Only 3 More Wednesday Farmers Markets
Today is our third to last Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market. The season has flown by. Take advantage of our mid-week market today so you can eat fresh all week. At market find tomatoes, melons, strawberries, apples, Asian pears, greens, beans, flowers, as well as fresh and dried herbs from Midori, Finnriver, River Run, Serendipity and Hopscotch farms. Also find mushrooms from Duckabush Mushrooms; jam and pickles from Hopscotch Farm and Cannery; fish from Cape Cleare Fishery; artisan cheese from Chimacum Valley Dairy; as well as tinctures, salves, and body care products from Mountain Spirit Herbal Company.
From our vendors
Hopscotch Farm will be at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market with pickles, relish, and preserves--there are only three markets left, so be sure to stock up on canned goods for winter. Meghan will also have Aronia berries, Sungold tomatoes, bell and chili peppers. Aronia berries are extremely high in antioxidants and have a unique sour, astringent flavor that mellows out after cooking or freezing, making them the perfect addition to crisps, pies, and smoothies.
Red Dog Farm is bringing the first winter squash of the season this weekend!!! Delicata, Butternut, Hubbard, Acorn, Pie Pumpkin, Buttercup & Spaghetti will be offering their warm fall hues to our display. We still are reveling in summer fruits- tomatoes, melons, sweet peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, and the last of the green beans and strawberries. This is the best season for eating- the convergence of summer and fall abundance makes for stunning flavor and color combinations. See you at the market, and get ready to eat well!
Farm Tour is Baaack this Weekend!
The Jefferson County Farmers Markets are proud sponsors of the Jefferson County Farm Tour, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Farm Tour is all about celebrating locally grown food, fiber and farm-made products, inviting community members to learn and engage with local farmers and stimulating economic opportunity for farms in Jefferson County. Want to participate? Hop on your bike or load up your car with friends and family, then start at any farm listed on the Farm Tour map or website. You can pick up a map this week at any of our three local farmers markets or at other sponsor businesses.
Several of our vendor farms are participating this year. Visit Eaglemount Winery, Finnriver Orchard & Cider Garden, Jacobs’ Fleece Farm, Midori Farm, and Port Townsend Vineyards to learn more about these businesses.
Farm Tour is open to the public with a $10 suggested donation per carload. No one turned away! You can make this donation on any farm.
Today and Sunday our own Amanda Milholland is hosting POP Club at the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets. Visit the yellow tent to find out what's new with POP Club. 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.
Meet Egg & I Pork
Many of us know Doyle Yancey of Egg & I Pork for different reasons. He rears pigs for meat, sells chicken eggs, grows and sells fuchsias, carries bulk grains, and manages a community butchery. This diversity of interests and his care for our community is why we’re proud to have him as a vendor at our Chimacum Farmers Market on Sundays.
Doyle grew up east of Seattle with farm animals and a family that prioritized self-sufficiency skills like baking their own bread. After living most of his adult life as an auto-mechanic in different cities, Doyle missed the country life and moved to Egg & I Road in 2007. After trying different projects, he found his calling when a local friend suggested he raise Tamworth pigs. He’s proud to say that since then the highs and lows of farming have been enough entertainment for him and his family, and they haven’t owned a TV for years.
Doyle sells bulk grain to pay for his “pork habit.” Competing with low meat costs across the country, it’s impossible to stay in business only raising his pigs. There’s a good reason why we pay more for Egg and I pork as well as other small-farm meat than what we find in the supermarkets. Egg and I pigs are treated with respect, love, and no medications. They’re fed a diverse diet of barley, wheat and oats from Adolphsen Farms in Sequim, charcoal from the Port Townsend paper mill, whey from Mt. Townsend Creamery, and hazelnuts. Having been vegetarian for years himself, Doyle can attest to the high quality of his meat and conditions of his animals.
Committed to sustaining the rural lifestyle and encouraging a community of trust, Doyle invites customers, neighbors, and visitors to drive up his lane, visit his barn, and experience the country lifestyle that he cherishes. You can find bulk barley, wheat and oats, frozen pork, and eggs by the dozen in his barns. His farmstand works by the honesty box system, displaying his trust in people.
It is clear to anyone who talks to Doyle that our community is one of the most important things to him. He collaborates with nearly every farmer in town, through trading goods, service or knowledge. Doyle has a knack for reciprocal relationships like contributing his pigpen cleanings to Short’s Magical Soil, or collecting old and rejected hay from neighboring farms for his pigs’ bedding. All of these relationships bring him closer to his community and also keep his farm economically savvy. Doyle believes that Jefferson County has a limited amount of land, so we should preserve what we can and treat every acre with respect.
You can find Doyle Yancey or his family selling Egg & I Pork every Sunday at the Chimacum Farmers Market, open 10-2 through October. You’re likely to meet his adorable piglets, too, whom he brings to market most weeks!~ Blaise Sullivan, Chimacum Farmers Market Manager
Today, Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, Haines Place Park and Ride, 2-6pm
2:30-4:30pm POP Club with Amanda
Saturday, September 15th Port Townsend Farmers Market, 9-2pm, Tyler Street
10am-12pm Live music by the F Street Band
12-1:45pm Live music by the Unexpected Brass Band
Sunday, September 16th, Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand, 10am-2pm
10:30am-12:30pm POP Club with Amanda
Wednesday, September 26, Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market Closing Day, Haines Place Park and Ride, 2-6pm
Saturday, October 6, Port Townsend Farmers Market on Tyler Street, 9am-2pm and Give Jefferson Nonprofit Fair in the Port Townsend Community Center, 10am-2pm
Saturday, October 13, Apple and Cider Day at the Port Townsend Farmers Market--part of the Olympic Peninsula Apple and Cider Festival, 9am-2pm, Tyler Street.
Chef demo with Arran Stark featuring local apples and cider
Tasting with Finnriver Cidery, Eaglemount Wine and Cider and Port Townsend Vineyards
See you at the Market! Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. ~ Amanda