Strawberries and POP Club

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Strawberries are abundant now at our local farmers markets. We are in the season of delicious, local eating with summer produce coming on strong. As of last week, we have new treasures at market, including raspberries from SpringRain Farm and Orchard, basil from Red Dog Farm, several varieties of summer squash from Midori Farm and Serendipity Farm, as well as succulent strawberries from many of our local farms. Willow Wind Farm is even offering up to four varieties of strawberries at the Port Townsend Farmers Market on Saturday.

At the same time that locally grown berries come on the scene, strawberries from California and other places often take the stage at the grocery store. When California berries can be less expensive, why should you choose locally grown? Here are a few reasons:

  • Many of the out-of-state berries in the produce section are picked before they reach full ripeness so they can make the trek from farm to shelf.

  • Local strawberries taste better than out-of-state ones. This is because they are harvested ripe.

  • Strawberries that are grown with organic practices have higher antioxidant levels, and higher concentrations of ascorbic acid and phenolic compounds than conventional berries. The berries at our markets are grown with organic practices.

  • Local farms that participate in our markets take care of their soil and land. This same care is not given to soil and farm health in conventional farming. You can learn more in this study shared in the Los Angeles Times here.

  • When you choose local berries you support farms and farmers in your community.

The meal combinations are endless with all of our seasonal bounty. As more warm days roll in, lively light meals can be a joy to share with friends and family. Here are a few ideas to explore:

Baby Green Raspberry Salad

Ingredients
Vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/3 cup toasted pecan oil

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

Salad:

  • Mixed salad greens

  • 2 cups raspberries

  • 1/2 cup raw, unsalted pecans or another nut of choice

  • 1/4 cup golden balsamic vinegar

To make the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the raspberries with the vinegar. Mash the berries with a fork until they have thoroughly blended with the vinegar. Allow them to sit for 20 to 30 minutes, then strain the mixture through a fine-mesh, pressing with a fork to release all the juices. Discard the seeds.

For the salad, consider adding some grilled veggies if you want to make it a heartier meal. Zucchini, potatoes (Midori has a new crop of potatoes), and garlic scapes are good options. Also, consider adding some local cheese from Mystery Bay Farm, Mt. Townsend Creamery or Chimacum Valley Dairy. Yum!

Strawberry Basil Spritzer

Combine locally grown strawberries and basil for this tasty drink. We also have a local distillery in Port Townsend, Admiralty Distillers, which you could check out for the spirits in this drink.

Recipe per drink:

2 oz. Vodka
3 strawberries
2 basil leaves
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup
Club soda

Directions:

Muddle strawberries and basil in a mixing glass. Add other ingredients except for club soda. Shake briefly with ice. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and layered with a few slices of strawberry and basil. Top with club soda.

Upcoming At Market

  • Today, June 26, 11am-3pm Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market

    • 12-2pm POP Club with the Port Townsend Public Library

    • Live music with Anne O' and Her Band

  • Saturday, June 29, 9am-2pm Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market

    • 10am-1:45pm live music by West of Roan

  • Sunday, June 30, 10am-2pm Chimacum Farmers Market

    • 11am-2pm live music by West of Roan

    • 11am-1pm POP Club

POP Club

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We had so much fun at the Power of Produce (POP) Club on Sunday at the Chimacum Farmers Market! Assistant Market Manager, Amy Goetz, hosted vegetable printing on cotton bags. Kids of all ages experimented with making different shapes using only vegetables as stamps.

The Power of Produce (POP) Club provides a fun opportunity for children to engage in the local food system through conversations directly with farmers, educational games and demonstrations, and exposure to new fruits and vegetables. In addition to participating in educational activities, POP Club kids receive $2 each week in market bucks to spend at the market, allowing them to make their own shopping decisions.

Kids and families, you don't want to miss POP Cub. Today we will be joined by the Port Townsend Public Library from 12:30pm to 1pm for Storytime at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market. Please come join us!

From our Vendors

One Straw Ranch has new beef cuts in stock! Try out the chuck eye, flanken ribs, or ground chuck for your next BBQ. We have also restocked your old favorites such as rib eye, tenderloin, top sirloin and T-bone. See you at market!

About the Music

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West of Roan will perform at two markets this week — Saturday in Port Towsnend and Sunday in Chimacum. West of Roan features twin fiddles and vocal harmonies from Annie Schermer and Channing Showalter. Collaborators for more than a decade, West of Roan’s heartfelt music plumbs the depths of human experience with sparse, unadorned arrangements of songs that feature tight, intimate harmonies on both fiddles and voice.

Schermer and Showalter both were born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and they recently returned to the Northwest after a few years of performing together in and around western North Carolina. West of Roan describes how their “music yearns for its own roots, and is in itself an exploration of loss, history, love, longing, home and family.”

Seeking Volunteers

Did you know that the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers? A small team of us work together to help make the farmers markets happen. We are seeking volunteers for market setup, breakdown, and hosting POP Club. Consider sharing your strength, creative play, and other skills to help our markets thrive. Contact Amanda Milholland today if you are interested in supporting your local farmers markets as a volunteer. We’d love for you to join us!

What, you may ask, do volunteers do at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets? The following is by no means a complete list.

  • Unpack market gear from its storage space into our market van

  • Set up the market space for musicians and community booths, as well as tables and chairs for market customers

  • Ingeniously problem-solve worn-out market gear and make minor repairs

  • Set out, manage and haul away market-generated garbage

  • Conduct crowd counts during special events

  • Provide information to market shoppers

  • Assist, chop, and clean for cooking demo chefs

  • Pack market gear away at the end of the day

  • Host POP Club activities-- food-related crafts, tastings, games and more (we can supply the activity or you can bring one to share)

We are also looking for volunteers to:

  • Take photographs of produce and people

  • Write articles for our newsletter

  • Cover for vendors so they can take restroom breaks

What do volunteers get out of it? Farmers markets are inherently social places. According to a Project for Public Spaces study, a customer has an average of 15-20 social interactions at a farmers market, versus 1-2 at a grocery store. For volunteers, that number is much higher. Even for the setup and breakdown volunteers, who mainly interact with each other, the camaraderie and sense of shared purpose is strong. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, contact Amanda: info@jcfmarkets.org, 360-379-9098.

See you at the Market this Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday! ~ Amanda

Join us for Lunch! PT Wednesday Farmers Market 11am-3pm

Today is the second day of the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market. Open from 11am to 3pm, we are excited to have some great lunch offerings from Chef Wyatt Sushi, Pane d'Amore Artisan Bakery, as well as cookies and tea from Goodness Tea, and kombucha from BluJay Kombucha. If you haven't tried it yet, Chef Wyatt's sushi is delicious! You can find him today and on Sunday at the Chimacum Farmers Market.

New today, River Run Farm is joining the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market; one more reason to stop for lunch AND bring your grocery list. We've got spring greens, beautiful head lettuce, crunchy carrots, beets, cucumbers, garlic scapes, fresh herbs, mushrooms, canned and frozen fish, cheese, herbal teas, tinctures, and more! Finnriver Farm even has the first of the strawberries and Hopscotch Farm and Cannery is brining a new batch of Strawberry Rhubarb Preserves with Ginger, along with pickles and relish. Serendipity Farm is also coming with a first to market: sugar snap peas. YUM!
  

Upcoming Events

  • Today Wednesday, June 12, 11am-3pm Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, Jefferson Transit's Haines Place Park and Ride

    • 12-2pm Kids' activities with POP Club with artist, Cindy Mangutz 

  • Saturday, June 15, 9am-2pm Port Townsend Farmers Market

    • 10am-1:45pm Live music by Jack Dwyer

  • Sunday, June 16, 10am-2pm Chimacum Farmers Market

    • 11am-2pm Kids' activities with POP Club

    • 11am-2pm Live music by Gary Lilley

  • Wednesday, June 19, WIC FMNP at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, 11am-3pm

POP Club

This week at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market we will be crafting Father's Day cards with local artist, Cindy Mangutz, in our POP Club booth from 12-2pm. Kids of all ages, come learn to paint carrots, peas, radishes and more. If you are enrolled in our POP (Power Of Produce) Club you will earn $2 in tokens to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. 


 Token News

Starting today, we are making a shift with our farmers market Flora tokens— the $20 credit/debit tokens you purchase at the market info booth. We added a $1 processing fee for $20 Flora token purchases. To clarify, the nonprofit Jefferson County Farmers Markets (JCFM) will not be making a profit on this cost increase. Instead, the increase will help us come closer covering credit, debit, and SNAP/EBT transaction fees. Over the years JCFM has been happy to support your shopping experience and our vendors by offering a no-fee "ATM" at the market info booth. However, last year we spent over $7,000 on processing fees for credit/debit and SNAP/EBT transactions. This cost continues to rise year after year. As a small nonprofit, processing fees are significant for us. The Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets are now joining markets around the state and county in sharing some of this cost with you. Passing our processing fee cost on those who are using the service helps us continue to bring you three vibrant farmers market, as well as support local farms and small businesses. Thank you for your understanding! 

Townsend Toad Kidswear at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. Visit Me'l to custom order our 2019 farmers market shirt. We have kids' sizes for sale at the market info booth.

Townsend Toad Kidswear at the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. Visit Me'l to custom order our 2019 farmers market shirt. We have kids' sizes for sale at the market info booth.

New T-Shirt!


If you haven't seen it yet, check out our 2019 Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Market t-shirt hand made by Me'l Christensen, Townsend Toad Kidswear. Pictured above, Me'l models the t-shirt, which she designed for the farmers market this season. At the market booth, we have kids' sizes 2-T through eight years in yellow, blue, green and purple. Me'l is also happy to make you one in adult sizes or on a onesie by special order. We love these shirts in part because they are each hand-died and block printed making them truly one-of-a-kind. Pick up your kids' T today, Saturday or Sunday for $18 at the market info booth.

Market Restrooms

As of last Saturday, Port Townsend Farmers Market shoppers and vendors may use the restrooms in the upper floor of the Port Townsend Community Center— the Senior Center. Additionally, the restrooms in the Rec Center are open to market shoppers on Saturdays. We are pleased to meet your restroom needs with a total of four restroom stalls on each floor of the Port Townsend Community Center

About the Music

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Jack Dwyer — Saturday, June 15
A composer of great songs in the styles of bluegrass and classic country, Jack Dwyer is a remarkable instrumentalist on guitar, banjo and mandolin. In his solo performances, Jack often incorporates traditional balladry and heartfelt instrumentals drawn from his extensive old-time repertoire. His collaborations are widespread — Dwyer works with some of the most-respected Northwest and nationally-based musicians. After serving seven years on the music faculty at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, also serving as mandolin tutor at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Dwyer now teaches privately, and he operates a recording studio in Port Townsend when he is not touring. Learn more at jackdwyer.com
 

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Gary Lilley — Sunday, June 16
Acclaimed ‘blues poet’ Gary Lilley performs solo at the Chimacum Sunday Market on June 16. Gary Lilley is an award winning poet, and  his songs and guitar work resonate with emotion. Most recently, Lilly was a finalist for 2018-20 Washington State Poet Laureate. Lilley’s solo performances mostly draw on traditional folk and gospel, along with some originals. In 1996, and again in 2000, Lilley received D.C. Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry. He is the author of seven poetry collections, and his work has been published in many journals and anthologies. 

From our Vendors

One Straw Ranch is offering an odds and ends sale! Over time we collect various packages of meat that for one reason or another don’t make it into the weekly market coolers -and this weekend we’re selling them all for 10% off! Mostly aesthetic and packaging issues, it’s all delicious meat. We’ll have it out in a cooler for you to look through “bargain bin” style so come early! See you at market.

At the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Market Goodness Tea has hot and iced teas, featuring Sequim grown herbs! Our seasonal highlight is Lemon Lavender. This blend features home-grown lemon-balm and organic Sequim lavender combined with ginger, hibiscus, and lemon-verbena for the perfect blend of tang and kick. This delicious tea also is a great source of nourishing herbs and vitamin C, most excellent hot or iced!  Our featured spring treat is Amazeballs, a whole-food snack packed with fruit, sprouted nuts and tonic powdered herbs like turmeric, moringa and spirulina, plus the medicinal mushroom adaptogen, Lion's Mane. This week we will also have a full assortment of our famous chocolates, the taste of a 70% bar and the texture of fudge. Whole food, fair-trade and organic, our chocolates are sweetened with whole dried dates and yacon syrup. Available in four-flavors: hot, cold, lavender and cocoa-nib crunch.

Ride your bike to the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market and Cape Cleare Fishery will give you 15% off on your fish purchases. What a deal and what a great day for a bike ride to the market!

Short's Family Farm is celebrating dads with 10% off New York strip steak.

See you at the Market on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday! ~ Amanda Milholland

Pane d'Amore at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market.

Pane d'Amore at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market.

Seeking new Board Members and Market Friends

Hey Community!

The 2019 farmers market season is approaching. Our Port Townsend Farmers Market opening day is Saturday, April 6th, 9am-2pm. While we still have a few months before market starts, this is the time for building our team and planning. On March 10th, the Jefferson County Farmers Market Association (JCFM) is hosting its Annual Meeting and board election, open to all current community and vendor members (Friends of the Market). We have three seats up for election. Of these, as many as two are open to community members. We are also seeking vendor nominees. As a nonprofit membership organization, board participation is open to all up-to-date market members. Our members contribute an annual fee of $30 per individual or $50 per family to help support our work. Learn more about market membership here. Are you interested in helping our market thrive as a new board member? Do you have skills and time to share? Contact Amanda Milholland, Market Director.

JCFM's mission is to support the development of local, sustainable farming by cultivating vibrant farmers markets that serve as community gathering places and celebrate local farmers, food producers and artisans as well as provide access to healthy food for our community. Market members play a vital role in helping us incubate local businesses and bring our community together through farm-direct food. Please consider joining us this season as a Friend of the Market. We also welcome donations of all sizes in support of our food access programs or general operations. You can donate online or via mail: 

JCFM
PO Box 1384
Port Townsend, WA 98368
 

Apply Now!


We are accepting applications for the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets. Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market applications are due February 1 and Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Market applications are due March 1. Visit our website to review our guidelines and apply!

See you at Opening Day, Saturday, April 6, 9am-2pm! ~ Amanda

Thank You and Year Review

Dear Friends of the Jefferson County Farmers Markets,

Greetings! As the new year rapidly approaches, I write to you in thanks as well as to share the successes of the Jefferson County Farmers Markets 2018 season. This farmers market season was full of busy weekends, special events, chef demonstrations, new programs, and a new Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market location. A successful farmers market is a reflection of the community from which it comes and of which it serves. It is with your support that we broke sales records this year, increased local food access for more than 500 households with low incomes, and brought our community together in celebration of local food.

Sales at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets grew by nearly 5% this year. This growth reflects increased community and vendor participation as well as your investments in our local economy, farm-direct and artisan food, as well as hand-made arts and crafts. According to the Farmers Market Coalition, for every $100 spent at a local farmers market approximately $68 stays in the community, which in turn supports local jobs, farms, and small businesses. Check out this chart of Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market sales over the past seven years. (The 'misc' category includes all services provided at the markets, such as massage or henna, that do not fall into other, well as market merchandise sales.)

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Providing healthy food for our community is part of the mission of the nonprofit Jefferson County Farmers Markets (JCFM). We support local food access through our Fresh Bucks and Gimme5 food assistance matching programs. These programs foster community health by matching federal food assistance benefits with extra dollars for fresh, locally grown food. In 2018, shoppers using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/EBT formerly Food Stamps) spent a total of $17,150 at market, a 6% increase over 2017. JCFM matched SNAP and Women Infants and Children (WIC) as well as Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers with a total of $14,632 in Gimme5 and Fresh Bucks, a 49% matching increase over last year. (We don't have the FMNP redemption rates at this time.) Gimme5 and Including SNAP and JCFM matching funds redeemed at market, families, seniors and individuals with low incomes brought home nearly $32,000 in healthy food from our local farmers markets this year. By extending federal food assistance benefits, JCFM helped more than 500 households bring home the most nutrition-dense food available locally while also empowering shoppers with low incomes to participate in our farmers markets and invest in our local economy. We are so thankful for our food access sponsors who help us increase food security in our community. Thank you 1st Security Bank, Kristin Manwaring Insurance, Jefferson Healthcare, United Good Neighbors, and the Food Co-op for your support.

We trialed a fruit and vegetable prescription program (VegRx) this year in partnership with Jefferson Healthcare, the Food Co-op, and the Jefferson County Public Health 5210 Campaign. During Well-Child-Checks, Jefferson Healthcare clinicians throughout the county were able to prescribe VegRx to families experiencing hunger. These 12-month prescriptions are redeemable at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets and, during the market off-season, at the Food Co-op in Port Townsend. VegRx got off to a slow start this year with a total of 12 prescriptions given. However, program partners recognize that there is great potential for this program, which we will be working to fulfill in 2019 with some adjustments to how participants are identified and who is eligible for the program.

JCFM also started a weekly kids club this year. The Power of Produce (POP) Club engaged about 200 children from toddlers to 12-year-olds through weekly food and farming activities hosted at the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets. Partners, including the Organic Seed Alliance, the Port Townsend Public and Jefferson County Libraries, the ReCyclery, 4-H, Prosper Yoga, and Chef Arran Stark of Jefferson Healthcare helped us host food tastings, cooking, seed exploration, arts and craft, and other activities. Children were excited to play with and taste new foods, meet local farmers, and get to know our farmers markets. Our thanks go out to our program partners and sponsors. Thank you First Federal Community Foundation, Port Townsend Chiropractic and Chimacum Corner Farmstand for helping us bring this fun program to life! 

This season we moved our Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market to the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride. This move was made with consideration for the sustainability of our mid-week farmers market. This move was a success thanks to the dedication of our vendors, new and returning market shoppers, and our great partnership with Jefferson Transit. We were pleased to welcome many new shoppers to market, including neighbors, people who use transit, and families who were excited to try out POP Club. While we almost doubled the number of vendors (from an average of 5-6 in 2017 to as many as 14 this year), our mid-week market is still our smallest. We will be looking at how this market can better serve our community and support local farms during the off season.

With your support, JCFM incubates small businesses, stimulates our economy, and brings our community together in celebration of local food, farms and art. By shopping and gathering with us you help foster community vibrancy. Thank you for your support! Please consider joining us as a member or business sponsor.

The Port Townsend Farmers Market opens on Saturday, April 6th, 2019. Mark your calendar and see you at the market! ~ Amanda