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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!  


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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

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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

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.

 

 

 

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

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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

 

 

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

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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 

 

 

 

The Market is open from 9am - 2pm,  

every Saturday, rain or shine.

 

 

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Happy 4th of July! 

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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

 

 

The Market is open from 9am - 2pm,  

every Saturday, rain or shine.

 

 

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


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Berries & Cherries - now at the Market! 

This Saturday we will have strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries at the Market. 
Be sure to shop early -- they sell fast!

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Just picked strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries now available at the Market! 
   
  

The Market is open from 9am - 2pm,  

every Saturday, rain or shine.

 

 

Tasting Booth - June 28, 2014
Wine 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.  

  

Eaglemount's rep, Dayna, will be available all day Saturday to help you pick the perfect hard cider or premium wine for your July 4th celebration. Be sure and stop by to try and buy some of the following:

 

Hard Ciders:

Apple Mead

Quince Cider (newly bottled) 

Homestead Semisweet  
Ginger Cider 

Raspberry Hopped

 

Premium Varietal and Blended Red Wines: 

Eaglemount Red*  
(signature blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah)
Osprey
(a Merlot based Bordeaux blend)  
Syrah*
Raptor*

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

 

 

Vendor Of the Week:

Cottage Gardens 

Jim O'Neill in the Cottage Gardens greenhouse.

 

Cottage Gardens plant farm is a family owned and operated 5-acre farm in Graham. Owned by Jim and Ann O'Neill, Jim grew up on the land that he and Ann are farming, and in 1999 they started selling plants and produce at several local farmers markets.

Initially they grew ornamental plants in one small wood-framed greenhouse, and over the years they have expanded to two greenhouses and six cold frames, with an emphasis on growing food. Cottage Gardens believes that growing food in the Northwest is a three season affair --  cool crops in the early spring, warm crops starting in mid-May, and cool crops again in late summer. Their vegetable starts are offered only at the right time to plant, and Jim is always happy to offer information to help you and your garden succeed.  

Cottage Garden's large greenhouse is dedicated mostly to tomato production, and the O'Neill's raise plants and hanging baskets for sale at the market, and heirloom and cherry tomatoes in raised beds for produce sales throughout the summer and fall.  Jim and Ann want everyone to know this year's tomato crop is coming on and they're just starting to see color on many of the plants. Their colorful cherry tomato cups and heirloom tomatoes will be coming soon!

Cottage Gardens also grows herbs, fruit-bearing plants, ground covers, summer perennials, unusual succulents, and some ornamental landscape plants. Please look for Cottage Gardens on Facebook for updates, and to see what is happening at the farm and what is heading to the Proctor Farmers' Market!  

 

 

  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Stupice' tomatoes, showing color, will soon be at the Market! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 








 

Hanging Cherry Tomato Baskets, beautiful and food bearing, now available at the Cottage Garden's booth.






 

Jim and Ann O'Neill

 

 

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every Saturday, rain or shine.

 

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Celebrate June's Market Bounty

June is a happening month at the Market, as early summer's bounty continues to arrive weekly.  This Saturday you will find a complete range of ornamental and edible plants for your landscape, garden and home......you can also shop for flowers, freshly picked local produce and fruit, strawberries, farm-raised meats, organic cheese, just caught fish, eggs, pickles, honey, wine, coffee, delicious prepared and artisan foods, ice cream and baked goods.

 

Tasting Booth - June 21, 2014
Wine 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 plans to offer the following to try and buy:  

  

Hard Ciders:

Rhubarb Cider (new!)

Quince Cider (newly bottled)

Homestead Semisweet

Homestead Dry 

Cyser (a honey cider)*
Ginger Cider 
Boot Brawl  

Raspberry Hopped

 

Premium Varietal and Blended Red Wines: 

Eaglemount Red *
Osprey
Syrah*
Raptor*

*Gold medal award winners at the 

June 2014 Seattle Wine Awards!

Eaglemount Wine and Cider
Award-winning Wines and Hard Ciders from

 Washington's Olympic Peninsula

 

   

Vendor Of the Week:

Mountain Muesli 

left to right: Mountain Muesli staff May Jacob & Patrick Monaghan,
with owner/founder Christopher Young

Mountain Muesli's return to the Proctor Farmers' Market has been met with a huge welcome.  Greatly missed by market-goers, they are again at the Market every Saturday, providing customers with locally made "cereals that are great any time of the day and snack bites to give you energy at work or play."

 

Mountain Muesli is a family-run company founded in 2011 by Chris Young, a stay-at-home dad with a passion for good food. After eating a delicious muesli cereal in Europe, Chris developed his own recipe at home, drawing on a wealth of knowledge about nutrition and food. It was so popular with family and friends that he started a company dedicated to delicious food that is truly healthy. Gluten free cereals were soon followed by Minis, bite-sized snacks that are great fuel for people on the go. The company's current motto is "Absurdly Good" because people can't believe that something so healthy tastes so good.

 

The good news for market goers is that Chris Young is adding a new line of products to his company, including gluten free cookies and crispy rice treats!. Mountain Muesli will be changing their name to Paradise Foods NW to reflect the increasing variety of delicious and healthy products they will be offering, and will continue to make all their products by hand in their kitchen on Tacoma's Hilltop.  

 

Chris is very proud that all his company's products satisfy so many people, from toddlers to elite athletes to active seniors, and he hopes to continue serving our community for many years to come. His company's new slogan expresses his wish for you: eat well, feel well, live well.

 

 

Mountain Muesli's gluten free products
include (above, top to bottom, left to right):

Cereals: Cranberry Hazelnut, Island Time, Blueberry Walnut, Cinnamon Raisin, Cherry Almond.

Minis: Cherry Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Almond.      

   

 

 

One of Chris Young's delectable new products now available at the Market:

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies!



The Market is open from 9am - 2pm,  

every Saturday, rain or shine.

 

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Father's Day is this Sunday,  
June 15th!  
If you're looking for a Father's Day gift with a difference, the Market has Gift Certificates, landscape plants, flowers, wine, specialty foods, and more for that special Dad on your list.

 

 

The Early Summer Bounty is here!

Revel in the sights and smells of a wide variety of veggies, fruits, flowers, and plants now available every week at the Market.......you can also find meats, cheese, just caught fish, eggs, pickles, honey and freshly prepared foods and baked goods.

 

Freshly picked greens

 

Golden & Red Beets

 

Cherries are in!

 

Tasting Booth -

June 14, 2014
Wine 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. 

  

This week, Perry will offer both samples and sales of wines produced from grapes grown in eastern and western Washington:

  • 2011 Roussanne
  • 2013 Rebus Red
  • 2008 Sangiovese
  • 2010 Baco Noir
  • 2008 Cabernet Franc
  • 2010 Pinot Noir  

Vendor Of the Week:

- New to the Market -
Arista Pasta and Specialty Foods 


Sara Alexandre, co-owner of Arista Pasta and Specialty Foods with

Chef Ben Herreid, pictured here with husband Craig.

  

The company name "Arista" comes from the Greek language and means simply "the best", and the quality pasta and sauces that Arista Pasta and Specialty Foods bring to the Proctor Farmers' Market every week are great tasting food that's prepared fresh with the highest quality ingredients -- bringing fine dining to the home cook.

Chef Ben Herreid founded Arista Pasta and Specialty Foods in April 2013.  It made sense to begin offering freshly made pasta alongside fresh pesto, vinaigrettes and compound butters he was already selling for Marzano Italian Restaurant at the Puyallup Farmers Market booth.  Starting as an entry level prep-cook at Marzano Italian Restaurant, Ben proceeded to work his way up to the Chef position.  He completed Washington State culinary apprenticeship program and under Elisa Marzano's tutelage he learned to cook outstanding northern Italian cuisine.  After years of practice, trial and error, Ben brought fresh pasta and ravioli to the Marzano menu and expanded the farmers market offerings to include these items under his own brand Arista Pasta.

 

Chef Ben has now decided to venture into creating his own business with his sister-in-law Sara Alexandre.  She has a passion for people, good food and management.  Together, Ben and Sara are building a family business dedicated to bringing fresh pasta and specialty foods from their kitchen to your table.

  

Arista's variety of extruded pastas are made and sold fresh, unlike the commonly found "fresh" pasta sold at grocery stores which has been previously frozen and is offered in very limited flavors. Arista's handmade ravioli (which takes years of experience and skill to make) is a truly artisan ravioli filled with quality cheeses and vegetables locally sourced. Arista's specialty sauces are the perfect accompaniment to their fresh pastas and handmade ravioli.

Don't miss a visit to Arista Pasta and Specialty Foods.  Sara, and husband Craig are always more than happy to offer expert culinary advice to Market-goers, and help them match the perfect pasta (including gluten free!) with the perfect sauce for the perfect meal!

  

 

Tempt your taste buds with Arista Pasta and Specialty Foods (left to right: fresh Bignoli pasta (gluten free); Rosemary Asiago Polenta; handmade Spinach Rocotta & Romano Ravioli (gluten free).

 

Just a few of Arista's specialty sauces (left to right: Basil Walnut Pesto; Romesco Sauce;

Broccoli Rabe & Pine Nut Pesto)

 

Arista Pasta and Specialty Foods

aristapasta.com

 

 

 

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KIDS DAY IS THIS SATURDAY, June 7th! 

  

Please make sure and join us for this annual Event, featuring fun and music for kids from:
  • Nick Peterson will provide special kid's focused musical entertainment and sing-a longs including "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" and other favorites.  

 

Tasting Booth - 

Wine Samples & Sales
 
White Heron Cellars  
 

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 
and 
Trinidad White  
(a sweet white made from Roussanne) 

 

 

Market News:

 

This Saturday, June 7th, please visit and welcome:


"Blooming Artichoke Herbary Offers a herbal education, plants and so much more"
 

and

 

Returning Vendor: Mountain Muesli


"We make cereals that are great any time of the day and snack bites to give you energy at work or play."



 

 

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Strawberries-Fresh, Local, and Healthy, now at the Market! 

Strawberries, are an excellent source of vitamin C; a one cup serving provides more than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C.
Always a sure sign of summer, strawberries are coming in early this year. This Saturday, several vendors will have beautiful, just picked strawberries available for your smoothies, desserts, salads, jams, jellies, preserves, or just to enjoy out of a bowl!

 

Also Arriving this Week:

Sugar Snap Peas, plus Garlic Scapes, Beets, Spring Garlic and Salad Onions!

 

 

Mark Your Calendar: Kids Day is next Saturday, June 7th!
An annual Event, featuring fun for kids from: Wolf Camp, Outdoor Wilderness Experts, Commencement Bay Academy,  The Anna Lemon Wheelock Library, and Coldwell Banker Bain.

 

 

Tasting Booth - 

Sat., May 31st

Wine 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 plans to offer the following to try and buy: 

 
Hard ciders:

Quince Cider (newly bottled)

Homestead Semisweet 

Cyser (a honey cider) 
Ginger Cider 
Boot Brawl  

Raspberry Hopped

 

Premium varietal and blended red wines: 

Eaglemount Red 
Syrah
Raptor  

 

 

 

Vendor Of the Week

New to the Market:

Abeille Baking Co.


Bianca Sanders, owner/operator of Abeille Baking Co., with husband Casey Beach in their booth at the Proctor Farmers' Market.

Bianca Sanders is the owner/operator of Abeille Baking Co., one of this season's new vendors at the Market.  Abeille specializes in French inspired pastries with Italian soul. Bianca's Parisian macarons, artisanal pastries, and other sweet treats have been a huge hit, and there is often a line of market-goers waiting patiently to purchase some of her exquisitely made confections.

 

There is no doubt that this company, which brings a little bit of France to Tacoma, will continue to grow, as word spreads about their amazing pastries.  Be sure and stop by the Abeille Baking Co. booth this Saturday, meet Bianca and her husband, Casey, and check out what they have for you to bring home and enjoy!  

Parisian Macarons, perfect in every way, from Abeille Baking Co.

 

 

 

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Memorial Day is Monday, May 26th!  
Part of a traditional Memorial Day observance is a dinner or outdoor barbeque with family and friends.  Besides being a day of remembrance, it's the official beginning of summer, and the Market has all you need for a great celebration! 

Shop this Saturday for pasture raised chicken, beef, pork,and wild caught fish for the grill, and everything else needed for the holiday, including locally grown produce, cheese, eggs, honey, fruits, flowers, plants, sauces, dressings, cider and wine, baked goods, ice cream, and so much more.
  
 
 

The Market is open from 9am - 2pm,  

every Saturday, rain or shine.

   

  

Tasting Booth - May 24, 2014
Wine 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.  

 

As Eaglemount's passion for winemaking blossomed, they found premium wine grapes from small eastern Washington vineyards.  Their underground cellar proved to be the perfect place to age the wines.   

  

This Saturday, Eaglemount will be our Tasting Booth guest, and plan to offer the following selections: 

   

Hard ciders will include: 

Quince Cider (newly bottled)

Homestead Semisweet 

Homestead Dry 
Cyser (a honey cider) 
Ginger Cider 
Boot Brawl (a hopped cider and a silver medal winner in the 2013 Sunset International Wine Competition)
Raspberry Hopped

Premium varietal and blended red wines: 
Eaglemount Red 
Raptor 
Osprey 
Syrah 
Malbec
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Proctor Farmers' Market is pleased to present

a one-day Health & Wellness Event! 

 
This Saturday, May 17th, from 9am - 2pm, eight Tacoma-based specialists in holistic care, fitness and nutrition will be providing on-site information and demonstrations. 

Participating local businesses include:

Community Acupuncture Studio, Puget Sound Family Health, Fleet Feet Sports Tacoma, Northwest Float Center, Seeking Balance - Ayurveda & Massage, Trilium Health, Nutritionist Robin Beeson, and the Source Yoga Studio

 

All are welcome -- this event is free and open to the public!

 
 

The Market is open from 9am - 2pm,  

every Saturday, rain or shine.

 

 

 

 

Tasting Booth -
May 17, 2014
Wine 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. 

  

This week, Perry will offer both samples and sales of wines produced from grapes grown in eastern and western Washington:

  • 2012 Siegerebbe
  • 2013 Rebus Red
  • 2008 Sangiovese
  • 2010 Baco Noir
  • 2008 Cabernet Franc  

 

 

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Vendor Of the Week:

Saturday, May 17, 2014

New to the Market: Windy Point Sea Farm

pictured: Tom Knackstedt, who with his wife Mary, owns Windy Point Sea Farm

 

Located on the western shore of Totten Inlet, Windy Point Sea Farm has been providing oysters and clams to wholesale distributors since 2002. Windy Point works about three acres of tidelands, and owners Tom and Mary Knackstedt do all the planting, harvesting, and marketing themselves.

 

Presently they are cultivating Pacific and Kumamoto oysters and Manila clams. The Proctor Farmers' Market is their first foray into direct sales to the public and Tom and Mary are delighted with the response to their products.Tom says, "it is our goal to present the freshest possible shellfish from beach to market."

 

Tom is recently retired from industrial sales and work with rural water districts. He is a state certified water distribution manager and now devotes his time to the Windy Point Sea Farm shellfish enterprise. Mary is currently working for the state of Washington on environmental and health issues in Puget Sound and the Salish Sea. It was her background in marine management that led Tom and Mary to establish their own aquaculture venture.  

 

As new vendors, Tom and Mary wish to thank the members of the community, merchants, and management of the Proctor Farmers Market for the opportunity to participate in our weekly event, and the Market is very pleased to welcome Windy Point Sea Farm and their beautiful, fresh and local shellfish to the Market on a regular basis.

 

shown below from Windy Point Sea Farm: (L) Pacific Oysters and the smaller, rounder Kumo Oysters (R) Manila Clams

 

 
 
 
 

 


 

 

Remember Mom with a gift from the

Proctor Farmers' Market! 

Sunday May 11th is Mother's Day, and we could go on and on

with all the gift possibilities available at the Market. 

 

Here are a few to get you started: 

*Complete Dinner from the Market

Show Mom how much you appreciate her with a complete dinner.  In one stop you can shop for everything you need to treat her to a scrumptious meal - from appetizers, to soup, entrees, wine, dessert and coffee - all fresh and local from the Proctor Farmers' Market.

(check out our list of Vendors to help plan your menu!).

 

*Seasonal Flower Bouquets 

*Blooming Landscape Plants

*Fragrant Hanging Baskets

 

*Veggie Starts

Give Mom the vegetable garden of her dreams

with a gift of veggie starts and your time to help her dig!

 

*Gift Certificates

are available at the Market Info Booth in any denomination.

 

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

 

Tasting Booth -

May 10, 2014
Wine Samples & Sales 

 
White Heron Cellars

This Saturday's Tasting Booth guest will be the popular 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:   
  • Roussanne
  • Rosé of Syrah
  • Malbec
  • Syrah 

 

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- A sure sign of Spring -
Asparagus at the Market!

 We're now open every
Saturday from 9am to 2pm

 

We also have pasture raised meats, wild caught fish, shellfish, just-picked produce, fruit, farm fresh eggs, cheese, honey, coffee, breads, baked goods, fresh flowers, veggie and plant starts, and new to the market, dried and fresh pasta (including gluten free!)

 

 

Interested in Becoming a Vendor?
Applications for the 2014 season are available NOW by clicking on the following links:

Click here for the 2014 Vendor Application

Policies & Guidelines for Vendors
 


2014:  
Winter Season:
Open second Saturdays:
Jan. 11th, Feb. 8th, Mar. 8th,  
10am-1pm

March 29th, 2014: 
Regular Season Resumes!
Saturdays, 9am-2pm

Call for Original Recipes: Do you have a favorite recipe that uses many of the fresh, local ingredients from the Proctor Farmers' Market?  If you do, see details below on how to submit for possible inclusion in our 2014 20th Anniversary Proctor Farmers' Market Cookbook!


Kale Quiche

 

Kale Quiche Ingredients Include:

1 Tbsp butter

½ cup finely chopped onion

1 bunch kale




Sauté in skillet for about 5 minutes, or until onions are translucent and kale is wilted. Set aside.


 

Mix together the next 4 ingredients:

3 farm fresh eggs, slightly beaten

2 cups cream

½ lb Swiss cheese, cut small

 


Line a 9" pie pan or quiche dish with your favorite pastry. Mix all ingredients together and pour into lined quiche dish. Bake 10 minutes at 450, then reduce to 325 and cook until center is firm (about 25 minutes). Serve with a fresh fruit compote.  

 

Enjoy the foods of the season!

Recipe and photographs courtesy of Ann O'Neill, Cottage Gardens

Please Send Us Your Recipes -  
The Cookbook Committee is currently seeking original recipes from our Market patrons for possible inclusion in the
2014 20th Anniversary Proctor Farmers' Market Cookbook!

In addition to Vendor recipes, we feel it is important to have our customers represented in our inaugural cookbook, tentatively slated for publication in Summer, 2014.

Do you have a favorite recipe that uses some fresh, local ingredients from the Proctor Farmers' Market?  If you do, we'd like to see it!

We need seasonal recipes, that are original (not from a cookbook). 

Please feel free to submit your recipes (or any questions!) via email by May 15th to pfmarket@proctorfarmers.com for consideration.  If accepted for the cookbook, your recipe will receive named credit .  Please be sure to include all pertinent information with your submission, including name, phone number, and recipe title!

Notification of whether or not your recipe is selected will be by email in 2014.

Thank you!  
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bringing you Fresh, Local, Sustainable food, live music and community EVERY SATURDAY till Christmas

 

 
Last Market of the Year Before the Holidays! 

This Saturday is the last Market of the year, but there is still time to visit Santa, and shop for fresh, local vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, honey, cheese, hard cider and fruit wines, baked goods, breads, eggs, and more -- and purchase those last minute gifts that are even more meaningful because they are locally sourced!   
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Santa will be at the Market this Saturday, December 21st!
Photos with Santa for People and Pets! 
Come to the KID's BOOTH and have a photo taken with Santa this Saturday, Dec. 21st.  Bring the kids, or the entire family, including your four-legged friends (pets welcome!) --  
for a special day at the Market.  
5X7" color photos by Chip Von Gilder are complimentary,
but donations will be gladly accepted! 
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Tasting Booth -

Free Samples & Sales  

 

 

Finnriver Farm & Cidery is back this week for our final market of the season.  If you missed them on Dec. 7th, they will again be in our Tasting Booth with free tastings and sales of some of Finnriver's seasonal and featured selections for holiday meals or gift giving:

Winter Seasonal Botanical Hard Cider: Cranberry Rosehip:
This seasonal cider captures the harvest spirit and features the lively fermented apple with tart, organic cranberries and wildcrafted rose hips from the Olympic Peninsula.  With succulent herbal notes and crimson color, this semi-sweet craft cider is the perfect pairing for a holiday feast! 
 
Spirited Apple Wine: The wholesome apple may surprise you with the sultry side revealed in this sumptuous spirited apple wine, handcrafted on Finnrivers's Olympic Peninsula family farm. After fermenting the fruit, the tantalizing sweetness of the apples is captured by fortifying with custom-distilled apple brandy.  May this bottle of Finnriver Spirited Wine bring you warmth and good cheer.    
 
Pear Wine with Apple Brandy:
Finnriver handcrafted this sumptuous fruit wine by blending their custom-distilled apple brandy with the sweet essence of organic Pears. Enjoy the vital warmth of the apple and the decadent summer-ripened flavors in an elegant bottle of brandy wine.

Finnriver selection of ciders and fruit wines


Market Recipe -

Easy Holiday Skillet Egg Brunch
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 This skillet egg recipe is so easy.  Keep the ingredients on hand (most of which can be purchased at the Market), and you can impress family, friends, or holiday house guests, because it can be whipped up for small or large crowds at a moment's notice, to everyone's delight!

Call for Original Recipes: Do you have a favorite recipe that uses many of the fresh, local ingredients from the Proctor Farmers' Market?  If you do, see details below on how to submit for possible inclusion in our 2014 20th Anniversary Proctor Farmers' Market Cookbook!

 



Market Shopping List:


This week while at the market pick up:

2 or 3 potatoes

1 bunch Swiss chard or kale

Shallots

Garlic

Fresh farm eggs

Sausage or bacon (as a side)

Clean and cut the first four ingredients into small pieces. In a skillet place 1 Tbsp butter, and 1 Tbsp olive oil, add the first four, toss to coat and cook until almost tender, over medium heat.



Beat eggs (4 work well), add 1/4 cup milk, salt and pepper to taste. Pour over cooked veggies, sprinkle with Costco's Italian seasoning, lower temperature and cover until eggs are puffy and solid. Serve with farm fresh sausage or bacon as a side.


Enjoy the foods of the season!

Recipe and photographs courtesy of Ann O'Neill, Cottage Gardens


Call for Original Recipes -  
The Cookbook Committee is currently seeking original recipes from our Market patrons for possible inclusion in the
2014 20th Anniversary Proctor Farmers' Market Cookbook!

In addition to Vendor recipes, we feel it is important to have our customers represented in our inaugural cookbook, tentatively slated for publication in Summer, 2014.

Do you have a favorite recipe that uses fresh, local ingredients from the Proctor Farmers' Market?  If you do, we'd like to see it!

We need seasonal recipes, that are original (not from a cookbook). 

Please feel free to submit your recipes (or any questions!) via email by January 15th to pfmarket@proctorfarmers.com for consideration.  If accepted for the cookbook, your recipe will receive named credit .  Please be sure to include all pertinent information with your submission, including name, phone number, and recipe title!

Notification of whether or not your recipe is selected will be by email in 2014.

Thank you!  

 

 

 

 

 


Happy Thanksgiving  
from the Proctor Farmers' Market 
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Don't Forget - The Market Is Open Every Saturday Until December 21st!

 

Many of our customers have been stopping by the Market Booth asking how long the Market will be open this year.  

We want everyone to know that, as Pierce County's only 4-season farmers' market, we will be open every Saturday until Dec. 21st -- rain, snow or shine -- for fresh, local vegetables, fruits, meats, cheese, wine, plants, flowers, breads, eggs, and more:


2013:  
Open until December 21st, 
Saturdays, 9am-2pm
 
2014: 
Winter Season: 
 
Open second Saturdays:
Jan. 11th, Feb. 8th, Mar. 8th, 
10am-1pm

March 29th, 2014: 
regular season resumes!
Saturdays, 9am-2pm
This Week!
  
Live Music:
9:00 - 11:00:
James Coates

12:00 - 2:00:  
Gary Hausam
 
Tasting Booth:
White Heron Cellars

Upcoming at the Kid's Booth:
Saturday, Nov. 30th, 
Ft. Nisqually Foundation:Father Christmas and coloring print outs to take home!

Upcoming Event: 
December 21st: Santa Parade!

Sponsor Booth: 
State Farm / Stephanie Jordan, Agent

Weather Forecast
Sunny, high of 45 degrees.


Market Recipe-

How To Make  

Homemade Pumpkin Pie  

(from scratch!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is officially Pumpkin Pie season, and Thanksgiving is next Thursday, so now is the perfect time to make a pumpkin pie from scratch.

 

Pick up a pie (sugar) pumpkin from the Proctor Farmers' Market. Don't worry about size (you will need 1 ½ cups puree for a 9" pie), because any leftover puree can be frozen for soup, bread or muffins to be made later.

 

Prepare you favorite recipe for one unbaked 9" pie shell, and then follow this easy two step process for the pie filling:

  • To prepare the pumpkin:
    • Wash, cut in half, scoop out seeds and strings(seeds can be roasted for a delicious and healthy snack)

       

    •  Depending how large the pumpkin is, quarter and place in a roasting pan flesh up. Add a little water into the roasting pan, cover and bake at 325 degrees until fork soft and sides are slightly collapsed.  

       
  • Turn the quarters upside down on paper towel to drain. Scoop out flesh and run though a food processor. 
Reserve 1 ½ cups of puree for the pie, and freeze any remainder as described above. 

 

 

  •  Pumpkin Pie filling:

1 ½ cups pumpkin puree 

1 tsp. cinnamon 
½ tsp. ginger 
1 can evaporated milk (1 1/2 cup)  
¼ tsp. powdered cloves 
¾ cup brown sugar 
¾ tsp. salt 
2 eggs 
2 tbsp. melted butter

To make the pie, place all ingredients in a bowl and blend. Chill, and then pour into the unbaked 9" pie shell. Bake in a hot 450 degree oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees, and cook for about 40 minutes or more. When surface of pie filling turns light brown, and a knife inserted into middle comes out clean, the pie is finished. Cool and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy the foods of the season!    

  photos & recipe courtesy of Ann O'Neill, Cottage Gardens

   

  



Tasting Booth - 

White Heron Cellars

As the holidays approach it's time to start planning for those special meals.  Dylan Fries of White Heron will be on hand Saturday to help you plan the perfect wine to accompany your fall and winter fare.   

 

Both samples and sales of their fine wines will be available from the their vineyard and winery site overlooking the Columbia River. www.whiteheronwine.com 

   


 

 

Meet our Vendor of the Week  

   

      
Lattin's Country Cider Mill & Farm
Lattin's Country Cider Mill & Farm has been a family owned business since 1976.  Owned by Carolyn Lattin, and her daughters Debbie Lattin and Sherrie Kohlmann, their booth is a mainstay of the Proctor Farmers' Market.

That's Debbie, picture above, with Rick Eberle at her side.  Though you can only make out Rick's profile, he is at the Market most weeks with Debbie, helping all their very loyal customers with purchases of Lattin's award winning apple cider, seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats, fruit syrups, and their famous freshly baked goods, donuts and more!

In addition to bringing their farm's bounty to the Proctor Farmers' Market, the Lattin's Country Cider Mill & Farm is open year around for visits and events.  One the biggest is their Apple Festival, where you can enjoy a day in the country amid the sweet aroma of apples, enjoy Bluegrass music and freshly made cider.  Children can visit with farm animals, and have a pony ride.  Wagon rides to the Lattin's pumpkin patch are offered every weekend from end of the September through October.

Luckily for Tacoma area residents, you can visit Lattin's at the Proctor Farmers' Market every Saturday through December 21st, and enjoy all this family farm has to offer to help make your holiday meals delicious.

 
Be sure and mention the coupon at the bottom of this newsletter, and take advantage of the Lattin's Country Cider Mill & Farm special discount offered for this Saturday only!

  

 

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This Saturday, November 9th 9am - 2pm
Hunger Awareness Community Food Drive! 
 
Together we can help feed the hungry in Tacoma. 

We are asking our customers to purchase extra produce and products, and donate at the Market.  Both The Rescue Mission and the FISH Food Bank will be on-site in booths, ready to receive your generous donations.

 

Don't Forget - The Market Is Open Every Saturday Until December 21st!

 

Many of our customers have been stopping by the Market Booth asking how long the Market will be open this year.  

We want everyone to know that, as Pierce County's only 4-season farmers' market, we will be open every Saturday until Dec. 21st -- rain, snow or shine -- for fresh, local vegetables, fruits, meats, cheese, wine, plants, flowers, breads, eggs, and more:


2013:  
Open until December 21st, 
Saturdays, 9am-2pm
 
2014: 
Winter Season: 
 
Open second Saturdays:
Jan. 11th, Feb. 8th, Mar. 8th, 
10am-1pm

March 29th, 2014: 
regular season resumes!
Saturdays, 9am-2pm
This Week!
  
Live Music:
9:00 - 11:00:
Kendl Winter / Palmer T Lee Duo - Lowest Pair

12:00 - 2:00:  
Trio Tropicale
 
Tasting Booth:
White Heron Cellars

Event: 
Hunger Awareness Community Food Drive

Sponsor Booth: 
No sponsors this week

Weather Forecast
Chance of showers, high of 46 degrees.

Market Recipe:

What to do with all those peppers!

Many of the ingredients needed for this recipe can be round right at the Market!

 It is November and the first frost is upon us, now is the time to cook with the abundance of peppers available at the Market.  For this recipe you should shop for potatoes, shallots, garlic, and a mix of peppers.

While your skillet is heating with olive oil and a tbsp of butter, scrub your potatoes, peel if needed and cut into chunks, peel shallots and garlic, clean the peppers. Toss all into the skillet and coat with heated oil/butter. Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt and Costco's Italian seasoning mix. Cook on medium low, stirring  occasionally, until fork tender. This is a great side dish to grilled salmon. (While the grill is heated  why not blister some peppers for the freezer!)

Photos of the delicious results are below:   

 

 

 

     

 

 


Recipe courtesy of Ann O'Neill, Cottage Gardens



Tasting Booth - 

White Heron Cellars

As the holidays approach it's time to start planning for those special meals.  Dylan Fries of White Heron will be on hand Saturday to help you plan the perfect wine to accompany your fall and winter fare.   

 

Both samples and sales of their fine wines will be available from the their vineyard and winery site overlooking the Columbia River. www.whiteheronwine.com 

   


 

Meet our Vendor of the Week  

  

Alvarez Organic Farms      
Alvarez Organic Farms was founded by Don Hilario Alvarez, and he and his family are living examples of what can be achieved with determination and hard work.

Originally from the coastal region of the Mexican state of Michoacán, Hilario Alvarez immigrated in the early 1970s, first to southern California, and then to eastern Washington, where he worked for seven years on a farm in Wapato.

He learned everything he could about farming from the owners of the farms where he worked, and finally, in 1981 he rented thirty acres and started farming on his own during his "free time." He started out with very little money and no tractor, and picked up the knowledge he was still lacking by trial and error.

But thanks to his hard work, his determination, his willingness to experiment and his ability to learn from experience, today Don Hilario and his family own 120 acres, making his farm one of the largest organic vegetable farms in eastern Washington.

Every week, when they arrive at the Market with their fresh, organic produce, Eddie Alvarez, Don HIlario Alvarez's son, pictured above left with his cousins Octavio Godinez and Robert Nunez, are always more than happy to answer your questions and help you with your purchases.
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Don't Forget - The Market Is Open Every Saturday Until December 21st!

 

Many of our customers have been stopping by the Market Booth asking how long the Market will be open this year.  

We want everyone to know that, as Pierce County's only 4-season farmers' market, we will be open every Saturday until Dec. 21st -- rain, snow or shine -- for fresh, local vegetables, fruits, meats, cheese, wine, plants, flowers, breads, eggs, and more:


2013:  
Open until December 21st, 
Saturdays, 9am-2pm
 
2014: 
Winter Season: 
 
Open second Saturdays:
Jan. 11th, Feb. 8th, Mar. 8th, 
10am-1pm

March 29th, 2014: 
regular season resumes!
Saturdays, 9am-2pm
This Week!
  
Live Music:
9:00 - 11:00:
PK Dwyer
12:00 - 2:00:  
Clifford D
 
Tasting Booth:
White Heron Cellars

Upcoming Event: 
Thanksgiving Food Drive November 9th

Sponsor Booth: 
State Farm Insurance
Stephanie Longo, Agent 

Home Makeovers Made Simple / Koreen Thompson

Weather Forecast
Fog early, then partly cloudy, high of 54 degrees.
Master Gardeners Say Goodbye For This Year 
Last Saturday was the Pierce County Master Gardeners final day at the Market for the season.

We extend a big "Thank You" for their great advice and support on any matter of gardening and planting questions that came their way.

The good news is that the Master Gardeners will be back at the Market next March, and can still be reached at the Pierce County Extension Office during Winter Hours (Monday-Friday, 10-2 pm) starting November 4th.

 

Call the Master Gardener Diagnostic Volunteer Office at 253-798-7170, or for further details Click Here   

 

  

Tasting Booth - 

White Heron Cellars

As the holidays approach it's time to start planning for those special meals.  Dylan Fries of White Heron will be on hand Saturday to help you plan the perfect wine to accompany your fall and winter fare.   

 

Both samples and sales of their fine wines will be available from the their vineyard and winery site overlooking the Columbia River. www.whiteheronwine.com 

   


 Meet our Vendor of the Week  

   

Loki Fish Co.     
Loki Fish Company is a family owned and operated business out of West Seattle founded in 1979 by Pete Knutson and Hing Lau Ng. 

Today, Pete and older son Jonah run their two boats, F/V Loki and F/V Njord, harvesting wild salmon and halibut from southeast Alaska and Puget Sound. Their younger son Dylanmanages the business. Hing, born in Kwangdung Province, China, has many jobs, including financial oversight of the company, and keeping everybody fed!

 

Loki Fish Co. takes tremendous pride in directly marketing every salmon that is harvested aboard their two boats. The family is personally involved in every step from harvest to processing to direct sales, ensuring the highest level of quality.

 

Every week, Nicole (pictured above) drives the Loki Fish Co. truck to the Proctor Farmers' Market, and sets up a large booth with an incredible array of fresh, smoked, and canned wild salmon.  She is very knowledgeable about each product, and is always happy to answer any questions.

When you see Nicole this week, be sure and mention the coupon at the bottom of this newsletter, and take advantage of Loki's special discount offered for this Saturday only!




 

 
Special music, fresh grilled Brats from Calendula Farm, Cheryl the Pig Lady, and Gateway to India, served with OlyKraut's Gourmet Sauerkraut, and beer tasting and sales from The Harmon! 

 

 

Looking for a part-time job?

The Proctor Farmers' Market is hiring!

 

The Proctor Farmers Market (PFM), located in the North End of Tacoma, provides year-round direct access to customers for local farmers and producers. In its 19th year, the PFM has repeatedly been voted Tacoma’s Best Farmers Market by readers of the Volcano. To support the weekly operations of the year-round, outdoor venue, the Market is hiring two Site Set-up and two Site Tear-down positions.

Ideal candidates enjoy high physical exertion, are comfortable working outdoors (including inclement weather), and are extremely reliable. Experience with event production and operations recommended, but not required. Compensation: $12/hour.

Any individuals interested in working both shifts can volunteer at the market booth from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Volunteers are offered “Market Bucks” that can be spent at any of the PFM vendor booths for produce, artisan products, cut flowers, plants, prepared foods, etc. Volunteer hours are not compensated with hourly wages.

SITE SET-UP & TEAR-DOWN POSITIONS

Shift 1: 6:00am – 9:00am

Prepare the market for its 9am opening, including setting up canopies, market tables, chairs, specialty areas, signs, banners, decorations, etc. This position requires hands-on loading and transport of all market equipment from nearby storage unit.

Shift 2: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

At the close of the market at 2pm, return the street to its original state by dismantling canopies, market tables, chairs, specialty areas, signage, picking up trash, etc. This position requires hands-on loading and transport of all market equipment to nearby storage unit.

Skill Set

·         Reliable and prompt, especially important for the am shift

·         Highly-energetic and proactive

·         Able to lift 50+ pounds

To apply, respond to pfmarket@proctorfarmersmarket.com with a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, past relevant experience, and commitment to local foods and the community. Also, fill out and attach the application form (follow this link). Due to the volume of responses, only those applicants selected for interview will be contacted. The Proctor Farmers Market is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's Green Day and MarketGrass at the Market

In addition to learning how to be more green, enjoy our second annual MarketGrass Bluegrass music event.

This event, features Bluegrass music by The Pine Hearts and Barelywine Revue in our music tent and bluegrass jamming in the intersection of N 27th and Madison.

Meet our Vendor of the week



Bluebeard Coffee Roasters

Bluebeard is a proud Tacoma coffee roaster and destination coffeehouse. Most days you will find them roasting the most interesting high-grown Arabica beans at their disposal, cupping them for those with interest, and extracting them in a manner befitting their character at their restored cafe and roastery at the corner of 6th Ave and State in Tacoma.

Bluebeard's twin aims are coffee and people.  They hire our neighbors and support their causes. They champion their art, language, music and ample tattoos. They hope their light, open space beckons those from all walks of life, and that all feel welcome.

http://www.bluebeardcoffee.com/

 

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Last Chance for Backcountry Creamery Cheese

Backcountry Creamery is a small, family owned business that has made small batch artisan cheese for sale at local Pierce County farmers' markets , restaurants, specialty shops and caterers in the Puget Sound region.

Deanna has decided to step away from cheese making to spend more time with her lovely family pictured below.

Her last day at the Proctor Farmers' Market is Saturday August 31st.

Come by to wish her well and to pick up the last of her wonderful cheese.
 


Meet our Vendor of the Week

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.

Five generations later, the Colvin Ranch family heritage continues through our humane livestock handling, stewardship of the land and sustainable grazing practices that allow native and endangered plants to flourish along side our high-quality, all natural cattle.

They provide customers with locally raised, high-quality, grass-fed beef. Their cattle are born and raised on the Colvin Ranch on an all natural diet, with no antibiotics, hormones or additives. Our grass-fed beef is healthy, with higher levels of vitamin E, C and beta-carotene, and the "good fats" known as Omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).

You can check out their website at: 

http://www.colvinranch.com/

Check out their coupon in our newsletter

 

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More Food, More Fun, More Summer

It's high summer and the market has everything you need for your back yard BBQ or family picnic.

Grass fed beef, all natural pork, wild caught salmon, fresh local oysters and so much more are just waiting for you to share and enjoy.

Add a lovely salad made from fresh, local organic greens, organic heirloom tomatoes and locally made salad dressing.

Add some fresh, local sweet corn for an amazing meal!

For desert we have raspberries, blackberries and blueberries along with peaches and nectarines.

Our farmers are bringing a wide assortment of other fresh fruits and wonderful veggies along with: meats, cheeses, eggs, pickles, jam, honey and freshly prepared foods and baked goods.

As if all of this wasn't enough, you can enjoy live music and our wonderful community.

Meet our Vendor of the Week

L'Arche Farm & Gardens

L'arche Farm and Gardens is not just a place to pick up beautiful plants, organic vegetable starts and in season local produce but a place that supports individuals with and without developmental disabilities.

L'Arche Farm & Gardens, strives to offer a safe and welcoming environment that provides meaningful farm and garden work to persons with developmental disabilities. The Farm is a collaborative setting in which people with a diversity of gifts and abilities work toward common goals. Each farm worker, whether core member, assistant or volunteer is affirmed in his or her dignity, selfworth and connection to life. Emphasis is placed on working with the core members to complete tasks, rather than doing for them.

You can learn more about this amazing program by visiting their website at:


http://www.larchethc.org


Summer Is Still Going Strong

Don't let all those "back to school" displays fool you.  Summer is still going strong at our local farms and farmers' markets.

Luscious peaches, juicy nectarines abound; and we're now seeing the first sweet corn of the season and fabulous heirloom tomatoes

We are in peak summer season and the fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful and amazing.

Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries abound, along with peaches and nectarines.

Our farmers are bringing a wide assortment of other fresh fruits and wonderful veggies.

You can also find: meats, cheeses, eggs, pickles, jam, honey and freshly prepared foods and baked goods.

As if all of this wasn't enough, you can enjoy live music and our wonderful community.

Meet our Vendor of the Week

Cottage Gardens



Everyone knows that Cottage Gardens can be found at the market and at the Tacoma Food Co-op with wonderful veggie starts and unusual ornamental plants.

Did you know that they also sell fresh, local produce?

Jim and Anne O'Neil work a five acre farm in Graham Washington..

Their heirloom tomatoes are non GMO and are propagated by seed saving.  Seed is saved generation to generation in order to provide the best color, taste, and texture.  Jim can show you how to create a home made pizza with fresh heirloom tomatoes.

You can visit them on Facebook at:

 


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cottage-Gardens/462660227156328


Don't forget to come see them at the market and pick up some of their fabulous heirloom tomatoes and other produce.

Check out their coupon in our newsletter.

 


Check out our NEW, cleaner, easier to read newsletter for the latest news and events. You can find out what vendors plan on being at the market this week, read about our vendor of the week and get special coupons just for newsletter subscribers!

We won't spam you (no more than one email per market event) and will never share your informaton
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We are in peak summer season and the fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful and amazing.

Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries abound, along with peaches and nectarines.

Our farmers are bringing a wide assortment of other fresh fruits and wonderful veggies.

You can also find: meats, cheeses, eggs, pickles, jam, honey and freshly prepared foods and baked goods.

As if all of this wasn't enough, you can enjoy live music by Monkey Marimba in the morning, The Pine Hearts in the afternoon, and our wonderful community.


Meet our Vendor of the Week
Rosecrest Farm


Rosecrest Farm--a certified organic dairy creates personally hand-crafted Swiss Cheeses, made with their own certified organic raw cow's milk*.

Rosecrest Farm is nestled in Washington's beautiful Chehalis valley, and has been producing award-winning milk for over 25 years. The family owned farm is owned and operated by Gary and Sharon McCool.

In the early morning hours, the process begins with the cows being brought in from the pasture to be milked. Within minutes, the fresh filtered milk is transferred directly into the cheese vat. This is where Sharon begins the cheesemaking process for the day. The hand-crafted cheese is made using old world recipes and techniques. Making the Swiss cheese both delicious and unique.

Mountain Swiss; Country Herb & Garlic Swiss; Caraway Swiss; Smokey-Peppercorn & Chives Swiss; and Mutschli Swiss.

You can visit their website at: http://www.rosecrestfarms.org/

It's Proctor Arts Fest!
Our market is part of the fun and we'll be open an extra two hours until 4:00 PM 

Meet our Vendor of the Week
Golden Glow Gardens

Golden Glow Gardens, based in Winlock Washington is family owned and carries a fantastic selection of unique plants that are well suited to our climate.

In addition to plants you won't see anywhere else, you will also get expert advice on planting and growing


 

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It's just Peachy at the market!

Fresh Summer Peaches are here now!


You'll find lots of other summer bounty including fresh organic fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, cheeses, honey, prepared food and more.

Meet our Vendor of the Week

Purdy Pickles

Purdy Pickles offers Dill, Bread and Butter Pickles, Pickled Onions, Carrots, Relish & Beets using only the freshest organic produce from Local Farm sources. With Sweet, Spicy, and Dill varieties, you are bound to find something that will please your taste buds.

New products include pickled garlic and asparagus as well as the now famous "pickle on a stick".

Purdy Organics uses no additives; their products are natural and gluten free.

They are currently in the process of earning organic certificaton.

You can visit their website at

http://shop.purdyorganics.com/

You can get a coupon for a special offer from Purdy Pickles in our newsletter:

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Meet our Vendor of the Week

Zestful Gardens


Zestful Gardens' sustainable agricultural practices minimize thier impact on earth and maintain delicious flavor and nutrients in their food.

They practice biodynamic agriculture, a method of organic farming that emphasizes the holistic development and interrelationships of the soil, plants and animals as a self-sustaining system.

Farming 35 acres in the Puyallup Valley, mother and daughter (and sometimes granddaughters), Valerie and Holly, tend organic vegetables, small fruits and herbs, rotating cover crops, livestock, orchard and woodland.

You can visit their website at

http://www.zestfulgardens.org

 

Cherries, Berries and Apricots Oh My!

What a wonderful time of year at the market

In addition to all of the wonderful summer fruit, we have our usual selection of fresh produce, flowers, meats, eggs, cheeses, honey and fresh, local prepared foods

Fox Island Lavender is back with fragrant blooms and Hilltop Pop Shop has tasty frozen treats for a hot summer day

Meet our Vendor of the Week, Dog Treat Bakery
and
Enter the "Name the Pup" contest 

Dog treat bakery is an organic bakery located in Steilacoom Washington.

Their treats are all handmade and do not contain chemicals, additives, fillers, or by-products.

They add only olive oil, which is beneficial to the dog's coat and only use wholesome oat flour/grains (manufactured and produced in the USA).

You can visit them online at

http://dogtreatbakery.org/

NAME THAT PUP CONTEST!

Help Cynthia from Dog Treat Bakery name this cute new pup (a female Pocket Beagle) and win a box containing a selection of dog treats.

Contest runs from July 10th through July 24th, with the prize being awarded at the July 27th market.

Stop by Dog Treat Bakery's booth to see the new addition and to cast your vote.


 

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Meet our Vendor of the Week

Heavenly Honey

Heavenly Honey Farm honey is one hundred percent raw and comes straight from the bees to you. It is not processed, treated, heated, filtered or altered in any way. Their farm is family owned and operated and they hand craft everything they sell. Their beehives are located in the Puyallup and Willamette Valleys.

It's Cherry Season!!!

The cherries are getting larger, plumper and sweeter

and we have them right here at the market for you to enjoy along with other fresh, local foods, live music and community.

 

Meet our Vendor of the Week

Chomp Bakery/Terralumina Gardens


Terralumina gardens would be called a farm, but owners Jahn and Renee consider themselves extreme gardeners.

In addition to growing only heirloom and open pollinated varieties of many crops they have also opened "Chomp Bakery" in which they create amazing, organic baked goods and treats which have quickly become a favorite of market customers.

Come find them in their new location on Madison St next to Loki Fish and across from Lattins Country Cider Mill in front of the Methodist Church. It's well worth the walk through the market.

Meet our Vendor of the Week

Rain Barrels by Dan Borba

Did you know that for every inch of rain that falls on a 1,000 sq foot catchment (such as the roof of your house) that you can capture up to 600 gallons of water?

Dan Borba does. He creates rain barrels out of re-purposed food grade containersHe enjoys changing the way people look at their environment and changing the paradigm about where their water comes from. He also enjoys helping the environment by attempting to be less of a passive consumer and more of an active user of sustainable technologies. He enjoys the R&D (research and design) process. I'm looking for more new and simple ways to use rainwater. See his special offer coupon in our newsletter

you can visit his website at http://www.naturalrainwater.com/

 

The berries are coming!!! The berries are HERE!!!

In addition to these lovely organic berries from Zestful Gardens, Little Eorthe Farms, Cottage Gardens and other regular vendors, Spooner Farms and Fred's Berry Farm will be here with fat juicy berries and Moon Berry Farm will have raspberries and their famous berry jam.

Stay tuned for more exciting news in our newsletter...

 

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Bring your knitting or crocheting and join us at the tables near the music tent for World Wide Knit in Public Day

You can learn more about this event, buy visiting the following link.

World Wide Knit in Public Day at the Proctor Farmers' Market

Meet our Vendor of the Week

Raft Island Roses

Frank from Raft Island roses has been a staple in our intersection at the market almost as long as many of us can remember.

With countless varieties of hybrid teas, grandifloras, floribundas, musks, miniatures, shrubs, antiques, as well as other native plants, you are bound to find something lovely to plant in your garden. In addition to lovely plants,

Frank can give you great gardening advice.

Visit their website at: http://www.raftislandroses.com

BIG News for Mary Bridge WIC Clients!

Mary Bridge WIC clients 1 year of age and older can receive $20 in Farmers Market checks for the summer season. (Maximum is $60/family.) Checks are given on a "first come, first served basis" only at area farmers markets starting mid-June for clients of the Mary Bridge Main and Mary Bridge Tacoma East (Boze Elementary) WIC clinics. WIC will staff a booth at the Proctor Farmers Market on Saturday June 15th, June 22nd and June 29th as long as check supplies last. Clients should bring their WIC appointment folders to the market on the day of pick-up

Meet our Vendor of the Week

Hilltop Pop Shop (who are also providing a kids activity)




Hilltop Pop Shop has become a staple at numerous Tacoma farmers' markets. Kids look forward to the booth's weekly popsicle stick-related craft, and parents appreciate the opportunity to let their families indulge in a seasonal sweet treat.

Their pops are made with seasonal produce, so the flavors are always changing.  New flavors every week!

They will be providing a special kids activity this week, seed planting!

Look for their coupon at the bottom of this newsletter

visit their website at:
http://hilltoppopshop.com

 



It's going to be a great day at the market! Come enjoy sharing community, live music and a love of fresh, local sustainable food with your friends and neighbors!

Live Music:

9 AM - 11AM Kendl Winter Duet
Noon - 2 PM The Pine Hearts

Meet our Vendor of the Week

Kitchen Pantry




Kitchen Panty is home of the famous Blue Ribbon Dills.

Based in Puyallup, Kitchen Pantry has a selection of home made pickles and jams made the old fashioned way, one jar at a time, including the spicy jalapeno treat, Razzle Dazzle (raspberry/Jalapeno) Jam.

You can find them on Facebook:

https://www.facbook.com/KitchenPantryBlueRibbonDills


Join us for "Young at Heart Day"

Celebrating customers 55 and older with special discounts from participating vendors and a free market tote bag for the first 100 guests age 55 and older

 

Meet our Vendor of the Week

Four Sisters Gourmet Sauces

The family emmigrated from Vietnam. One of the sisters, Julie, has a passion for food, family, and cooking, so she created the business to bring the family together. They sell thier products in the hope of bringing others together over a meal.

In addition to their gourmet sauces, they also sell fresh, ready to eat spring rolls.

You can visit their website at: http://www.foursistersgourmetsauces.com

It's going to be another great day at the market!

You can shop for fresh, locally grown fruits & vegetables, meat, eggs, flowers, cheese, honey and so much more

Meet our Vendor of the Week

Wilson Fish

Wilson Fish brings Fresh and Wild King Salmon, Coho, Halibut, and Smoked King Salmon to the market

They do one at a time fishing, with no nets. All the fish are caught wild, using a barbless hook and line. They fish in the salt water when the fish are still eating before spawning and have the best fat content and nutritional value.

What better way to Celebrate Mother's Day than with fresh flowers from the market?

Bring Mom, your friends, family and neighbors to our Health and Wellness Fair


The sunshine is back and we can't wait to see you at the market!

Come enjoy live music, community and fresh, local sustainable food.

Meet our "Vendor of the Week"

Christie Qualey from Reciprocity Smoothies

Reciprocity Foods specializes in all Organic Market Fresh Smoothies. Utilizing the local abundance of seasonally available fruits and greens. The iconic "Green Smoothie" has a devout following of not only super health enthusiasts but also kids and others folks trying to sneak more nutrients into their day.

Check out Reciprocity Foods new "Wild Purity Shots". Wild crafted greens from the Olympic Forest are fresh pressed into a potent elixir. This week is Nettle and Wild Watercress.

More information at http://christiemaeq.wix.com/reciprocity-foods or check them out on facebook

OK, this photo isn't Christie, but we just can't resist this fairy dragon who loves his smoothies

Come visit all of our vendors and enjoy fresh, local, sustainable food, live music and community.

Oh, the Flowers!


Meet our "Vendor of the Week"

Annie from A & K Shellfish

Annie and Craig Fitzgerald bring fresh, locally grown oysters and clams to market each Saturday. Annie was born in Bremerton, WA where she grew up helping her father as he worked on the family's tidelands.

Using their father's unique insight and knowledge of farming, Craig and Annie represent the next generation of their family's traditions. Clams and oysters. Yum!

It's Back! Asparagus!

Meet our "Vendor of the Week"

Matthew Eklund from Rainbow Cloud Kombucha

Matthew's goal is "To provide people with healthy, delicious kombucha! To heal the Earth and all people!" Kombucha is a fermented live culture probiotics tea, brewed right here in Washington using local ingredients. In addition to brewing kombucha, Matthew is also a yoga teacher and a musician. you can find him at the intersection of N 27th and N Madison playing any number of musical intruments, including his didgeridoo


New Vendors and Old Friends are here to help you Eat Fresh, Buy Local and Build Community

Meet our "Vendor of the Week"

Carrie Little from Little Eorthe Farm

Little Eorthe Farm is a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm located in the Orting Valley. Their mission is to literally save the earth through organic and sustainable practices in providing fresh, healthy, local food.

You can learn more about them by visiting their website at

http://www.littleeorthe.org/

Come visit all of our vendors and enjoy fresh, local, sustainable food, live music and community.

We have fabulous new vendors this season including:

A & K Shellfish (clams & oysters)

Bluebeard Coffee

Cascadia Terroir (distilled oils)

Loki Fish (salmon)

Rising River Farms (organic)

Come enjoy shopping, live music by The Pine Hearts and Michael Coucoules, building community and sunshine!

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The Proctor Farmers' Market Board is pleased to announce an open election for positions on the board.

For more informaton, you can visit the following link

Join the Proctor Farmers' Market Board - Learn More By Clicking Here

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Interested in Becoming a Vendor?

Our mission at the Proctor Farmers' Market is:

1. To support and encourage local farmers by providing a venue in our urban community for direct marketing of fresh produce and farm-grown products.

2. To be an educational resource to the public highlighting the importance of local agriculture, sustainable business and our impact on the environment.

3. To encourage community building and collaboration within the business and neighborhood community that the market serves.

We are currently accepting applications for farmers and other food vendors who support local farms and sustainable local agriculture.

We are not accepting applications for arts/crafts vendors.

Applicatons are due March 15th, 2013

Applications for the 2013 season are available NOW by clicking on the following link:

Click here for the 2013 Vendor App

Proctor Rules & Policies for Vendors

Proctor Procedures...the basics

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

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