In Celebration of Farmers!

If you’ve been visiting the other regional farmers markets this week, you already know this is the 11th Annual National Farmers Market Week, proclaimed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsak. The USDA and Vilsak launched their “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” website two weeks ago and it is chock full of resources for farmers and rural communities, and provides information about eating healthy, protecting the environment, grants and funding, and human interest stories guaranteed to strengthen your commitment to buying local and knowing your farmers. Visit http://tinyurl.com/USDA-KnowYourFarmer.

The USDA is also reporting the findings from their most recent Farmers Market Survey, including data about the Bremerton Farmers, which shows a stunning 6,100 Farmers Markets in operation across the US – putting real, local food into the hands of consumers easier and easier than before.

In Washington, Governor Christine Gregoire followed Vilsak’s lead to declare this week, “Washington State Farmers Market Week,” as well. Both Proclamations are available on our website.

In celebration of Farmers Market Week, the Bremerton Farmers Market is proud to have Certified Executive Chef, Chris Plemmons, participating in a food demonstration booth, creating wonderful dishes from the best our local farmers have to offer.

So, come to Market, stay a while to learn a few new tricks from this creative chef with a passion for dishing up delicious creations – and, then, stop in and purchase the freshest produce available to get creative at home!

WHO’LL BE AT MARKET THIS WEEK*:
FARMERS/GROWERS:
Glenwood Gardens – perennials, drought resistant shrubs, and dwarf conifers with fantastic foliage.

Gregory Farm – blueberries, cherries, apricots, and peaches from Eastern WA. WIC/FMNP/EBT accepted. Produce grown using organic methods.

Harlow Gardens – Three kinds of summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce heads, Swiss chard, kale, garlic, shallots, and flat leaf parsley. WIC/FMNP/EBT accepted. Produce grown using organic methods.

Pheasant Fields Farm – zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, onions, cabbage, garlic, some egg plant and fresh herbs, as well as veggie starts, and farm fresh eggs. WIC/FMNP/EBT accepted. Produce grown using organic methods.

StartNow – tomatoes, zucchini, and lettuce. WIC/FMNP/EBT accepted. Produce grown using organic methods.

FOOD VENDORS:
CJ’s Evergreen General Store – BBQ’d burgers (beef, salmon, or veggie), hotdogs, or a sausage and pie, cookies, or granola and a soda. Also, local honey, jams, and salsa. FMNP/EBT accepted for eligible items.

Crimson Cove – smoked sea salt, smoked nut sea salt, smoked nuts, black cod, salmon, mozzarella, cheddar, and other cheeses, plus salmon fromage blanc. EBT accepted.

Hummingbird Hills Soda – 14 varieties of homemade sodas. EBT accepted for eligible items.

London Maid Crumpets – crumpets. EBT accepted for eligible items.

Maudie Beez Cheesecake Bouquets (NEW) – Reduced sugar and sugar-free confections, including cheesecake and banana breads.

Sandy’s Gourmet Indulgence – chocolates, caramel covered snacks and apples, chocolate dipped marshmallows, frozen bananas, and more, plus hot BBQ Beef Sandwich, Chicken Salad or Egg Salad sandwiches, all served with a side of Polynesian Coleslaw or Waldorf Salad. EBT accepted for eligible items.

Scoops Roasted Nuts & Bavarian Bratwursts – Lean Nuremburg brats served two on a roll with onions and/or sauerkraut. Also, variety of roasted nuts. EBT accepted for eligible items.

Sersie’s Seasonings – Spices and seasoning mixes. Xcentric Girl pins. EBT accepted for eligible items.

Viking Feast Ice Cream – Flavors this week will be Arctic Vanilla, Lemon Meringue, Orange Cream, and two new flavors: Loganberry Cream and Black Cherry of Mordor. EBT accepted for eligible items.

ARTISTS/CRAFTERS:
Diane’s Dezines – necklaces, bracelets, gemstone or wire wrapped jewelry pieces, cell phone cases, and accessories.

LuLi GIrl – Children’s clothing, hat and blanket sets, bibs, or other accessories made from new and vintage fabrics.

Mel’s Bells Jewelry – beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, plus new design your own “Pandora” style jewelry.

Unicorn Design Glass (NEW) – dinner plates, appetizer trays, platters, dishes made with fused glass and flattened recycled bottles.

Works by Ariegaw – one of a kind silver and precious stone necklaces and earrings

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 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 tokens with your debit/credit card.

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.

3Degrees – Did you know when you choose Green Power from PSE, you’re supporting renewable energy projects – including wind, solar, and biomass – located right here in the Pacific Northwest? Come learn all about local green power projects and how you can help reduce energy costs and secure a clean, healthy, and local energy supply.

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

OUT THIS WEEK:
Made in Manette (returns August 12)
The Old Wheelbarrow (returns in August)

Coming Soon!
Davis Family Farm (August **fingers crossed**)

MUSIC IN THE MARKET:
August 19th – Rangers & the Re-Arrangers (gypsy jazz)
Sept 9th – Billy and Gracie Tea (blues, folk, gypsy jazz duo)

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER TO GET RECIPES – You missed one this week!

ENews subscribers get coupons and special deals from the vendors, which are only available only to subscribers, including the Kid’s Corner with a continual Bremerton Farmers Market “Eye Spy” game.

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