The first frost and hail reached Jefferson County farms this week. While the chill spells the end of locally grown tender greens, many flowers, and other summer crops, frost also causes root vegetables, hardy winter greens, apples, and pears to break down some of their energy stores into sugars, and stash them in their cells to guard against frost damage. This process, called chill sweetening, makes fruits and vegetables less susceptible to freezing. It also makes these locally grown crops especially delicious this time of year and into the winter months.
The Port Townsend Saturday and Chimacum Sunday Farmers Markets continue through December 21 and October 27, respectively. You still have three more months of Jefferson County Farmers Markets to enjoy. Time to pick up some root veggies, hardy greens, winter squash, apples, pears, and even the end of the summer tomatoes, zucchini, and locally grown melons.
Saturday, October 5, 9am-2pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market, Tyler St
10am-1:45pm Live music by Joey Goforth
Sunday, October 6, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
11am-1pm POP Club
11am-2pm music by Matt Sircely
Saturday, October 19, 9am-2pm Winter Squash Day at the Port Townsend Farmers Market
Squash tasting with Arran Stark
Sunday, October 27 Season Closing and Halloween Chimacum Farmers Market, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
From Our Vendors
The makings for warm, hearty comfort food will be at Red Dog Farm this Saturday and Sunday! With five types of potatoes, eight types of winter squashes, three types of beets, three types of onions, several colors of carrots and all sorts of kales, you can warm up with soups, stews, casseroles, chilis, and gratins.
About the Music
At the Port Townsend Saturday market on October 5, Banjo-man, Joey Goforth, offers a rustic take on American music with his rich and honest vocal delivery. Goforth draws upon his rural Mendocino roots in his solo performances of songs with solo banjo. For years, Goforth played in the Northern California band, Bucky Walters, once described by the Arcata newspaper as: “Sounds like the soundtrack for a train-hopping hobo riding the rails to the Golden State during the mid-1800s.” Based in bluegrass music, with Goforth on the banjo, Bucky Walters diversified its repertoire to present unexpected song choices and original material. As a solo banjoist, Goforth pursues a similar approach, drawing on many musical ingredients to stomp out an original flavor of songwriting that is deep, dark and humorous. Learn more: https://www.joeygoforth.com/music
Wording the Land Still Accepting Writing Submissions
The community working land-inspired writing project, Wording the Land, is still accepting submissions through the end of October. This new project connects the art of poetry with the art of farming. You are invited to write and submit poems inspired by your experiences with 'working lands' and local food. Selected poems will be published in a booklet to highlight the connection between language and place, and to celebrate our relationship to local farms. Proceeds from the sales of the poetry booklet will go to benefit JCFM's Gimme5 food access program. Wording the Land is a partnership with the Jefferson County Farmers Markets and Finnriver, with support from the Port Townsend Arts Commission.
Here's How it Works:
Submit a poem focused on the landscape, plants, produce, farmers, etc by the end of October to email@example.com for the chance to be published in the 2019 Wording the Land chapbook. All submissions welcome!
Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting
Farmers, chefs, and grocery buyers, registration is open for the Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting hosted by Eat Local First (ELF) Olympic Peninsula. The Eat Local First campaign strengthens Olympic Peninsula farms and producers by engaging the community through education, promotion, and access to build a diverse and vibrant local food economy. The Eat Local First Olympic Peninsula campaign is hosting a Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting on November 18th. This event will serve as an opportunity for producers and growers to connect with buyers across the region who are looking to purchase locally sourced foods. We will kick off with a panel discussion of best practices from the perspective of an institution, a restaurant, a retailer, and a farmer. The main portion of the meeting will allow buyers and producers to have one-on-one consultations. Then we wrap up the day with a tasting reception featuring local food and beverages!
Date and Time: Monday, November 18th
Location: Fort Worden, USO Building, 200 Battery Way. Port Townsend, Wa
Trade Meeting: 11:30am - 3pm
Tasting Reception: 3pm - 4:30pm
Tickets: $20 before October 26th, $30 after October 26th (pre-registration required)
For more details and to register, please visit the ELF website.
See you at the Market on Saturday and Sunday! ~ Amanda Milholland