Tomato Taste Off This Saturday
This Saturday marks the 3rd Annual Tomato Taste Off at the Port Townsend Farmers Market. To start us off, Jefferson Healthcare's Executive Chef, Arran Stark, will fix us a dish featuring locally grow tomatoes. Don't miss Arran in action as he shares cooking methodology and inspires creativity with his playful cooking. Arran will be shopping the farmers market and then getting started around 9:30am at the stage area.
We are hosting the Taste Off starting at about 10:30am. The Tomato Taste Off gives you a chance to try nearly a dozen locally grown tomatoes side-by-side. We will have them divided into two categories this year; slicer and cherry. Try tomatoes from every farm that grows them at market, plus a couple of varieties grown by the Organic Seed Alliance. You will taste and vote on tomatoes based on flavor, texture, tomato-yness, and alure.
The Organic See Alliance (OSA) will also be at the market throughout the day hosting a booth and sharing tomato seed saving methods. Stop by their booth to learn more about OSA's work advancing ethical seed solutions to meet food and farming needs as well as how to save your own tomato seeds.
The Jefferson County Farmers Markets are grateful for the partnerships that make this event possible. Thank you Jefferson Healthcare and Arran Stark for your sponsorship as well as the support of our chef demo program. Thank you Organic Seed Alliance for donating tomatoes and for participating in the event. Thank you local farms for sharing your favorite tomatoes with us.
Today, 11am-3pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride
12-2pm POP Club, worms with Amy Goetz
Saturday, August 24, 9am-2pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market and Tomato Taste Off, Tyler St
Tomato chef demo by Arran Stark 9:30-10:30am
Tomato tasting 10:30am-11:30am
Live music by Janna Marit 11:45-1:45pm
Organic Seed Alliance demonstrates tomato seed saving throughout the market day
Sunday, August 25, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
11am-1pm POP Club
11am-2pm music by Forest Beutel
Today - 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)!
How to Use Your EBT Card at Market
For those of you who used your EBT card at the market last Saturday or Sunday, please accept our apology. Our EBT processing program was down so we had to run all EBT transactions by hand and over the phone. This meant that transactions took longer. Thank you so much for your patience! We are back online. Transactions will be smooth this week.
We continue to offer our matching programs: for every $5 spent on EBT market tokens, we give you an extra $2 for fresh fruit and veggies-- no cap. When you spend $20 or more we throw in a $5 token for a total of $13 extra for farm-fresh food. Learn more through this EBT how-to video we recently made in partnership with Whaleheart Productions and with support from a USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant, the same grant that funds Fresh Bucks.
Jefferson Co. Farm Tour Welcomes Volunteers
September 21st & 22nd
Volunteering for Farm Tour is a great way to make a connection to a local farm, support local agriculture, and be part of an awesome local tradition! There are 19 incredibly diverse farm sites on this year's Farm Tour, showcasing the bounty of our county! Volunteers are a vital part of Farm Tour. Volunteers do not need to know anything about farming, and they will be provided with training and all the materials necessary, including a chair! Volunteers help support Farm Tour by spending 3.5 hours on one farm, and:
Welcoming guests to farms
Tracking the number of visitors (both the total number of Farm Tour participants and the visitors at each specific farm site)
Offering directions (in collaboration with farmers)
Giving and collecting donations, evaluations, and (new this year) land-inspired poetry!
ANYONE can be a Farm Tour volunteer! Volunteers receive a $10 Coupon to any WSU class/workshop, as well as a Farm Tour tote bag!
Click here to be a volunteer! Check out Farm Tour's new website to see all the farm sites at GetOnTheFarm.org Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Check out the 2019 Farm Tour video about Kodama Farm and get excited for Farm Tour!
Wording the Land
Wording the Land is coming up as part of the Jefferson County Farm Tour. This new project connects the art of poetry with the art of farming. On September 21 and 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 email@example.com 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