We made it! Summer starts this week. You can see it at our farmers markets: from the containers of ruby red strawberries to the first-of-the-season fresh basil, baskets of sugar snap peas, and zucchini. Red Dog Farm is bringing the first round of fresh-from-the-field garlic to market this Saturday and Sunday as well as green onions. Multiple farms, including SpringRain, Finnriver, Serendipity and Willow Wind, are bursting with juicy strawberries. Consider treating yourself to a few pints of strawberries so you can compare the flavor between varieties. Plant starts are still beautiful at market. Gardeners, you can get tomato, summer and winter squash, basil, herbs and so many other starts this week from the Midori, Willow Wind, and Serendipity farm booths. What better time to savor locally grow food as well as plant your own!
Families, if you qualify for WIC, today is the last scheduled date to pick up your WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers at market. From 11am to 3pm, WIC will be sharing the farmers market info booth so you can easily pick up and match your vouchers at the same time.
This season we are pleased to continue the fruit and vegetable prescription program (VegRx) in partnership with Jefferson Healthcare and the Food Co-op in Port Townsend. Families with children 18 and younger who receive Apple Health are also eligible for VegRx while supplies last. Jefferson Healthcare physicians are offering VegRx vouchers to qualifying families during general child health or well-child-check appointments. VegRx vouchers can be used at the Jefferson County Farmers Markets during the months of June through December. Visit the market info booth or your Jefferson Healthcare primary provider for more information.
Seniors, OlyCAP distributed Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers at market three times earlier this month. The remaining Senior FMNP vouchers will be given out directly through OlyCAP. Please contact them or visit their office for more information.
Upcoming At Market
Today, June 19, 11am-3pm Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market
12-2pm POP Club with 4-H
Live music with Marie Buckner
Saturday, June 22, 9am-2pm Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market
10am-1:45pm live music with Mixed Company
Sunday, June 23, 10am-2pm Chimacum Farmers Market
11am-2pm live music
11am-1pm POP Club
School is out! Kids and families, while at market today and Sunday check out the Power of Produce (POP) Club. POP Club hosts activities weekly at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market from noon to 2pm and on Sundays from 11am to 1pm at the Chimacum Farmers Market. Today, Tanya Barnett of 4-H of Jefferson County will be hosting her popular "Mystery Vegetables" activity in our POP Club booth. Come engage your 5 senses to guess which fresh fruits and veggies are being featured this time!
On Sunday at the Chimacum Farmers Market Market Manager, Amy Goetz, is hosting paint your own tote bag! We will be using fabric paints to do vegetable stamps on cloth bags. If you would prefer, you can bring a cotton t-shirt to print.
POP Club is open to kids of all ages. All registered POP Club members receive $2 in market tokens, which can be used to purchase produce at the market. Join POP Club today!
From our Vendors
Mountain spirit has lots of herbs available. We have been busy harvesting and getting ready for the summer season. Today, come meet and welcome Ash at the Wednesday Market. Look for us next Saturday June 29. After that, we will be at The Oregon Country fair for a few weeks.
Did you know that the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers? A small team of us work together to help make the farmers markets happen. We are seeking volunteers for market setup, breakdown, and hosting POP Club. Consider sharing your strength, creative play, and other skills to help our markets thrive. Contact Amanda Milholland today if you are interested in supporting your local farmers markets as a volunteer. We’d love for you to join us!
What, you may ask, do volunteers do at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets? The following is by no means a complete list.
Unpack market gear from its storage space into our market van
Set up the market space for musicians and community booths, as well as tables and chairs for market customers
Ingeniously problem-solve worn-out market gear and make minor repairs
Set out, manage and haul away market-generated garbage
Conduct crowd counts during special events
Provide information to market shoppers
Assist, chop, and clean for cooking demo chefs
Pack market gear away at the end of the day
Host POP Club activities-- food-related crafts, tastings, games and more (we can supply the activity or you can bring one to share)
We are also looking for volunteers to:
Take photographs of produce and people
Write articles for our newsletter
Cover for vendors so they can take restroom breaks
What do volunteers get out of it? Farmers markets are inherently social places. According to a Project for Public Spaces study, a customer has an average of 15-20 social interactions at a farmers market, versus 1-2 at a grocery store. For volunteers, that number is much higher. Even for the setup and breakdown volunteers, who mainly interact with each other, the camaraderie and sense of shared purpose is strong. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, contact Amanda: firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-379-9098.
Where are the Porta Potties!?!
Are you looking for a place to use the restroom at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers market? We are no longer renting porta potties because we now have access to restrooms on both floors of the Port Townsend Community Center, the Rec Center and Senior Center. Get excited! The great news is that this means we have a total of 8 flushing toilets and sinks with running water. Enjoy!
See you at the Market this Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday! ~ Amanda