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“Spring Forward Into Fresh” and head Uptown to explore products from more than 70 vendors & 40 farms.
With its maritime heritage, artist spirit, and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend is an easily accessible base camp to the Olympic Peninsula and beyond. Whether on land or sea; indoors or outdoors – Port Townsend has activities for every taste.
Harbingers of spring tend to be daffodils and blooming forsythia or sweet birdsong at dawn, but in Port Townsend, we go a step further and celebrate the season with the opening of our Farmers Market.
Where else can you enjoy a goat parade with kids—both four-legged and two—as they wend their way along Taylor Street in Uptown Port Townsend through an array of farmers, bakers, crafters, shellfish growers, winemakers, cidermakers and more?
It all begins on Saturday, April 5th, promptly at 9 a.m. as 50 vendors spring forward into the freshness of the season with a wide array of products for your enjoyment. For more info about the market, go to: www.jeffersoncountyfarmersmarket.org.
New vendors at the market
The market has a bumper crop of new vendors this year. Port Townsend’s own Propolis will be selling and sampling their seasonal herbal ales at the market. Victor and Olga Paz, of Olgita’s, will be selling handmade tortillas, salsas and pupusas (Latin American style stuffed tortillas—meat, cheese, bean or all three). Meredith Hotchkiss of Bread and Honey Bakery will be making her debut at the market with pies and cakes and pastries and other sweet things. Cherepashka Candle Company is bringing their handmade, all natural soy and coconut wax candles scented with pure essential oils. Blyn’s new Gathering Ground Farm will bring a bounty of mixed vegetables, berries and flowers, all cultivated with horse power. As in actual horses. And Olympic Onion will be selling their Sequim-grown dried green onion powders.
Changing it up this season
Dabob Kabobs, the market’s maker of local meats on a stick is changing up their menu this year to include stir fries that utilize even more fresh market produce. Virginie Borque’s award winning one woman Lullaby Wines will be selling a variety of handmade macaroons to be eaten and paired with samples of her wines. Virginie hails from Provence originally, and everything she makes honors and expands on her French upbringing.
Midori Farm has moved. The formerly Port Townsend based farm has relocated to the greener pastures of Quilcene, on acreage that lies between longtime market vendors Serendipity Farm and Wildwood Farm. Last year, Dharma Ridge relocated to Quilcene to take over the large and fertile Bolton Farm, and Colinwood farm’s Jesse Hopkins has purchased and planted on the farmland next to Midori. The warmer climate and cheaper land is leading to a new farming renaissance in the remaining fields of the former timber town.
Go green—cycle to the market
Take a cue from Rick Altman, owner of Cape Cleare Salmon, and ride your bike to the market. He’s an inspiration, encouraging people to cycle more. Read their bicycling story:
We have moved over 100, 000 pounds of salmon by pedal power, hauling up to 1/8 of a ton as much as 20-mile round trips. Ninety five percent of the salmon we sell locally is delivered by bicycle. Our dedicated cyclists: Rick, Heidi and Pam, pedal this precious cargo in rain, snow and shine.
The salmon is packed in insulated boxes, strapped to our custom-fabricated trailer made from an aluminum ladder, and delivered with the same care and attention that we bring to everything we do.
We believe in bicycles as a viable alternative to motorized vehicles. We’d like to see bicycles used more often in business and commerce.
See you at the market on two wheels!
From farm to market to table—a day in the life of Chef Laurette
See how Chef Laurette Feit finds fresh, seasonal ingredients to create local delicacies for her guests at Sweet Laurette Bistro.
When thinking of Port Townsend’s early days, images of shipping and lumber, rough streets and genteel houses spring to mind, but the U.S. Army established Fort Townsend in 1856. The 18th Annual Victorian Festival looks at how the military shaped culture during those volatile decades of expansion, civil war, and economic tumult.
Here’s a quick glimpse of activities to participate in over the weekend, but for more details and to purchase your ticket, go to www.VictorianFestival.org.
Start with a Victorian Pub Crawl on Friday night, featuring sea shanties, saloons, “shanghai tunnels,” and fine vintage cocktails throughout a staggering selection of Port Townsends (in)famous watering holes.
Saturday is filled with fascinating events and presentations you won’t want to miss. Manliness in the Morning begins at 11:30 am, a very civilized hour for any gentleman. Learn about Victorian Bicycles or how the Military Influenced Women’s Fashions, as well as Steamboat Rides departing from Point Hudson Marina, all at 12:30 pm. At 2:30 pm, enjoy a Fencing Demonstration or discover the secrets behind Victorian Corsets. A perennial favorite of the festival is the Victorian Fashion Show at 4 pm and the Victorian Ball from 7-11 pm. Many more presentations and activities are offered throughout the weekend, so be sure to check out the full schedule at www.VictorianFestival.org.
Sunday morning, take the Insiders’ Historic Building Tour and see for yourself the incredible, authentic buildings of this Victorian Seaport. Join Port Townsend’s Main Street Program [link to Main St page] for the Tour—your ticket inside four of Port Townsend’s cornerstones. Tour these splendid edifices with docents who can offer the inside scoop on when and why, who and how.
It’s a weekend of fun and history, you won’t want to miss.
The Port Townsend Main Street Program is coordinating the “Insider’s Historic Building Tours”—with Downtown and Uptown Tours on Sunday, March 23, 2014 during the Victorian Festival. The tours reveal intriguing stories from the past and visions for the future. Knowledgeable guides will lead the tours. Tickets are on sale now for $10 each from the Port Townsend Victorian Festival’s website at www.vicfest.org.
DOWNTOWN TOUR FROM 11 AM TO 12:45 PM
The Fowler Building (aka The Leader Building) 226 Adams Street
The Mount Baker Block Building 1890 211 Taylor Street
The Eisenbeis Building, 1889–2013 830 Water Street.
The Hastings Building 1889 833-839 Water Street
UPTOWN TOUR FROM 1 PM TO 3 PM
Meet Us At The Bell Tower—At The Top Of Haller Stairs at Tyler/Jefferson Streets
The Bell Tower 1890– near the top of the Haller Fountain Stairs (Tyler/Jefferson)
The Gallus Rutz Building Built 1889 1044 Lawrence Street
The Barthrop House (aka The Quimper Inn Bed & Breakfast)
Events subject to change.