It is starting to feel more like spring with blue skies forecast for this Saturday and fresh flowers in abundance at market. While many of our farms are still weeks or even months behind in their planting due to the wet and cold weather, tulips, daffodils and other spring flowers have made their debut with a bright flourish of color. We are bound to have plenty of flowers for your Easter, Earth Day and May Day celebrations.
Have you noticed the new vendors at market this season? This weekend look out for Tarboo Creek Honey, Townsend Toad Kidswear, Newquist Forge, la crepe de Quimper, and For Real Dough Pierogi. Over the next month we will have Flutter By Pizza Pie and Sputnik's Fries join us.
Introduction to New Farm and Food Vendors
La Crepe de Quimper- First vended at the Chimacum Farmers Market last fall. Corinne and Olivier Huin, originally from Brittanny, France, bring us traditional buckwheat and spelt flour crepes. They use ingredients from our local farms for their crepe fillings. Their authentic recipes come from their grandmothers and great grandmothers. Look for them near Java Gypsy and Three Strands Handwoven at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market.
Tarboo Creek Honey- Fern Stroble brings us 100% raw honey and 100% pure beeswax candles from her farm in Quilcene. While Fern has vended with the Chimacum Farmers Market for many years, this is her first season at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. Visit her booth for a taste of honey. You can find her this Saturday next to Finnriver Cidery and For Real Dough Pierogi.
For Real Dough Pierogi- Audrey Odhner and Brian Morford moved to Port Townsend a year and a half ago so Brian could attend the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuliding. Since then, they have fallen in love with this incredible area, which Audrey describes as "an intersection of culinary bounty, and natural beauty." She explains, "Foraging for wild foods, harvesting seafood, and enjoying the cornucopia of lovingly cultivated fruits, vegetables, and artisanal food and beverages from nearby farms has made Jefferson County a playground for my senses, creative spirit and heart." Audrey's mission with For Real Dough is to "blend the unique flavors of our local landscape together into simple, wholesome, and quality food to share with the community. The pierogi is my hearty canvas. My goal is to share locally-sourced ingredients with a minimal footprint of waste, and focus on recycling, composting food scraps, and offering reusable and/or eco-friendly packaging and utensils for enjoying pierogis." Look for For Real Dough by Tarboo Creek Honey and Serendipity Farm this Saturday.
A Love Letter to Roy's Japanese Maples
by Diane Jerich-Domin
"My letter of love goes to Roy Swords and Roy's Japanese Maples. It seems like only yesterday that my husband and I met you at the Port Townsend Farmers Market that rainy, Saturday morning in April 2013. I remember being in awe of your wonderful exhibit of Japanese maples and joked that I wanted one of everything.
"Just new to the Northwest - from western Pennsylvania where "Blood Good" was the only familiar name to me - you, along with J. D. Vertrees' informative Japanese Maple book opened up a whole new world to me.
"Well, four years later and we are on our way with just about one of everything! Your trees did exceptionally well and here's a list of what I can remember: Seiryu, Orangeola, Beni otake , Chishio improved, Kinshi, Osakazuki, Waterfall, Germaine's Gyration, Okushima, Green Lace, .... and my pride and joy - Beni maiko (dancing red-haired girl).
"Roy, thanks again for opening up this wonderful world of Japanese Maples!" ~Diane Jerich-Domin
From Our Vendors
SpringRain Farm & Orchard will have great mixed salad greens, organic pasture-raised chicken and duck eggs, organic pasture-raised chicken, and plant starts. We have perennial herbs, strawberries, lettuces, onions, leeks, edible flowers, and tomatoes ready for planting in your greenhouse. Look for us in our new location next to the farmers market booth and say "hi" to Roxanne.
It's all about axes at Newquist Forge this week, as we highlight these useful, beautiful tools that have been used by humans for nearly 1 million years. What type of axe do you need? When choosing an axe it's important to know what it will be used for – chopping kindling, limbing trees in the forest, or backpacking trips. Erik (the blacksmith) forges the axe heads from a single piece of 5160 spring steel, not too soft, not too hard, making the steel durable and shock resistant. The handles are hand carved from hickory or ash, spending over an hour on each handle to ensure it is even, beautiful, and strong. Most handles are carved with a computer controlled lathe, and often the grain of the wood is ignored at the detriment of its overall strength and durability. The leather sheaths are vegetable dyed. At Newquist Forge, we are committed to sustainability and finding ways to reduce unnecessary materials and steps in the production. The smallest forge possible is used to use less fuel. Erik avoids unnecessary grinding and polishing, and does not use any chemicals in the process- no epoxy adhesives, solvents or acid cleaners. An axe is only as good as the maker. Come take a look at these axes for yourself!
Nash's Farm: For a few weeks in Spring we are graced with the presence of the mighty Brassica, raab! Raab is the result of over-wintered plants in the brassica family flowering and sending out their seed shoots. Lacinato kale raab in particular has very tender sweet stalks and beautiful small leaves all topped off with beautiful "crowns" that resemble a Loose Broccoli Floret. Try these amazing nutritious Vegetables stir fried, steamed or roasted! You really can't go wrong. Try caramelizing leeks, steaming some kale raab and top it off with aFried Nash's Egg for a delicious start to your day! Grab Nash's Kale raab at market this weekend for $3 a bunch or 2 For $5. Nash's has an abundance of Eggs available for this weekend! Nash ain't no spring chicken but he sure knows how to raise them! Nash's flock is fed feed barley grown on the farm, excess whey from Mt Townsend creamery, excess greens from the fields and foraging rounds out the rest of their diet. Grab yourself a dozen at market for only $6!
This Saturday Paella House will be adding the Paella de la Huerta to our menu. This paella from the heart of Spain contains 100% organic veggies and is gluten and dairy free.