Rain or shine, we’re ready for you!

The Kitsap Community and Agricultural Alliance, an organization dedicated to the construction of a local food network in Kitsap County and the surrounding counties, is hosting their 2nd Annual “Local Food Chef Show Off” this Sunday, September 19th, in conjunction with Olympic College’s Culinary Arts Institute. This is a wonderful opportunity to savor delicious cuisine prepared by the region’s best chefs who will be using local ingredients sourced from Kitsap Peninsula farms.

Doors at Olympic College’s Bremer Student Center open at 1pm and the meal is served buffet style from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Visit with local food and farming enthusiasts, peruse the business trade and farm displays, and enjoy the live music of Olalla based “Magical Strings.” After your meal, stay for guest speakers Don Stuart, of the American Farmland Trust, and Sandra Staples-Bortner, of the Great Peninsula Conservancy.

This is your last chance to buy tickets at the Bremerton Farmers Market before the event. Remember, Bremerton FM will get 10% of the sales for all tickets sold at the Market, or by our Board Members. For more information bout the event: www.localfoodchefshowoff.org.

WHO’LL BE AT MARKET THIS WEEK*:
FARMERS/GROWERS:
Gregory Farm – blueberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples, and pears from Eastern WA, plus zucchini, onions, cucumbers, 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: Frozen Fudge, Peach Cobbler of Asgard, Raspberry Cream, Lemon Meringue, and of course Arctic Vanilla. EBT accepted for eligible items.

ARTISTS/CRAFTERS:
Authentic African Art – handmade baskets

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.

Kitsap Food Co-op – The Co-op volunteers return to the Market 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:
Glenwood Gardens (returns September 23)

MUSIC IN THE MARKET:
Sept 16th – Rangers & the Re-Arrangers (gypsy jazz) – THIS WEEK

MARKET FUN-RAISING
Buy your KCAA “2nd Annual Local Chef Show Off” dinner tickets, for the September 19th event, 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).

Thanks to everyone who came to our Rummage Sale last weekend. The BFM Board was able to raise $776 for the Market that will go towards our beginning of the season expenses for 2011!

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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