The opening day of the 26th season of the Port Townsend Farmers Market is fast approaching. The nonprofit, Jefferson County Farmers Markets, will officially open the farmers market season on April 7 from 9am to 2pm, uptown on Tyler Street. The Port Townsend Farmers Market Opening Day will be market with a red ribbon cutting, the Market’s traditional goat parade, live music and more!

Market Director, Amanda Milholland, says, “I am really excited about the diversity of farm, food and arts vendors this market season. We have a great representation of the wealth of farm-direct and artisan foods available in Jefferson as well as neighbor counties. While many of us are considering how to have a more sustainable and healthy relationship with our food, our farm and artisan food vendors give us so many tasty opportunities to eat seasonal, shop local, and create community.”

In addition new and returning vendors, goats beckon you to Opening Day market. After the official red ribbon cutting on Saturday, April 7th at 9am on Tyler Street, JCFM will host its annual goat parade with goats from Harmony’s Way and Mystery Bay Farms. Children and people of all ages are encouraged to come in animal costumes for a chance to win a $20 Flora Market token. Additionally, Jefferson Healthcare’s Executive Chef, Arran Stark, will offer a cooking demonstration featuring Market produce and live music will ring in the first day of this delicious season.

The Jefferson County Farmers Markets (JCFM) serve as important business incubators and farm-direct retail outlets for more than 80 Jefferson County farm, artisan food, and arts businesses.