Annual Membership Meeting – Feb. 16th

2017-annual-meeting-picThe Bremerton Farmers Market Annual Meeting will be on Thursday, Feb 16th at 6:30pm at Rice Fergus Miller (275 Fifth Street, Bremerton). We will have lots of great information to share regarding the upcoming 2017 market season, including printed vendor applications and an overview of our 2016 season. We will also have delicious treats provided by the board of directors and many friendly faces to catch up with!

Our elections are also upon us and we are now taking nominations for the markets Board of Directors. We are looking for a variety of skills and experiences, but mostly we are looking for people dedicated to local food and our community. A few donated hours per month can help ensure the market continues to grow and our community has access to quality local goods and food.

If you would like to help out please fill out the 2017 Board Nomination Form and submit it to us at manager@bremertonmarket.com.

We hope you will consider joining us for our Annual Meeting!

Board Nominations Open Now!

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Are you someone who is committed to local food and the community? Do you have a few extra hours a month to dedicate towards BFM’s goals and mission? Are you interested in or have past experience with leadership, business, marketing, bookkeeping or other financial skills?

If so we want you!

Just fill out our 2017 Board Nomination Form and submit it to us at manager@bremertonmarket.com

We hope you will consider joining us in growing our market and making 2017 our best season yet!

Holiday Market – Sunday, December 4th!

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Interested in vending at this years Holiday Market?

$25 for current 2016 BFM Members – Just send in your vendor payment to BFM, PO Box 5662, Bremerton WA 98312 or contact Market Manager, Jess Sappington, at manager@bremertonmarket.com for more details.

$40 for all other vendors – Fill out our 2016-BFM Vendor Application (required) and submit all relevant paperwork with payment to:

Bremerton Farmers Market
PO Box 5662
Bremerton, WA 98312

Or contact Market Manager, Jess Sappington, at manager@bremertonmarket.com for more information/questions.

October 13th Market CANCELED!

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the impending inclement weather, the Bremerton Farmers Market has been CANCELED for October 13th, 2016.

After careful consideration for the safety of our patrons and vendors, the Bremerton Farmers Market Board has decided to cancel the Oct. 13th market due to severe weather concerns, including the risk of heavy downpours, lightning, and high winds. We are sad to be missing the final market of the season, but hope you will join us in 2017.

We hope everyone has a nice, safe weekend, and we thank you for your understanding!

Keeping it Hot – Thursday October 6

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Warm up your life with some peppers!

Just as it’s getting downright cold here the heat is turning up. Peppers! In fact, even though it feels like things are winding down, at market that’s not so. There is produce galore! Look for a wide assortment of peppers, plus tomatoes, cukes, potatoes, squash of all kinds, lots of fruit like plums and apples, raspberries (!) and pears and more, maybe a little more corn, beets, carrots, herbs, cabbage, greens… you name it! This is the most abundant season for variety and abundance. See you Thursday!

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Can you name everything you see in this happy shopper’s basket? Tip, don’t eat the candles.

Come to market and Thursday will be your favorite day of the week. See you there!


New Market Hours and End of Season!

Due to shorter days, Market hours are 3:30 to 6:30pm until the end of the season.
October 13 is the last day of the 2016 Market season. Boo Hoo!


Vendors for October 6, 2016:

Music:
TBD

Community Organizations:
WSU Master Gardeners

Farms:
Abundantly Green: Organic chicken, beef, pork, free-range eggs, produce
Davis Farm – fresh picked unique fruit and veggies
Gregory Farm / Johnson Orchards: fresh veggies and orchard fruit
High Point Farm – All natural pasture raised meats
Patchwork Gardens – fresh greens and veggies
Rusty Wheel Farm – USDA pork
Short’s Family Farm: USDA beef
Taylor’s Honey Farm: Local honey and bee products
Thong Xiong Garden – Gorgeous flower bouquets and fresh produce

Prepared & Processed Food:
CJ’s Evergreen General Store & Catering – grilled fare, including burgers, Uli’s sausage and… don’t miss the PIE!
Crimson Cove Smoked Specialties – smoked salmon, cheeses and nuts
Jimini’s – lotsa yummy stuff, including fresh MINI DONUTS!
Kettlelishess Corn – Kettle corn in lots of flavors
Laughing Dog Kitchen – gluten free and vegan baked goods
Mad Moose Pizza – Wood fired deliciousness!
Sugar Studios Crepes – sweet or savory flavors

Artisans:
Cleft of the Rock
Diane’s Dezines – Handmade fused glass and beaded jewelry
Rachel’s Copper Creations: copper roses and windchimes
Rengoose Creations
The Local Home – gorgeous candles and homegoods


Recipe of the Week

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Warm Potato Salad
Here’s a yummy, traditional German recipe good for cool-weather. Check our vendors for the potatoes, herbs and bacon you’ll need to make this.

  • 2 1/4#  lbs firm cooking potatoes
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 3 oz fatty bacon, diced
  • 1/2 c vegetable stock
  • 2-3 T cider vinegar
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • pinch sugar
  • 4 t chives, chopped

1 Wash the potatoes, put in a pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, cover and cook over low heat for about 20-25 minutes.

2 While potatoes are cooking, peel and dice the onions. Dice the bacon. Fry the bacon over medium so its fat is released. Strain the fat into a small bowl and reserve. Reserve the fried bacon separately. Add the diced onions to the pan and saute for a couple of minutes. Add the stock and simmer for about 5 minutes until the onion is soft. Add the vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar and stir in the bacon fat.

3 Drain the potatoes when cooked and rinse briefly in cold water. Drain again and peel while still hot. Cut into slices and arrange in an oven-proof casserole. Pour the salad dressing over the top and mix well. Let stand for a few hours so the flavors can soak in.

4 Pre-heat the oven to 300F. Check seasonings and add salt, pepper or vinegar if needed. Warm the salad in the oven for 15–20 minutes.

5 Garnish with chopped chives and bacon and serve


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Welcome Autumn! – Thursday September 22

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“Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower”–Albert Camus

The days are getting cooler and shorter, eves downright chilly, and something in the air feels like change is upon us. But shorter days mean warm fires indoors, cool temperatures in the pumpkin patch bring sweetness to our pies, and harvest-time–and all the festivities that come with it–are right around the corner. So many of our autumn celebrations are centered around harvest time, but so few of us these days really experience it. Our food comes from all corners of the world and we buy it packaged at the supermarket, right? Autumn is a glorious time, and at Farmers Market we get to see, smell, taste and feel the cycles of the seasons that are right before us

Market is full of ingredients to cook up an autumn feast! Here are a few of my favorites.

I like to welcome the season by roasting a chicken. Here’s my favorite method.
Corn is still gorgeous, and fall-like in its golden splendor. Toss together a quick autumn succotash by sauteeing corn kernels in butter, with a little chopped shallot and some green beans. Toss with salt and pepper and some fresh herbs. A few of our farmers have delicious corn available.
Bake an apple! Scoop out the core from the top, but leave the bottom intact. Fill the cavity with a mixture of brown sugar and nuts, cinnamon, and a hint of nutmeg. Top with a pat of butter and bake in a pan at 350F until tender, 15-20 minutes.

Come to market and Thursday will be your favorite day of the week. See you there!


Vendors for September 22, 2016:

Music:
Aaron McFadden

Community Organizations:
WSU Master Gardeners
Kitsap Public Health
Bremerton Family YMCA

Farms:
Abundantly Green: Organic chicken, beef, pork, free-range eggs, produce
Davis Farm – fresh picked corn this week!
Gregory Farm / Johnson Orchards: fresh veggies and orchard fruit
High Point Farm – All natural pasture raised meats
Patchwork Gardens – fresh greens and veggies
Pheasant Fields Farm: Local produce, veggie starts, eggs
Rusty Wheel Farm – USDA pork
Short’s Family Farm: USDA beef
Taylor’s Honey Farm: Local honey and bee products
Thong Xiong Garden – Gorgeous flower bouquets and fresh produce

Prepared & Processed Food:
Cafe Kai – NEW! Try kahlua pork & cabbage, spam musubi, turkey panini, luau stew, rice, croissant French toast (items will vary from week to week)
CJ’s Evergreen General Store & Catering – grilled fare, including burgers, Uli’s sausage and… don’t miss the PIE!
Crimson Cove Smoked Specialties – smoked salmon, cheeses and nuts
Jimini’s – lotsa yummy stuff, including fresh MINI DONUTS!
Kettlelishess Corn – Kettle corn in lots of flavors
Laughing Dog Kitchen – gluten free and vegan baked goods
London Maid Crumpets – fresh crumpets to-go or try one griddled with sweet or savory toppings
Mad Moose Pizza – delish wood-fired pizza
Mama Suzys Sweets & Treats – cookies and other baked goods
Sugar Studios Crepes – sweet or savory flavors
Tamgo Jams – we’ll have all of your favorite jams:  Pear Butter, Peach Jam, Strawberry Jam, Blackberry Jam and Blueberry Jam, as well as some gift-packs.

Artisans:
Cleft of the Rock
Diane’s Dezines – Handmade fused glass and beaded jewelry
Rachel’s Copper Creations: copper roses and windchimes
The Local Home – gorgeous candles and homegoods
Westridge Art – bringing a variety of locally-written

Let’s Celebrate Healthy Communities!

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This week is Healthy Communities Day at Market!

This week we’re spotlighting some of the great organizations in our community that help us live healthier lives. Have you noticed that the Kitsap Public Health District comes to Market each and every week with info and tools to help you make great nutrition choices? KPHD is a strong supporter of our Market because fresh, local food is the first step toward good health.

This week’s other Healthy Community supporters include: Viva Flow Yoga, Bremerton Community Services Office (CSO), Kitsap Regional Library – with Violet the Bookmobile, Cyndislight Massage, the Alzheimer’s Association, Lindquist Dental, and Chef Monica Downen from Monica’s Waterfront Cafe & Bakery!

Market is full of ingredients to cook up a healthy feast! And to show you how, Chef Monica Downen will be giving 2 demonstrations as part of our CHEF AT THE MARKET program! Come watch the action at 5:00pm & 6:00pm – near the center of the market.

And don’t miss out on YOGA AT THE MARKET! For the very first time, we will have yoga at the farmers market, led by Viva Flow Yoga!  This session starts at 5:30pm, and Carla Lundgren, owner of Viva Flow, will be leading a 45 minute Fun “Farmers Market” Flow class in the park. No yoga experience necessary. Kiddos & doggies are welcome too! Bring a mat or a blanket and we will see you there! Oh yeah…and it’s FREE!!

Come to market and Thursday will be your favorite day of the week. See you there!

Vendors for September 15, 2016:

Music:
kurt lindsay

Community Organizations:
Alzheimer’s Walk – coming up this Sunday, Sept 18.
Bremerton Community Services Office (CSO) – signing folks up for SNAP benefits
WSU Master Gardeners
Kitsap Public Health
Kitsap Regional Library – with Violet the Bookmobile!

Farms:
Abundantly Green: Organic chicken, beef, pork, free-range eggs, produce
Davis Farm – fresh picked corn this week!
Gregory Farm / Johnson Orchards: fresh veggies and orchard fruit
Hayton Berry Farm – Berries! Blackberries, raspberries, and more
High Point Farm – All natural pasture raised meats
Patchwork Gardens – fresh greens and veggies
Pheasant Fields Farm: Local produce, veggie starts, eggs
Rusty Wheel Farm – USDA pork
Short’s Family Farm: USDA beef
Taylor’s Honey Farm: Local honey and bee products

Prepared & Processed Food:
Cafe Kai – NEW! with a variety of items, including kahlua pork & cabbage, spam musubi, turkey panini, luau stew, rice, croissant French toast (items will vary from week to week).
CJ’s Evergreen General Store & Catering – grilled fare, including burgers, Uli’s sausage and… don’t miss the PIE!
Crimson Cove Smoked Specialties – smoked salmon, cheeses and nuts
Jimini’s – lotsa yummy stuff, including fresh MINI DONUTS!
Kettlelishess Corn – Kettle corn in lots of flavors
London Maid Crumpets – fresh crumpets to-go or try one griddled with sweet or savory toppings
Mad Moose Pizza
Mama Suzys Sweets & Treats
Tamgo Jams – we will have all of your favorite Jams:  Pear Butter, Peach Jam, Strawberry Jam, Blackberry Jam and Blueberry Jam, as well as some pre-made jam gift packs.

Artisans:
Diane’s Dezines
Living4theIamIam
: Crochet goods, jewelry, magnets, and more
Museables: Be Blue Friday and Game Day Ready! Seahawks Hair Wear, Hats, Clips, Halos and more.
Rachel’s Copper Creations: copper roses and windchimes
Rengoose Creations – Illustrations and paper crafts
The Local Home – gorgeous candles and homegoods
Westridge Art – bringing a variety of locally-written books

Other:
Cyndislight – massage and personal wellness, located in downtown Bremerton
Viva Flow – Also located in downtown, Viva Flow offers a variety of yoga classes for all fitness and experience levels. At the market this week, they will be providing a free 45-minute class!
Lindquist Dental – providing accessible, compassionate, & effective dental care to Puget Sound children in need, ages 0-18. No child is turned away due to inability to pay!