16 weeks down, 8 weeks to go!

As many of you know, parking at Evergreen Park is somewhat challenging, especially on a warm, clear, summer day when the playgrounds are full of families and the waters are full of boats.  The Bremerton Farmers Market Board President, Doug Millard, of Harlow Gardens, has been working with the City and Parks department towards a solution for most of the season.  The first compromise came in the form of a new sign posted in the boat trailer parking area.  The second option was a complicated offer to self-monitor the boat trailer parking spots.

On Wednesday, Doug met with the head of the Parks department in an effort to relocate the Bremerton Farmers Market to one of three different grassy areas within Evergreen Park, thereby freeing up the parking lot where the Market is currently located.  This is proposal, which was reviewed last season, seems to be a workable solution, pending a few caveats, such as vendor set-up/break down and handicap access.  I have not yet heard the results of this meeting, so, there will not be a new location for us this week; but, next week, who knows???

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

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

Harlow Gardens – Summer squash, pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, Swiss chard, kale, garlic, shallots, flat leaf parsley, green beans, and maybe blueberries. 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 – green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, kale, lettuce, arugula, and more. 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, maybe, crackers. EBT accepted.

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, Key Lime, Raspberry Cream, Blueberry Bounty, and Orchards of Asgard. 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 – Knitted goods, soaps, aprons, and clothes pin bags

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:
Authentic African Art (returns August 26)
LuLiGirl
Mel’s Bells Jewelry
The Old Wheelbarrow

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

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Greens leading into…

June is here and you know what that means? Produce will soon be showing up in the Market in abundance. Last I checked with Start Now and Harlow Gardens, their tomatoes were running neck and neck – who will be the first to bring tomatoes to Market?

Until then, all of the farm vendors have produce – mostly greens – for your dinner plates and salad bowls; even Old Wheelbarrow, although you’ll have to sacrifice a bigger head later in favor of small greens now. Pheasant Fields Farm has an amazing array of Asian and mustard greens, as well as lettuce, pak choy, and herbs.

Also, coming to Market soon are the blooms and produce of Ders Garden, a Poulsbo and Silverdale farmers market favorite. Summer color, in all varieties, is just on the verge of bursting forth. So, come on down to the Market and discover what surprises the vendors have in store for you!

WIC/FMNP vouchers are now being distributed locally. All of our produce vendors accepting the WIC/FMNP vouchers will have their signs on display for easy recognition beginning this week.

The Bremerton Farmers Market Board is also proud to announce food stamp redemption and debit/credit payment options will be available in the Market starting – fingers crossed – next week. More information about EBT/debit/credit will be available next week, in the eNews and on our website.
WHO’LL BE AT MARKET THIS WEEK*:
FARMERS/GROWERS:
Harlow Gardens – this week expect to find a nice selection of new veggie starts, herbs, perennials, as well as fresh lettuce, collards, and kale from the garden. Produce grown using organic methods.

Pheasant Fields Farm – extensive array of veggie starts including several tomato varieties, peppers, eggplant, lettuce and more. Fun greens, including mizuna and other mustard and Asian greens, will be available along with herbs and fresh eggs. Pheasant Fields also has information about the newly forming Kitsap Poultry Growers Co-op. Produce grown using organic methods.

StartNow – fresh picked lettuce and other greens. Produce grown using organic methods.

The Old Wheelbarrow – Clayton and Terry have a variety of plant starts, including heirloom tomatoes, broccoli, endive, celery, kale, cucumbers, and herbs. Additionally, they will have as assortment of potted plants and grasses available. Produce grown using organic methods.

FOOD VENDORS:
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 honey and salsa for sale.

Crimson Cove – Mark & Jody have been working with CB’s Nuts in Kingston and will have a selection of these new smoked nuts for sale, along with their new salmon spread made with Mt. Townsend Creamery’s Fromage Blanc. Make sure you stop by this booth early, as the salmon spread sells out early at other markets!

Hummingbird Hill Soda – Homemade soda, in a wide selection of flavors, by Mike & Dee available 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 their 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.

Sersie’s Seasonings – Cheryl returns with her beautiful spices and custom blended seasoning mixes – made from herbs she grows herself! They are perfect for marinades and rubs – get grilling!

Viking Feast Ice Cream – The pints were very successful last week and so this week Thormod & Asta are expanding the selection to include all four flavors for those who want to enjoy the Viking invasion at home! This week’s flavors are the very popular Frozen Fudge and Lemon Cream, in addition to two new flavors: Toffee Invasion (milk chocolate-covered toffee in vanilla) and Fortress of Oreos (Oreos packed into vanilla). What is Skyr? Thormod describes it as being similar to frozen Greek yogurt; according to Wikipedia, it is a cultured dairy product, which is technically a soft cheese. Skyr is a unique treat for your taste buds, and a popular product at the market – come early to make sure you get some before it sells out, again!

CRAFTERS:
Black Tie Creations (NEW) – New to the BFM, Eric will be offering a variety of his photographs taken in various locations around the world as 5×7 and 8×10 matted photographs, photo note cards with envelopes, and photo bookmarks with and without beads, and more.

Diane’s Dezines – A Bremerton Farmers Market favorite, Diane returns with her lovely necklaces, bracelets, and other gemstone or wire wrapped jewelry pieces, as well as cell phone cases and accessories.

Made in Manette – Pending a lack of torrential downpours, Carolee is introducing her Made in Manette Green Line products. There are still a few items available for 50% off; additionally, by popular demand, lavender soap returns. Also, remember your punch card to buy 6 bars of soap and get the 7th one free!

Nini Martini Creations – New to the Market this year, local artisan Annie Park, returns to vending at Farmers Markets and will be enticing you to purchase her jewelry and picture cards.

Works by Ariegaw (NEW) – Where “Bohemian meets Eskimo whimsy,” local artist Ariegaw will dazzle you with her beautiful silver and precious stone necklaces
and earrings – each are small pieces of art, crafted by hand and one-of-a-kind.

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.

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 County “E-cycle” – Washington now has a FREE, convenient and environmentally responsible recycling program for computers, monitors, laptops and televisions. Learn all about your recycling options.

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

OUT THIS WEEK:
Borrowed Kitchen Bakery (returns June 10)
Catalina Crafts (returns June 10)
Dani’s Photography (returns June 10)
Glenwood Gardens (returns June 10)
Gregory Farm (returns in mid-June)
Paghat’s Garden (returns mid-summer)
LuLi Girl (returns June 17)
Mel’s Bells Jewelry (returns June 10)

Coming Soon!
Davis Family Farm (mid-June)
London Maid Crumpets (mid-June)
Scoops Roasted Almonds & Bavarian Bratwursts (June 10)

Upcoming Events:
June 3rd – Spare Thyme (fiddle duo) – THIS WEEK!
June 10th – Rangers & the Re-Arrangers (gypsy jazz)
July 1st – Spare Thyme (fiddle duo)

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.

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Pictures!

Yes, it’s been a bit quiet around this here web site, but we hope that those who have found it in search of information have found it useful, especially where we list all the fun ways on how to become a vendor!

Our market manager, Holly, has done a wonderful job of getting some pictures of market operations the past few months, and we wanted to share! Check them out here!

Market goes until Mid-October, so be sure to come by for your fall produce! The weather’s still warm, so we’re still crankin’ out veggies!