The first of the slicer tomatoes made it to market last Saturday from Serendipity Farm. They are joined by tasty cherry tomatoes from several of our farmers as well as raspberries, and so many other summers produce treasures. With fragrant basil and now delicious, juicy tomatoes at market, it is time for succulent sandwiches, salads and even eating tomatoes like apples with a simple sprinkle of salt. We are still in the early tomato season. This means come to market early this week to get your locally grown cherry and slicer tomatoes.
Jefferson County-grown tomatoes and basil are good inspiration for making caprese salad local. At the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market you can find cheese from Mystery Bay Farm, Chimacum Valley Dairy, and Mt. Townsend Creamery. Caprice salad is traditionally made with fresh mozzarella. However, the chevre from Mystery Bay Farm, any one of the soft cheeses from Mt. Townsend or thin slices of flavorful cow or goat milk cheese from Chimacum Valley Dairy make a great addition to fresh tomatoes and basil. Why not make it local? While you are at it, fresh cucumber and spring onions are great additions to a chunky, summer salad. Yum!
From Our Vendors
Blue Summer House is bringing a new addition to market this week- beautiful one-of-a-kind floral linens from a handmade European stonewashed linen collection.
Raspberry season has arrived at Red Dog Farm! It's time for raspberry jam, raspberry pie, frozen raspberries, raspberry muffins, raspberry oatmeal, and simple, fresh, sweet raspberries for a summertime snack! We'll also have an abundance of summer veggies, including a rainbow of carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuces, and more.
Today, 11am-3pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride
12-2pm POP Club, exploring lavender
Saturday, July 13, 9am-2pm Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, Tyler St
10am-1:45pm live music by Serpentine Choir, New Orleans
Saturday, July 13, 12-5pm, Interdependence Day at Finnriver Cidery with Poet in Residence, Afrose Fatima Ahmed (part of Wording the Land)
Sunday, July 14, 10am-2pm Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
11am-1pm POP Club, exploring lavender
11am-2pm live music
10am-2pm Poet in Residence Afrose Fatima (part of Wording the Land)
Wednesday, July 17, 11am-3pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride
12-2pm POP Club with the Organic Seed Alliance
11am-3pm Poet in Residence Afrose Fatima (part of Wording the Land)
Saturday, July 20, 9am-2pm Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, Tyler St
9:30-10:45am Chef demo local berries with Arran Stark
9am-2pm Poet in Residence Afrose Fatima (part of Wording the Land)
11am-1:45pm live music by Roger Ferguson
Saturday, August 17, 9am-5pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market and the Uptown Street Fair
2pmUptown Parade. Email Mari at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the parade. Call the Main Street office at 360-385-7911 if you have any questions regarding Uptown Street Fair or the parade.
July 1 - September 21, Written submissions open for Wording the Land via drop buckets at participating farms on Farm Tour weekend or via email to: email@example.com
September 21-22, Jefferson County Farm Tour, write poems on the farm (part of Wording the Land)!
About the Music
On Saturday, July 13, the Port Townsend Farmers Market features the music of the Serpentine Choir from New Orleans, Louisiana. The group is currently on tour in the Northwest, and their first album is about to be released. Members of the group also play in individual bands, and they may present a variety of configurations throughout the duration of the PT Saturday Market. Serpentine describes their music as: “An intricate witch choir dedicated to healing societal and personal trauma. Within these songs are stories of resiliency, softness, vulnerability, transformation, survival, deep care, and deep love. Stories of nurtured human connection to the earth.” One of the choir members, Maedeawas a founding member of legendary Port Townsend-based ensemble Below the Salt. https://www.facebook.com/SerpentineChoir/videos/2056805724600694/
Wording the Land
All ages are welcome to join us in a new project to connect the art of poetry with the art of farming--Wording the Land! This year, on the annual Jefferson County Farm Tour 9/21-9/22, the public will be invited to write and submit poems inspired by their 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 the Jefferson County Farmers Markets food access programs. 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:
During Farm Tour weekend (9/21-9/22), look for the Wording the Land display at the welcome table for each farm and find pencils, papers, and prompts. Write a poem or thought generated by your experience at the farm -- focused on the landscape, plants, produce, farmers, etc. Submit your poem in the drop bucket at each farm or email it by the end of September 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org for the chance to be published in the 2019 Wording the Land chapbook. All submissions welcome!
Finnriver will also be hosting poetry workshops and activities throughout the Farm Tour weekend to encourage writers!
"i come to poetry as just one venue for creating experiences of beauty & communion for others & for myself. my writing emphasizes all the senses & acknowledges a world in which humans are suffering & experiencing bliss against wild landscapes that are simultaneously living & dying.
"i feel that my whole life up to now has developed my ability to do this work. i am the daughter of muslim immigrants from india. i identify as a texan-washingtonian though i now reside in the bay area." See you at the Market Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday! ~ Amanda Milholland