There are only three more farmers markets this season! Stock up on local veggies, grains, beans, meat, cheese, artisan beverages and food while you can buy them directly from local farmers at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. This weekend market farmers will have bags of carrots, onions and potatoes; bundles of beets and greens; winter squash; meat available for bulk order; as well as lots of other delicious, locally produced foods.
More than a dozen varieties of locally grown winter squash will be available at market this Saturday. Lets talk pie! In my opinion, pie season starts at Thanksgiving, runs through the winter holidays, and slowly winds down at the turn of the New Year. This Thanksgiving I baked both a squash and a pumpkin pie (yes, I know that pumpkin is a type of squash but you know what I mean) and hosted a tasting with my family. Other than the squash, the two pies had the same ingredients. I am a big fan of squash. Thus, I assumed that my family and I would prefer the Butter Cup Squash pie over the Winter Luxury Pumpkin pie. I was wrong! Our crowd of friends and family was split down the middle with pie fans expressing their opinions about the best qualities of each. The people who liked the pumpkin pie best praised its creaminess and smooth texture. Fans of the squash pie liked its more complex taste.
Pie makers, I invite you to enjoy this pie season with a squash and pumpkin pie taste off.
- Bake two pies, one pumpkin and one a squash pie, made with your choice of squash.
- Eat pie, at least one slice of each type. Invite friends over if you need help enjoying your pies.
- Report to me at the market booth. What type of squash did you use? Which pie did you enjoy most and why?
- Prepare for your victory! Anyone who accepts this challenge will be entered into a drawing for a 25th Anniversary Port Townsend Farmers Market t-shirt. I will draw the winner's name at our last market of the season, Saturday, December 16. You don't have to be present to win.
See you at the market! ~ Amanda
The Jefferson County Farmers Market Association is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant for $7,000 from the First Federal Community Foundation, which will support the development and first year of operation of a kids club at the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets in 2018. The Power of Produce (POP) kick off will take place on the opening days of the 2018 Chimacum and Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market seasons, Sunday June 3rd and Wednesday June 13th, respectively.
The Jefferson County Farmers Markets are joining farmers markets around the nation in starting weekly kids clubs. Farmers markets have found that kids programs engage children, families and communities in learning about the seasonality of local food while transforming markets into welcoming environments for people of all ages. Kids clubs support children in wanting to come back to the market week after week while also investing in local farms and economies.
Weekly POP Club activities will be hosted by a rotating group of community partners as well as by market staff. Some of these partners include our Port Townsend Public and Jefferson County Libraries, the Organic Seed Alliance, Jefferson Healthcare, and the YMCA. Children will plant seeds, taste locally grown fruits and vegetables, participate in Storytime at the market, and play with their food as materials for craft making. After completing weekly POP activities, kids will receive $2 for local fruit or vegetables from the market. While POP Club is geared towards children ages five to 12 years, kids of all ages will be welcome to take part in the games and activities.
JCFM is seeking community support to ensure that POP Club is an ongoing market program and that we have sufficient funds for providing $2 POP Bucks to participating children for the entire Wednesday and Chimacum market seasons. Please contact Amanda if you would like to contribute to this program or join us as a business sponsor: firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-379-9098.
From Our Vendors
At One Straw Ranch we want to thank all of our market customers for such marvelous support this year! We love raising healthy food but can’t do it without your patronage. As a small token of our gratitude, we are giving out coupons for 10% off any item. Coupons can be redeemed during one of our upcoming Winter Deliveries. To bridge the gap between market seasons, we will be making deliveries to Port Townsend on Sunday mornings from January 7 through March 25. the delivery location is the Port Townsend Food Coop parking lot. Stop by our market booth to pick up your coupon (no purchase necessary) and to sign up for our Winter Delivery email list. On special this week at One Straw Ranch are lamb sirloin steaks. Tender and flavorful, they will be 10% off. Also, we still have ground beef box deals available. Order a 20 lb box at 15% off or a 50 lb box at 20% off. Contact us at: email@example.com or 360-531-0404.
Red Dog Farm is offering a Stock-up Special for all markets in December: spend $40 or more and get 20% off. We have tons of winter squash, carrots, potatoes, roots, kales and other greens. Also on sale this week is the amazing celeriac. If you are unfamiliar with this delicious root vegetable, don’t let its rough exterior scare you off. Simply peel the outer skin to reveal a creamy white flesh that is delicious raw or cooked and possesses a mild celery flavor. Here are some cooked celeriac recipes: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/celeriac-recipes/ and one raw option: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/celeriac-ribbon-pasta-tossed-chard-garlic-pumpkin-seeds. Thanks for stocking up locally and supporting us farmers, we greatly appreciate it!
Nonprofit partner, Swan School, will be at our last three farmers markets of the season selling their Plantathon cards. These cards offer a great alternative gift for friends and family. The purchase of each card goes to support Swan School students in planting trees in support of salmon habitat. Visit the Swan School market booth for more information.
Closing Day of the Market Season
Saturday, December 16th, 10 am- 2 pm, Holiday Farmers Market and Season Closing, Tyler Street and inside the Port Townsend Community Center. Shop inside for local arts and crafts, fresh food for your winter celebrations and more! Mark your calendar for our Holiday and Season Closing Farmers Market on December 16th.