The time is now! The season is here! All three Jefferson County Farmers Markets are open. Fresh strawberries, asparagus, lettuce, Napa and green cabbage, fresh garlic and garlic scapes, the first of the peas, carrots, mushrooms, scrumptious cheese, meat and so much more are available three days a week directly from our farmers at the Port Townsend Wednesday, Saturday and Chimacum Sunday Farmers Markets.
Garlic scapes? Garlic spaces are one of the special treats of the season. But what are garlic scapes? You may already know and love garlic scapes or they may be one of those funny vegetables you find at market and never buy because you don't know what to do with them. Scapes are the shoots that grow out of the ground from hard-neck varieties of garlic. These spiral stems are delicious! If left on the plant, the scape will form a flower and then seed. However, cutting the scape allows garlic plants to expend their energy to increase the bulb size, rather than toward flowers and seed.
Scapes are delicious, versatile and, best of all, they are ready a month or two before garlic bulbs. You can use them in place of garlic in any dish. They are popular in pesto or roasted on the grill. SpringRain Farm and Orchard has fresh basil that would be perfect mixed with garlic scapes for a tangy pesto. Here are some other ideas, and Here are some more. Feeling excited to try something new? This week at the Port Townsend Wednesday, Saturday or Chimacum Farmers Market, ask you farmer for garlic scapes or another veggie recommendation you haven't tried before.
See you at the market! ~ Amanda
P.S. We have limited space available for fall vendors at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. If you would like to join us, please review our vendor guidelines and apply by July 15.
A Love Letter to My Pancho
(Made by Three Strands Handwoven)
I hardly have words to express how much I love you! You have been with me through so many seasons, always holding me in your warm embrace. Your color, your warmth, your dependability! If I had to choose only 10 pieces of clothing to keep, you would be chosen. I hope I never have to live without you. Love, Amy
Upcoming Events and Music:
- Saturday, June 17, Tyler St. 9am-2pm, Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, live music by Olympic Trombone Orchestra
- Sunday, June 18, Chimacum Corner Farmstand 10am-2pm, Chimacum Farmers Market
- Sunday, July 2 Chimacum Corner Farmstand 10am-2pm, Kids' Day at the Chimacum Farmers Market
From Our Vendors
Mystery Bay Farm will celebrate the last week of our fresh Ricotta! The summer solstice is right around the corner and so we say goodbye to our spring milk cheese. Come get some for your pancakes, greens and general snacking. Don't miss the Ricotta- offered only at the PT Farmer's Market.
Red Dog Farm is bringing PEAS!!! Tons of sugar snaps and snow peas will grace our booths this Saturday and Sunday. Nature’s perfect snack food: sweet, crunchy and no packaging. We also have carrots, kohlrabi, basil, French breakfast radishes, baby bok choi, and tons of other goodies. Our plant sale continues all month: 4” pots $3 each, gallons $4.50. While you’re at our booth, be sure to congratulate Devon on his graduation from Masters in School Counseling!
SpringRain Farm is excited to bring fresh, never frozen organic DUCK to the market this week! They are a french Grimaud hybrid, certified organic, raised in our pear orchard, and super plump. Our organic pasture-raised chicken will be available frozen and we also expect to have fresh rabbit this week as well. This is the week for ethically-raised local meat! Click here for tips from Martha Stewart on how to roast a duck for maximum fat rendering and crispy skin. We at SpringRain are too busy for all the flipping and just cut the skin and collect the fat. Also, our birds tend to cook faster--probably because we don't inject them with anything.