Can you believe that we are already at the end of August!? The smoke has cleared, the days are getting shorter and mornings and evening crisper. As August comes to a close, this is the time to preserve our summer’s bounty while it is still here. Today, Saturday and Sunday, grab full flats of tomatoes, pints of berries, bags of cucumbers and other bulk veggies for canning, jamming, saucing and freezing. These succulent fruits and veggies are at their prime.
While berries are getting close to the end of their season, we are fortunate to have late summer treats and fall produce making their appearance at market. Several varieties of locally grown melons are now available from Red Dog, Midori and Onatrue Farms. Last Saturday the first of the apples and Asian pears made it to market from Finnriver Farm. Visit the market weekly to enjoy the new produce as we transition from summer to fall.
Results from the Tomato Taste Off
We had a fun Tomato Taste Off and chef demo last Saturday. Lots of you joined us in trying nine varieties of locally grown tomatoes. Our winning tomatoes this season include the following:
- Sun Gold grown by Max Lindert, Onatrue Farm for sweetness and texture
- Katja grown by Nash’s Farm for tomatoeyness
- Pineapple grown by SpringRain Farm and Orchard for beauty
While these tomatoes were ribbon winners, all of the tomatoes were delicious. From the prep table, I heard many of your comments. Many of you fell in love with tomatoes that did not win a ribbon this year. Every variety received votes for most beautiful, best texture, tomatoeyness, and sweetness. All this to say that the best tomato may be the one in your hand, your salad or on your sandwich. Tomato season will be wrapping up over the next month or so. You still have time to try all of the varieties available at market for yourself.
From Our Vendors
Hopscotch Farm + Cannery will have a variety of unique pickles at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market today - from Pickled Beets, to Zucchini Pickles, to Dilly Beans. Did you know? Meghan grows the produce that goes into her pickles and relishes right here in Port Townsend. Come check out what she has to offer.
Oma Says Farewell
This Saturday is Oma's last day offering chair massage at the Port Townsend Farmers Market. She writes, "It has been a pleasure to serve the Farmer's Market providing chair massage for all these 21 years. I have met some wonderful people and by the magic of healing helped many feel more comfortable in their bodies. So, these relationships have had a symbiotic effect for both the client and myself! I am ready to move on to other exciting endeavors and want to express my immense appreciation to the current Farmer's Market staff and board for their integrity and dedication to making our market thrive and come alive! See you at the market. ~Many Blessings to all, Namaste, Oma Landstra"
Today we have a new partner joining us as a POP Club host at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market. From 2:30 to 4:30 pm the Port Townsend Recyclery is hosting How to Fix a Flat and a tube toss. Kids, many of you have returned to school. If you are not in school, come visit us anytime from 2:30 to 4:30 pm to get bike savvy with the Recyclery. If you are in school, come to market after the bell. Consider bringing your bike so you can learn how to change a flat tire on your own bike. Adults, you can participate in this one too!
On Sunday the Jefferson County Library is hosting Storytime starting at 11 am at the Chimacum Farmers Market. We also have live music and art supplies.
POP Club registration is still open for kids five to 12 years old. 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
- 2:30-4:30pm POP Club with the Port Townsend Recyclery
- Saturday, September 1st Port Townsend Farmers Market, 9-2pm, Tyler Street
- 10am-1:45pm Live music by Howley Slim
- Sunday, September 2nd, Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand, 10am-2pm
- 11-11:30am POP Club with the Jefferson County Library
- 11:45am-2pm Live music by Jonathan Doyle
- Wednesday, September 26, Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market Closing Day, Haines Place Park and Ride, 2-6pm
See you at the Market! Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. ~ Amanda