This Sunday is Mother's Day. What better way to celebrate mom than to bring her some locally grown flowers, make her brunch or send her a hand-made craft from one of our market vendors?!! We have everything you need to make this Mother's Day special. Also, when you shop with our local farms, artisan food makers and artists your gift to mom is at the same time a gift to our community. Your dollars stay local longer, circulating about three times here in Jefferson County rather than leaving our community immediately. See the 'From Our Vendors' section for some great deals on local products.
It's time to get your pen out and mark a few special events on your calendar. The Port Townsend Farmers Market is hosting the 7th Annual Artisan Food Festival on Saturday May 25th from 9am-2pm on Tyler Street. Join us for chef demonstrations throughout the day as well as kids' activities, cheese and jam pairing with Mt Townsend Creamery and Hopscotch Farm and Cannery as well as wine and cider tasting with Eaglemount Wine and Cidery, Finnriver Cidery and Port Townsend Vineyards. Visiting artisan food vendors include: Johnson and Gunstone Shellfish, Who Sells the Chicken Eggs?, Hopscotch Farm and Cannery, and Port Townsend Vineyards. You don't want to miss this special farmers market!
Following Artisan Food Festival, the Chimacum and Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Markets open in June! Harmonica Pocket will help us kick off the Chimacum Farmers Market season on Sunday, June 2nd. The market is open from 10am to 2pm at Chimcaum Corner Farmstand with live music, kids' activities and new prepared food vendors. Look out for the new artisan food vendors Chef Wyatt Sushi, Shannon Food, Goodness Tea, and Foxglove Farm. Of course, we also have great farm-fresh food and arts at market again this season.
The Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market opens June 5th at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride. We changed our hours this season to match up with lunchtime so you can pick up some fresh produce and enjoy a great lunch at your mid-week market. This year we are open June through September from 11am to 3pm. We are excited to have new artisan food, including Foxglove Farm, Chef Wyatt Sushi, and Goodness Tea. Pane d'Amore Artisan Bakery and BluJay Kombucha are also coming back to market. Additionally, we have a great variety of fresh produce, tea and tinctures, as well as artisan cheese from Chimacum Valley Dairy, Finnriver Farm, Hopscotch Farm and Cannery, Midori Farm, SpringRain Farm and Orchard, Serendipity Farm and Mountain Spirit Herbal Company.
Saturday, May 11th, 9am-2pm Port Townsend Farmers Market
10am-1:45pm live music with The Whistle Bees followed by Howly Slim
Saturday, May 25th Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival at the Port Townsend Farmers Market
Chef demonstrations with Arran Stark, Dylan Stanfield and Sidonie Maroon
Kid's activities with Sunfield Waldorf School
Cheese tasting with Mt. Townsend Creamery
Visiting artisan food vendors
Sunday, June 2nd, 10am-2pm Chimacum Farmers Market Opening, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
POP Club 11am-1pm
Live music with Harmonica Pocket
Wednesday, June 5th, 11am-3pm Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market Opening, Jefferson Transit's Haines Place Park and Ride
POP Club 12-2pm
Live music with Anne O' and Her Band
See you at the Market this Saturday! ~ Amanda Milholland
About the Music
The Port Townsend Farmers Market hosts a musical double-header on May 11, with the debut performance of The Whistle Bees followed by Howly Slim in the afternoon. The Whistle Bees announced this week: “The Whistle Bees is a new ALL GIRL Port Townsend old-time band. We play waltzes sweet as honey, rags with some sting in them, and reels that will buzz you into next week! The Beckster and Quenn Charrier rock the fiddles, Carol Hardy picks a mighty guitar, Tracy Grisman steadies the bass, and Jeanie Murphy claws the banjo. Beealicious!”
Afternoon music features Howly Slim, a friend of the market for many years. The poetry in his compositions hearkens both the hard and hopeful with stories of love, trains, tramps and treeplanters, city streets and lonesome roads. Howly will be accompanied by former PT resident Sandy Summers on guitar and perhaps banjo.
From Our Vendors
Finnriver Farms has Mother's Day brunch covered: German Butterball potatoes with eggs, leeks and spinach. Bring her a tomato plant too!
Mystery Bay Farm: The grass is growing, milk is flowing! Come enjoy our fresh goat milk products. Our Chevre Florets make a perfect Mother's Day gift.
Get your BBQ warmed up! One Straw Ranch is having a super sale on ground beef patties! They are a mouth-watering 1/3 lb each and packed two per package. We’ve found that the patties hold their shape well and do justice to a nice big bun. They’re a great deal no matter how much you buy, but the discount gets steeper if you stock up for your summer events. $8/lb up to 5lbs, $7/lb for 5-10lbs, $6/lb for 10 or more pounds. See you at market!
Memorial Service for John Estes
Please join us in celebrating the life of John Estes on Thursday, May 23rd from 6 to 8pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Port Townsend. John, who served as the Jefferson County Farmers Markets Treasurer for 15+ years, passed away on March 24th at his home. His work was invaluable to our markets and helped us grow from a single farmers market in downtown Port Townsend to the three vibrant farmers markets you know today. John is dearly missed by the farmers market community.
What: Memorial service and potluck in honor of John Estes
When: Thursday, May 23rd, 6-8pm
Where: Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave, Port Townsend
Please bring a potluck dish to share as well as a memory of John. The Jefferson County Farmers Markets will provide drinks.
Please contact Amanda if you would like more information.
Call to Farmers
The 17th annual Farm Tour is coming on September 21st and 22nd. Please register your farm here. Thanks!
Community Health Assessment
The Public Health’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is conducting a comprehensive health assessment of the community. In addition to the data gathering that we completed for the 2014 survey, we are gathering a diversity of voices from the community using an online (and paper) health survey and three public conversations (forums) around the county. Click here to take the survey. The outcomes of this community outreach will inform health priorities in Jefferson County for the next 4-5 years. Please also consider attending one of our community conversations. For further information contact Bernadette Smyth at firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-379-4478.