The sun is out! What a glorious time to live on the Olympic Peninsula. These shining days are a great precursor to the opening of the farmers market season. Join us for our 27th season opening celebration on Saturday, April 6th from 9am to 2pm in uptown Port Townsend.
9am Opening ceremony and red ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce, Tyler and Lawrence Streets
9:15am Goat parade with fiddle tunes
9am-2pm Farmers market open
Live music by Kristin and Otto Smith + special guest band, Lowest Pair, Olympia, WA
10-11:30am Storytime and kids' craft activity on the Rec Center grass with Jeanne Simmons, Port Townsend Public Library
We are excited to have great returning farm, artisan food and arts vendors this season as well as many new vendors. Here are some new vendors to look for:
Fern Hill Handmade: Artist Charlotte Cooper joins us with jumper dresses, zipper pouches, backpacks, tote bags, pillow covers and some other beautiful linen items for the home. Charlotte and her family are moving to Port Townsend from Portland, where Charlotte has been a vendor at the Portland Saturday Market for the last four years. She writes, "In 2010, I was living in Portland, OR. As a young mother to a small son, I was in search of a means of making a modest living without having to leave my child each day. I have always been an avid environmentalist, artisan, and crafts-person. Turning to my sewing machine, I designed a whimsical, one of a kind owl hat for my little boy using a rescued wool sweater. This turned into a long-running local enterprise... Fern Hill Handmade offers a collection of timeless, 100% linen home and accessory staples. Everything is crafted with an eye towards functionality, sustainability, and beauty. All my materials are consciously sourced from environmentally responsible suppliers. Inspired by the poem bearing the same name, Fern Hill Handmade holds the simplest things as treasures. "
Heart of the Plate: This season Port Townsend chef, Kathryn Norris, will offer steamed and grilled artichokes served with gourmet dipping sauces as well as artichoke bruschetta and salads at both the Port Townsend Saturday and Chimacum Farmers Markets. She looks forward to incorporating ingredients from local farms into her tasty dishes.
Honeyhoney Soap: Danica Jones of Port Ludlow vended with us last season at the Chimacum Farmers Market. We are really excited to have her at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market this year with her beautiful hand-made soap. She writes, "I started making bar soap four years ago using the traditional cold process method. I strive to live as natural and chemical free as I can. Making my own soap was one step in this journey, as well as providing a wonderful creative outlet. What was once a hobby has grown into a small business fueled by the excitement of sharing beneficial, and beautiful handmade soap with others. Honeyhoney Soap Co. produces by hand small batches of quality palm free, plant-based cold processed soap. Every batch contains local, raw honey produced in hives that are raised using sustainable practices by my father in Brinnon. Honey has many benefits when added to soap, a silky, bubbly lather being one of them. All Honeyhoney Soap is made using natural ingredients, scented only with essential oils, and colored using clays, and botanicals, many sourced from my own garden."
Lioness Organics: Sheana Livingstone of Nordland will be vending chai, green tea, hot cocoa, and a mushroom-based coffee substitute at the Port Townsend Saturday and Chimacum Farmers Markets this season. She has participated in the past as a special vendor at the Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival. We are pleased to have her as a more regular part of the market this year. Sheana writes, "I try to live my life as a learner. Being humble, finding laughter, and doing my best. My products are powder tea mixes, made with all organic ingredients including mushroom powder. I make the yummy flavors of Spicy Chai, Matcha, Hot Cocoa, & Chicory Cinnamon (coffee substitute). My products are made in Port Townsend. I make small batches to order, and package in rice paper bags that are labeled with non-toxic ingredients."
Stay tuned for more vendor updates in our next newsletter.
Our special thanks go out to Jefferson County Parks and Recreation for their hard work maintaining the Rec Center and park grounds neighboring the Port Townsend Farmers Market. We look forward to kids activities on the grass as well as our community gathering and enjoying this public park. Thank you Parks and Rec team!
Thank You From Nash's Farm
As many of you may have heard, Nash's Farm suffered a huge loss during this February's heavy snowfall. Large flocks of migrating waterfowl ate a 10-acre field that we had hoped would provide the lion's share of our spring income. We lost all our purple sprouting broccoli crop, a unique Italian cauliflower crop, plus several other spring greens.
Unfortunately, this leaves us without fresh produce for the immediate future, and it does not make financial sense for us to send trucks and employees to markets with so little to sell. We plan to return to our usual markets when we have fresh carrots and perhaps other summer vegetables in a few months.
Thank you for your understanding in this difficult time. We have set up a GoFundMe account and the response has been incredibly gratifying. Words cannot express our appreciation for our community and its support, and we look forward to a new season and returning to our markets. See you soon! ~Patty and Nash
To contribute to Nash's Farm visit this link: GoFundMe or donate directly to Nash’s Organic Produce, P.O. Box 910, Sequim, WA 98382.
Learn more about Nash's Farm Here.
We are seeking volunteers to assist with market setup and breakdown for our Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. If you are an early morning person and like to get moving consider joining our small team of volunteers. Volunteers join Amanda in hauling and setting up tables, chairs, and market tents starting at about 7am. Breakdown volunteers assist with the process in reverse when the market closes at 2pm. This is a fun workout, which gives you a great opportunity to meet market vendors as well as see the market behind the scenes. Interested in volunteering with the Jefferson County Farmers Markets this season? Contact Amanda Milholland today! Info@jcfmarkets.org, 360-379-9098. Accepting Applications
The vendor application period is closed for the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. We are still accepting applications for the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets through May 15. Please see the vendor guidelines and application on the JCFM website.
See you at Opening Day, Saturday, April 6, 9am-2pm! ~ Amanda