'Tis the season for salmon sandwiches and spring planting. The In Season Catering Salmon Wagon will be back at market this Saturday with delicious salmon sandwiches featuring fish from Cape Cleare Fishery, Pane d'Amore Artisan Bakery bread, local eggs and salad greens, as well as Wild Sage Tea. Yum!
The return of the Salmon Wagon signifies a change in the market season from the early spring to later spring and summer. If you haven't started already, this is the time for planting your veggie, fruit and flower starts. Local farmers have an abundance of salad green, herbs, medicinal and decorative flower, strawberry, raspberry, shrub and even tomato starts at market. While tomato starts should be planted in greenhouses or hothouses this time of year, the other starts at market can go straight into the ground. Ask your local farmer if you have any questions about planting.
This Saturday is also the weekend before May Day on Monday, May 1. May Day is ancient northern hemisphere spring festival traditionally including dancing, singing, May poles, giving flowers, and sharing food. While the earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times honoring flower goddesses, May Day has been adapted from culture to culture. In the United States May Day is both a celebration of spring and International Worker's Day. This is a time to share May baskets with neighbors and friends. Traditionally, May baskets, filled with flowers and possibly treats, are dropped off on a friend's porch, their bell is rung or door knocked upon and the giver runs away before being caught. You are in luck! In time for May Day there are plenty of spring flowers at market for your baskets to loved ones and neighbors.
One last thing, did you know that we accept and match EBT/SNAP, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers at market? With community and grant support we help you stretch your federal food assistance dollars so you can get more nutritious, local food. Check in with Jefferson County Public Health and OlyCAP to find out when WIC and Senior Farmers Market Program vouchers will be distributed (usually in June). Visit the market booth for more information about our matching programs. Our thanks goes out to our individual donors and sponsors: Jefferson Healthcare, Kristin Manwaring Insurance, the Port Townsend Food Co-op, United Good Neighbors, and a Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant from the United Stated Department of Agriculture. Check out our new EBT signs. Salix did. If you are about two feet tall they are lots of fun.
Upcoming Events and Music
- April 29, Tyler St. 10am-1:45pm, live music by Howley Slim
- May 6, Tyler St. 10am-1:45pm, live music by Tres Piedras
- May 13, Tyler St. 10am-1:45pm, live music by Eagle Mountain String Band
- May 20, Tyler St. 10am-1:45pm, live music by Stringology
- May 27, Tyler St. 9am-2pm, Artisan Food Festival: 9:30am-1:30pm chef demos, 9am-2pm cheese tasting with Mt. Townsend Creamery, visiting food vendors, get your photo taken in the Flora hat
- May 27, Propolis Brewing, 2457 Jefferson Street, 5pm-10pm, Artisan Food Festival After Party: live music Abakis and Band as well as Dirty Beat Duo, local and visiting artisan food carts, kids' activities and more!
From Our Vendors
Spring Rain Farm and Orchard will be bringing organic plant starts for the garden and greenhouse. Many many herbs like sage, basil, bee balm, rosemary, lemon balm, lemon thyme, and mint. Lots of tomatoes for the Pacific Northwest outdoors like Stupice and Oregon Spring and heirlooms like Beefsteak, Pineapple, Cherokee Purple, and more. Edible flowers for you and the bees, and lots of peppers and eggplants for the greenhouse. The perennial herbs want to go in the ground right now and it is the right time for planting in the greenhouse.
Red Dog Farm is bringing tons of tulips! Again! We have even more new varieties- parrots, lily and peony types. There is truly something for everyone. In the plant realm, we have tomato and basil starts ready for your windowsill or greenhouse, and tons of herbs and flowers ready to go into your garden now. From our fields, we offer rabbs of all persuasions, bok choi, salad mix, spinach, mint, parsley, thyme and green onions.
Newquist Forge: Woks have been used in China for over 2,000 years over a hearth stove that cradles the wok close to an open flame. The round bottomed, hand hammered woks are prized by chefs throughout the world for their durability, and ease of creating a deep brown patina finish that creates a natural non-stick surface. Newquist Forge woks are 16 gauge carbon steel, which is perfect for heating up and cooling down quickly, essential for a great tasting stir fry. Our woks are made for residential or commercial gas ranges or outdoor fire pits. They are a combination of the northern and southern style woks of China, adapted to the western kitchen. Come to our booth with questions about how to season your wok and keep them from rusting.