If you attended the Chimacum Farmers Market on Sunday or the Wednesday Farmers Market last week you will have seen, and may have participated in, a dot survey hosted by the farmers market. This survey is designed to give you an opportunity to share your thoughts with us on the locations and times of our two smaller farmers markets. It also gives us the opportunity to learn more about you. How far do you travel to get to market? What influences your shopping decisions at market?
You might be wondering why we are so full of question. While our Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market is thriving with great customer attendance, steady sales and a strong community, our Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets are much smaller. This is part of their charm but also a challenge to their sustainability. While the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets have devoted fans and vendors, they struggle to cover their operation costs and turn a profit for some of their vendors. With this in mind, JCFM is exploring if our smaller markets can better serve our community and vendors in new locations.
We want your feedback! Please visit our website and participate in our customer survey. Let us know where you want to shop for fresh, local food. You can find the survey on the home page of our website: http://jcfmarkets.org/. Your support for local sustainable food production and investment in small businesses is key not just to the success of our vendors and markets but to the resilience of our community. Thank you for sharing your voice!
See you at the market~ Amanda Milholland
A Love Letter to Crust Bakery
Crust Bakery, We love you. Thank you for the love, passion and play you bake into every piece you make. Our favorite is the Berry Lemon Tart. Yum!
Upcoming Events and Music:
- Saturday, July 1 Tyler Street 9am-2pm Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, Live Music by Westerly 10am-1:45pm
- Sunday, July 2 Chimacum Corner Farmstand 10am-2pm, Kids' Day at the Chimacum Farmers Market, Storytime with the Jefferson County Library and Live Music by Simon Lynge and Janna Marit
- Wednesday, July 5 Polk Street 9am-2pm Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market
- Saturday, July 8 Tyler Street 9am-2pm Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, Live music by Jack and Jo, WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program voucher distribution at farmers market booth
- Sunday, July 9 Chimacum Corner Farmstand 10am-2pm Chimacum Farmers Market
- Saturday, July 22, Tyler Street 9am-2pm Berries in Abundance at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market including a chef demo by Arran Stark of Jefferson Healthcare
Note on WIC In The Case of Government Shut Down
You may have heard that there is a potential that the Washington State government will shut down on July 1, 2017 if a state budget is not passed by Friday, tomorrow. If this happens, the shut down will affect many government agencies and services. However, the Jefferson County Farmers Markets have been assured that our local Women Infants and Children (WIC) office will still serve clients if the state government shuts down on July 1. This is due to the critical nature of WIC services. If the Washington State government shuts down:
- The local WIC clinic at Jefferson County Public Health will be open to provide WIC services.
- Clients can use their WIC and Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks at authorized vendors (stores, farmers markets/growers and farm stores).
- Authorized WIC vendors will still accept WIC checks and vendors will still receive payment.
Families who receive WIC and seniors who receive Senior FMNP vouchers as well as people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/EBT) food assistance, please be assured that the Jefferson County Farmers Markets will continue to accept and provide matching funds to you when you use your food assistance dollars at the market. Contact Jefferson Public Health, OlyCAP or the Jefferson County DSHS office if you have questions and come by the farmers market booth for matching funds for fresh, local food.
From Our Vendors
Chimacum Valley Dairy will be at market with the release of their first of the season farmstead raw goat's milk cheese made from the milk of their herd of mixed breed dairy goats. This delicious cheese is aged two months. It is a great addition to your cheese board along with their raw cow's milk cheeses as well as Mt.Townsend and Mystery Bay cheeses.
Eaglemount Wine & Cider will be bringing new white wine releases to market this Saturday. We are releasing a Chardonnay and a Riesling for those wine lovers who prefer cool and refreshing whites with that special summertime meal. Stop by our booth for a sample or two!
We have a new vendor joining us this Saturday! Sputnik's Fries is the brainchild of two Port Townsend boat workers with a love of good food and a wish to escape the boatyard. While trying to come up with a menu for a friend’s art opening, they made some french fries. They were horrible. After months of trial and error, research and eating, they settled on a method. The perfect fries need to be cut to the exact dimension, soaked, rinsed, boiled and then fried. Twice. With that decided, they could move on to the most important part: the toppings. They settled on a traditional Belgian mix of sauces like curry catsup and mayonnaise, and contemporary Northwest toppings like gravlax and arugula. Sputnik’s is fully committed to providing the highest quality food possible. This is best attained by buying local and sustainably grown or harvested produce, meat and seafood. Food should also be fun. Fun to make and fun to eat! Come by the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market this weekend to meet chef Leland Gibson and try some delicious fries.
One Straw Ranch's featured lamb cut of the week is ground lamb. With a good ratio of fat to lean, it has an excellent flavor and texture. A One Straw family favorite ground lamb recipe is Keftedes (Greek meatballs) where the tantalizing flavor of the lamb pairs wonderfully with cumin, coriander, cinnamon, oregano and mint for a delectable entree or appetizer. Recipe cards will be available at market. Serve with boiled new potatoes and a cucumber salad for an easy meal. A very versatile product, ground lamb can also be substituted in your favorite ground beef recipe to make sliders, casseroles, shepherd's pie, or nearly anything your palate can dream up. Because of it's many uses and it's ability to pair well with a variety of herbs and spices, ground lamb makes an excellent entry level choice for those not entirely sure if they like lamb. Pick some up this weekend at 10% off!
Red Dog Farm has some new items this week! Strawberries, fava beans, broccoli, Italian parsley, red butter lettuce, and summer crisp lettuce are all first of the season and in their prime. Additionally, we will have lots of early summer produce like snow peas, basil, bunched greens and herbs, radishes, kohlrabi and green onions. Spinach is on sale at both markets this weekend- 2 bags for $8 and 2 bunches for $4. See you at the market!