Choose Local Today!
It is Wednesday! That means that the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market is open today at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride from 2-6pm. Our mid-week market is a great place to stock up on fresh groceries for the week as well as have a late lunch or dinner. Grace Love with Nadine's Kitchen and Andrew Hamm with BluJay Kombucha are both back at market today.
Recently, many people have asked me how the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market is doing. The answer is well AND we need your support for the market to reach its potential. We have seen a growth in both vendor and community participation in our mid-week market since our move this season. We are thankful to have an average of 13 vendors (over the last many years we had five) representing products from fresh produce, dried and fresh herbs, fish, mushrooms, herbal salves, teas and tinctures, cheese, pastries and bread, southern soul food, kombucha and more! Our new location looks and feels great with ample parking and space for our vendors (thank you Jefferson Transit!) We are seeing an increase in new and returning shoppers to market. However, with more vendors participating this season our shopper base needs to grow.
Our Wednesday Farmers Market is essential for participating local farms. Direct to consumer sales at the Wednesday Farmers Market ensure that farmers get the full value for the products they sell. Farming is hard work with significant costs for modest economic return. According to the USDA article, “Local Foods and Farm Business Survival and Growth,” farmers that participate in farmers markets experience lower rates of bankruptcy and business failure than growers who market exclusively through wholesale channels. Mid-week farmers market sales help our local farms sustain themselves as well as provide reliable employment to hundreds of people in our community.
While shopping with local farms benefits small local businesses and our economy, it also benefits you. Did you know that proximity to a farmers market is associated with a lower body mass index? This is because eating fresh, nutritious foods that are available at farmers markets helps us maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk for chronic disease.
Also, shopping at a farmers market helps us build relationships. While people have an average of one to two social interactions at a grocery store, farmers market shoppers have an average of 15-20 social interactions when shopping. We build relationships with our farmers as well as other community members.
Lastly, farmers market food is delicious and nutritious. Did you know that most food eaten in the US travels approximately 1,500 miles to reach grocery store shelves? Local food is harvested the week of, sometimes the day of market and travels less than 50 miles to reach your plate. Not having to endure so many miles and travel days, local farm food is harvested fresh and ripe when it has the best nutritional value and most flavor!
Support local farms and choose local today. Have questions or ideas? Please share them with us at the market info booth.
See you TODAY at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market! ~ Amanda
Uptown Street Fair & Parade
The Uptown Street Fair celebrates 28 years this Saturday in uptown Port Townsend. This playful event includes great live entertainment, the Port Townsend Arts & Crafts Fair, tasty local food, free art activities for families, and much more.
With the all the festivities uptown, our farmers market is divided into three areas. Please visit Polk Street for your grocery shopping with our local farms. Market arts and crafts are on Tyler Street along with the Port Townsend Arts & Crafts Fair and our prepared food vendors are on Lawrence Street.
Schedule of Events:
- Arts and Crafts Fair 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Farmers’ Market 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Outdoor Beer Garden (hosted by Uptown Pub) 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Food Vendors 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Free Kids’ Activities 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Live Music and Entertainment
- Stars of Tomorrow Winner, Joe Gallegos 10am–10:30am
- Keira DeLuna 10:30am– 11am
- Port Townsend Summer Band 11:00am-12pm
- Mesmerizing Middle Eastern Dance by Scarlet Viper and anami of Velvet Revolution
- 12– 12:20pm
- Joe Crecca and Guests 12:30pm–2pm
- Grandly Local Parade and Awards Ceremony 2pm–2:30pm
- Unexpected Brass Band 2:30pm–2:50pm
- Jim Nyby and the F Street Band 3:00pm–4:45pm
Grandly Local Parade: One of the shortest and most colorful parades in the Northwest! Awards created by Jeanne Moore of Potpourri NW Interiors. Awards presentation immediately following the parade. Join in the fun! Meet by the East Jefferson Fire Station at 1:45pm. No religious or political entries please.
For public safety, Lawrence Street and Tyler Street are closed for the Street Fair, as well as the Farmers’ Market location on Polk Street. Learn more at: www.ptmainstreet.org
From Our Vendors
One Straw Ranch has a few new products for you to try out, including ham! This is the first time our butcher shop has been able to offer ham and we're excited to try it out. We also have fresh pork belly and fresh pork hocks (not cured or smoked), which we haven't carried before. On the beef side, we have 1/3 lb pre-made burger patties. They hold their shape well and really fill a nice big bun. As with all of our products, if you try these new items we'd love to know what you think! Your feedback is important to us and our planning for the future. See you at market!
Red Dog Farm offers the best of summer produce, with hints of fall making an appearance. New this week are sweet peppers and cantaloupe melons. Green, purple and wax beans are in abundance and are now available at bulk pricing for all your dilly bean needs! Fall favorites like celery and leeks are making themselves known as they plump up with every passing week. Potatoes and corn are right around the corner, most likely next week. See you at market!
The Port Townsend Public Library is hosting Storytime at POP Club today starting at 2:30pm at the Haines Place Park and Ride. Join us for food and farming stories with Jeanne Simmons. On Sunday, Amy Goetz of the Jefferson County Farmers Markets is hosting POP Club at the Chimacum Farmers Market from 10:30am to 12:30pm. POP Club registration is still open for kids five to 12 years old. Kids, register today and get $2 for fresh produce every time you come to the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets to participate in POP Club.
- Today, Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, Haines Place Park and Ride, 2-6pm
- Saturday, August 18th, uptown Street Fair 9am-5pm and Farmers Market 9am-2pm, Tyler, Lawrence and Polk Streets
- Sunday, August 19, Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand, 10am-2pm
- Saturday, August 25th, Tomato Taste Off! at the Port Townsend Farmers Market 9am-2pm, Tyler Street