There are only two more Port Townsend Farmers Markets this season. Farmers are bringing bags of carrots, beets and potatoes, as well as bulk grass-fed meat and other tasty locally grown food to market this and next weekend. In addition to shopping for your weekly groceries, this is the time to pick up some extra Jefferson County grown veggies, farm-fresh and artisan food for the winter months.
With frosty evenings and mornings, locally grown carrots, root veggies, and leafy greens are especially sweet and crisp this time of year. Did you know that winter crops become more sweet to stave off freezing? This process, called chill-sweetening, occurs as root crops, as well as brassicas and greens, shift from storing carbohydrates to simple sugars to survive the cold months. If you have a picky eater in the family, this is a great time to introduce them to turnips, beets, broccoli or rutabaga. The cold brings out the full flavor of these and other root crops. Pick up some sweet and crunchy veggies this Saturday!
From Our Vendors
Pane d'Amore Artisan Bakery will have their full assortment of goodies this Saturday. Also, this month they are offering a number of holiday favorites: spicy gingerbread cookies, chocolate sugar cookies, panettone, gibassier, panforte, banana walnut bread and pies. Look for their full menu in the bakery and make sure to place special orders by noon, December 20th.
Finnriver Farms: The freezing temps bring out the sweetness in the Brassicas, making them even better for slaws and salads. January King cabbages, kale, giant kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts can all be sauteed, roasted or shredded with a vinaigrette to keep local greens in your diet. Stock up on German Butterball and Delicata squash. Keep these in a cool drawer or garage and you'll be able to enjoy them long after the market closes for the season.
During this season of joyful gatherings, try a One Straw Ranch holiday ham to grace your table! Our juicy hams are delicious and will make a lovely centerpiece for a locally grown farm-to-table dinner. We also have lovely grass-fed beef briskets in stock. See you this Saturday at the second to last market!
Saturday, December 8, Port Townsend Farmers Market, 10am-2pm, Tyler St
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
Live music by Gretchen Sleicher and Aimée Ringle
Craft activities for kids with Amy Goetz
See you at the Market on Saturday, 10am-2pm! ~ Amanda