In his "Letter from Birmingham Jail, " Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, "In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality..." This Thursday is the 4th of July, a date to celebrate independence. However, farmers markets are a great space to see first-hand the ways in which we are, as Dr. King points out, inter-related or interdependent. While values of independence and individualism underly much of our cultural language, we rely on each other to sustain a vibrant local food economy. Together, we build a web that supports local farms, preserves agricultural land, nourishes our bodies, and creates a family out of neighbors and strangers alike.
This week, visit the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets in the spirit of interdependence. When you shop at your local farmers market you foster community with other shoppers as well as vendors. You invest in our local economy, which in turn support local jobs and small businesses, as well as ensures that small farms will continue to grow food here in our county. We need each other. It is not a weakness to recognize the value we bring to each other's lives and the ways in which we ensure in each others success. Let's celebrate interdependence this week!
One of our vendors, Finnriver Farm and Cidery also celebrates Interdependence Day. Their Interdependence Day event is on July 13 at Finnriver Farm and Cidery. Learn more here.
Upcoming At Market
Today, July 3, 11am-3pm Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, Jefferson Transit's Haines Place Park and Ride
12-2pm POP Club with Amy Goetz, Jefferson County Farmers Markets
Saturday, July 6, 9am-2pm Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, Tyler St
10am-1:45pm live music by Nicole Scott and Milly Raccoon
Sunday, July 7, 10am-2pm Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
11am-2pm live music by Nicole Scott and Milly Raccoon
11am-1pm POP Club with Amy Goetz, Jefferson County Farmers Markets
Reducing Our Footprint
The summer season is one of joy and abundance at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets. Sadly, it is also a season of trash production. As prepared food consumption goes up at the market, so too does the level of trash created. Locals, you can help! Please bring your own reusable cup, eating container, and silverware. The first 10 people to come by the Port Townsend Farmers Market info booth on Saturday with their own cup or eating container will get $1 for fresh produce at the farmers market or $3 off of this season's Flora grocery bag (normally $15). Also, bring your own reusable bags or basket + an extra bag (if you have one) to pass on. You can drop off canvas and cotton bags that are in good condition at the farmers market info booth and we will pass them on to other shoppers. Did you ride your bike or walk to the market? Come by and tell us for a chance to be one of the first 10 people to help reduce the farmers market's carbon footprint and get a $1 for farm-fresh food or a new Flora tote bag at a $3 discount.
Kids and families, children of all ages are welcome to join our weekly Power of Produce (POP) Club at Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets. POP Club provides a fun opportunity for children to engage in the local food system through conversations directly with farmers, educational games and demonstrations, as well as exposure to local fruits and vegetables. In addition to participating in educational activities, POP Club kids receive $2 each week in POP bucks to spend at the market, allowing them to make their own shopping decisions. Join us today from 12-2pm for POP Club at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride. On Sunday, join us at the Chimacum Farmers Market for POP from 11am-1pm at Chimacum Corner Farmstand.
About the Music
This Saturday at the Port Townsend Farmers Market our featured music is by Nicole Scott and Milly Raccoon, with alternating solo performances and some musical collaborations. Fiddle player and singer Milly Raccoon roams the continent, bringing her quirky, magical music and art to unsuspecting audiences. Her original songs and musical approaches emulate classic country, traditional jazz, and old-world Celtic music. After years of touring in acoustic bands, she is currently presenting her new album release, "You're in Country Country."
Nicole Scott collects and performs great songs, mostly from Appalachian traditions. Her powerful singing, often compared to the voices of June Carter and Jean Ritchie, is beautifully matched by the old-time mountain sound of her guitar work. Raised in Seattle, Nicole now lives and teaches on Whidbey Island. When performing solo, she digs deep into some of her favorite source material, such as songs “collected from English folk song melodies, folk songs from the Appalachians, bluegrass standards, medieval music and songs from the Carter Family.”
From our Vendors
Hopscotch Farm + Cannery will be back at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market today, AND Meghan is bringing Beet Relish and Zucchini Pickles! She will also have her regular line-up of preserves as well as salad mix, snap peas, basil, rhubarb, and some other summer goodies.
Newquist Forge is coming to the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers market this week with all fresh hand-forged creations--cookware (woks and pans), garden tools (the hickory handles are still gleaming from linseed oil finish), fireplace tools, and home decor. Stop by and see what the local blacksmith has been cooking up in the forge.
Finnriver Farms' cucumbers, sugar snap peas, kohlrabi, carrots, turnips, and Sungold cherry tomatoes make an impressively colorful veggie platter for any picnic, potluck or BBQ. Find them today, Saturday and Sunday at your local farmers markets.
Mystery Bay Farm: Cajeta is back! Our yummy goat's milk caramel sauce is a great treat for any time of year.
New from One Straw Ranch – the Grill Pack! Available in two convenient sizes, they’re a great way to stock up on all your delicious cookout favorites at a discount. Each pack includes top sirloin steaks, sausage links, pork kabob cubes and ground beef. Visit our webstorewww.onestrawranch.com for more details and to order ahead for pickup at market. Happy 4th of July!
Millbrook Clayworks will be at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market this week with lots of new pieces. This season, Millbrook is joining us once a month as the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. Don't miss us this weekend!
This Saturday and Sunday Red Dog Farm is bringing the first broccoli harvest of the year to market! Other signs of summer include basil, strawberries, raspberries, and zucchini!
We are still seeking volunteers especially to assist with set up and breakdown of the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets. What do you 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 can be much higher. While setup and breakdown volunteers, mainly interact with each other, the camaraderie and sense of shared purpose is strong. Interested? Contact Amanda: firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-379-9098.
See you at the Market this Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday! ~ Amanda Milholland