This is Roxanne from SpringRain Farm doing a quick guest spot on the newsletter. Our dear Amanda and her family have welcomed a new baby daughter and everyone is home together getting to know each other. I am on the Board of the market and I have been thinking a lot lately about what makes the JCFM farmers markets so special--and I think it is the chance I and the other vendors have every week to connect with you, our community. I love the chance to explain about our different fruits and what makes them amazing, our unique tomato varieties, and how we raise our animals. I also love hearing from my customers about how you use the food we raise, how it nourishes your families and enriches your daily experiences. And I know that scene is repeated across the markets every week as you interact with other farmers and learn about their growing practices, as you talk with our craft vendors and learn about their artistic visions, stop by our flower growers and learn about the flowers uniquely suited to our climate, and as you talk with our prepared food vendors and learn about the special ways they prepare your food. All three of our farmers markets are a wonderful place to connect with each other in meaningful ways. In these days of uncertainty and concern, it is good to know where your food is coming from, who grew it, and where your dollars are going. Eating and shopping are political acts.
See you at the market!
Upcoming Events and Music:
- Saturday, August 5, Tyler Street 9am-2pm, Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, live music by John Maxwell
- Sunday, August 6, Chimacum Corner Farmstand, Kids' Day at the Chimacum Farmers Market
- Uptown Street Fair, August 19 Market 9am-3pm, event 9am-5pm Tyler, Lawrence and Polk Streets. Visit our farm vendors on Polk Street and prepared food vendors on Lawrence Street. Craft fair on Tyler St.
Early Birds Don't Get the Worm
Our vendors have been thinking of you quite a bit in the the days before the market and working to prepare to come and have a great experience with you. We spend time preparing our food, organizing our wares, making our crafts, harvesting in the fields, and packing our vans. The day of the market usually starts early as we pack up and travel in to our meeting spot and the most stressful time of the day is when we are setting up for market--getting our trucks unpacked, our booth set up, our products shined, priced, and primped so they are easy for you to see and purchase. We all depend on that time before the market starts to get everything ready to go. Early bird customers who want to purchase our items or talk with us often slow us down and cause more stress than we need. Please respect the opening times of our markets and wait to purchase or talk until the market opens. Wednesday market opens at 2:00, Saturday market opens at 9:00, and the Sunday market opens at 10:00. Please give your vendors the time they need to get everything ready for you.
From Our Market Director
Market Director, Amanda Milholland, husband, Gabe, and daughter, Inez, welcomed their new addition to the family, Brighten Madrona Milholland Van Lelyveld, on Saturday, July 29th. Brighten was born at home at 9:01pm. She is healthy with 10 fingers and 10 toes and weighing in at 7lbs and 6oz, 21 inches long. Amanda is recovering well and looks forward to introducing Brighten to the market community in the coming weeks.
From Our Vendors
In celebration of August being National Goat cheese month, Mystery Bay Farm will be featuring a special chevre each Saturday of the month. This weekend- edible flower wheels. Next week....surprise!
This week One Straw Ranch is featuring Pork Bones with a Super Savings Summer Sale. At only $1 per pound they are a great deal this week! But why would you want pork bones? To make the most scrumptious and economical bone broth! Literature abounds as to why we should make and use bone broth: it is full of nutrients (protein, minerals, gelatin, etc), it is delicious, and it uses a part of the animal that would otherwise be thrown away. But, when we think of broth it’s usually beef, chicken, or even lamb. Pork just doesn’t have the same reputation as grassfed beef or lamb and pastured chicken. However, our pigs are raised outside on pasture and fed locally sourced non-gmo grain, whey, and organic supplements in a ration we mix ourselves for a complete and balanced diet. Their bones will make a very nutrient packed broth. Pork bones also make great treats for your dog – as long as you feed them raw! If you want to take advantage of this sale and stock up, consider emailing or calling by Friday evening so we bring enough to market. Pork bones are in approximately three pound packages. email@example.com or 360-531-0404
New from Red Dog Farm this week are cauliflower, leeks, cucumbers, baby zucchini, rosemary, cilantro and dill. It’s the last week for raspberries and sugar snap peas! We still have tons of tender green beans, also available by the 10# case.
SpringRain Farm has their big beautiful heirloom tomatoes and eggplant this week. We plan to have them until the next frost; hopefully all the way into November! We also have fresh basil and tarragon for that perfect summer dish. And the fruit continues! We still have berries and now plums are added to the line up.
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.