September is here. Wow! Summer has flown by, punctuated by a smattering of long, hot days and an abundance of locally grown food. We have reached a turning point at the Jefferson County Farmers Markets. While summer produce is still beautiful and abundant, local apples and Asian pears as well as late summer melons have made their appearance at our three county farmers markets. We have a brief period where summer bounty and fall harvest overlap. This is the time to eat each tomato, slice of melon, crunchy apple, and plump blueberry with gratitude and recognition of this fleeting moment.
Due to our global food supply chain, tomatoes, berries, and many other foods are available out of season in local grocery stores. However, there is nothing that compares to the flavor, texture, and experience of local, seasonal food. Let's celebrate locally grown blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, eggplant, fresh herbs, green beans, greens, apples, and so much more this September.
Ratatouille makes great use of the late summer abundance of locally grown vegetables and fresh herbs. It's a great dish to make and eat for several days or even freeze for later. This recipe is adapted from epicurious to take advantage of local produce. Your creativity is a welcome addition to this recipe. Do you have other summer veggies that might be good additions? Throw them in! Try adding corn, tomatillos or other veggies.
1 onion, sliced thin
2 garlic cloves, minced
5 tablespoons high-heat cooking oil or butter
a 3/4-pound eggplant or several small eggplants, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
1 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise, and cut into thin slices
1 sweet pepper, chopped or use mild spicy peppers if you like some heat
3/4 pound fresh tomatoes (cherry or slicer), chopped coarse (about 1 1/4 cups)
about 1/2 Tablespoon fresh oregano cut fine
about 1/2 Tablespoon fresh thyme removed from stem
3/4 teaspoon ground fresh coriander or 1/4 dry
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
In a large skillet cook the onion and the garlic in two tablespoons of oil over moderate/low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened. Add the remaining three tablespoons oil and heat it over moderate-high heat until it is hot but not smoking. Add the eggplant and cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, for eight minutes, or until the eggplant is softened. Stir in zucchini and bell pepper and cook the mixture over the moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for 12 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and cook the mixture for five to seven minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the oregano, thyme, coriander, fennel seeds, salt, and pepper to taste and cook the mixture for 1 minute. Stir in the basil and combine. Enjoy on its own, over your favorite grain or scooped up with your favorite bread.
Welcome The Bee-Man to Market
This Saturday we have a special treat for you in partnership with the Seattle-based theater group, Dacha Theatre. The Dacha Theater company (including one of our Port Townsend High School graduates, Emily Huntingford) brings us the play, "the Bee-Man of Orn." This all-ages interactive play starts on Saturday at about 1:45pm on the Community Center grass.
Dacha specializes in devised, immersive, and playful work. A “dacha” is a Russian cottage, a retreat and a time apart, a place for family where the generations mingle. Our Dacha seeks out stories that strike a chord of familiarity in our audience. We are constantly in pursuit of new ways to tell old stories and ways to make new stories resonate. The stories we tell are typically full of movement, comedy, and audience interaction.
The Bee-Man of Orn is a new work that was devised and originally performed in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in Summer 2018 by members of the Dacha Company. Bee-Man explores themes of transformation, change, and teamwork by weaving together obscure folk tales from all over the world. It is an interactive, one-hour long fairytale appropriate for all ages. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the play. Donations are appreciated.
Today, 11am-3pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride
12-2pm POP Club
Live music by Anne O' and Her Band
Saturday, September 7, 9am-2pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market, Tyler St
10am-1:45pm Live music by Cort Armstrong
1:45-2:45 the Bee-Man of Orn play on the Community Center grass, all ages, pay what you can
Sunday, September 8, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
11am-1pm POP Club
11am-2pm music by Kristin Myers
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)!
Wednesday, September 25 Closing Day of the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, 11am-3pm, Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride
From Our Vendors
Hopscotch Farm + Cannery will be bringing Aronia Preserves with Apple + Cardamom to the Wednesday Farmers Market today. Meghan will also have some refrigerator pickles and relishes ON SALE. And sauce tomatoes too :).
Summer meets fall at Red Dog Farm this weekend, which means we have the best of both seasons! Fall brings hearty veggies: potatoes, carrots, celeriac, onions, garlic, and more. Summer continues to supply loose greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, lettuces, and more. There's so much delicious variety this time of year!
About the Music
On Saturday, September 7 at 10am, the Port Townsend Farmers Market features the music of Cort Armstrong from Dungeness, WA. With thumb-driven guitar work on a resonator guitar, Armstrong sings songs in several styles, from Piedmont blues to bluegrass, Appalachian ballads, and fiddle music. Armstrong’s timeless voice carries forth versions of songs from iconic American artists, such as Merle Travis, Elizabeth Cotton, and Mississippi John Hurt. His guitar style draws heavily on the legendary approaches of Reverend Gary Davis and Doc Watson. In addition to his solo work, Armstrong performs with FarmStrong, Chicken-Fried Swing, and the Backwoods Hucksters, and he refers to his personal style as “Chicken Pickin’ music”. www.cortarmstrong.com
On Sunday, September 8 at 11am, the Chimacum Farmers Market features the music of singer-songwriter, Kristin Myers. Myers draws inspiration from artists such as Ani DiFranco and Dar Williams. Her dynamic style reflects the breadth of her musical interests. “I pull ideas from a large pool of musical influences and make a point of blending all these different flavors together." Kristin’s melodies and lyricism often carry whimsical qualities, leading audiences to remark: “This is like children's music for adults!” Myers’ performances paint vivid imagery through storytelling, all framed by catchy, memorable melodies to create a unique experience for the audience.
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. Here are some reminders of ways to help reduce waste at the market.
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.
Farm Tour Volunteers Welcome
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.orgContact 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 part of the Jefferson County Farm Tour this year. 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.
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