This Sunday, August 4 marks the beginning of the 20th year of National Farmers Market Week (NFMW)! NFMW is an annual celebration that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system.
There are so many reasons to celebrate our local and national farmers markets. Farmers markets stimulate local economies, increase access to fresh, healthy food, promote sustainable farming practices that protect our water and soil, as well as preserve local 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. Here are some ways you can support your local as well as regional farmers markets and farmers:
Visit your local farmers market! Meet a friend, take your family, or just spend a relaxing day by yourself taking in the fun and festivities. Click here to find a farmers market near you.
Support the farmers! Did you know farmers receive only 15 cents of every food dollar that shoppers spend at traditional food retail outlets, like grocery stores? When you shop at a farmers market, 100% of your food dollar goes directly to the farmer. So be sure to buy some farm-fresh food when you visit.
Become a volunteer! It takes a lot of work to operate a farmers market, and often with limited staff and a tight budget. Let us know if you would like to volunteer by emailing Amanda.
Spread the word! Tell your friends and family why you love farmers markets, and encourage them to become regular shoppers. Become an influencer for local agriculture; share your market's social media posts, or create some of your own.
Join the fun! Use the hashtags #FarmersMarketWeek, #LoveMyMarket, #ptFarmersMarket and #ChimacumFarmersMarket from August 4 to August 10 to show us (and the world!) how you're celebrating National Farmers Market Week.
We will be celebrating NFMW at all three Jefferson County Farmers Markets. We are hosting a home-made photo booth starting this Sunday and continuing August 7th and 10th at our Port Townsend Wednesday and Saturday Farmers Markets. We will also have chalkboards for you to write why you love your farmers market. We dug up the Flora backdrop, dusted off our beloved Flora hat and rummaged through our dress-up boxes (well actually my kids' dress-up box) to bring you some other silly hats in honor of our market mascot, Flora-- the woman with the fruit and veggie hat from the painting by Chris Witkowski. Please bring your own silly hat if you have a favorite or you can try on one of our hats. We will have photographers for part of each market day taking silly hat photos. You are also welcome to take your own photo. Our thanks go out to Deja View Photography and A Fare Story for taking pictures.
Bring a Bag, Take a Bag
This is week three of bring a bag, take a bag at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. Thank you, shoppers, for helping us reduce market trash by bringing your own grocery bag, basket, cup, eating container, and silverware to market. Be one of the first 10 people to present your cup, eating container or reusable bag/basket at the market information booth and get $1 for farm-fresh food. Thank you in advance for helping us reduce our carbon footprint!
From Our Vendors
Hopscotch Farm + Cannery will have new batches of Zucchini Pickles, Zucchini Relish, and Blackberry Preserves at market today. Meghan will also have lots of basil (pesto, anyone?), salad mix, and summer squash.
Newquist Forge will be at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market with a fresh batch of garden tools, including our new chicken foot hand rake, and our popular Korean mini hoe. We have a new wok spatula to compliment our hand-hammered woks. And we'll have our usual assortment of home decor, including toilet paper holders, towel bars, and tiny house fire tools!
Tomatoes are the taste of summer, and you can get them at Red Dog Farm! The raspberry season continues sweetly, and green beans abound. The scent of basil is itself worth the trip to our tent. Crisp, flavorful celery will also make an appearance. A bounty of summertime produce has arrived!
Today, 11am-3pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride
12-2pm POP Club with 4-H Poultry Pals
Live music by Anne O' and Her Band
Saturday, August 3, 9am-2pm Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, Tyler St
10am-1:45pm live music by Lighnin' Wells
Sunday, August 4, 10am-2pm Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
11am-1pm POP Club, with the Jefferson County Farmers Markets
11am-2pm Live music by Ali Kafka
The first day of National Farmers Market Week- join us in celebrating with your silly hat!
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)!
About the Music
Anne O' & Her Band is our house band for the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market. You don't want to miss their beautiful harmonies and covers of a mix of uplifting rock and roll, folk, and even kid songs. These songs may just inspire you to hum along. We love Anne O' & Her Band. Come find out why today at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market.
Lightnin' Wells, our Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market musician, is an American blues multi-instrumentalist and singer. He is a proficient musician and regularly plays various instruments in concert, including the guitar, mandolin, harmonica, ukulele, and banjo. At times he has performed as a one-man-band. His style encompasses elements of the blues, country, gospel, old-time, bluegrass and folk. Mark Coltrain stated in Living Blues that, "You won't find a more versatile musician around – able to move deftly between country blues, old-time banjo, and novelty tunes with a single pluck. Lightnin' Wells changes the past..."
Found the past few years performing on the porches, stoops, and stages of New Orleans, Ali Kafka, our musical guest this Sunday at the Chimacum Farmers Market, cut her teeth as a street musician. She’d take up tunes with accompaniment by fiddles, cellos, washboards, or jugs when she wasn’t playing counterpoint duets with fellow country blues guitarists. Enamored with the nuance and feeling of 78 record–era blues and string band tunes, Ali has passionately sought to preserve its driving bass and loping syncopation for new audiences.
Both Ali and Lightnin' are teaching this weekend at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival (July 28th–August 4th, 2019). Learn more here.
an ode to the saturday market
afrose fatima amed, 7/20/19
of every other day are poured
into the basket of
saturday. at the market,
i am here to see & be seen
by blueberry, begonia, & wayward
bumblebee. the street sprouting
tents & becoming busy alleys
where mystery is brewed
along with coffee, & every pass
along every vendor reveals
Afrose Fatina Ahmed was our visiting poet July 14, 17 and 20 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