Eat Local This Thanksgiving

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Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, April 1-Dec. 16, Winter Hours Nov.-Dec. 10 am-2 pm
Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, Closed for the Season
Chimacum Farmers Market, Closed for the Season

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Stock up for Thanksgiving this Saturday

While summer crops have come and gone, the hardy vegetables of fall are perfect for the warm meals we crave this time of year. Winter squash, beets, carrots, potatoes, turnips, Brussels sprouts, leeks, onions, apples, and dark leafy greens beg to be made into warm soups, roasted dishes, mashes, and pies. At market we have all of the sweet, crunchy and satisfying vegetables for your Thanksgiving meal. We also have lamb, beef, pork, chicken, fish, cheese, as well as artisan breads. And give a toast to local food and community with local wine, beer or cider. Delicious!

If you are looking for some inspiration for your holiday cooking, you are in luck! Chef Arran Stark is joining us this Saturday starting at about 10:30am. He will bring with him samples of nine varieties of locally grown squash for you to taste side-by-side. Just the names of these squash could inspire poetry: Lower Salmon Rive, Butter Cup (two types), Black Kabocha, Curry, Long Island Cheese, Delicata, and Winter Luxury Pumpkin. Come taste them for yourself. Students from Swan School will also join us at market with live music starting at around noon.

Remember, our winter hours are 10 am to 2 pm through December 16.

See you at the market! ~ Amanda

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From Our Vendors

Max here from Onatrue Farm. I am in the "core" of Chemotherapy and radiation. The last big round, so I am very tired. We will not be at market Saturday. We need a family break for rest. Otherwise, I have a positive attitude and look forward to a new season of farming in 2018. We may be back for some December markets, as we have lots of nice cabbage and greens. The generosity of our community helping us through hard times brings a tear of joy to my eye. Simply beautiful! Thank you.

Be well, Farmer Max and family

This week's special at One Straw Ranch is Lamb Stew Meat, which will be 10% off. With this weather it is a great time to make stew! Toss the lamb in the slow cooker, season liberally with salt and pepper, layer in some veggies from market, such as carrots, onions, and potatoes. Top with some thyme, rosemary, and oregano, throw in a handful of raisins, splash in about a half cup of sherry (or water), and you'll have a delicious savory-sweet lamb stew. Alternatively, combine the lamb with sweet potatoes, dates, and spices such as ginger, cinnamon, curry, and turmeric for a deliciously aromatic Moroccan style lamb stew. Recipes for both will be available at market.

Also, still trying to decide what to do for your Thanksgiving dinner? Or is even a small turkey too big for your crowd? Consider a One Straw Ranch leg of lamb! Most of our leg roasts are about 3.5 lbs, perfect for a small gathering. We always have a few at market, but if know you want to pick one up on this busy Thanksgiving-prep weekend, contact us to reserve one now! or 360-531-0404

Mystery Bay Farm: By the time Thanksgiving is in sight, we have finished our last milking of the season and most of the goats are successfully bred. The long nights coax out all the tiredness from the trailing farm season. This winter we will have cheese, cajeta and yogurt until supplies last. Once we run out we will be back in production around mid-March.  This Saturday, November 18th will be our last Port Townsend Farmers Market of the season. Please come say 'hello' and get your winter supply of goat milk products. Thank you all for supporting our family farm. This was our 9th year!

Red Dog Farm is gearing up for the big Thanksgiving week, the best eating week of the year! We have all the veggies to go with your turkey, ham and cranberries. Our salad mix and loose spinach has never tasted better, which is rare for mid-November! We will be bringing tons of herbs- rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley and more. Potatoes for mashing? Look no further than our delicious German Butterballs or reds. There are nine varieties of winter squash, all excellent for pie or caramelizing. And of course, many other Northwest staples to chose from- kale, carrots, and weird roots. See you Saturday!

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Upcoming Market Events

  • 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 nine varieties of local squash and will prepare something delicious to inspire your holiday cooking starting at 10:30 am. Students from Swan School will perform music starting at 12 pm.
  • Saturday, December 16th, 10 am- 2 pm, Holiday Farmers Market and Season Closing on Tyler Street and inside the Port Townsend Community Center. Shop inside for local arts and crafts, fresh food for your winter celebrations and more!
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