Today is the second to last Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market of the season. Find us from 11am-3pm at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride. The Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market offers a variety of locally grown fruit and vegetables as well as artisan cheese, pastries, and bread.
We also host a weekly kids club at both the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets. The Power of Produce Club gives children of all ages the opportunity to try new locally grown foods, and learn about seasonal eating and farming through games, art, tastings and more. Kids get $2 for fresh produce each week after participating in POP Club. The Transit Center parking lot has been our chalk art canvas again this market season. Today Market Director, Amanda Milholland, leads a chalk art activity at our second to last Wednesday Farmers Market of the season. Check it out, 12-2pm!
Take Action to Support SNAP Benefits
In July, the Trump administration announced a proposal that would take food stamps away from more than three million people nationally. People in Washington State are among those to be hit the hardest by the proposed SNAP budget cuts; at least 15% of households enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/EBT, formerly food stamps) will get kicked off of it under the proposal. Nationally, 13% of families that include an individual over the age of 60, 7% of those with children, and 4% with an individual with disabilities will lose their benefits. Learn more here.
Drastic reductions to SNAP benefits will have a particularly devastating impact in Jefferson and other rural/semi-rural communities. Here in Jefferson County food insecurity rates are 1.5% higher than in Washington State as a whole (11.5% in Washington and 13% in Jefferson County). The discrepancies for childhood hunger are even greater – 17.3% statewide, but 21.5% for Jefferson County. These numbers spotlight an epidemic – one that cannot change unless we work together with a common goal.
At the same time that SNAP benefits are likely to be massively reduced next season, the USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant that funded SNAP matching programs at farmers market in Jefferson, Clallam, Mason, and Kitsap counties over the last four years was not renewed for 2020.
The Jefferson County Farmers Markets needs community support to maintain a strong SNAP matching program next season. Learn more about our 2019 market match programs here: http://jcfmarkets.org/ebt-matching. Support JCFM's food assistance program, Gimme5, through the Give Jefferson Campaign or by donating directly to JCFM. 100% of funds donated to our Gimme5 program go towards providing extra funds for farm-direct food to shoppers using SNAP, Women Infants and Children (WIC) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets. With your support, Gimme5 offers much-needed nutrition support to local individuals and families who need it most.
In addition to donating to Gimme5, submit your comments regarding the proposed cuts to SNAP here. Together we can help maintain vital food access for children, families, and seniors.
Today, 11am-3pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride
12-2pm POP Club
Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, 10am- 4pm Farm Tour on participating farms + write poems on the farm (part of Wording the Land)! Written submissions open for Wording the Land via drop buckets at participating farms or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, September 21, 9am-2pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market, Tyler St
10am-1:45pm Live music by Rex Rice
Sunday, September 22, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
11am-1pm POP Club
11am-2pm music by Jack Dwyer
September 21-22, Jefferson County Farm Tour
Wednesday, September 25 Closing Day of the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, 11am-3pm, Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride
Sunday, October 27 Season Closing and Halloween Chimacum Farmers Market, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
From Our Vendors
Hopscotch Farm's Dilly Beans are on sale today at the Wednesday Farmers Market! And with only two markets left, be sure to come stock up on canned goods. Meghan will also be offering discounts for half and whole case purchases (mix and match, of course).
Red Dog Farm: Come see us this weekend where the summer bounty meets fall abundance at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market! Tomatoes, cilantro, broccoli, lettuce, leeks, winter squash, zucchini, garlic, and much much more.
Chimacum Valley Dairy will be at all three Jefferson County Farmers Market this week with our cow and goat milk cheeses. Come by our booth for a sample and to pick up your hand-made cheese.
About the Music
This Saturday, the Port Townsend Farmers Market presents the trombone work and band leadership of Rex Rice. Local musical treasure Rex Rice has been playing trombone since 1949, and he traveled southern Europe and the Mediterranean with the 17th Air Force Band in his early career. Rex toured with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and played in rock ’n roll groups too — everything from swing or salsa dances to performances with the Everett Symphony. Around town, Rex is known for his humor, his intuitive musicianship and his leadership of jazz jams.
On Sunday, September 22, the Chimacum market features the music of Jack Dwyer. A remarkable instrumentalist on guitar, banjo, and mandolin, Jack Dwyer writes great songs in the styles of bluegrass and classic country. A local favorite of roots music fans, Jack often incorporates traditional balladry and heartfelt instrumentals drawn from his extensive old-time music repertoire. Dwyer’s collaborations are widespread — he works with a broad spectrum of artists both locally and nationally. Learn more at jackdwyer.com
6Rs of Trash Reduction
One of our market shoppers, Penney Hubbard, offered two more Rs for our list of ways to reduce our ecological footprint: repair and rot. Repair refers to mending things so they can be used again and rot to composting food and other biodegradable scraps so they can be reused by the earth.
On behalf of the Jefferson County Farmers Markets, thank you for taking part in reducing trash creation at our local farmers markets and in our community. There are lots of ways you can help! Remember the six Rs: refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, rot, and Recycle (in that order). Do I need a bag? If you do, then reuse it. Reduce your need for single-use food containers and bags by bringing your own. Help out your neighbor by bringing 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 keep it going. Use the compost bin at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. You can put food scraps, as well as non-waxed paper products- compostable plates- in the compost bin. These are composted at Three Peas Farm in Port Townsend. Last but not least, review what can be recycled in our community. Please don't put recycling in the trash or trash into the recycling. Thank you!
See you at the Market Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday! ~ Amanda Milholland
Wording the Land
The Jefferson County Farm Tour starts this Saturday and so too does Wording the Land. This new project connects the art of poetry with the art of farming. On September 21 and 22, the public is 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 JCFM's Gimme5 food access program. 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:
This weekend, 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!
17th Jefferson County Farm Tour this Weekend!
It's that time of year to get on your walking shoes and head to the farms of Jefferson County; this year there are 19 diverse farm sites to visit! Check out the 2019 Farm Tour videos and get excited: KODAMA FARM & FOOD FOREST & FARMING FIBER!
HOW TO FARM TOUR: This weekend, head out to any participating farm to start your self-guided tour. You can also begin your tour at Farm Tour Central, located at the Chimacum Corner Farmstand Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm.
Check out getonthefarm.org to learn about each participating farm! Farm Tour maps will be at every farm, and are now at all our sponsor locations: PT Food Co-op, Chimacum Corner Farmstand, PT Leader, Carl's Building Supply, the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets, and the Jefferson Land Trust office!
Farm Tour is free and open to the public with a one-time suggested donation of $10 per car for the whole tour. All are welcome! Please, no dogs on Farm Tour!
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: getonthefarm.org | Facebook: 2019 Jefferson County Farm Tour
Port Townsend Vineyards
*NEW* - Port Townsend High School Garden (only open Saturday)
Eaglemount Wine & Cider (only open Sunday)
*NEW* - Sailor Vineyard
RainCoast Farms (only open Sunday)
Sunfield Biodynamic Farm
Chimacum High School (only open Saturday)
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Organic Seed Alliance (only open Sunday)
Compass Rose Farms & The Dirt Rich School
*NEW* - Arabians at Egg & I
Yaks in the Cradle Farm
Center Valley Animal Rescue
*NEW* - Quilcene School Garden (only open Saturday)