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Sat. September, 13th:

Fresh from the Farm -
just picked corn! 

Corn is abundant at the Market right now, and as summer winds down, don't miss the opportunity to shop the Market for delicious, fragrant, just picked corn, fresh from the farm to your table!

Just-picked sweet corn now available at Spooner Farms

 

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The Market is open every Saturday,  

rain or shine, from 9am to 2pm
 for:
locally grown produce
just picked fruit
seasonal berries
pasture raised meats
wild caught seafood
artisan cheese
fresh & dried pasta
eggs
fresh-cut flowers
plants & veggie starts
baked goods
locally roasted coffee
wine, ciders, herbal ales
ready to eat foods
gluten free foods
dog & cat treats
and so much more!

 

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Tasting Booth -  

Free Samples & Sales:
 

Stina's Cellars is a Lakewood, WA winery, family owned and operated by Perry, Penny, and Ethan Preston (along with the help of lots of family and friends). Stina's  prides themselves on their focus of producing small lots of high quality wines at affordable prices.


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Propolis Brewing 
   

Herbal Ales inspired by old world tradition  

and new world ingenuity 

  

Propolis was established in June of 2012 with the sole intent to produce high-quality handcrafted herbal ales inspired by old world tradition, local resources and the rhythms of nature. Propolis ales are brewed with various wild-crafted herbs and are seasonally based.   

 

Here's the list of the very limited and   

magical Ales for this week....

  

"Salmonberry Sour" 7.5%~  

Tart, creamy, woodsy, can't-put-your-finger-on-it...wild salmonberry Ale... Ridiculous...and very limited...

(not listed on our site as it just became available as well...its outrageous...)

  

New "Erthe"~  

Crisp Golden Saison Brewed with Thyme 4.5%  

(Classic refreshing Golden Saison)

  

More "Litha"~  

Chamomile Golden Saison, with Lavender & Sage 7.5%  

(WA State Award Winner)

  

New "Gardin"~

Amber Herbal Saison aged in a beautiful Eaglemount Syrah Barrel 7.5% (New Release tart, sour complex exceptionally popular)

  

Last call for Corona Farms "Borage"~

Borage flower Ale 7.5% (Delicate cucumber, floral, marmalade champagne gorgeous very limited)

 

 

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Vendor Of the Week:

Provisions Mushroom Farm 

 

Christian Kaelin, Provisions Mushroom Farm

Provisions Mushroom Farm is nestled in the woods near Capitol State Forest in Olympia, WA., and is owned and operated by Christian and Ria Kaelin. 


The Kaelin's have been growing fresh gourmet mushrooms for their CSA Members, Olympia Food Co-ops, and local restaurants since 2006, and now they are available through the both the Proctor Farmers' Market and the Olympia Farmers Market.   

 

"Cultivating a healthy community with mushrooms" is what Provisions believes in as a basis for their successful business, carefully selecting the choicest mushroom species, which they then cultivate on clean, organic substrates. 

 

Provisions produces all of their mushroom mycelium in house, from Laboratory to Grow Room, use organic and indoor farming practices to ensure the quality and cleanliness of the food purchased from them, and never use chemical herbicides or pesticides in the growing process. 

 

Please be sure and stop by and check out the Provisions Mushroom Farm booth this Saturday.  Christian is very knowledgeable about his product, and his farm's incredible selection of mushrooms will tempt your taste-buds.  He'll also be happy to tell you about the The Plug Workshop that he and Ria are offering at their farm on Sunday, September 21st, from 12-3pm.  Click here for ticket information
  
 
Fresh mushrooms currently available from Provisions Mushroom Farm include:
Blue Oyster, Shitake, Lion's Mane, Chanterelles, and Porcini.

Christian & Ria Kaelin
Provisions Mushroom Farm

PO Box 233  

Olympia, WA  98507

 

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EBT Cards, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons welcome.

 

Ask at the Market Info Booth about our new "Fresh Bucks" program 

   

that doubles EBT dollars up to $10 per person!

 


Subcribe to our Newsletter (click on the blue box above), and get the latest information and updates on what's happening at the

Proctor Farmers' Market!

 

 

The Proctor Farmers' Market is a member of the WSFMA (Washington State Farmers Market Association)

and proudly supports Washington's farming families.

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Sat., September 6th:

Green Day Event at the Market-
this Saturday!

-Learn and Explore About

Plastics in Our Environment

-Local, professional presenters

  

-Booth Exhibits and Activities for Everyone 

  

-Prize drawings will be held every 1/2 hour, from 9:30am - 1:30pm

prizes donated by: Accents by Nature / Bluebeard Coffee Roasters /

Calendula Farm / El Chito Tamales / Gateway to India / Little Eorthe Farm /

Proctor Farmers' Market / Umpqua Bank 

  

-Don't Miss This Important Community Event!

 
 

 

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The Market is open every Saturday,  

rain or shine, from 9am to 2pm

shop for:
locally grown produce
just picked fruit
seasonal berries
pasture raised meats
wild caught seafood
artisan cheese
fresh & dried pasta
eggs
fresh-cut flowers
plants & veggie starts
baked goods
locally roasted coffee
wine, ciders, herbal ales
ready to eat foods
gluten free foods
dog & cat treats
and so much more!

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Tasting Booth - Saturday, September 6th

Free Samples & Sales:


This Saturday's Tasting Booth guest will be White Heron Cellars, whose vineyard and winery site overlooks the Columbia River.      
Owner Cameron Fries will offer samples and sales of fine wines that are only available at their winery or select farmers markets. 
White Heron Cellars
White Heron vineyards overlook the Columbia River 
 

***

 

EBT Cards, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons welcome.

Ask at the Market Info Booth about our new "Fresh Bucks" program,

that doubles EBT dollars up to $10 per person!  


Subcribe to our Newsletter (click on the blue box above), and get the latest information and updates on what's happening at the

Proctor Farmers' Market!

 

 

The Proctor Farmers' Market is a member of the WSFMA (Washington State Farmers Market Association)

and proudly supports Washington's farming families.

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Sat., August 30th:

Heirloom Tomatoes!
Right now, the Market is your go-to place for Heirloom Tomatoes.  At the height of their season, Heirlooms offer a unique blend of locally grown taste, color, size and shape.  Now's the time to shop for these beauties to enjoy fresh from the garden, or to freeze or can.   
At Cottage Gardens: Black Krim, Green & Red Zebra, Soldacki, Costoluto Genovese, and more 
At Alvarez Organic Farms: Brandywine & Brandywine Cherry (not shown), German Stripe and more.

At Zestful Gardens: Gold Medal, German Old Stripe, Jaune Flamme,

and a Zestful farm favorite, the large Paul Robeson Tomato (center).

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Mark Your Calendar -

Green Day- Saturday, Sept. 6th!
Next Saturday the Market will host our
annual GREEN DAY Event from 9am to 2pm. 
This year's theme is
"Plastics: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly."
 

 

  • Learn And Explore About Plastics In Our Environment
  • Local Professional Presenters
  • Interactive Activities for Adults and Kids
  • Prize Drawings Throughout the Day

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Tasting Booth -  
Free Samples & Sales:
 

 

Stina's Cellars is a Lakewood, WA winery, family owned and operated by Perry, Penny, and Ethan Preston (along with the help of lots of family and friends). Stina's  prides themselves on their focus of producing small lots of high quality wines at affordable prices.

 

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What's Growin' On-

Jim O'Neill

 

 

Thoughts On Growing Heirloom Tomatoes

By Jim O'Neill,  

Cottage Gardens

 

Cottage Gardens is a small family-run farm which has been growing a diverse selection of veggie starts and produce for farmers markets for 15 years.  Of all the crops we grow, I find producing tomatoes the most fun and satisfying.  Heirloom varieties are my favorite for the superior flavor and their diversity of shapes and colors.  All of that flavor and interest comes at a cost. Growing heirlooms can be a bit more challenging. The resistance bred into most hybrid varieties, often at the expense of flavor, is not present in heirlooms. They are more susceptible to fungus and virus attacks, and have a bothersome, albeit harmless, tendency to cracking.  As your harvesting your tomatoes, you may find conditions that are bothersome.  I hope to help clarify which of those should be of concern and which ones are not.

 

The cracked skin of an heirloom tomato is the result of the plant taking up more water than the tomato skin can expand to accommodate. Maintaining uniform moisture in the soil and picking ripe fruit before watering will help minimize the cracking.  The good news is the cracking, which usually heals over if left on the plant, is completely harmless and does not adversely effect the tomato.  Deeper cracks will sometimes mold, especially during humid weather.  These tomatoes, too, are still good. Simply trim out the damaged parts and enjoy the great flavor.

 

Cracked tomato skin typical of Heirloom Tomatoes

 

Another condition which causes unknowing tomato growers concern is blossom end blight. It also has negative aesthetic impact but, other than the waste resulting from trimming out the damaged parts at the blossom end of the fruit, is relatively harmless and easily remedied.  It is a physiological problem with the plant resulting from calcium deficiency  and does not spread from plant to plant.  Calcium, which should be amended into the soil prior to planting, can be added as a top dressing to solve the problem.  Calcium sources to use include egg shells, bone meal, gypsum and/or lime.  Lime also increases pH of the soil  which for tomatoes should be at about 6.5 to assure all the nutrients in the soil are available to the plant.  

Blossom end blight on a San Marzano Tomato

 

The most serious challenge to growing tomatoes in the warm and wet northwest is early and late blight. Right now we are in the period where late blight is possible. This fungus has been the ruin of many tomato crops in the Pacific Northwest as it overwinters in the soil and spreads rapidly from plant to plant if the conditions are right   High humidity, or heavy rains, with warm temperatures, above 50F, allow this fungus to decimate tomatoes and potatoes and spread in the wind to distant crops. There is no cure, though it can be slowed with copper based fungicides and removing all damaged plant material and fruit. The damaged plant parts should destroyed, not composted. The better approach is preventative- good culture, isolation of soil from plants with mulch, and pruning and irrigating to minimize extended wet conditions on the plant.  Tomatoes and potatoes should not be replanted in areas where this condition has existed in previous years if avoidable. Soil bacterial inoculations and /or black mulch to facilitate heat pasteurization can help reduce fungus spore in the soil.

Devastating effects of late blight on tomatoes
(also effects potatoes)
 

 

As the season winds down  and fall approaches, I start really watching the weather forecast for night temperatures in anticipation of the first frost.  While we would all like to see an extended Indian summer, signs of spider webs and cool nights are telling me that may not be the case this year.  You don't have to lose the green tomatoes.  You can pick them prior to the last frost, and ripen them in a frost protected environment. A mild white distilled vinegar dip (2 tbsp/pint water) and drying will avoid mold problems from developing on the ripening fruit. Tomatoes, ripe or green, should never be refrigerated as that will greatly reduce the flavor.  Ideal storage temperature for tomatoes is 55F.       

 

I hope you are enjoying the bounty of another successful growing season.  If you have  any questions about tomatoes, or any other gardening subjects, come to the Proctor Farmers' Market and ask any one of our many farmers.  We would all be happy to help you  in your pursuit of  healthy, local, fresh food.

Just picked Heirloom Tomatoes, famous for taste and color, now available

at Cottage Gardens 


   Jim O'Neill, Cottage Gardens

 

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Vendor Of the Week:

The Blooming Artichoke Herbary 

 

Colleen Gondolfi, owner, The Blooming Artichoke Herbary

The Blooming Artichoke Herbary is located in Yelm, WA.  It was started 3 years ago when Colleen Gondolfi decided to stop putting off her dream for "the perfect time" and just "go for it!"  Colleen has been studying herbs and their properties for the better part of the last 20 years with herbalists around the country, including completing a 2 year master herbalist program and then a year ago finishing a Master's degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM).

 

The plants at The Blooming Artichoke Herbary all have interesting histories and uses in addition to being lovely garden plants.  Colleen's nursery is an opportunity to educate the public about the ways to bring herbs into their lives, and also as a part of their garden.  Coleen is a firm believer that gardening is in itself healing and therapeutic.  It is not necessary to dry, bottle, or decant the plants in order to receive health benefits from them.  Although that is another approach and there is a strong interest in learning how to use herbs for healing which Colleen tries to meet by educating at the market and also in the classes she teaches. 

 

Colleen's plants are almost all propagated from seed.  She sources seed from organic growers or collects from her stock plants, and she does not use chemicals.  Fertilizers, when they are used, are organic.  The Blooming Artichoke Herbary is not a certified organic farm/nursery, but Colleen tries to use sustainable practices whenever possible. 

 

Colleen says that she is now working through the hoops and regulations to start manufacturing herbal teas and hopes to have those available shortly.  Plants, classes, herb information, and botanical gifts can all be found on their website at  bloomingartichoke.com.



Colleen Gondolfi
The Blooming Artichoke Herbary
Yelm, WA  
bloomingartichoke.com

 

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Sat., August 23rd:

Farmers Markets Stamp 
The beautiful and colorful new limited edition Farmers Markets Forever Stamp in now available!

Issued at the height of the market season on August 7th, now is the time to use this stamp on your mail to help remind everyone to support your local farmers and producers who work throughout the year to bring fresh, local foods to your Market and your community.  


The Proctor Farmers' Market is open every Saturday,  
rain or shine, from 9am to 2pm
for:
locally grown produce
just picked fruit
pasture raised meats
wild caught seafood
artisan cheese
fresh & dried pasta
eggs
fresh-cut flowers
plants & veggie starts
baked goods
locally roasted coffee
wine, ciders, herbal ales
ready to eat foods
gluten free foods
dog & cat treats
and so much more!  

 

Art @ the Market

Last week's Art @ the Market was a big success!  We were fortunate to have local performance artists give market-goers a glimpse of their amazing talents: 

Tacoma City Ballet performing a segment from the Nutcracker

on-site during last week's market.
 (photo courtesy of Scott Gruber, Calendula Farm)  

Vuelta La Luna, a local aerial arts & comedy troupe performed a graceful act high above the marketplace!

 

Tasting Booths -  

Free Samples & Sales:
 

Stina's Cellars is a Lakewood, WA winery, family owned and operated by Perry, Penny, and Ethan Preston (along with the help of lots of family and friends). Stina's  prides themselves on their focus of producing small lots of high quality wines at affordable prices.



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Propolis Brewing
   

Herbal Ales inspired by old world tradition  

and new world ingenuity 

  

Propolis was established in June of 2012 with the sole intent to produce high-quality handcrafted herbal ales inspired by old world tradition, local resources and the rhythms of nature. Propolis ales are brewed with various wild-crafted herbs and are seasonally based.   

  

Many of the Propolis Ales blend several styles, and are hard to classify by those that prescribe to the standards.  Propolis is unique, as their ales are primarily inspired by the farmhouse tradition of France and Belgium, as well as old world Ales that no longer exist.   

 

 

Market Recipe -

Summer Watermelon, Peach, and Heirloom Tomato Salad   
Adapted by Jen Brown (WSFMA)
   

 


Most of the main ingredients for this wonderful summer salad are currently available at the Market.

FREE full color recipe cards for this salad can be found at the Market Info Booth!


Ingredients:

 

  • 3 cups seeded watermelon, in bite-size chunks
  • 1 ½ cups peeled, chopped peaches
  • 1 ½ cups heirloom tomato, in bite-size chunks (try different colors for visual appeal)
  • ½ red onion, slivered
  • Handful each fresh basil and mint chiffonade (sliced in thin ribbons)
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Pinch ground chipotle pepper (optional)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
Procedure:
    Combine chopped fruit, onion and herbs in a big bowl. Whisk together lime juice, seasonings and olive oil in a small bowl. Combine with fruit mixture and let sit 10 minutes before serving. 

Notes:

  • Feel free to substitute any fresh stone fruit or melon you like.
  • Replace the lime juice with white balsamic or a lovely, fruity vinegar from your local farmers market
  • Substitute Thai basil for the more common Italian variety
  • Add chunks of your favorite fresh or salty cheese: feta, goat, mizithra, cotija, etc.

Enjoy!

The Proctor Farmers' Market is a member of the WSFMA,

and proudly supports Washington's farming families.

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The Market is open from 9am - 2pm,  

every Saturday, rain or shine.

 

 

EBT Cards, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons welcome.

Ask at the Market Info Booth about our new "Fresh Bucks" program,

that doubles EBT dollars up to $10 per person!  


Subcribe to our Newsletter (click on the blue box above), and get the latest information and updates on what's happening at the

Proctor Farmers' Market!

***

 

 

 

Sat., August 16th:

Art @ The Market 

Local Performance Artists entertain this Saturday at our first annual live event!  


The Market is open every Saturday,  
rain or shine, from 9am to 2pm

 

 

What to get at the Market in August-

Just picked, gorgeous seasonal produce, perfect for canning, freezing, pickling or easy summer meals!  Heirloom tomatoes, sweet summer corn, beautiful eggplants, peppers of all shapes and sizes, juicy melons, cucumbers, summer squash, and more. Some vendors still have delicious berries!
Melons are at their peak in August
at Alvarez Organic Farms

Eggplants from Zestful Gardens - grilled,  roasted, stuffed, or baked with cheese and tomatoes, they are the makings

of a perfect summer night's meal. 

 

Tasting Booth -  

Free Samples & Sales:



 

Eaglemount started their winery in 2006 in Port Townsend, on the Olympic Peninsula in northwest Washington State.  They own one of the original homesteads in the area and started making wine and then hard cider from the wonderful heirloom apples from the homestead orchard in 1996.

This Saturday, Eaglemount's very knowledgeable rep, Dayna will be in our Tasting Booth, and she will have the usual wonderful selections of wines and ciders for you to try and buy.

 

 

What's Growin' On-

Summertime And The Planting Is Easy

By Jim Middleton, Golden Glow Gardens 

Jim Middleton, Golden Glow Gardens


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's summer and this year we have sun and warmth. It's a great time to plant and grow plants. We have hundreds of 4 and 6" pots including many that are seedlings with two or three true leaves and cuttings just out of their bags. It was 102 degrees F just a couple days ago and everything looks great. There is just the two of us and some sprinklers. If a young seedling in the full sun with just a couple of leaves can make it (after it has gotten some acclimation), a much larger plant just put in the garden should do fine. This time of year, it just takes the proper sun exposure, a good hole and enough water. At least you don't have to worry about drenching downpours with poor sunlight for weeks at a time or freezing weather. The one thing you have to remember is a plant in a pot has a tiny root ball compared to what it will develop after it has been in the ground for awhile so it needs water more regularly, and in quantities enough to truly wet the root ball which can be more than seems reasonable until it has taken off - which can take a year or two.

     Hybridizers have been busy these last few years, not just from the big companies but on small farms and nurseries all across the country. If you combine that with the new plants that have been becoming available from Chile, New Zealand, the upper elevations of Southern China, etc., there is an amazing diversity that hasn't been available before to fill niches of almost any kind. That is not to mention all the varieties that have been around for a long time and not readily available. For example, there are over 150 species of viburnum and probably thousands of named varieties.  

     Because of where we live, broad-leaf evergreens are available in huge varieties In the two to eight foot size. If you want a 6-8' broad-leaf evergreen that looks like it has been covered in garlands of silver, you can grow iteas for summer bloom or garrya for winter bloom, even in red flowered forms.   If you want to feed the mason bees in late winter or early spring there are pieris that fill the bill in the four to five foot range. Heck, there are dwarf monkey puzzle trees, evergreen hardy leptospermum, beautiful summer blooming abutilon and dwarf Italian cypress. Stop by and take a look and ask questions, the variety is almost endless.

     This doesn't mean that I think you should avoid perennials because they can still be the longest blooming, strongest scented and most spectacular long-term investment you can make. They can fill in amongst shrubs and tree or make lively borders like nothing else. Even here, hybridizers have been bringing down the size to more manageable proportions while extending the length and size of blooms and giving the plants genes that let them survive those odd winters where temperatures dip to lower than usual levels and thrive when the temperature spikes into the nineties. The brilliant colors, long summer bloom times and hardiness make the new ecinaceas, lonicera, geum, agastache, alstromeria and so many more available for gardens. 

     Heirloom and species plants will always have a place in the garden. Heirlooms -- because the ones that have survived are generally worth having or they wouldn't have continued through the rigors of the marketplace for generations -- and species because they will usually grow from seed if the conditions are right and you can get some interesting variations on a theme.

     Drop by the market and see what is available, it could put a new glow in your garden!    

                

Golden Glow Gardens booth
at the Proctor Farmers' Market

 

Jim & Tammy Middleton

Golden Glow Gardens 

 

 Editor's Note:

What's Growin' On

is a new bi-monthly feature with helpful hints from our Market's farmers and growers on gardening and landscaping in the Pacific Northwest throughout the year.

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The Market is open from 9am - 2pm,  

every Saturday, rain or shine.

 

 

EBT Cards, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons welcome.


Subcribe to our Newsletter (click on the blue box above), and get the latest information and updates on what's happening at the

Proctor Farmers' Market!

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Celebrate Farmers Market Week!

The week of August 3rd through the 9th is Farmers Market Week in Washington State

and around the country.

 

There is a bounty of Washington State Agriculture for sale daily at over 125 farmers markets.

(photo courtesy of WSFMA)

Farmers Markets in Washington State provide an opportunity for over 1,200 Washington farmers and even more small food processors, food vendors and artisans to sell their products directly to the public. 
 
In our 20th Anniversary year we are excited about the role that farmers markets such as the Proctor Farmers' Market continue to play in local agriculture, healthy communities, and our neighborhoods and towns.
 

So come on out and support farmers and your local community by shopping at the Market, and as part of the week long celebration, please check out the "Farmers Market Week Cooks" section below, and find out how to get free recipes this Saturday, courtesy of the WSFMA (Washington State Farmers Market Association)!  

 

The Market is open every Saturday,  
rain or shine, from 9am to 2pm  

  

Tasting Booth -  
Free Samples & Sales:

Stina's Cellars is a Lakewood, WA winery, family owned and operated by Perry, Penny, and Ethan Preston (along with the help of lots of family and friends). Stina's  prides themselves on their focus of producing small lots of high quality wines at affordable prices. 

  

Stina's Cellars was the Market's very first tasting booth guest in September of 2011, and this week Perry, now a familiar face with our customers, will once again offer both samples and sales of wines produced from grapes grown in eastern and western Washington.

 
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Market Recipe -

Farmers Market Week Cooks!     

photos courtesy of the WSFMA
This Saturday, August 9th,
stop by the Market Information Booth,
and look for the sign that says:


Farmers Market Week Cooks!
Recipes Here

In celebration of Farmers Market Week, the WSFMA (Washington
State Farmers Market Association) selected three recipes that highlight the bounty available at farmers markets at this time of the year, and have made full color, printed copies available to our market goers for free! 

The recipes are simple, easy to adapt to personal taste, and use a short list of fresh affordable ingredients, many available at the Proctor Farmers' Market.

Supply is limited, so arrive early to get one or more of these delicious, free recipes, and then go shopping, and enjoy!:

-Summer Watermelon, Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad

-Spanish Tortilla with Greens

-Tasty Summer Beet Salad

  

The Proctor Farmers' Market is a member of the WSFMA,

and proudly supports Washington's Farming Families.

 

  

Vendor Of the Week:

Mai Houa Garden 

 

Mai Houa, owner of Mai Houa Garden, with her daughter, Amy Zua Cha
Mai Houa Garden is a family run business that started 20 years ago, when Mai Houa Moua and her husband, See Yee Cha, came to America from Laos.   With the help of relatives already in the US, Mai and her husband were able to learn the basic knowledge of running a flower business. 

Mai Houa Garden grows everything they sell, from the different types of flowers to all their vegetables.   The special thing about Mai Houa Garden is that they have always kept their way of planting, tending and picking of the flowers and vegetables the same throughout the many years that have been in business.  Although they are not certified organic, Mai Houa Garden does not use any pesticides on their vegetables. They solely rely on the weather, and allow nature to do its part.
 
As of now, Mai Houa Garden is not only a regular, four-season vendor at the Proctor Farmer's market, but they can also be found at the Edmonds, Everett, Maple Valley and Columbia City Farmer's markets.  Mai Houa Garden is a local business and grows all their beautiful flowers and fresh vegetables in Snohomish.  Although the Proctor Farmers' Market is the furthest market in distance, Mai is willing to make the trip every Saturday because they have been a part of the Market since the day it opened in 1994!

In their past 20 years at the Market, Mai Houa Garden has earned an amazing customer base, and would like everyone to stop by their booth, say 'hello,' and check out their special prices and amazing selection of just-picked flowers and vegetables.

 



Just a sample of the beautiful, seasonal bouquets found weekly at Mai Houa Garden.


Mai Houa Garden

Fresh Flowers & Vegetables

 

The Market is open from 9am - 2pm,  

every Saturday, rain or shine.

 

 

EBT Cards, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons welcome.


Subcribe to our Newsletter (click on the blue box above), and get the latest information and updates on what's happening at the

Proctor Farmers' Market!

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Saturday, August 2nd-

The Proctor Farmers' Market will celebrate Proctor Arts Fest this Saturday with extended hours from 9am to 4pm!



The Market is open every Saturday,  
rain or shine, from 9am to 2pm
(Extended hours, August 2nd, 9am to 4pm) 

 

 

Tasting Booth -  
Free Samples & Sales:



Eaglemount started their winery in 2006 in Port Townsend, on the Olympic Peninsula in northwest Washington State.  They own one of the original homesteads in the area and started making wine and then hard cider from the wonderful heirloom apples from the homestead orchard in 1996.  
  

This Saturday, Eaglemount's very knowledgeable rep, Dayna will be in one of our Tasting Booths, and she will have the usual wonderful selections of wines and ciders for you to try and buy:

 

Hard ciders:

Rhubarb Cider (taste)

Raspberry Ginger (taste)

Homestead Semisweet (taste)
Boot Brawl (taste)
Also for sale:
Homestead Dry 
Cyser (a honey cider)*
Ginger Cider 
 
Premium varietal and blended red wines: 
Eaglemount Red * (taste) 
Raptor* (taste)
Also for sale:
Malbec
Osprey
Raptor
Raven
Cab Franc Port

*Gold medal award winners at the 
June 2014 Seattle Wine Awards!

 

Our second Tasting Booth guest this week will be White Heron Cellars, whose vineyard and winery site overlooks the Columbia River.      

Owner Cameron Fries will offer samples and sales of two exciting new additions to White Heron Cellars:    

 

Arvine 

 (made from a Swiss grape,
White Heron is the only grower of this grape in the U.S.!)

Mariposa Red 
 (a Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc Blend)

White Heron Cellars

 

What's Growin' On-

"Is It OK To Plant This Time Of The Year?"

Scott Gruber, Calendula Farm,
Nursery & Landscaping

By Scott Gruber, Calendula Farm, Nursery & Landscaping

    

This is a question I get many times each week during mid to late summer at the Proctor Market.  

 

The answer is short and simple, but comes with a very important caveat. YES! You can plant this time of year. BUT! You must be able to provide the new planting with plenty of water.

 

That being said, here's how it works...any plant that has been grown in a container or pot its whole life will be improved by going in the ground...any time of year (except if the ground is frozen). In a pot, the plant's roots are constricted and the soil is susceptible to drying out quickly. In the ground, the plant's roots can expand and multiply and function properly in order to supply the above-ground part of the plant all the nutrients and water it needs to thrive. Planting in the middle of summer provides loads of sunshine that will help the plant grow and get established quickly. In the case of fruiting plants like Blueberries or Raspberries, this means that the plant will be far more productive in the following fruiting season than if you waited till next spring to plant it. Don't forget the all-important need for water, water, water, and go plant anything you like!

 

An important subject that relates to this is how to transplant from a container into the ground. A common misconception is that you should always loosen or ruffle up the roots during transplanting. In fact, most of the time you should not do this, and some plants are actually harmed by doing this. The only time you really need to loosen the roots is if they are severely root-bound in the pot. If you can only see a solid mass of roots and no soil, then by all means, ruffle 'em up. If, when you pull the plant out of the pot you see roots along with soil, just put it in the hole in the ground straight away, pack some good compost around it, and water like there's no tomorrow.  

 

Blueberries and their relatives like Huckleberries, Lingonberries, and Cranberries are the best example of plants whose roots you should almost never mess with. They have a very fine, dense, and somewhat delicate network of roots which, if they are damaged, torn, or disturbed will cause the plant to spend the entire next growing season repairing the root damage and not producing fruit.

 

Have fun gettin' sweaty, dirty, & growing healthy plants this summer!

 

Scott Gruber

Calendula Farm, Nursery & Landscaping

 

 

 
 Editor's Note:

What's Growin' On

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on gardening and landscaping in the Pacific Northwest throughout the year.

 

 

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Saturday, July 26th-

Farm Fresh Summer Produce-

The Market is bursting with July's seasonal vegetables.  Here's a list of just some of the wonderful local produce that's now available for your summer meals -- or for canning, pickling or freezing:

Alvarez Organic Farms: "Sweet Treat" Sweet Corn

Cottage Gardens: Heirloom Tomatoes, Mixed Cherry Tomato Cups, 10" Hanging Cherry Tomato Baskets (pick thru October!)
L'Arche Farm & Gardens: Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Beets
Lattin's Country Cider Mill & Farm: Summer Squash, Golden Beets, Kale, Pickling Cucumbers, Peas (final week!)
Little Eorthe Farm: Purple Beans, Fava Beans, Red Onions, Walla Walla Onions (and plums)
Rising River Farm: Pickling Cucumbers, Green Beans, Carrots
Zestful Gardens: Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Parcel (a parsley/celery combo), Purslane, Lettuces, Onions, Cukes, Beets

 

 

Just picked Lettuce and Summer Squash are just a few of the produce selections now available weekly at the Market! 


The Market is open every Saturday,  
rain or shine, from 9a.m. to 2p.m.

   

  
Tasting Booth -  
Free Samples & Sales
Propolis Brewing 
 

Herbal Ales inspired by old world tradition and new world ingenuity 

  

Propolis was established in June of 2012 with the sole intent to produce high-quality handcrafted herbal ales inspired by old world tradition, local resources and the rhythms of nature. Propolis ales are brewed with various wild-crafted herbs and are seasonally based.   

  

Many of the Propolis Ales blend several styles, and are hard to classify by those that prescribe to the standards.  Propolis is unique, as their ales are primarily inspired by the farmhouse tradition of France and Belgium, as well as old world Ales that no longer exist.   

  

This will be Propolis Brewing's first visit to the Market.  Please stop by and say hello.  As self described artists and scientists at heart who aspire to challenge the norm, they invite you to try and buy some of their seasonal, handcrafted ales available this Saturday at the Market:

 

Birch Tree Saison

Spruce Saison

Litha, Chamomile Golden*

*WA State Medal Winner 

Propolis Ale - perfect for a summer day. 

 

Local Mushrooms-

how they grow, and who grows them

Christian Kaelin, who with his wife Ria, owns Provisions Mushroom Farm, is shown above in a photo taken this spring at the Market.
Here is a link to a very interesting article written by Craig Sailor (The News Tribune, July 23, 2014) on local mushroom growing. 

One of the article's featured mushroom farmers is Proctor Farmers' Market vendor Christian Kaelin, who with his wife, Ria, own Provisions Mushroom Farm

The farm is nestled in the woods on 5 acres near Capitol State Forest in Olympia, WA.

Learn more about how the Kaelin's harvest both cultivated and wild mushrooms on their farm, bringing a variety of fresh picked mushrooms to the Proctor Farmers' Market year-around:

Shedding light on mushrooms in advance of Lacey's fungi fest
Growing finicky fungi are more science than art, but they are worth it, say local experts

By CRAIG SAILOR

 

 

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Vineyard & Orchard Day -

Special Discounts this Saturday, July 12th! 

The Market will celebrate local wines, cider, and fruit with the first annual Vineyard & Orchard Day this Saturday.

The following participating vendors will have
"Vineyard & Orchard Day" booth signs posted with their discounts for the day:
 

 

Wine & Cider: 

(Free tastings and onsite sales) 
Eaglemount Wine and Cider 

Orchard Fruits: 

"Make Your Own Wines"  
(fruit bearing shrubs, trees & perennials)  

Like meats, fish, cheese and desserts, many fruits also pair well with different wines and ciders.  Right now, delicious apples, cherries, apricots, and several kinds of berries are available at the Market. 

Fruit of the season, served with wine or cider makes an excellent  appetizer, dessert, or light meal on these beautiful, warm summer days.  Just ask our vendors for the perfect pairing recommendations, or use your own imagination! 

 

Vendor Of the Week:

Colvin Ranch 
Fred & Katherine Colvin, Colvin Ranch

The Colvin Ranch is a family owned and operated cattle ranch located in south Thurston County, Washington, near the small town of Tenino. The ranch was homesteaded by Ignatius Colvin, who came to Washington on the Oregon Trail in 1851 from Boone County, Missouri, and is one of the oldest ranches in the county still owned by the original family.

  

Today, Fred and Katherine Colvin are the 4th generation to run the cattle ranch which raises grass fed and grass finished beef.  Their cattle is raised entirely on grass pastures and hay in the winter when the grass is not growing.  They never give their cattle additives such as hormones or antibiotics.   

  

Since grass is the natural food for cattle, you can be confident that Colvin Ranch cattle are always healthy.  Grass fed and grass finished beef is healthier, containing extra Omega 3s, the good fats, higher levels of CLA which helps to fight cancer, more Vitamin E, and fewer total calories and fats.   

  

The Colvin Ranch also has pasture raised pork available, and both their beef and pork is available for purchase in a variety of ways.  Beef can be ordered by the half, quarter, or box.  Pork is available by the whole, half, or box.   

  

For those who may want a smaller quantity of Colvin Ranch meats, Fred and Katherine want you to know that you are always welcome to stop by their booth and purchase individual cuts, available every week at the Market.

 

  


        
Some of the individual cuts from Colvin Ranch that are available weekly at the Market: (l to r) New York Steak, Rib Steak, Ground Beef


 
 










    

 

 



Fred and Katherine Colvin

Colvin Ranch

"Grass Fed, Grass Finished...Naturally"   

www.colvinranch.com

fred2colvinranch.com 

 

 

 

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Happy 4th of July! 

"U.S. Flag":nixxphotography

The Market is open Saturday, July 5th, from 9am-2pm
for all your holiday weekend shopping needs:

 

Farm Fresh Produce
Seasonal Berries
Cut Flowers
Pastured Meats
Local Cheese & Eggs
Wild Caught Fish
Bread, Pasta & Pastries
Garden Perennials
Honey & Jams
Trees & Shrubs
Herb & Veggie Starts
Delicious Prepared Foods 
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Tasting Booth - July 5th
Wine Samples & Sales  

 
This Saturday's Tasting Booth guest will be White Heron Cellars, whose vineyard and winery site overlooks the Columbia River.    
 
Owner Cameron Fries will offer samples and sales of the following fine wines that are only available at their winery or select farmers markets:   
Chardonnay

Roussanne

Rosé of Syrah

Syrah  
Trinidad White
(a sweet Roussanne)

  

*New this month*

Mariposa Vineyard Red 

(a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc)

 

View of the White Heron Cellars vineyard, located  in the ghost town of Trinidad, between Quincy and Wenatchee,
above the Columbia River.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Vineyard & Orchard Day, next Saturday, July 12th

Wine & Hard Cider Tasting with Special Discounts from participating wine, cider, and fruit vendors!

 

 

Vendor Of the Week:

Sophia's Blueberry Farm 

George and Megan Delgado, of Sophia's Blueberry Farm

Sophia's Blueberry Farm is family owned and located in the fertile Puyallup valley.  

 

The farm was first welcomed by the family in 1996, at which time it was in need of severe upkeep and TLC. It wasn't until about 2001 that Sophia, only 11 years old at the time, had the ambitious idea of selling their blueberries at local farmers markets near Puyallup.  

 

The customers at the Proctor Farmers' Market have enjoyed Sophia's Blueberries for over a decade, and look with excited anticipation every year for June and the arrival of Sophia's delicious, deep indigo berries that are spray free, and highly nutritious.    

 

The varieties of blueberries grown by Sophia's Blueberry Farm include Early Blue, Duke, Jersey,  Arora, and Dixie. There are over 3,000 bushes of berries on the four acres of land; some of the farm's blueberry bushes have been rooted for over 50 years!  

 

The farm also has a greenhouse flourishing with fig trees, and the fresh picked figs are available at the Market during the peak of Summer.

 

George and Megan are now at the Market every week with blueberries sold in 1/2 pints, full pints, and flats.  They are happy to answer any questions about their blueberries, which are fully ripened on the bush, and brought straight from the farm to you, sweet and ready to eat.  Stop by, visit, and enjoy the local blueberries from Sophia's Blueberry Farm! 

 

 



        
Sophia's Blueberries are sold in 1/2 pints, full pints, and 1/2 flats.


 
Sophia's Blueberries, which are grown spray free,
are perfect for a snack or in your favorite recipes. 
 

George & Megan Delgado
Sophia's Blueberry Farm
Puyallup, WA 

  

Stop by and visit George & Megan at the
Sophia's Blueberry Farm Booth

 

 

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