Berries Are Here!

Berries, berries, berries! The heralds of summer, berries are in abundance at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets. Look for locally grown strawberries, raspberries, silvanberries, gooseberries, blueberries and currants at the SpringRain, Finnriver, Red Dog, Serendipity, Onatrue, River Run and Midori Farm stands. Come to market this week and weekend to stock up on delicious local berries by the carton and flat.

On Saturday, chef Arran Stark of Jefferson Healthcare will share some creative ways to prepare local berries. Also, many of our prepared food vendors will have their own special berry treats and drinks available from 9am to 2pm at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. Review the 'From Our Vendor' section for more information about some of the special dishes to look forward to this weekend.

Silvanberries? Silvanberries or sylvan blackberries are in the blackberry family. They are a cross between marionberries and boysenberries. These large, glossy reddish/black berries are perfect for eating fresh, making summer tarts and pies, smoothies, jam and any other berry dish you enjoy. 

Blackberry (or Silvanberry) Jam

With so many berries at the peak of their flavor and freshness, this is a great time to make jam. Here is a refrigerator blackberry jam recipe that works well with silvanberries. Try this tasty jam in the center of thumbprint cookies, on bread or mixed into yogurt. Recipe adapted from Corporation, Meredith. Better Homes and Gardens; Can It!, Des Moines, Iowa. John Wiley & Sons, 2012. 

Prep: 35 minutes, Process: 5 minutes

  • 3 cups blackberries, silvanberries or berries in the blackberry family
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons blackberry brandy or orange juice (try substituting Finnriver Cidery Blackcurrant or Blueberry Wine with Apply Brandy)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  1. In a large heavy saucepane combine berries, sugar, molasses, and brandy. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for five minutes, string occasionally.
  2. In a small bowl stir the 1/4 cup orange juice into the cornstarch. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the berries in the saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Cook and stir for two minutes more. Remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Ladle the jam into an airtight storage container. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Makes about two cups.

See you at the market~ Amanda Milholland

Upcoming Events and Music:

  • 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, live music by Blue Crows

  • Sunday, July 23, Chimacum Corner Farmstand 10am-2pm, Chimacum Farmers Market
  • Wednesday, July 26, Polk Street 2pm-6pm, Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market
  • Saturday, July 29, Tyler Street 9am-2pm, Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, live music by Anne-O and her Band

    From Our Vendors

    We have lots of special berry dishes from our prepared food vendors for you this weekend. Come enjoy the fruits of the season at market.

    Crust Bakery is so excited about all the LOCAL BERRIES! We love playing with local ingredients. All year long. Yay Summer! Come get your favorite hand pies... Berry Lemon Tart, our own lemon curd topped with an abundance of all the best berries we can find at market on Saturday morning, come watch us top the tarts, fresh, first thing, every Saturday.  SILVANBERRY Hand Pie, our personal favorite, big black berries from Willow Wind Farm. BLUEBERRY Nectarine Hand Pie! Thanks to Finnriver Farm for the best Blues, nectarines from Tonnamaker Farm. Raspberry Apricot Cream Hand Pie, Finnriver & Red Dog Farm raspberries, Stemlit Apricots, and housemade vanilla pastry cream. Strawberry Mint Hand Pie, SpringRain Farm and Orchard Strawberries, homegrown mint. Berry Artisan POP TARTS! Filled with an assortment of local berries made into jam, by us, for the kids (or the kid in you). We will also have a limited amount of whole All The Berries Lattice Pies.

    Barbarian Fine Cuisine returns to the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market this weekend with special dishes featuring local berries. On Saturday try their Chocolate Berry Kebabs. They will also serve strawberry balsamic vinegarette couscous-- with berries from SpringRain and Red Dog Farms-- with their lamb and pork kebabs.  Yum!

    Sweet Lamb Baking Co. will have strawberry rhubarb croissants and blueberry macarons! 

    Hello! Propolis Brewing will have Baby Bottles of Beltane at the market! And we will be featuring our Rubus Kiss~raspberry flemish-style aged in petite Verdot barrels! 

    This week One Straw Ranch will be featuring pork country style ribs. This tasty cut is not actually a rib at all, but comes from near the shoulder and is cut into a rib shape. It usually has just a small piece of bone, so pull out your knife and fork for these delicious “ribs.” Country ribs are usually cooked low and slow in the oven or slow cooker, either with or without BBQ sauce. For a summer-y BBQ meal, bake at 300 degrees in a foil lined and covered pan for 1.5 – 2 hours, drain the juices, baste with your favorite sauce, and then finish them on the grill for a nice caramelised coating. Serve with potato salad and cole slaw for a classic meal combo. Country ribs will be 10% off this week!

    At Red Dog Farm zucchini, iceberg lettuce and kohlrabi are new this week. Most exciting, perhaps, are raspberries and green beans! Fennel bulb, gold beets, red cabbage and spring onions are all still pretty newish and exciting. 50 produce items total this week- come on out and count them up! (Or just eat them up!)

    SpringRain has the berries!  We will have 10 different kinds this week, including raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries, currants, and gooseberries. They are moving fast with this heat, so enjoy them now. We also have our last week of fresh, never frozen organic duck. They truly are a special treat. 

    Market Location Exploration

    You may have read the article about potential farmers market location changes in the Peninsula Daily News last Sunday. The Jefferson County Farmers Markets have been hosting customer and vendor surveys at our Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets as well as at a handful of other community locations and on our website. To clarify, we have not decided to move our markets but rather are exploring how to best support local farmers, artisan food makers and artists with sustainable, loved and well utilized farmers markets. While we are actively promoting all of our markets, and offering programs like Kids' Day at the Chimacum Farmers Market, we are also looking at potential location changes to see if they may be helpful in growing our markets. 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:

    One of our Port Townsend Farmers Market shoppers, Salty Hanes, has taken a creative approach to supporting our Wednesday Farmers Market. Last week she started wearing a sandwich board on Wednesdays to help remind people to go to the farmers market. Salty invites market fans to consider joining her. She writes, "It would help to have a few more volunteers wearing signs in more locations. I have one extra sign for someone's use or they could make their own. Call me with questions, locations to walk or sit, and suggestions at: (360) 379-2268. Thank you. Happy sunshine."~ Salty Hanes

    On behalf of the small, local businesses, families and farmers who make up our markets, thank you for sharing your voice and support. Just like "it takes a village to raise a child," it takes a community to support a resilient farmers market.