Starting this Saturday winter hours are in effect at the Port Townsend Farmers Market. From November 4th through Port Townsend Farmers Market Closing Day, December 16th, the market will be open from 10 am to 2 pm on Tyler Street rather than our usual 9 am open time. A later open time gives our farmers, artisan food makers and artists a chance to setup market with some morning light and gives you a chance to sleep in or have an extra cup of tea before market.
While our hours are shorter, we continue to have an abundance of local, farm-fresh food at market each Saturday. Root veggies, winter squash, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, leafy greens and more are in season. Time to make a warming soup, hearty salad, roasted veggies or a baked squash. Yum!
With only seven markets left for the season, our 25th anniversary t-shirts as well as onesies are on sale! Pick up a market t-shirt or onesie for $15 (they are usually $20 and $18, respectively). Your purchase supports the Jefferson County Farmers Markets. Also, find Jefferson County Farm Tour posters for sale at the market booth. Each poster is signed by artist, Richard Jesse Watson, and proceeds support Farm Tour. Signed Farm Tour posters are $25.
See you at the market! ~ Amanda
Farm Tour Posters Available at the Farmers Market booth
From Our Vendors
Onatrue Farm will be at market this Saturday. With lots of crops ready for harvest at the farm, Kris hopes to attend as many markets as she can this season. Max continues to undergo cancer treatment and will not be at market. Stop by the Onatrue booth and buy some produce. Max and Kris greatly appreciate the support of our community. Thank you!
This week One Straw Ranch will have lamb chops on sale for 20% off! Typically when you think of lamb chops you think of a special meal, and they are a great way to celebrate. However, they also make a very quick and easy last-minute weeknight meal - even if you forget to take them out of the freezer! As they are in air-tight packaging, you can take them out of the freezer when you get home from work and drop them in a bowl of cold water. They'll thaw in less than an hour while you get the rest of the dinner ready. You can speed the thawing process even more by changing the water once or twice. Once they are thawed, add a quick shake of salt, pepper, and perhaps some garlic powder and give them a couple minutes on the grill, frying pan, or in the broiler. We think they are best cooked to medium-rare or medium, so make sure to only give them a few minutes per side before checking for done-ness. With this sale it's a great time to put a few packages in the freezer for your next special event or busy weeknight! P.S. As the holidays approach, expect to see more sales on lamb!
SpringRain Farm is taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys. They are $6.50/pound and will be available for pickup at the Farm on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. You can put in your order and a $20 deposit at the farmers market or online at http://www.springrainfarm.org/turkey-orders/. If you are looking for a quick lesson from Farmer John on turkeys, go to https://youtu.be/niaI56s57vw
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!
Upcoming Market Events
- 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!
Community, thank you for participating in our appreciation letter writing campaign this market season. We still have a mailbox at the Port Townsend Farmers Market for love letters to vendors. Here are a few recent letters:
'We appreciate your work and play!'
'Thank you Port Townsend Farmers Market for bringing us local food and for all of your work.'
'I am writing to express my gratitude to all the faithful customers who support the market week after week, year after year. I applaud all of you for participating in local commerce.'~ Jeanne McCrea, Too Hot To Handle