Today is the last Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market of the season. Find us from 11am-3pm at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride. Anne O' and Her Band (our house band) will be at market with beautiful, playful tunes. Assistant Market Manager and Bubble Master, Amy Goetz, is leading a two-bites challenge as well as big bubble making for kids of all ages as part of our Power of Produce (POP) Club. Of course, we will also have a beautiful assortment of late summer/early fall produce: grapes, tomatoes, apples and Asian pears, greens of all types, winter squash, artisan cheese, jam, pickles and more. Each Jefferson County Farmers Market has its own personality. If you haven't yet, this is your last chance this season to enjoy our inviting, warm, family-friendly mid-week farmers market.
Why do we have three farmers markets in a rather small community? It is simple. We have the farmers and we have you! Here in Jefferson County, we have a uniquely strong community of local small and medium-sized farms. The median age for farmers nationally is 57.5 years old. More and more small and mid-sized farms go out of business every year as farmers retire and our food system continues to depend on mass-produce food shipped from all over the country and world (learn more here about the state of national farming). As of 2017, the number of US farms nationally was down 3.2% from 2012. While these trends put our food system at risk, many of our Jefferson County small and mid-sized farms are growing little by little in large part because of our local farmers markets. Many Jefferson County growers sell to the Port Townsend Food Co-op, Chimacum Corner Farmstand, Aldrich's, as well as a handful of local restaurants and other businesses. These local buyers are essential for the sustainability of local farms.
At the same time, some local farmers focus their business on direct sales at the Jefferson County Farmers Markets. Direct-sales allow farmers to bring home more of their earnings. Considering that farming provides a meager income, direct-to-consumer sales are a huge part of the success of local farms. It is thanks to you that local farms are able to sell a lot of what they produce here in our community. If there wasn't support for farms locally we too would be facing the same farmer and farmland losses that are devastating other communities nationally with farmers retiring, farm jobs drying up, small and mid-sized farms closing, and growing dependence on food produced at large scare thousands of miles from home. While these issues are pressing and real locally, we are in a more hopeful place because of your support for local farms. Each dollar you spend at market supports farm employment, farmland preservation, environmental stewardship by local farmers, and maintains our locally produced food supply. Thank you!
See you today at the Season Closing of the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market!
Today, 11am-3pm, Closing Day of the Port Townsend Farmers Market, Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride
12-2pm POP Club
Live music by Anne O' and Her Band
Saturday, September 28, 9am-2pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market, Tyler St
10am-1:45pm Live music by Ancient Jazz (WB Reid and Mark Graham)
Sunday, September 29, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
11am-1pm POP Club
11am-2pm music by Jon Parry
Saturday, October 19, 9am-2pm Winter Squash Day at the Port Townsend Farmers Market
Squash tasting with Arran Stark
Sunday, October 27 Season Closing and Halloween Chimacum Farmers Market, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
From Our Vendors
It's the last PT Wednesday Market today and Hopscotch Farm will be there with lots of canned goods and storage crops. Come stock up on pickles, relish, and preserves, as well as winter squash, onions, garlic, and potatoes. Meghan will again be offering discounts for half and full case purchases.
There's a winter squash extravaganza at Red Dog Farm! Pie pumpkins, spaghetti squash, Delicata, Acorn squash, Butternut, Buttercup, Kuri, and all sizes of Hubbards will be available, plus all the late summer and early fall produce you love: carrots, onions, radishes, potatoes, salad mix, and much more!
Note on Market Money
There are seven different market currencies accepted at the Jefferson County Farmers Markets. With multiple currencies that each function differently it is easy to understand when both shoppers and vendors get confused about how they work. Please review our currency sheet for a reminder of what you can purchase with each type of market money. It is important to note that our Flora tokens, the $20 tokens, purchased with credit or debit cards, are the only currency that receives cash back when you spend them with a vendor. The other currencies are connected with the SNAP/EBT, WIC/Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, VegRx or our Fresh Bucks and Gimme5 match programs. Each of these can not be exchanged for cash as they are connected to federal or market match programs. To exchange them for cash would put our ability to accept federal food funds or offer match at jeopardy. Please check-in at the market info booth if you have any questions about how to use our currencies. Thank you in advance!
About the Music
Mark Graham and WB Reid will bring their version of "Ancient Jazz" to Port Townsend Farmers Market this Saturday, featuring a unique combination of clarinet and six-string banjo-guitar. The Ancient Jazz duo performs music from Sidney Bechet, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington “and other gems from the era when ragtime was becoming jazz, plus songs from Mark's own "brain” according to a statement from the group. Graham is revered for his musicianship and songwriting, and Reid is renowned for work on all sorts of instruments in all sorts of musical settings. For decades, WB and Mark have inspired audiences and musicians up and down the West Coast. Now as the Ancient Jazz Duo, they will present their new unique pairing of six-string banjo-guitar and clarinet.
Jon Parry immersed himself in the blues as a young violinist in Seattle. By the age of fifteen, he was opening shows for Taj Mahal, Big Mama Thorton, and B.B. King, among others. A long time member of the legendary Goose Creek Symphony, Jon has performed professionally as a sideman across America and he has recorded and performed with artists including Hank Williams Jr. and Danny Barnes. Many of his recent performances have been alongside John “Greyhound” Maxwell, and Parry has often been an instructor and performer at Centrum’s Acoustic Blues Workshop. Jon Parry will be accompanied by Matt Sircely.
See you at the Market Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday! ~ Amanda Milholland