Vancouver Winter Farmers Market

Alex and I are Vancouver BC for the weekend. Of course the first place we headed this morning was the Winter Farmer’s Market. It’s held Saturdays 10-2 from Nov. 3 to April 27, closed Dec. 29. The location is a great big parking lot, the Nat Bailey Stadium east parking lot. They promised more than 60 vendors and delivered at least a hundred. The market requires at least 60% original food producers, farmers first, and encourage craft food vendors to use products from the farmers. There were lots and lots and lots of farmers. Also bakers, artisan food makers, a few non-food artisans, and a wide variety of interesting food trucks. (I got beignets!) This is recognizably our food ecosystem. The farmers stocked foods that we can get in Kitsap farmers markets. At this time of year: greens; root vegetables, including onions, beets, carrots, potatoes, rutabagas; brassicas, cabbage and broccoli … Continue reading

Bremerton Harvest Fair

Tonight’s market at the YMCA shared the gym with a kid’s fair, lots of tykes running around in costumes, so cute! Overheard at the market: a Buy Kitsap Local store will open in Kitsap Mall on Nov. 1 featuring many of our favorite vendors from the farmers markets. I can’t wait! Let’s give them a fantastic opening day! Pictures of the day: Ice cream and tarts, so good together! Jackie’s delicious jams – have them on crumpets! Here are the crumpets! Isn’t Kris looking Parisian? Paul is justifiably proud of his two-and-a-half pound onion. The next, and last, Bremerton market of the season is Sunday Nov. 18 noon to 4 at the Norm Dicks Government Center downtown. See you there! … Continue reading

Bremerton Farmers Market opens!

The Bremerton Farmers Market kicked off its summer season on Thursday, May 3. Mayor Patty Lent was on hand to cut the ribbon to mark the official start of the market. The unexpectedly damp cool weather didn’t prevent dedicated shoppers from turning out to reconnect with old friends and new. This year the organic farm Abundantly Green joins the other produce vendors at the market – it’s great to see the biggest farm in Central Kitsap joining in! I’m co-lead of the Master Gardener clinic at the market. Kirsten and I opened the season and shivered together under our new canopy. It’s wonderful to have our own space. And the market manager sets it up for us, a real luxury! This is one of two farmers markets in the county that meets on green grass instead of concrete. It makes a wonderful afternoon outing for kids, dogs, and shoppers. I’m … Continue reading