Port Townsend Wednesday market to close for season in mid-September

There will be two bands and plenty of fresh food, organizers said.

PORT TOWNSEND — The last Wednesday farmers market of the season is nearly here.

Sept. 14 is the last Wednesday farmers market for its 13th season and one that shouldn’t be missed, said Amanda Milholland, director and market manager for the Jefferson County Farmers Markets.

“I’m working on trying to make it something bigger,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of great farms participating this year.”

She said that though it seems late in the season, there is plenty of fresh food to be had.

There are fresh tomatoes, salad greens, melons, corn, strawberries, blackberries, peppers, herbs, chicken, duck and rabbit from local farms as well as local pastries and artisan cheese.

The Port Townsend Wednesday farmers market is the food-focused, midweek sister to the much larger Port Townsend Saturday farmers market, Milholland said.

“It’s something special that’s an undiscovered part of our community,” she said. “It’s a really special market.”

For 13 years, residents and visitors to uptown Port Townsend have visited this farmer markets for their midweek local, farm-fresh vegetables.

This year’s participating vendors include Finnriver, Midori, SpringRain and Onatrue Farms, Chimacum Valley Dairy, Pane d’Amore Bakery, Crust Bakery and Fiddlehead Creamery.

The season started off a little slow, Milholland said, but it quickly picked up and turned into one of the most profitable seasons ever.

With the three markets, organizers are looking at how each fills its niche and how to keep them all sustainable, she said.

During the final Wednesday market Sept. 14, there will be two bands providing live music.

The Possum Carvers and Glutton Free Loafers will play live music from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“It’s an eclectic mix of really fun, silly music,” Milholland said, adding that they are great for the whole family. “I know my 1-year-old daughter really gets a kick out of them.”

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Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5550, or at [email protected].

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