This week at our Port Townsend Farmers Markets we are mixing media: farms, food, and poetry. We are pleased to welcome visiting poet, Afrose Ahmed Fatima, to the Port Townsend Wednesday and Saturday Farmers Markets. Afrose is a former Jefferson County resident with an engaging on-the-spot poetry style. She joined us last Sunday at the Chimacum Farmers Market offering poetry by donation as part of an event series, Wording the Land. Connecting the art of poetry with the art of farming, Wording the Land is co-hosted by the Jefferson County Farmers Markets and Finriver Farm and Cidery with support from the Port Townsend Arts Commission.
About herself, Afrose writes, "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." More About
Wording the Land:
All ages are welcome to join us in 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. 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 a 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!
Chef Demo with Arran Stark
Good food is like poetry for our bodies; it feeds our souls. With all of the beautiful local berries in season, this is a time of edible splendor in Jefferson County. Jefferson Healthcare's Executive Chef, Arran Stark, is joining us on Saturday for a chef demonstration featuring locally grown berries. Arran is a method chef. This means that you have to see him in action to learn his methods. He doesn't supply recipes but teaches techniques. Join us from 9:30am to about 10:45 for a demonstration by Arran at the stage at the Port Townsend Farmers Market.
WIC Distribution Today!
Today is the last scheduled date for Women Infants and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) voucher distribution at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market. The market is open from 11am to 3pm at the Jefferson Transit's Haines Place Park and Ride. The Jefferson County Public Health WIC clinic has a small number of WIC FMNP vouchers remaining. This is the time to pick up your vouchers if you haven't already. Remember, after you get your vouchers to visit the Farmers Market info booth (in the same tent as WIC) to get your extra $20 in market matching tokens for farm-fresh food. With berries in season, this is a great time of year to make use of your FNMP and matching bucks to bring the best of the season home.
Our Gimme5 food assistance matching program, which matches WIC and Senior FMNP as well as EBT, is funded by generous donations from individuals in our community as well as by Kristin Manwaring Insurance, the Food Co-op in Port Townsend, UGN, 1st Security Bank, and Jefferson Healthcare. Thank you, partners, for helping ensure that all people in our community have access to locally grown, nutritious, farm-direct food!
Today, 11am-3pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride
11am-3pm poetry by Afrose Fatima Ahmed
11am-3pm WIC farmers market voucher distribution
12-2pm POP Club with the Organic Seed Alliance, match the flower to the seed
Live music by Anne O' and Her Band and BluJay
Saturday, July 20, 9am-2pm Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, Tyler St
9am-2pm poetry by Afrose Fatima Ahmed
9:30-10:45 local berry chef demo by Arran Stark
11am-1:45pm live music by Roger Ferguson
Sunday, July 21, 10am-2pm Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
11am-1pm POP Club with the Organic Seed Alliance, match the flower to the seed
11am-2pm live music by Will Jevne
National Farmers Market Week August 4-10. Stay tuned for more information about special market happenings.
Saturday, August 17, 9am-5pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market and the Uptown Street Fair
9am-2pm farmers market open on Polk St
9am-5pm craft fair including market craft vendors on Tyler St prepared food on Lawrence St
2pm Uptown Parade. Email Mari at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
September 21-22, Jefferson County Farm Tour, write poems on the farm, part of Wording the Land
About the Music
Poulsbo singer and multi-instrumentalist, Roger Ferguson, will perform at the Port Townsend Farmers Market this Saturday after the market chef demo. Roger won the Winfield National Flatpick Guitar Championship in 1979. At the time, he had been playing with a young Mark O’Connor, whose mother encouraged Roger to enter the competition. Roger is also well-known for his mandolin and fiddle work. For years, he toured with a band opening for heavyweights like Merle Haggard, Doug Kershaw, and Emmylou Harris. Back in the Northwest, Roger played with regional bluegrass favorite Rural Delivery.
On Sunday, July 21, the Chimacum Farmers Market features a performance by Will Jevne on guitar and vocals at 11am, presenting original songs alongside old-time numbers. Hailing from Sequim, Will is a familiar sight at local venues and festivals, and he has been celebrated for his recent work with the Sweater Weather String Band.
From Our Vendors
Raspberries are in full swing at Red Dog Farm! Flats and half-flats are available for jamming or processing, and half-pints are available for snacking. Also making an appearance this week will be a rainbow of carrot colors, a rainbow of bunched beets, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic, spinach, salad mix, green beans, and more!
Hopscotch Farm will be back at the Wednesday market this week with new batches of Beet Relish and Zucchini Pickles! Meghan will also have her regular line-up of preserves as well as salad mix, fresh basil, and other summer goodies.
Good news from One Straw Ranch: bone-in pork chops are back in stock! They’re a juicy 1” thick making them perfect to grill, but they’re just as good cooked on the stovetop or in the oven. All they need is a sprinkle of salt to pair deliciously with any of the lovely local produce in abundance at market. See you Saturday!
This is Gatheringplace's 25th year at the PT Farmers' Market. We started downtown in the Elevated Ice Cream gravel and dusty parking lot! In 1994, we only had a card table and our first 1995 Gatheringplace photographic calendar to sell. Someone kindly remarked, "It would be good if you could diversify and have other items to sell"
Now our organic "Yummy" Dog Biscuits in 7 flavors are very popular along with the awesome stuffed critters and puppets created and donated by our art teacher, Lauretta Frost, to help raise funds. Currently, Gatheringplace serves about 30 adults with developmental disabilities. Our participants get together and have so much fun during classes in cooking, creation of many art forms, music/movement and our amazing dog biscuit bakery! We also tend a 16 raised-bed, organic garden. Come down to our location at Point Hudson for a visit!
Don't miss our grand celebration at the Pourhouse from 2:30-6pm on Sunday. AND our great raffle! Tickets are $20. Only 250 tickets printed. Chances are good to win! Prizes: two round trip tickets to Hawaii, Centrum Jazz Mainstage package, Pourhouse beer-tasting for 10 and many more prizes on the silent Auction! If you would like to donate your product, to help us celebrate, we would be delighted! Bring your gift to our booth or call 360-385-4172. Thank you!!
See you at the Market Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday! ~ Amanda Milholland