We are deep into fall in Jefferson County with a blanket of colorful leaves; first frosts; cool, clear days; grey storm clouds; and fewer hours of daylight. Last weekend we closed the Chimacum Farmers Market for the season, and this weekend we are switching to WINTER HOURS at the Port Townsend Saturday Market, 10 AM to 2 PM. The Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market is open until December 15th this year. Our switch to winter hours gives you a chance to sleep in and allows vendor to set up in the early morning light instead of the dark.
At the Port Townsend Farmers Market, we are greeted by an assortment of winter veggies as well as our dear friends and community. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this is a great time to try out new recipes that feature locally grown veggies, fruits, and pasture-raised meat. Brussels sprouts; root veggies; potatoes; dark, leafy greens; as well as apples and pears are abundant and super tasty this time of year. The cool nights and mornings add more sweet and crunch to local produce. Root veggies, apples, pears, and greens are building up their natural sugar to withstand the frost. Here is a recipe perfect for this season of delicious, locally grown apples.
Use this recipe loosely, adding more apples, substituting pears for apples or mixing in kiwi berries. Local honey can also be substituted for sugar.
6 large or 10-12 medium/small apples cored and sliced
1 Tablespoon butter
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 1/2 Tablespoons water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large baking dish with the butter. Mix brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Layer about 1/3 of the apples in prepared baking dish; sprinkle with 1/3 of the sugar mixture. Repeat layers twice more. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Pour water over the apples and continue baking until tender, about 15 minutes more.
In addition to being super tasty, many hardy fall and winter crops store well in a refrigerator, root cellar or any cool, dry place. Here is a great article about storing winter veggies.
Thank you for your support of local farmers, artisan food makers, and artists!
From Our Vendors
At One Straw Ranch we’re offering an Odds and Ends Sale! Over the course of a season we collect various packages of meat that for one reason or another don’t make it into the weekly market coolers -and this weekend we’re selling them all for 10% off! Mostly aesthetic and packaging issues plus a few things that are simply the last on the shelf, it’s all delicious meat. We’ll have it out in a cooler for you to look through “bargain bin” style so come early! See you at market.
Saturday, November 3rd, Port Townsend Farmers Market, Winter Hours 10am-2pm, Tyler Street
Sunday, November 4th, Local Food Expo, Port Townsend Community Center, Tyler St, 10am-12:30pm
10-11:30am Chef/Buyer/Producer Mixer
11:30am-12:30pm Community Sustained Agriculture (CSA) Fair
Saturday, November 17th, Thanksgiving Farmers Market, 10am-2pm, Tyler Street
Get prepped for holiday meals with local produce, meat, cider, wine and more for your table!
Last chef demo of the season by rock star Arran Stark, Jefferson Healthcare's Executive Chef
Saturday, December 15th, Port Townsend Winter Holiday and Season Closing Farmers Market, 10am-2pm
Farm vendors on Tyler St
Arts, crafts, and artisan food inside the Port Townsend Community Center
Local Food Expo
JCFM, in partnership with the Eat Local First campaign, WSU Extension, the Silverwater Cafe, the Fireside at the Inn at Port Ludlow, the Local Food Council, the Olympic Culinary Loop, Ajax Cafe, Jeannette Martens, and the Leader is co-hosting a Local Food Expo on Sunday, November 4th at the Port Townsend Community Center.
Chefs and buyers, please arrive promptly at 10am so you have a chance to meet producers representing everything from locally-grown mixed produce to meat, seafood, cider, wine, cheese, baked goods and more!
Community members, the CSA Fair is from 11:30am-12:30pm. This portion of the event is geared toward you. Did you know that in addition to locally grown produce, you can also get CSA shares that feature pasture-raised meat, flowers, and locally grown and canned preserves. In addition to shopping at your local farmers markets, buying a CSA share is a great way to support farmers, invest in our local economy, and take home fresh produce. You don't want to miss this event!
The Local Food Expo is a free event open to the public. Learn more and register here.
See you at the Market! Saturday and Sunday. ~ Amanda