This place is wonderful!

The Bremerton Farmers Market is a magical place, held together by a careful weave of volunteers, dedicated vendors, one part time employee, a plethora of committed community members, and our loyal customers. This week, I’d like to highlight three friends to the Market who keep the magic alive.

First, there is Jeanine Nolan, a Master Gardener intern who has completed more clinics in our Market than any other intern.  Last week I discovered she is so dedicated to the Bremerton Farmers Market that she takes an hour and a half of vacation time each week she participates in the Master Gardener clinic.  How cool is that?

Second, we have Michael Maria, our most recent “Community Member”, who read about this opportunity to support the Bremerton Farmers Market in the eNews and offered to show his support.  Thanks, Michael!

Third, we honor Nikki Johanson, the farmer behind Pheasant Fields Farm, who is so invested in the Bremerton Farmers Market that not only does her farm vend in two booths every week, bringing the largest variety of produce available in the Market, but she negotiated a fundraising opportunity with the Kitsap Community and Agriculture Alliance to sell their “Local Chef Show Off” tickets (subliminal message… buy your KCAA dinner tickets from the Bremerton Farmers Market…) and blew our socks off with a Bremerton Farmers Market Sponsorship surprise last week!

Thank you to all the people who make the Bremerton Farmers Market a success: volunteers, Community Members, and Sponsors, oh my!

WHO’LL BE AT MARKET THIS WEEK*:
FARMERS/GROWERS:
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.

FOOD VENDORS:
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.

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

Viking Feast Ice Cream – Flavors this week will be: Sea Monster, Arctic Vanilla, Lemon Meringue, Raspberry Cream, and Blackberry 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.

Made in Manette – handmade aprons, clothespin bags, soaps, and knitted goods.

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.

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.

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

OUT THIS WEEK:
Catalina Crafts (returns September 16)
Glenwood Gardens (returns September 23)
Hakuna Matata (returns September 16)
Scoops Roasted Nuts & Bavarian Bratwursts (possibly out for the rest of the season)
Works by Ariegaw (will return in 2011)

MUSIC IN THE MARKET:
Sept 9th – Billy and Gracie Tea (blues, folk, gypsy jazz duo) – THIS WEEK
Sept 16th – Rangers & the Re-Arrangers (gypsy jazz)

MARKET FUN-RAISING
The Bremerton Farmers Market Board is getting creative with ways to raise funds to ensure the Market returns next season. The Rummage Sale is this weekend – Saturday, September 11th at Harlow Gardens (5946 Harlow Drive), from 9am – 3pm. We would love your support – so, we hope to see you there!

Buy your KCAA “2nd Annual Local Chef Show Off” dinner tickets, for the September 19th dinner & presentation, from the Bremerton Farmers Market and support your local farmers, agriculture, and the farmers market. Tickets are $30 per person, or $55 for a couple, in advance; $40 each person at the door, if there are tickets available. Children 6-12 are $15 in advance, $20 at the door; children under 6 are free (but, please let us know how many you are bringing).

You can also help support the Market by becoming a Community Member (for just $30 a season), or a Sponsor, to help us bring musicians to the market, allow for additional seating, and educational events within the Market. To learn more about becoming a Sponsor, visit our website (www.bremertonmarket.com) and click on the “Be a Sponsor” tab.

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