You might be interested to know that the Bremerton Farmers Market is a member of a larger organization, the Washington State Farmers Market Association (WSFMA), which is an independent coalition of over 125 farmers markets in Washington State dedicated to supporting farmers markets of all sizes or location.
Membership in the association offers training opportunities, a network of knowledgeable Market Managers and Board members to act as mentors, a shared library of documents (from applications and bylaws, to job descriptions and business plans), as well as marketing and political connections. It was the WSFMA who administered the Wireless Technology Project last year, bringing debit/credit/EBT to 24 new Markets in Washington and inspired the Bremerton Farmers Market Board to do the same for our Market.
The WSFMA hosts an annual conference which not only provides classes on topics relevant to Market Managers, Board Members, and Farmers, but also brings together the best of the best in “our industry” to network and learn from each other. The next WSFMA conference, “Planning for Prosperity,” January 28 & 29, 2011, will be held in Leavenworth, WA at the Sleeping Lady Resort. The keynote speakers will be Pamela Roy, the Co-Director of Farm to Table, and Mark Winne, widely recognized as the “community food system” guru.
New, this year, the WSFMA is also launching a series of awards to recognize the outstanding leaders in our farmers market networks with the WSFMA Market of the Year, WSFMA Manager of the Year, and WSFMA Farmer of the Year. Nominations are accepted from anyone, and must be received by September 15, 2010. http://bit.ly/2011WSFMA-Awards for more information.
WHO’LL BE AT MARKET THIS WEEK*:
Glenwood Gardens – perennials, drought resistant shrubs, and dwarf conifers with fantastic foliage, and newly blooming echinaceas .
Gregory Farm – blueberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, and apples from Eastern WA, plus zucchini, onions, and beets from Paul’s farm. WIC/FMNP/EBT accepted. Produce grown using organic methods.
Harlow Gardens – Swiss chard, kale, collard, tomatoes, peppers, beans, beets, summer squash, and cucumbers. WIC/FMNP/EBT accepted. Produce grown using organic methods.
Pheasant Fields Farm – potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, beets, cabbage, chard, kale, garlic, green onions, large salad onions, summer squash, English cucumbers, slicing and pickling cucumbers, an assortment of herbs, lettuce bowls, pepper plants – and farm fresh eggs. WIC/FMNP/EBT accepted. Produce grown using organic methods.
StartNow – basil, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant and greens, plus elegant lettuce and arugula. WIC/FMNP/EBT accepted. Produce grown using organic methods.
CJ’s Evergreen General Store – BBQ’d corn, burgers (beef, salmon, or veggie), hot dogs, or a sausage and pie, cookies, or granola and a soda. Also, local honey, jams, salsa, and beef jerky. 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 by the package and rosemary crackers. EBT accepted.
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: Blackberry of Myrkwood, Arctic Vanilla, Orange Cream, Lemon Meringue, and Raspberry Cream. EBT accepted for eligible items.
Catalina Crafts – handmade cards, paintings, photography, bracelets, painted clothing and journals
Diane’s Dezines – necklaces, bracelets, gemstone or wire wrapped jewelry pieces, cell phone cases, and accessories.
Hakuna Matata – handmade clothing items, some from recycled fabrics, fleece capes, purses, lightweight scarves, and farm art
Mel’s Bells Jewelry – beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, plus new design your own “Pandora” style jewelry
Serenity Now – jarred candles and votives, melts, travel tins, and pillars, plus, for your edgier side, metal garden art and planters.
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.
*List of participating vendors is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
OUT THIS WEEK:
Sandy’s Gourmet Indulgence (returns September 9)
Made in Manette (returns September 9)
MUSIC IN THE MARKET:
Sept 9th – Billy and Gracie Tea (blues, folk, gypsy jazz duo) – NEXT WEEK
Sept 16th – Rangers & the Re-Arrangers (gypsy jazz)
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