National Farmers Market Week (NFMW) started last Sunday and continues throughout the week. Please join us today and Saturday at the Port Townsend Farmers Markets in celebration of the ways in which farmers markets support healthy local food systems, farmers, small businesses and communities. Last week we shared how farmers markets support local farmers and preserve farmland as business incubators. Farmers markets also support access to healthy food for people of all incomes.
To learn more about how your farmers markets stretch federal food assistance dollars for community members with low incomes check out our new how to use your EBT card at the market video by Whaleheart Productions.
Here are some fun facts:
Farmers markets increase access to fresh nutritious food. In 2018, 7,206 markets and direct-marketing farmers accepted SNAP/EBT, resulting in $24 million in SNAP spent at farmers markets. That’s fresh food access and more money in the pocket of small farmers. In Jefferson County, we provided over $14,600 in food assistance matching to shoppers who used EBT, WIC or Senior Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets. As a result, about 500 households brought home nearly $39,000 in locally grown and produced food from our markets last year.
In Jefferson County market farmers travel less than 50 miles to bring you farm-fresh food. Most farmers travel 25 miles or fewer. This means market food transportation has a lower impact on the environment. Additionally, when you shop directly with local farms you keep more money in our community as well as support local jobs.
In a 2015 survey 81% of farmers selling at farmers markets said they incorporate cover crops, reduce tillage, have on-site composting, and integrate other soil practices into their farm operations. This is very true of our market farmers. Jefferson County Farmers Market farms are mostly certified organic or use organic practices. Those located along Chimacum Creek are also certified Salmon Safe. When we support local farms we help preserve healthy farmland.
We are hosting a home-made photo booth today and Saturday at our Port Townsend Farmers Markets. We will have chalkboards for you to write why you love your farmers market plus silly hats for you to try on in honor of our mascot, Flora. Please bring your own silly hat if you have a favorite or you can try on one of our hats. David Conklin will be taking photos for part of the day today at the farmers market. A Fare Story is taking pictures on Saturday.
Composting at the Saturday Farmers Market
This week we are pleased to introduce composting at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market in partnership with Three Peas Farm. At this time, we will only be accepting food scraps, fruit and vegetable matter and trimmings, coffee grounds, and bread products produced at the market. In the future, we hope to add compostable foodservice items. However, many of the "compostable" food service items are only really compostable in a commercial facility, which we don't have in our community.
About Three Peas Farm:
Three Pease Farm is a new vendor to the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market this season. Farmers Amy Poteete and Eric Peterson, vend fresh eggs, nettle tea, and smoothies. It is their long-term goal to produce all of the fruit and even the milk they use in their smoothies on their 5-acre farm. However, as second-year farmers they are still establishing their plants, building their soil, and improving their farming systems. In addition to being a farm, Three Peas is an intentional community. Amy, the lead farmer considers herself a beginner and learner. She, with support from Eric and other members of their intentional community, is growing 50 some blueberry plants, as well as raspberries, strawberries, mixed vegetables, and a first-year crop of chufa (a nutty-tasting tuber that can be used to make milk). Three Peas also cares for 70 some chickens and a thriving patch of nettles.
Building the soil through composting and soil amendment is a major goal for Three Peas Farm. This is where market compost comes in. Our food scraps will be added to the evolving compost system at Three Peas to support this farm as they grow. Thank you Three Peas Farm for helping us compost!
From Our Vendors
Hopscotch Farm + Cannery is at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market today with lots of zinnias, basil, tomatoes, salad mix, summer squash, garlic, and new potatoes! Meghan will also have her usual line-up of canned goods - pickles, relish, and preserves.
This might be your last chance for raspberry sweetness at Red Dog Farm. Stock up! But not to worry, berry lovers, because our everbearing strawberries are in full swing. Green cabbage and fennel are back, and crisp green celery continues to delight. Between the cukes and zukes, tomatoes and potatoes, radishes and radicchio, it's clear that summer is here!
Paella House is back at the Saturday Farmers Market this weekend. Come and get some delicious paella! We look forward to seeing you.
Mountain Spirit Presents: BEGINNING HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
Class starts: September 25, 2019- March 25, 2020
After completing this course you will have a basic understanding of using herbs for your health and body’s needs, and herbal remedies of basic ailments for yourself and family members.
Basic herbal remedy making
Food herbs for prevention of illness
Growing and cultivation of herbs in the Pacific Northwest
Women’s herbs from menstruation through menopause
Basic herbal first aid kits-personalized for your family’s needs
Teacher: Denise Joy is a fourth-generation herbalist whose education began with her great-grandmother at age 8. The knowledge she gained through books and self-teaching has been augmented by studying with renowned herbalists and healers in Hawaii and Washington. For over 35 years she has owned and operated Mountain Spirit Herbals, and makes, grows, and wild crafts much of the company’s product. Class starts on the fall equinox until the spring equinox. Meets each Wednesday from 10am–12:30. Register at the Port Townsend Farmer’s Market, by phone: 360-385-4991 or email: email@example.com.
Today, 11am-3pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market Celebrates National Farmer market Week at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride
Photobooth with silly hats in honor of National Farmers Market Week and our Market mascot, Flora
12-2pm POP Club with the Port Townsend Public Library and blueberry tasting
Live music by Frog and Henry
Saturday, August 10, 9am-2pm Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, Tyler St
10am-1:45pm live music by Cascade Strings
Photobooth with silly hats in honor of National Farmers Market Week and our Market mascot, Flora. Photobooth by the farmers market info booth.
Sunday, August 11, 10am-2pm Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
11am-1pm POP Club with the Jefferson County Farmers Markets
11am-2pm Live music by Mad Hallelujah
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
Today we are pleased to present Frog & Henry at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market in celebration of National Farmers Market Week. Formed in New Orleans as a collective of several street performing groups, Frog & Henry perform and record old dance and jazz music from the early 1900s on brass and string instruments, with nearly every instrumentalist contributing to vocals. Most of our repertoire is dug up from forgotten songs dating to the dawn of recorded music, in the form of early dance tunes, or from even earlier 19thc sheet music. Learn more: https://www.frogandhenry.com/
Local fiddler and instructor Cliff Self will bring his thriving ensemble to the farmers market this Saturday: The Cascade Strings. Cliff maintains a regular fiddle group related to his instruction in violin, viola, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, songwriting, music theory, and voice to students ranging in age from three to ninety. After many years touring the world with orchestras, symphonies, and pop stars, Cliff settled in Port Townsend in 1997 as a fiddle instructor at Peninsula College and the violin teacher at Jefferson Community School and has taught many workshops across the region. The Cascade Strings presents an opportunity for the players to learn and play and offers audiences the opportunity to hear big sounds from a large fiddle ensemble.
Mad Hallelujah tours the globe sharing all-original music with elements of folk and bluegrass alongside psychedelic rock and funk to create their own unique sound, which they will bring to the Chimacum Farmers Market on Sunday, August 11 at 11am. Originally formed in New Zealand as a collective of busking troubadours in 2015, the group has recorded four albums and earned a reputation as ecstatic dance-floor igniters who craft deep musical journeys. Later on Sunday at 6:30pm, Mad Hallelujah will join Samara Jade, Aimée Ringle, and Micaela Kingslight in a performance at the Palindrome.
Jefferson County Farm Tour Welcomes Volunteers
September 21 & 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