Soup with grated ginger; stir-fry with local peppers, broccoli, cabbage, steak, and ginger; and Ginger Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust. Yum! Stop on by the market booth to share your favorite way to use fresh ginger. If you have a good recipe I will include it in the next newsletter.
One last note, the Port Townsend Farmers Market hours switch in November to our winter hours: 10 am- 2 pm. Make sure to mark the time change on your calendar for the weekend of November 4th.
See you at the market! ~ Amanda
From Our Vendors
Finnriver Cidery is still raising funds for the installation of solar power at their Cider Garden. Please support the largest renewable energy installation in our county by contributing to their crowd-funding campaign this month to generate funds for matching a USDA Rural Energy grant. Visit the link here to view their fun Solar Powered Cider Garden video and contribute to this important project!
Onatrue Farm: Many of you have stopped by the farmers market booth to ask about Max of Onatrue Farm. Max reports that he is struggling with the radiation treatment, which he will continue over the next five weeks to fight against stage 4 mastatic squamous cell rectal cancer. He an his family appreciate your kind thoughts and support. Onatrue hopes to be back at market again some time this season. Please show your support when they are at market by buying some fall veggies. Thank you!
Upcoming Market Events
- 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-treating with participating vendors
- Saturday, November 4th, switch to winter hours 10 am- 2 pm, Tyler Street, Port Townsend Farmers Market
- Saturday, November 18th, 10 am- 2 pm, Tyler Street, Local Squash and Pre-Thanksgiving Market. Chef Arran Stark of Jefferson Healthcare will offer samples of many varieties of local squash and will prepare something delicious to inspire your holiday cooking.
- Saturday, December 16th, 10 am- 2 pm, Holiday Farmers Market and Closing Day of the Port Townsend Farmers Market Season inside at the Port Townsend Community Center. Shop inside for local arts and crafts, fresh food for your winter celebrations and more!