We welcome not only an extended weekend but the unofficial start to summer. The weather has been wonderful lately and will hopefully hold out through Monday. Regardless of what Mother Nature decides to throw our way us Washingtonians won’t let a little rain spoil our good time. There is the Shrimp Fest going on in Brinnon, WA the 24th & 25th. If you are looking for live music stop by the Quimper Grange to hear Portland’s New Iberians play Zydeco, Blues, Soul, & New Orleans Rock’n’Roll; you can even join in a dance lesson. Getting hungry? The 1st Annual Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival sounds delicious and interesting!
Featured in The Seattle Times as “Farmers markets: five worth the drive,” the Saturday market in Uptown Port Townsend is not to be missed. The market boasts fresh, local fruit and vegetables along with arts/crafts and plenty of food. Check out an excerpt from the article below and take their advice on the cheese stick from Pane d’Amore, it is a personal favorite of mine. Only three blocks from the Blue Gull Inn.
Port Townsend Farmers Market
620 Tyler St., in Uptown Port Townsend.
Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, April-December. (Also 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays, June 20 through September; and in Chimacum, Jefferson County, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays, May 20 through October.) See www.ptfarmersmarket.org.
Drive time from Seattle: About two hours, including a 30-minute ride aboard the Bainbridge Island ferry from Seattle’s Pier 52.
What’s special: With 70 vendors, including cider makers, bakers, farmers and artists, this market earned the “Market of the Year” designation from the Washington State Farmers Market Association in 2011.
What to eat: Don’t leave without buying a cheese stick from Pane d’Amore. The footlong snack is like an adult version of a licorice twist, easy to hold and whittle down in seconds. Worth bringing home are goats-milk cheeses from Mystery Bay Farm on Marrowstone Island, jars of kimchi from Midori Farm and pastries from Romanian baker Anca Hasson.
Making a day of it: Picnic on the beachfront at nearby Fort Worden State Park, or leave the car parked and walk to quiet Chetzemoka Park, with gardens and a kids’ play area. Save time for a stop at the Finnriver Farm & Cidery tasting room in Chimacum.