It may still officially be summer but it feels like fall in Jefferson County. Our Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market season is winding down, with only three more markets this year, including today's market, open 11am-3pm at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride. Each Jefferson County Farmers Market has its own personality and unique character. Our mid-week farmers market welcomes you with an open U of farm and artisan food vendors. While our Wednesday Farmers Market is our smallest county market, it has a great variety of locally grown produce, including berries, melons, tomatoes, summer squash, root veggies, jams, pickles, and so much more! If you haven't had a chance this season, this is your time to take advantage of the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market for your mid-week farm-direct grocery shopping. Pick up lunch while you are at it. We have great sushi from Chef Wyatt as well as savory and sweet pastries from Pane D'Amore Artisan Bakery.
Today, 11am-3pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market at the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride
12-2pm POP Club with Amanda
Saturday, September 7, 9am-2pm, Port Townsend Farmers Market, Tyler St
10am-1:45pm Live music by Abakis
Sunday, September 8, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
11am-1pm POP Club
11am-2pm music by Ariel Atsatt
Today - September 21, Written submissions open for Wording the Land via drop buckets at participating farms on Farm Tour weekend or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Sunday, October 27 Season Closing and Halloween Chimacum Farmers Market, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Corner Farmstand
From Our Vendors
Finnriver Cidery will have the Farmstead cider on sale this Saturday at the Port Townsend Farmers Market for WA Cider week (9/5-9/15). The Farmstead is normally $11 per bottle after taxes and will be 15% off for the next 2 markets. The Farmstead is a community-sourced hard apple cider, comprised entirely of peninsular apples. Every year in the late summer, Finnriver holds an apple drive. During this time folks from all over the Peninsula bring excess fruit from their orchards, farms, and homesteads to our farm in Chimacum. Those apples are then pressed and fermented, becoming the Farmstead. This cider varies year to year depending on the fruit that is provided, but is always semi-sweet, clean and well-balanced and embodies Finnriver’s commitment to community and collaboration.
Today and Saturday pick up delicious cheese from Chimacum Valley Dairy at the Port Townsend Farmers Markets. See why these market kiddos love our hand-made cow and goat milk cheese.
Winter squashes are in! Red Dog Farm is ready for fall with all sorts of squashes, including acorn, buttercup, delicata, hubbard, kuri, and pie pumpkins. We'll also bring a potato bonanza, with three colors of fingerlings (gorgeous purple, brilliant red, and the classic yellow Austrian crescent) as well as German butterball and the lovely blue-purple huckleberry gold. Comfort-food season is back!
About the Music
This Saturday, the Port Townsend Farmers Market features the music of Abakis, (a.k.a. Aba Kiser). Growing up in Virginia singing jazz at her father’s restaurant, musical firebrand, and multi-instrumentalist Abakis creates orchestral folk-pop with a heartache for classic country and swing. Hard to pin down, but instantly familiar, her tongue in cheek lyricism, vintage vocals, and Koetke-style picking guitar paint a sonic kaleidoscope. Already, nationally-known musician, Abakis is local to Port Townsend. She is a former manager of the Chimacum Farmers Market and the market music program. Join us in welcoming Abakis to the Port Townsend Saturday Market on September 14 at 10am.
On Sunday, the Chimacum Farmers Market presents the music of Ariel Atsatt, a singer-songwriter originally from foggy Inner Sunset district of San Francisco. Formerly frontwoman of the SF-based band Waves of Silver, Ariel is now forging her own musical path as a resident of Chimacum, and she performs regularly at venues such as the Keg & I and the Finnriver Cider Garden. Ariel's music is inspired by her natural surroundings, also by the depth of emotions one experiences in this world. She spins tales of strange complexities in her songs, intricate guitar accompanying her memorable vocal melodies.
4Rs of Trash Reduction
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! To start with, remember the four Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, 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. 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. Here are some common items placed in the recycling bin at market that cannot be recycled:
Plastic with food particles
Paper food containers. The non-waxed paper food containers that are compostable can go into our compost along with food scraps.
The Jefferson County Farm Tour is around the corner and so too is Wording the Land. 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.
Here's 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