Winter Veggies in the House!
Can you believe it!? We only have six more Port Townsend Farmers Markets this season. While the market season is winding down, delicious winter veggies are in abundance at the farmers market. This is the time of year to really savor root vegetables, winter squash and dark leafy greens as well as stock up for the months ahead. With the cold weather, many crops are increasing their sugar content to resist freezing.
Plants produce sugars through photosynthesis. Most of these sugars are combined and stored in the plant as starches. In response to cold temperatures, some plants break down some of their energy stores into sugars, such as glucose and fructose. This phenomenon is called "cold-sweetening." Sugars are stashed in fall and winter crop cells to guard against frost damage. Sugar dissolved in plant cells makes them less susceptible to freezing just like salt on roadways reduces the chance of ice.
Increased sugar in winter squash, beets, carrots, apples, broccoli, cabbage, potatoes and other crops makes them especially delicious during fall and winter months. Folks with a sweet tooth, consider eating more roots and squash in place of refined sugar this fall and winter. You may just find that a crunchy carrot or baked squash fulfills your sweet craving. Our local squash is so delicious my family has been enjoying it baked as dessert. Add a little butter and maybe even cinnamon. Yum!
See you at the market! ~ Amanda
From Our Vendors
Onatrue Farm will be at market this Saturday. Max is feeling much better after spending some time in the hospital. However, he is about to start a second round of chemotherapy this week. He and Kris, his wife, are thankful for all of the community support they have received. Some of our market vendors and volunteers have been helping Onature with market setup and breakdown. These efforts and the support of market customers help make it possible for Onature to continue participating in the Port Townsend Farmers Market. Thank you!
During this week of remembrance and respect for our military veterans, One Straw Ranch wishes to express sincere gratitude for those who have served our country as well as those who continue to serve. In honor of Veteran’s Day, this weekend we offer 10% off to veterans and active duty military personnel. Thank you for your service.
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 just hit the halfway mark in their $25,000 crowd-funding campaign to install the largest solar power system in Jefferson County. We have three weeks left to raise the remainder. Consider supporting a small local project that seeks to highlight a solution to the question of how humans can live sustainably on the earth. You can learn more and view our video here: https://www.barnraiser.us/projects/solar-powered-cider-garden-at-finnriver
Three Easy Ways to Help if You Can’t Contribute
- Share this newsletter or our project link (above) with ten people you know who care about the environment, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, solar power, life in Chimacum, craft cider, organic apples, farming or the sun!
- Post our project on your Facebook page or other social media— even if you have already posted, you can post again! It can take repeated exposure and multiple invitations for folks to follow through.
- Mark your calendar for our Solar Dance Party at the Cider Garden to generate some energy for the final push of the project - on Friday 11/17 at Finnriver - with DJ Volt - 8-10 pm. Details to come.
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 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!