No Matter the Forecast, We’re Here & We’re Local!

Rain or shine, the Bremerton Farmers Market is here to provide you with the freshest produce, best locally grown plants, tastiest food, and creative gifts. All of the vendors at the Market are from Kitsap County (Bremerton, Port Orchard, Silverdale, and Poulsbo). Shopping at the Bremerton Farmers Market is your best opportunity to support local farmers and small businesses, in one stop!

One of my favorite “buy local” support organizations is The 3/50 Project, which encourages folks to shop at their local, independent retailers and eateries. The idea is simple: pick 3 businesses you would hate to lose and spend $50 amongst those three businesses every month. According to Cinda Baxter, founder of The 3/50 Project, “For every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home.” Their motto is: Pick 3. Spend 50. Save your local economy.

®© Cinda Baxter, 2009. All rights reserved. Used here with permission.

You have the opportunity to do just that by shopping at the Bremerton Farmers Market every week. We’ve got everything from handmade soda to hand knitted hats, soap to nuts, salmon to veggie starts, and greens galore, with fruits and veggies coming soon. Come down to the Market and support your local farmer, artisan, and food producers!

WHO’LL BE AT MARKET THIS WEEK*:
FARMERS/GROWERS:
Glenwood Gardens – offering early perennials and shrubs, and dwarf conifers with fantastic foliage. I overheard the Master Gardeners say Nancy has a great selection of unusual plants, so stop by and pick out something fun and different for your garden.

Harlow Gardens – this week Doug will be offering endive and escarole at the market, as well as his numerous veggie starts.

Paghat’s Garden – Jessica returns to the market with her columbines, three varieties of hardy geraniums, curly tansy, miniature needlepoint ivy, variegated ivy, ice plant, stonecrop, and a sampling of shrubs like Franchet’s cotoneaster, red currant, and more.

Pheasant Fields Farm – Nikki & her crew have a large variety of beautiful plant starts: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce and more. Pheasant Fields will extend their 12% discount on our Farmer’s Market CSA signups, through the end of May. From Nikki, “Here’s your chance to belong to the most innovative plan we could design to supply our customers with fresh vegetables, eggs and much more. And you make all the choices on what you receive and when you want to receive it!” For information, stop by their stall at the Bremerton Farmers Market, visit their web site, http://www.pheasantfields.com or call them at 360-697-6224. This week, check out Pheasant Fields Farm’s beautiful petunia bowls!

StartNow – fresh picked lettuce and other greens will be waiting for you at StartNow.

FOOD VENDORS:
Borrowed Kitchen Bakery – Come early to get your top pick from Lacey’s delicious (and popular) baked goodness… baguettes, focaccia, cinnamon roll bread and/or cookies bigger than your head!

CJ’s Evergreen General Store – CJ’s is the place to stop and sit a spell for a burger (beef, salmon, or veggie), hot dogs, or a sausage and pie, cookies, or granola and a soda. Also honey and salsa for sale.

Crimson Cove – Mark & Jody have been working with CB’s Nuts in Kingston and will have a selection of these new smoked nuts for sale, along with their new salmon spread made with Mt. Townsend Creamery’s Fromage Blanc. Make sure you stop by this booth early, as the salmon spread sells out early at other markets!

Hummingbird Hill Soda – Homemade soda, in a stunning selection of flavors, by Mike & Dee available individually, or in a six-pack. Return the bottles for reuse and get a discount towards your next purchase. Stop by and sample any of their flavors.

Sandy’s Gourmet Indulgence – Sandy and her chocolate and caramel covered confections – everything from fruit to pretzels – return to tempt you this week.

Sersie’s Seasonings – Pending decent weather, Cheryl will return to the market this week with her custom blended seasoning mixes – made from herbs she grows herself! They are perfect for marinades and rubs – get grilling!

Viking Feast Ice Cream – Can you believe it? Thomod & Asta sold out of skyr twice last week! What is Skyr? Thormod describes it as being similar to frozen yogurt; according to Wikipedia, it is a cultured dairy product, which is technically a soft cheese and they have been making as many batches of skyr as possible. This week Viking Ice Cream is featuring their Strawberry Cream, Lemon Cream, and a Frozen Fudge (an ice cream and fudge hybrid they invented). Come to the Market early to get your bowl or cone of deliciousness!

CRAFTERS:
Diane’s Dezines – A Bremerton Farmers Market favorite, Diane returns with her lovely necklaces, bracelets, and other gemstone or wire wrapped jewelry pieces, as well as cell phone cases and accessories.

Made in Manette – Pending a lack of torrential downpours, Carolee is introducing her Made in Manette Green Line products this week. Plus, there are still a few items available for 50% off; additionally, by popular demand, her lavender soap returns. Also, remember your punch card to buy 6 bars of soap and get the 7th one free!

Mel’s Bells Jewelry – From shopper to vendor, Mel joins the market this season with her selection of earrings, bracelets, anklets, necklaces, rosaries, prayer beads, wine glass markers, and cocktail picks.

Nini Martini Creations (NEW) – New to the Market this year, local artisan Annie Park, returns to vending at Farmers Markets and will be enticing you to purchase her jewelry and pictures cards.

Wood & Needle (NEW) – If the weather holds, Bob & Ruby will make their second appearance in the Market this week with their Corian cutting boards, and wooden decorative items (recipe card holders, wine glass holders, decorative signs and more).

NON-PROFITS:
AMIGOS de Las Americas – Twenty-five volunteers from Washington, including six local chapter members, are traveling with Amigos de Las Americas, an international non-profit, non-religious, non-governmental organization, to Latin America this summer as part of a youth empowerment and multi-cultural communications project to assist with local community development. Three Bremerton-area teens are raising funds for their trip and will be hosting a table at the Market this week, seeking donations and raising funds through the sale of their handmade woven bracelets. For more information about the organization, please visit: www.seattleamigos.org.

Bremerton Farmers Market – Support your local farmers market by becoming a Community Member for $30 a year. Stop by the market booth and talk with Holly, our Market Manager, for more information.

Kitsap County Master Gardeners – Bring all your gardening questions to the Master Gardeners, who share the Market Info booth; you can even bring them a sample or picture of your ill plant for diagnosis.

*List of participating vendors is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

OUT THIS WEEK:
Gregory Farm (returns in June)
LuLi Girl (returns June 17)
The Old Wheelbarrow (returns May 27)

Coming Soon!
Davis Family Farm (June)
London Maid Crumpets (June)
Scoops Roasted Almonds & Bavarian Bratwursts (mid-June)

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We love hearing from you! If you have any ideas or questions regarding market, send an email to: bremertonfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

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