Today Abakis, (a.k.a. Aba Kiser) is playing live music at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market. Growing up in Virginia singing jazz at her father’s restaurant, musical firebrand, and multi-instrumentalist Abakis creates orchestral folk-pop with a heartache for classic country and swing. Hard to pin down, but instantly familiar, her tongue in cheek lyricism, vintage vocals, and Koetke-style picking guitar paint a sonic kaleidoscope. This nationally-known musician is now a Port Townsend local and formerly the Chimacum Farmers Market Manager. Join us in welcoming Abakis to the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, 11am to 3pm.
The Saturday Market in Port Townsend on August 31 will be a special day with the annual return of the Yesango Marimba Ensemble, which recently delighted the Sunday Farmers Market in Chimacum with their performance of the intricate, infectious rhythms of Shona-style marimba music. You’ve likely seen Yesango at local events such as the Wooden Boat Festival, Low Tide Festival, the Juan de Fuca Festival, the Kinetic Sculpture Race and the Finnriver Cider Garden. Yesango Marimba Ensemble has also performed at Zimbabwean music festivals in Victoria, B.C., Port Townsend and Seattle.
On Sunday at the Chimacum Farmers Market, Tony Petrillo and Trevor Hanson will perform two-guitar conversations together as the ‘TNT Guitar Duo’. Both Tony and Trevor play in larger groups—Tony Petrillo performs frequently with Tony Petrillo and the Roundabouts. As a duo, Tony and Trevor focus on the synergistic creativity that can emerge from two guitars, including playing harmony lines. Tony plays a six-string archtop, and Trevorperforms on both steel and nylon seven-string guitars —the addition of a lower string deepens the textures of the TNT Guitar Duo’s arrangements. Both local artists are known for the thoughtfulness of their song selections. As a duo, Tony and Trevor choose mostly American swing and bebop melodies, also including some calypso and Django tunes.
Tomato Taste Off Results
The Port Townsend Farmers Market hosted the 3rd Annual Tomato Taste Off last Saturday. We had a super fun taste off with 500+ participants and 11 varieties of locally grown cherry and slicer tomatoes. Each of these tomatoes was delicious and unique. This year we divided the tomato types into two general categories, slicer and cherry tomatoes. People used color-coded sticky dots to vote on their favorite tomatoes in each category based on sweetness, texture, tomato-yness, and "You are the One" (favorite).
Texture, tomato-yness, and You are the One: SunGreen, Midori Farm
Sweetness: Sungold, Finnriver Farm
Sweetness: Big Beef, Red Dog Farm
Texture and You are the One: Pink Brandywine, SpringRain Farm
Tomato-yness: Red Racer Organic Seed Alliance
If you missed the taste off, do your own at home. The Jefferson County Farmers Markets are rich in delicious tomatoes with 20 or more varieties at our markets weekly. Tomato season will pass in the coming month. This is the time to savor summer flavor. Bring home a half a dozen or more different tomatoes this week and try tastes of each side-by-side. They each have their own unique flavor, which best suits anything from fresh salsa to salad or a sandwich.
Our special thanks go out to Chef Arran Stark of Jefferson Healthcare for hosting a tomato cooking demonstration, the Organic Seed Alliance for donating tomatoes to the Tomato Taste Off and joining us for the day with information about tomato seed saving, as well as to all of the participating farms. Thank you Red Dog, Finnriver, SpringRain, Serendipity, and Midori Farm for submitting your beautiful, delicious tomatoes to the taste off. Thank you, volunteers, Linda Heuertz, Karen Lee and Sam Cavallaro for helping slice tomatoes and assist with tomato voting. Our thanks also go out to each of you who enjoyed tomatoes with us. Let's do it again next year!
Today, 11am-3pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride
12-2pm POP Club
Live music by Abakis
Saturday, August 31, 9am-2pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market, Tyler St
10am-1:45pm Live music by Yesango Marimba Ensemble
Sunday, September 1, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
11am-1pm POP Club
11am-2pm music by TNT Guitar Duo
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)!
From Our Vendors
Hopscotch Farm is back at the Wednesday Market today with tons of freshly made pickles and relishes. Meghan will also have tomatoes, bell peppers, basil, salad mix, and more!
Bulk pricing is available on the award-winning tomatoes at Red Dog Farm! These gorgeous tomatoes were voted best in the "sweetness" category in last weekend's Tomato Taste Off. Watermelons will make their debut, sweet corn returns, and strawberries continue to please.
Have you noticed that there has been renewed national interest in recycling? This is in part sparked by the collapse of the international recycling market, which began in 2017. China, a former leader in recycling US plastic, has drastically cut back on what products they will accept. As a result, much of the plastic that would have formerly been recycled abroad is littering national landfills as many of these products are not recycled in the county. At the same time, there is greater national awareness of the multi-generational impact of plastic on the environment. Learn more about the impact plastic has on our oceans here. So what are we doing about it and what can you do as a farmers market shopper?
What JCFM is Doing:
We have been taking a more active approach to reducing trash produced at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market by encouraging shoppers to bring their own bags + a bag or two to pass on to other shoppers. We also encourage using reusable food service items from home with our $1 token give away to the first 10 market shoppers to bring an eating container from home to the market info booth on Saturdays. Additionally, we introduced market composting in partnership with Three Peas Farm. These efforts are making a difference. However, we still have a long way to go.
What You Can Do:
Shopping at farmers markets is a great way to eat healthy, support your local economy, and celebrate community as well as reduce the amount of trash you generate. There are many actions you can do to help reduce waste at the market.
As a shopper, use the 4R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (in that order). Do I need a bag? If you do, then reuse it.
Bring your own clean shopping bags, produce bags and containers.
Bring an extra cloth bag/s for the Give a Bag, Take a Bag basket. This basket is by the market info booth. We need more bag donations to help keep it going.
When eating at market, bring your own silverware, drinking cup and dish. Our food vendors can serve you in your dish.
Review what can be recycled in our community. Please don't put recycling in the trash or trash into the recycling. Here are some common items placed in the recycling bin at the market that cannot be recycled: plastic with food particles, straws, crinkly plastic, waxed paper, paper food containers, broken bottles. The paper food containers that are compostable can go into our compost along with food scraps.
Reach out to Amanda if you want to help with developing strategies for sustainability at your farmers markets.
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 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