Summer officially starts this week! Early season summer produce has made it to all three Jefferson County Farmers Markets. Look out for basil, zucchini, strawberries, broccoli, cucumber, rhubarb, crunchy carrots, beets and the first of the artichokes in addition to lettuce, spinach, chard, salad greens and more! These warm days call for fresh meals that can be prepared simply and enjoyed on the beach or in your back yard. Here are a couple of ideas:
Wednesday Market Today
The Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market is open today from 2-6pm. We have two returning vendors joining at market today, SpringRain Farm and Orchard and Onatrue Farm. SpringRain will have pasture-raised chicken, eggs, strawberries, micro-greens and cucumbers. Onatrue is bringing strawberries, oyster mushrooms, artichokes, basil, cabbage, kale, Swiss chard, new potatoes, cilantro, beets and collard greens. Yum!
We are thrilled to have live music from Anne-O and Her Band. OlyCAP will also be there registering qualifying seniors for Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers. They will share a booth with the farmers market so you can easily pick up and match your vouchers while also enjoying heartfelt and fun music from Anne-O and Her Band.
We have several new vendors at the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets this season. Check out our newsletter weekly for short vendor bios.
Hurricane Hills Winery, Jessie Newberg, has joined us this season at both the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets. Port Angeles-based Hurricane Hills Winery offers hand-crafted fruit wines using locally sourced and gleaned produce fermented in mountain spring water. Come try their unique and tasty flavors: Blackberry Beet, Rhubarb Rose, Blackberry wine crafted with Sequim Lavender, and Habanero Apple to name a few. Wine selection varies by season.
New to the Chimacum Farmers Market this season, Danica Jones brings us Honeyhoney Soap. Danica grew up in the area and cares deeply about supporting local businesses, as well as using natural and sustainably produced products. Honeyhoney Soap is handcrafted in small batches using raw honey from bees that are raised naturally at Danica’s small family apiary. Danica exclusively uses essential oils to scent her soaps, which tend to have lighter scent than lab created and chemically laden fragrance oils. Honeyhoney Soap is palm free, and is made using a blend of at least six nourishing and skin loving oils and butters. It is formulated to gently cleanse your skin with a luxurious lather while leaving it soft and moisturized. The colors Danica uses are all from botanicals, clays, and activated charcoal. She offers a rotation of around 20 soap varieties. Meet Danica at the Chimacum Farmers Market this Weekend and bring home a beautiful bar of Honeyhoney Soap.
WSU Master Gardeners at Chimacum Farmers Market
Every week the WSU Master Gardeners host a booth at the Chimacum Farmers Market on Sundays. This week Dianna Wiklund, WSU Food Preservation Specialist, will be at the Master Gardeners' booth. Visit Dianna with questions on food safety and preservation. Dianna can give you tips on preserving the local summer bounty so you can enjoy locally grown fruits and vegetables all winter long. She has laboratory-tested recipes and updated techniques for safe canning and preserving of all kinds of foods. She will also test pressure gauges on your pressure cooker by donation. Pressure gauges should be checked annually to make sure they are reading accurately for safe canning of low acid foods.
Prosper Yoga and 4-H will be at market today leading POP Club activities. On Sunday, the Organic Seed Alliance joins us at the Chimacum Farmers Market offering an investigation of locally grown plants. Registration is open all season for POP Club. Explore food, farming and new flavors with us today and this weekend in the POP Club booth. Visit the Market Info booth or yellow POP Club tent for more information.
VegRx, JCFM’s fruit and vegetable prescription program, has expanded. In partnership with Jefferson Healthcare, 5210 and the Food Co-op, JCFM is providing families experiencing food insecurity 12-month $10 VegRx prescriptions. VegRx is redeemable at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets from April through mid-December and at the Food Co-op in Port Townsend during the months of January through March. This is a trial program.
Originally, a single team of Jefferson Healthcare pediatric provider champions was able to prescribe VegRx. We found that with a small team of provider champions we were not reaching as many people as we had hoped. Good news! Now all Jefferson Healthcare clinicians seeing children for their annual Well Child Check at the Port Townsend, Port Ludlow and Quilcene clinics may prescribe VegRx to families experiencing food insecurity while supplies last. Visit the market info booth or ask your doctor at your next Well Child check for more information about VegRx.
Many seniors have expressed interest in VegRx to their doctor and at the Market Info booth. While we are trialing this program our scope is limited to families. We may expand the program next market season if resources allow.
- Today, June 20th, Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, 2-6pm at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride
- POP Club with 4-H and Prosper Yoga
- Senior FMNP distribution
- Live music by Anne-O & her band
- Saturday, June 23, Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, 9am-2pm, Tyler Street
- Live music by Kristin Myers 10am-1:45pm
- Sunday, June 24th, Chimacum Farmers Market, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
- POP Club with the Organic Seed Alliance
- WIC distribution
See you at the Market!