Last Saturday we were pleased to welcome Carmen Tracer with Green Gables Gardens back to the Port Townsend Farmers Market. Carmen has been vending at the Port Townsend Farmers Market since 2008. She brings cut fresh flowers and, in the fall, wreaths.
The last two growing seasons have been hard ones for Carmen and her family. In 2017, Carmen dug up her roots and said goodby to about 80% of her established flowering bushes as well as other plants at her home garden, which was on the property she and her family had rented for 13 years. The owner of the home was ready to move in, displacing Carmer, her husband, and three children, as well as her brother-in-law.
Last season, Carmen started vending with us in June, having missed the spring due to the garden move. This year, Carmer moved her garden a second time--again at a great loss. The property she had been leasing didn't supply adequate water and was not conducive to maintaining her plants. With a healing broken leg, Carmer moved her greenhouse to her home in Port Townsend and began the plant transfer from one garden to another on Marrowstone Island. Now her plants are growing with a water view at a garden Carmen tends on the property of a family friend.
Loss is an inevitable part of farming. While the blooms we see at market are marvelous, they require hard work. Sometimes farmers lose crops or the yields are less than expected due to weather, pests, and so many other factors. Like Carmen, many farmers lease part or all of their land. This is a necessity and a liability. It takes determination and love for the work to keep farmers, including Carmen, coming back to their blooms year after year.
Welcome back, Carmen! We are happy to have you. Find Carmen this Saturday at the Port Townsend Farmers Market with gladiolas, dahlias, and many more beautiful blooms.
Bring a Bag, Take a Bag
Thank you, shoppers, for helping us reduce market trash by bringing your own grocery bag, basket, cup, eating container, and silverware. Being the person who takes out the trash I am noticing a difference! While there is still more to do, we are making small changes at our farmers markets. This Saturday look out for our big basket of reusable bags by the market info booth. You are welcome to take or donate a reusable bag/s. Thank you in advance for helping us reduce our trash footprint!
National Farmers Market Week
National Farmers Market Week (NFMW) is an annual celebration that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system. Now in its 20th year, NFMW always lands on the first full week of August, with this year’s celebration running August 4th-10th.
Farmers markets benefit us all in many ways! They stimulate local economies, increase access to fresh, healthy food, promote sustainable farming practices that protect our water and soil, as well as preserve American farmland. However, none of these benefits are possible without farmers. For many family farmers to succeed, particularly those new to agriculture, they count on their neighbors to shop regularly at market. NFMW provides an important opportunity to promote these benefits and to encourage more Americans to buy direct from their local farmer.
We will be celebrating NFMW at the Chimacum and Port Townsend Farmers Markets on Sunday, August 4; Wednesday, August 7th and on Saturday, August 10th. As we did last season, we are hosting a home-made photo booth with silly hats. Please bring your own silly hat if you have a favorite or you can try on one of our hats. Stay tuned for more information next week!
From Our Vendors
Port Townsend Popcorn Company is back at market starting this Saturday. They will operate on a “pay it forward” at the farmers market system. All small bags of popcorn have a suggested price of $2.00 per bag. If you can pay for a bag of popcorn you will be buying one for the next person. If you cannot you will still be able to grab a bag of popcorn.
Finnriver Cidery is releasing a 2016 vintage of Pommeau this week! Pommeau is a western French-style spirit made using apple juice pressed from Finnriver-grown fruit, combined with 100 proof apple brandy and barrel-aged in American Oak for two years. This high proof brandy acts as a preservative for the fresh apple juice, retaining a balanced sweetness and making it a shelf-stable beverage. 18.5% ABV.
This week’s color at Blue Summer House is orange. Introducing linen aprons in eight shades of orange. Very limited quantities. Stonewashed European linen.
One Straw Ranch has beautiful new 100% Romney Wool yarn in stock. We also have a wool/mohair blend and several wool/bamboo blends. Romney is a lovely, warm, durable wool perfect for hats, gloves, socks, scarves, and outerwear. Many of our yarns are spun right next door on Whidbey Island so will make a truly local project (our other yarns are spun in Oregon so didn’t travel very far). Come put your hands on it and see if we have the right yarn for the holiday projects you’re beginning to dream of (Christmas is only 5 months away so dust off your knitting needles)!
Summer continues with cucumbers (new this week!), raspberries, and green beans from Red Dog Farm! And don't forget your usual favorites, including rainbow and orange carrots, leeks, all sorts of lettuces, a wealth of kales, and an assortment of herbs.
Today, 11am-3pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride
12-2pm POP Club, Port Townsend Public Library
Live music by Anne O' and Her Band
Saturday, July 27, 9am-2pm Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, Tyler St
10am-1:45pm live music by Samara Jade
Sunday, July 28, 10am-2pm Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
11am-1pm POP Club, with the Jefferson County Farmers Markets
11am-2pm Live music by Matt Sircely
National Farmers Market Week Sunday, August 4 - Saturday, August 10
Saturday, August 17, 9am-5pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market and the Uptown Street Fair
2pm Uptown 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)!
an ode to the wednesday market
afrose fatima amed, 7/17/19
all bus lines lead here
this small square
where the air is insused with
lion's mane & green leaf
both living & harvested
the peony in the middle
of the week, more restful weekend
that saturday's thrum,
even the ground we walk on
given over to
Afrose Fatina Ahmed was our visiting poet last week at the Jefferson County Farmers Markets as part of Wording the Land, a new project to connect the art of poetry with the art of farming. 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!
See you at the Market Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday! ~ Amanda Milholland