Jefferson County on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State supports a thriving network of sustainable farmers, culminating in a glorious presentation of fresh produce, crafts, art and music at the Port Townsend Farmers Market on both Saturdays and Wednesdays. After several years of rapid growth, the Port Townsend market is now the largest farmers market west of Puget Sound.
Reveling in the festival atmosphere, more than a thousand people attend each Saturday to directly support local, organic growers. Overall, more than fifty-five farmers, artisans and food vendors fill the block of Tyler Street while marketgoers enjoy the adjacent park south of Lawrence in the Uptown district of Port Townsend.
Alongside colorful displays of produce and locally processed foods, artisans from the renowned arts community sell their wares. The scents from Port Townsend's beloved bakeries and food vendors fill the air. Rick Oltman of Cape Cleare Fishery can personally describe the Alaskan source of each salmon that goes onto his grill. Nearby, families listen and dance to the music of venerable local musicians and regional touring acts.
Underscoring the vibrant community celebration are the intentions of building a sustainable food network. Not only does local produce look beautiful and taste better than conventional food or industrially farmed organics, local farmers employ thoughtful methods that are ecologically balanced and create the foundation of a sustainable future. The market provides a direct opportunity to shake the hands that are dedicated to making ecological sustainability a reality.
Although the market is always a celebration of food and community, several festivals showcase the arrival of crops from strawberries to pumpkins. And each market is a bountiful festival of food and genuine confluence of community in Port Townsend.
The Port Townsend Farmers Market brings together sustainable local growers with artisans, food vendors and musicians to create the most vibrant weekly celebration of community in Port Townsend. All of the market farmers employ sustainable methods to raise the highest quality produce possible. Joining growers with food vendors, artisans and musicians from the renowned arts community, the Port Townsend Farmers Market is the largest and most vibrant market west of Puget Sound.
Saturdays (May through Nov.) 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Uptown at Lawrence and Tyler
Wednesdays (June through September) 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Uptown at Lawrence and Polk
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I love the local produce, cheeses, etc., and I love supporting my local farmers. My granddaughters asked me to add that they love the soaps! It is also a fun place to meet up with friends and neighbors.
It's a community happening and it supports our local growers and craftspeople.
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I prefer to shop locally & what better way than buying DIRECTLY from the farmers...who i think are some of the hardest working people around!!!