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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!)

 

Subscribe to our Newsletter (click on the blue box below), and get the latest information and updates on what's happening at the Market.

 

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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 February 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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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.

 

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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

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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

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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

 

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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

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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

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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

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