Radishes, tomatoes, and cherries, oh my!

This week, the color at the Market will be red!  Radishes, tomatoes, and cherries, oh my!  Last week, I snapped a picture of Start Now’s strawberries, before the Market opened… good thing, too, since they were purchased as the bell rang to open the Market.  Jean reports that the berries will be back again this week, but only if you’re here early!

Also, the tomato race is a tie!  Both Harlow Gardens and Start Now will have tomatoes this week; red ones, and green ones for frying from Harlow Gardens. Bautista Farm is also confirmed to be in attendance and will be bringing tender asparagus and cherries, among other treats.  It’s time to start eating big salads, too.  I’m including my favorite dressing recipe, at the end of the newsletter, to tempt you into buying more lettuce.  I’m sneaky that way!

Remember, too, this week we’ll be launching the EBT/debit/credit payment options at the Market.  You can purchase tokens from me, either in the Market Info booth, or around the Market – our machine is wireless!  See you at the Market!

WHO’LL BE AT MARKET THIS WEEK*:
FARMERS/GROWERS:
Bautista Farm (NEW) – This Sunnyside farm dedicates ten acres to asparagus and will be bringing some to market, for you, this week, as well as beets, bok choy, spinach, lettuce, onions, garlic, carrots, radishes, peas, cilantro, apples and cherries!  Produce grown without pesticides.

Ders Garden – fresh from the Snoqualamie River Valley, Phi & Cee will be bringing a stunning assortment of fresh flowers that they turn into beautiful mixed bouquets on-site; also, snow peas, lettuce, and green onions.

Glenwood Gardens – offering perennials, shrubs, and dwarf conifers with fantastic foliage, blueberry bushes and the occasional tree.  You never know what treasure you’ll find here.

Harlow Gardens – the first tomatoes of the season have arrived!  Also available at Harlow Gardens are green tomatoes for frying, lettuce, bok choy, collards, kale, kohlrabi, onions, greenhouse cucumbers and the last of the tomato plants. Doug still has plenty of pepper plants and other veggie starts, to round out your own garden. WIC/FMNP/EBT accepted. Produce grown using organic methods.

Paghat’s Garden – fun landscaping plants including ‘Apple blossom’ Escalonia, ‘Cherry Red’ heavily fruit-baring currant, ‘King Edward III’ flowering currant, and among herbs and perennials, hardy geraniums, lemon balm, day lily (edible flower buds), ice plants, and stonecrops.

Pheasant Fields Farm – check out the collection of veggie starts including several tomato varieties, peppers, eggplant, lettuce and more.  Fresh lettuce, greens, herbs, kohlrabi, radishes and more are starting to make their appearances at Pheasant Fields Farm.  If you’re interested to know more about supporting local poultry farmers, stop by to find out more about the Kitsap Poultry Growers Co-op. WIC/FMNP/EBT accepted. Produce grown using organic methods.

StartNow – will have a few tomatoes and strawberries and a tasty gourmet salad mix from which to choose. WIC/FMNP accepted. Produce grown using organic methods.

The Old Wheelbarrow – You’ll be sure to find a variety of plant starts, including heirloom tomatoes, broccoli, endive, celery, kale, cucumbers, and herbs. Stop in to find out what’s fresh and flavorful. WIC/FMNP/EBT accepted. Produce grown using organic methods.

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 cookies bigger than your head (her grandmother’s recipe).

CJ’s Evergreen General Store – CJ’s is the place to stop and sit a spell for a burger (beef, salmon, or veggie), hotdogs, or a sausage and pie, cookies, or granola and a soda.  Also local honey, jams, and salsa are for sale. FMNP (for honey only) and EBT (for eligible foods only) accepted.

Hummingbird Hill Soda – Homemade soda, in a wide selection of flavors sold 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 the flavors.

Sandy’s Gourmet Indulgence – In addition to her scrumptious chocolate and caramel covered confections, Sandy is introducing her tasty Gourmet Chicken Salad and Egg Salad sandwiches served on a croissant, with a side of Polynesian Coleslaw or Waldorf Salad. It’s a great summertime meal.  EBT accepted for candy items.

Scoops Roasted Nuts & Bavarian Bratwursts – Susan returns to the Market with her cooked to order, extra lean, Nuremburg bratwursts, served two on bun with onions and/or sauerkraut.  Their ever-tasty roasted nuts will also be available.  EBT accepted for nuts.

Sersie’s Seasonings – Cheryl’s seasonings are available at low, low prices only for a couple more weeks.  Make your buying easier by ordering ahead of time for pick-up at the Market.  Visit sersiesseasonings.com, email sersie@hotmail.com, or call 360-265-9196 to order ahead, or learn more about Sersie’s Seasonings.  EBT accepted for spices.

Viking Feast Ice Cream – Fast becoming the favorite food vendor at the farmers market, transplanted Viking entrepreneurs Thormod & Asta are quickly turning the City of Bremerton into a Skyr loving town.  The naturally low fat, slightly tart, and always delicious, frozen treat is available in a generously filled cone for $3, or in a $5 pint to take home for later. This week’s flavors include Arctic Vanilla, Frozen Fudge, Lemon Meringue and a NEW flavor: Cherry-Chocolate Battlefield…  where dark chocolate and Bing cherries march to war on a field of creamy vanilla!  EBT accepted for pints.

CRAFTERS:
Catalina Crafts – Sharing a booth with Dani’s Photography, Angie is offering her t-shirts, painted jeans, paintings, photography, crochet birds, recycled envelopes, handmade cards and jewelry.

Dani’s Photography & Paintings – under the purple canopy you will find framed photographs, photo cards, painted flowerpots and rocks, and hemp bracelets.  Stop by to find out what these two talented teens have created for you.  Treasurers for kids and adults alike!

Diane’s Dezines – A Bremerton Farmers Market favorite, Diane’s lovely necklaces, bracelets, and other gemstone or wire wrapped jewelry pieces, as well as cell phone cases and accessories, are ready for you to take home.

LuLi Girl – if we can hold off the rain, Amy will return to the market with her lovely children’s clothing made from new and vintage fabrics, plus hair accessories, baby blankets, and bibs.  Make sure you stop in and pick out a fun outfit for your favorite little one.

Made in Manette – To prepare for all the nice sunny days that are surely coming, remember to check out the clothespin bags so you will be ready to hang your clothes on the line.  Beautifully knitted hats and potholders, fun aprons, and divine soaps perfect for gifts to choose from, too!

Mel’s Bells Jewelry – often creating new pieces while vending at the Market, Mel offers a lovely selection of earrings, bracelets, anklets, necklaces, rosaries, prayer beads, wine glass markers, and cocktail picks.

COMMUNITY PARTICIPANTS:
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.  Also available in the Market Booth are regional guides to farmers markets and farms, information about buying local, and the eNews binder and sign up sheet.  Come to this booth to purchase EBT tokens (available in $1 increments) or $5 debit/credit tokens.

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.

Kitsap Community Food Co-op – The Co-op volunteers return to the Market for the first time this season to catch you up-to-date on the progress of bringing a Food Co-op to Kitsap County and educate the community on why this is such a great project.  Bring your questions!

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

OUT THIS WEEK:
Black Tie Creations (returns June 24)
Crimson Cove (returns June 24)
Gregory Farm (returns in mid-June)
Nini Martini Creations

Coming Soon!
Davis Family Farm (late-June)
London Maid Crumpets (mid-June)

MUSIC IN THE MARKET!
July 1st – Spare Thyme (fiddle duo)
July 22nd – Rangers & the Re-Arrangers (gypsy jazz)

Do you want more music in the market? If so, we need a volunteer to help coordinate both inquiries from musicians and cultivate new relationships with local musicians. If interested, please email us at bremertonfarmersmarket@gmail.com. Thanks!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Do you want to see the market prosper? We’d love to count on you as a sponsor of the Bremerton Farmers Market. We are proud to offer several levels of Market sponsorship to Community Members and local businesses interested in supporting the Market. Sponsorship levels range from $50 – $500. Stop by the Market Information booth to learn more, or pick up a packet to review at your leisure.

Do you have an event or idea you’d like to see come to fruition at the Bremerton Farmers Market? We love hearing from our customers, so stop by the Market Info booth to share your ideas with our Market Manager, Holly. We love hearing from you! If you have any ideas or questions regarding market, send an email to: bremertonfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

ENews subscribers get coupons and special deals from the vendors, which are only available only to subscribers! New to the eNews, beginning this week, is a Kid’s Corner with puzzles and a continual Bremerton Farmers Market “Eye Spy” game. This posting is abridged; for the full story, subscribe! Send us an email at bremertonfarmersmarket@gmail.com, with “Subscribe me to eNews!” in the Subject.

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