Washington & National Farmers Market Week
It's Roxanne from SpringRain Farm again. Amanda and her family are doing very well and enjoying time together. This week is Washington & National Farmers Market week, so show some love to your local providers of everything delicious and beautiful. Where else can you connect with your community and enjoy locally raised and produced food and crafts while keeping your money right here at home. Like many of the small businesses you interact with at the market, SpringRain Farm relies on the farmers market for a large proportion of our income. For some of our vendors at the three JCFM markets, it is their only sales outlet and only source of income. You are doing more than just having a lovely day and getting groceries, you are supporting families to buy sneakers for their children, pay the mortgage or rent on their home, pay employees, and the occasional fun night out. So celebrate this connection you have with the land and those who produce the things you value in your daily lives. You vote with your dollars every time you purchase something. Support values you care about.
Letters of Appreciation to Our Vendors
"Love and admiration to Green Gables Garden. Carmen's love and knowledge of flowers is exemplary. Her bouquets are works of art, each one a beautiful expression of her passion for flowers."
"I love Mystery Bay Chevre. Until I tried Rachael's cheese, I thought I didn't like Goat Cheese. But what I really didn't like was cheese made by someone less meticulous and amazing. I love their cheese, their attention to detail, and how well they tend their animals."
From Our Vendors
One Straw Ranch has beef back in stock! Pick up a package of steaks or ground beef to throw on the grill while the weather holds. We have also restocked the pork sausage selection with Ginger Pear, Italian, Bratwurst, and Breakfast flavors. We're just waiting on the bacon, which will hopefully be ready for next weekend. And, we still have a full lineup of tasty lamb. See you at the market!
For those of you who come to the lovely Wednesday market, there is a new flower vendor with some beautiful bouquets. Diamond Day Bouquet is excited to be offering beautiful and unique flowers in tasteful arrangements for your enjoyment. Diamond Day grows over 30 varieties of flowers in the beautiful Chimacum Valley. Come on by the wednesday market and buy something beautiful for someone you love!
Serendipity Farm will be bringing summer with them- gobs of mixed cherry tomatoes $4 a pint, heirloom tomatoes, Asian and English cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, Tromboncino squash, Mulberries, Husk cherries (aka Cape Gooseberries, Ground Cherries) and more...
Newquist Forge just expanded its line of axes to include the Swedish carving axe, for efficient production and a rough-hewn texture in wood carving. This axe has a wide 4-3/4 inch curved edge, carried well above the eye. The hand carved hickory handle is 14 inches long. With a double bevel, it works for most of your axe carving tasks, and is particularly good for those new to axe wood carving.
Mystery Bay Farm has dill chevre this week. Available only at the PT Saturday market.
SpringRain Farm is bringing the big beautiful heirloom tomatoes you love. They have Cherokee Purple, Pineapple, Lemon Boy, Mortgage Lifter, Kelloggs Breakfast, and their very own variety, Striped Brandywine. John saves the seed from the best plants each year to continue improving this delicious and unique variety. And of course tons of Sungold Cherry tomatoes.
Market Location Exploration
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: http://jcfmarkets.org/.
One of our Port Townsend Farmers Market shoppers, Salty Hanes, has taken a creative approach to supporting our Wednesday Farmers Market. 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 as "it takes a village to raise a child," it takes a community to support a resilient farmers market.