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Inquire at the Market Info Booth, and learn how

a dollar for dollar match

is provided up to $10. per EBT card, per Market day!

 

 

EBT, *WIC & *Senior WIC gladly accepted.

(*WIC & Senior WIC accepted  

Jun 1st - Oct. 31st)

 

 


Framable Market Art Prints now avaible:
Asparagus, Tulip, Corn & Fish           $10. ea | 2 for $18 | 3 for $25. | 4 for $30                                   Purchase at the Market Info Booth.


 

 

 

Voted Tacoma's Super-Best Farmers' Market by readers of the Weekly Volcano

 


 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

TomatoPalooza!

 

Right now the Market offers an incredible selection of tomatoes - freshly picked, straight from the farm, red, yellow, orange - all varieties, you name it, we've got it!

Our farmers have worked hard this unusually dry summer season to bring  these perfect, healthy tomatoes to harvest, and take great pride in what they offer you for daily eating, or for canning or freezing to enjoy in sauces and stews throughout the winter.

 

Come on out to TomatoPalooza this Saturday (rain or shine!) -- support your local farmers market, and get the very best locally grown tomatoes and other seasonal produce!

 

(Above, left) Sun Gold and heirloom Chocolate Cherry tomatoes from Zestful Gardens.

(Right) Heirlooms from Cottage Gardens

 

 

Cooking Demo!

Learn about healthy and affordable recipes, made with seasonal food  
from the farmers market. 


When:
Sat., Aug. 29th 

 

Who

 

What:
Spicy Panzanella

 

Time:

10am - 12pm
Recipe Sampling from 11-12pm

Stop by the WSU Food $ense Booth for a sample taste of freshly made "Spicy Panzanella"

 

 

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Subsribe to the Market's Weekly Newsletter

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-The Latest Information and Updates on Market Happenings and Events

-Delicious Seasonal Recipes

-Cooking Demonstration Schedules

-A list of Wine, Cider, & Brewery Tasting Booth Guests

-Info on Live Music Entertainment

-Special Kids Booth Activities

-Community Booth Guests

-Vendor of the Week Articles with Exclusive Coupon

 

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

What's Fresh!

 

Eggplants

belong to the Nightshade family, which also include tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes.  Eggplants contain lots of vitamins and minerals, as well as important phytonutrients, several of which have antioxidant activity.

The queen of deep purple Eggplants

(and other summer veggies) at Little Eorthe Farm.

 

Green Beans

are rich in healthy carotenoids, which is not usually recognized, due to their beautiful green color. Green Beans or "string beans" are excellent for canning or freezing, as they maintain many of their important nutrients.

Fresh-picked Green Beans
 from L'Arche Farm & Gardens

 

 

In addition to locally grown produce, plants and veggie starts,

every week the Market offers diverse selections of

these fresh foods and hand-crafted products:


fruit| pasture raised meats | wild caught seafood   
        artisan foods | honey | dried pasta | eggs 
fresh-cut flowers | baked goods 
 cheeses |  wine, ciders, beers  
ready to eat foods | and so much more  
Proctor Farmers' Market farmers and growers are always available to talk about their farming/raising practices.
(above) Jim O'Neill, Cottage Gardens, answers plant questions for a customer. 

 

 

Vendor of the Week -  
Purdy Organics
We Make PURDY GOOD PICKLES!
Sis LaVigne, Purdy Organics

 

Sis LaVigne, and her daughter, Tracy LaVigne Morrison started Purdy Organics in June 2012.

Sis had been canning and growing an organic garden for over 30 years, and Tracy had just graduated from Pacific Lutheran University. The mother/daughter team decided to take their love of cooking and eating organic to start a pickle business. Purdy Organics began selling at the Proctor Farmers' Market and the Ballard Farmers Market in the Seattle area, as well as some retail stores.  The business quickly took off, as customers, says Sis, "loved our pickles!" 

Sis and Tracy have always used organic ingredients in all their pickle products, but they had their business Certified by The Washington State Department of Agriculture in the fall of 2014. "This was a two-year process for us" says Sis," but we now meet standards set by the USDA organics and we proudly display the symbol on our products -- we are currently the only pickle company in the State that caries this Certification!"

"Our business continues to grow, and we plan to add more stores to carry our products, and increase our online sales as well," says Sis, "and we are proud to share our pickles with customers at the Proctor Farmers' Market since 2012."

Every Saturday at the Market, if Sis is busy at another sales location, her friendly staff, Alex is on duty, and is happy to hep customers with free tasting samples and purchase of the now famous pickles and other local, flavorful, organic pickled veggies from Purdy Organics.

 

  
Sis LaVigne and Tracy LaVigne Morrison 

 

 

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Subsribe to the Market's Weekly Newsletter

(click on the Blue Box above) and get:

 

-The Latest Information and Updates on Market Happenings and Events

-Delicious Seasonal Recipes

-Cooking Demonstration Schedules

-A list of Wine, Cider, & Brewery Tasting Booth Guests

-Info on Live Music Entertainment

-Special Kids Booth Activities

-Community Booth Guests

-Vendor of the Week Articles with Exclusive Coupon

 

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Art @ The Market-
Featuring Tacoma Artists & Performers  

This Saturday, August 15th

11:15-11:45am
Live Dance Performance by  
 
12noon - 2pm
Mega Uke Tacoma II  

Join Mega Uke Tacoma for two hours of intense ukulele fun including: performances by various artists, a Beginner's Workshop, information on local ukulele circles, and an "easy-play" jam session.

 

 

"I Heart Farmers Markets" Temporary Tattoos a bit hit! 

As part of Tacoma's officially recognized week of celebrating farmers markets, we handed out free temporary "I Heart Farmers Market" tattoos last Sat., Aug 8th

Scott Gruber (Calendula Farm) and Surinder Singh  (Gateway to India) show off their

Farmers Market pride in the photo below..

Adults and kids alike loved the tattoos, and they were such a hit,

we'll have them back againnext year!

PFM Vendors, Scott Gruber (Calendula Farm) and Surinder Singh (Gateway to India) show off their Farmers Market Pride with their "I Heart Farmers Markets" Temporary Tattoos.

 

 

 

What's Fresh!

Peppers, another warm season vegetable,

sweet, mild, or very hot, now at the Market, ready for your grill

Peppers galore, including the stunning Lilac pepper, now at
Alvarez Organic Farm

 

Mushrooms have been shown to give

your immune system a healthy boost.

Where else can you find a fresh-picked mushroom selection like this?

Only at Provision Mushrooms!

 

 

Support your farmers market
by shopping for these August
fruits and vegetables:
Apricots, Basil, Green Beans, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cherries, Chinese Vegetables, Corn, Cucumbers, Kale, Lettuces, Okra, Peaches, Peppers, Potatoes, Radish, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Salad Greens, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard,Tomatoes

In addition
to locally grown produce, plants and veggie starts, every week the Market offers diverse selections of these fresh foods and hand-crafted products:
fruit| pasture raised meats | wild caught seafood   
        artisan foods | honey | dried pasta | eggs 
fresh-cut flowers | baked goods 
 cheeses |  wine, ciders, beers  
ready to eat foods | and so much more  
Fettucine & Linguini from  
18th Ave. Pasta 

 

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

 

Farmers' Market Week, August 2 - 8, 2015

 

The following Proclamation, signed by Mayor Marilyn Strickland, was received on behalf of all Tacoma area farmers markets, at the August 4th City Council Meeting, by Scott Gruber, Proctor Farmers' Market Board Member, and Calendula Farm owner. 

 

Mayor Strickland is urging all citizens to join her in recognizing the benefits of our local farmers markets by making a special effort to shop the markets,

during Farmers Market Week, August 2-8th!

 


The Proctor Farmers' Market will celebrate

on Saturday, August 8th, from 9am - 2pm with:

  • Show off your Farmers' Market pride with a FREE "I Heart Farmers Markets" Temporary Tatto!              (while supplies last).
  • Receive FREE TASTY RECIPES that feature summer produce at its peak.
  • Join a FREE food preservation Cooking Demo -- learn how to enjoy farm fresh produce year around

Farmers markets are more than just an outlet for fresh produce and friendly farmers--

 

Farmers Markets...

 

-Preserve America's rural livelihoods and farmland.

-Stimulate local economies.

-Increase access to fresh, nutritious food.

-Support healthy communities.

-Promote sustainability.

 

Please Support Your Farmers Markets 

 

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

 

There's So Much Going On At The Market.....
Not only do we have loads of fresh, seasonal produce, but there is lots to see and do with this Saturday's exciting activities and events!  

Proctor Arts Fest

This Saturday, August 1st 
Extended Proctor Farmers' Market Hours: 9am - 4pm 

Shop the Market and enjoy
 Tacoma's Biggest and Best Arts Festival!

(located right near the Market at 26th & North Proctor Streets!)

Proctor Arts Fest  

 

 

What's Fresh!

Support your farmers market

by shopping for these August
fruits and vegetables:
Apricots, Basil, Green Beans, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cherries, Chinese Vegetables, *Corn, Cucumbers, Kale, Lettuces, Okra, Peaches, Peppers, Potatoes, Radish, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Salad Greens, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard,Tomatoes

*Just harvested sweet corn from Spooner Farms in this Saturday! 

 

Flowers!

 
The Market has several terrific flower vendors that offer fresh-cut, ready-made, or made-to-order arrangements year-round.  Cheri, from Dao Lee Garden,
 shows off a barrel-full of bouquets made for a local wedding.

 

In addition to locally grown produce, fruit, plants and veggie starts, every week the Market offers diverse selections of these fresh foods and hand-crafted products: 


 | pasture raised meats |  
wild caught seafood | artisan foods | honey   
dried pasta | eggs
fresh-cut flowers | baked goods 
cheeses | wine, ciders, herbal ales  

ready to eat foods | and more

 

Wine & Hard Cider Tasting & Sales This Saturday!

 

Check out our weekly Market selection

of premier Washington State Wineries, Cideries and Breweries that

offer free samples and sales of their locally produced products:

 

 

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

What's Fresh!

Keep in mind, as you plan your seasonal fresh food menus, and look to scheduling your pickling, canning, and other food preservation methods, that due to unusually warm and dry weather, crops are coming in early!

Support your farmers market by shopping for these July fruits and vegetables:

Apricots, Basil, Green Beans, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cherries, Chinese Vegetables, *Corn, Cucumbers, Kale, Lettuces, *Okra, Peaches, *Peppers, Potatoes, Radish, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Salad Greens, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, *Tomatoes.

*Now at the Market!

 

Fresh Tomatoes at Cottage Gardens

 

Pickling Cukes at Rising River Farms

 

Sweet, just-picked corn at Alvarez Organic Farms

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

What's Fresh!

 

Zestful Gardens Cauliflower


Right now, each Saturday is an adventure of seasonal food discoveries at the Market -- wonderful fruit and produce, all fresh and local, is here. 

Support your farmers market
by the shopping for these July fruits and vegetables:


Apricots, Basil, Green Beans, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cherries, Chinese Vegetables, Cucumbers, Kale, Lettuces, Peaches, Potatoes, Radish, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Salad Greens, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes.

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Coming soon: Corn!

In addition to locally grown produce, fruit, plants and veggie starts, every week the Market offers diverse selections of these fresh foods and hand-crafted products: 


 | pasture raised meats |  
wild caught seafood | artisan foods | honey   
fresh & dried pasta | eggs
fresh-cut flowers | baked goods 
cheeses | wine, ciders, herbal ales  

ready to eat foods | and more

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Vendor of the Week -  
Spooner Farms
Growing with you since 1882 
(left to right) Debbie, Tom, and Jackie of Spooner Farms.

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Spooner Farms has been family owned and farmed since it was homesteaded in the beautiful Puyallup Valley in 1882. 

Currently owned by Andrea and Jeff Spooner, Spooner Farms is a remarkable story of generational dedication to farming the land that few families are able to achieve.  Their daughter and son, Rebecca and Samuel, are the 5th generation of Spooners currently involved in all the day-to-day farming operations, and with their children, are working toward the 6th generation of Spooners to continue the farming tradition.The family is dedicated "to growing quality farm fresh produce, done with your family in mind."

As a long-time Proctor Farmers' Market vendor, the yearly arrival of Spooner Farms in early summer signals the beginning of local, hand- picked berries available for purchase.  Growing some of "the best Washington berries for you and your family," Spooner's starts the summer off with their perfect, deep red strawberries.  Then, in July and August, Spooner's harvests raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and then, to end the season, corn.

Market customers have grown to depend on Spooner Farms berries

Recent photo of blackberries growing at Spooner Farms in the Puyallup Valley 

for their fresh summer recipes and jam, as well as for freezing canning and drying. Always popular are the Spooner's blackberries.  High in nutritional content, their large, Obsidian berries (a wonderful, large blackberry with great flavor), and the Kotata Blackberries, are popular for use in desserts, jams, seedless jellies and sometimes wine. These berries are also often mixed with apples for pies and crumbles.

Andrea, Jeff, their family, and the Spooner Farms staff all work very hard to bring their quality farm fresh produce to the surrounding region.  In addition to the Proctor Farmers' Market, they vend at 3 other farmers markets, have 3 farm stands (including the one at their main farm in Puyallup), and as most everyone in the area is aware, they also share their farming life during the month of October with their annual Harvest Festival, complete with a pumpkin patch, corn maze, food, and more.

The Proctor Farmers' Market is fortunate to have access to the wonderful berries and produce from this local, family farm on a yearly basis, and benefit from 5 generations of farming expertise to enjoy quality produce that is "farmed for optimal flavor and hand-picked for excellence."

For More Information on Spooner Farms click here 

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

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Vineyard & Orchard Day
this Saturday, July 11th, 9am - 2pm

Special Event

All Day Discounts from participating Vendors:

-Calendula Farm
-Eaglemount Wine & Cider
-Lattin's Country Cider Mill & Farm
-Martin Family OrchardVisi Printing
-RP Guerrero Farm
-Stina's Cellars 

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Available every Saturday at the Market: 

fruit | pasture raised meats | produce
wild caught seafood | artisan foods | honey | dried pasta | eggs

fresh-cut flowers | baked goods | cheeses | wine, ciders | ready to eat foods

plants, veggie starts | and more

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

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The Market will be open

Saturday, July 4th from 9am-2pm!

Celebrate with fresh, local foods - meats, fish, vegetables for the grill, berries, cherries, and baked goods for desserts.  Bring your out of town guests, and shop together for a great meal!

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Shop weekly for the best:

fruit | pasture raised meats | produce 

wild caught seafood | artisan foods | honey | dried pasta | eggs
fresh-cut flowers | baked goods 
cheeses | wine, ciders, herbal ales |

ready to eat foods | and more

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Monday, June 29, 2015

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-New at the Market-

River Valley Cheese

Jeanne Welfringer (l) & Jody Holder (r) of River Valley Cheese

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River Valley Cheese was welcomed to the Proctor Farmers' Market community in May of this year, and their cheeses, such as Naughty Nellie, Rancher Rob's Pepper Jack, Valley Blue, Valley Girl, and others have had an immediate following.  

Licensed cheese artisan Julie Steil and her husband Rob once crafted cheeses as a part-time hobby, but in 2005, that all changed when Julie brought some of her fresh goat cheese to a PTA meeting at their son's high school for the teachers and parents to enjoy.  One of the parents who attended was going to work for a new Whole Foods Market that was under construction at the time.  She didn't mention anything to Julie, but told her boss about the goat cheese. The next day, Whole Foods literally knocked on Julie's front door.  Ten years later, River Valley Cheese is still making their delicious variety of artisan cheeses that are more complex in taste and variety than conventionally produced cheeses.

River Valley Cheese strongly believes in growing the centuries old craft of artisan cheese making, and in addition to producing cheese for resale to their loyal customers, they have been teaching cheesemaking since 2006.  "When we say handmade, we really mean it -- you won't find any automated equipment in our cheese room," says Julie -- "we are artisan cheese makers; the milk is produced locally and we make it into cheese. Our cheese is made from 100% Jersey milk, guaranteeing maximum flavor and buttery goodness in every bite. No hormones to increase production and no corn in their grain. Better for them and better for you! "

Exciting things are happening this year at River Valley Cheese -- their Valley Girl cheese -- a tome style cheese cheese made with Jersey cow's milk, giving it a creamy and buttery flavor --  will be on the menus at Ivar's Restaurants starting in July.  And Julie is pleased to announced a just rolled-out new cheese called
Blue Hooch. It's a fresh cheese made with a combination of cream cheese and Gorgonzola with just a splash of Jack Daniel's Whiskey, thus the name, Blue Hooch, and, it's available now at the Proctor Farmers' Market! 

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

What's Fresh!

Berries and More Berries!

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Obsidian Berries from Spooner Farms

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Right now the Market is brimming with beautiful berries:  
Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries and Blueberries, full of antioxidants and vitamins, picked fresh, and brought straight to you from local farms. 
 

Get Berries while you can to freeze, preserve, make jam, enjoy in you favorite recipe,

or just eat by the handful for the best summer snack around.

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Market Bounty

In addition to locally grown produce, plants and veggie starts, every week the Market offers diverse selections of these fresh foods and hand-crafted products: 


fruit | pasture raised meats | produce 
wild caught seafood | artisan foods | honey | fresh & dried pasta | eggs |fresh-cut flowers | baked goods 
cheeses | wine, ciders, herbal ales |
ready to eat foods | and more

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Vendor of the Week

High Point Family Farms

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Tammy Hanna, High Point Family Farms
High Point Family Farms has a great "how we got started story" rooted in what family farming is all about.  In the Spring of 2008 the older Hanna children wanted to join FFA (Future Farmers of America) at the local High School in Rainier.  Deciding that they wanted to raise a market pig, the family did a lot research and traveling around the state, and finally bought three pigs.  Expanding on this project, the Hanna's decided to start High Point 4-H, so that their younger children could participate in their family farming adventure.

Years later, their "adventure" is still growing strong, and their original three pigs, have turned into 20 sows, 3 boars, and lots of babies. What originally started as two FFA kids wanting to sell pigs to earn a little extra money, has grown into a family run farm!

High Point Family Farms pigs are raised all naturally outside with access to different forage including rape and orchard mix grass. They are free fed with only high quality non-medicated feed that is locally made.  Tammy and her family are proud that "our pigs are well muscled, and raising pigs on pasture makes for a leaner, healthier animal."

Each week, Tammy brings a variety of pork products to the Proctor Farmers' Market that are from animals owned by their local family farm.  Unlike some other conventionally produced meats available, High Point Family Farms guarantees that their products are free of hormones and growth enhancements, ensuring a healthy animal and all natural, pasture raised pork for your table.

For more info, click here: 
highpointfamilyfarms.com

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Bee Festival!

This Saturday, 9am-2pm! Activities, Demonstrations, Free Movie, and a Free packet of Burpee's Bee Garden Seeds (see seed details below)

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Get your FREE packet of

Burpee's Bee Garden Seeds*,

and be a part of a nationwide effort to build pollinator habitat and help pollinators!

(*while supplies last, Sat., 6/20/15 only)

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Cooking Demo this Saturday!

June 13th, 11:15am - 11:45am

Presented by Hal Meng,

Center for Food Preservation Arts

Rhubarb and Strawberries!     

Two crops that always say spring in Tacoma.  Learn how to make Strawberry, Rhubarb and Honey jam using Pomona's Universal Pectin, the  natural pectin that easily allows you to easily make jams and jellies with low-sugar, honey, agave, or no sweetener at all.  And you can make half, double, or even triple recipes. We will also share some tips for freezing  the bountiful and early strawberry harvest.

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What's Fresh

Now appearing at the Market - Luscious Cherries, and fragrant, golden-orange Apricots!

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

KIDS DAY AT THE MARKET!

This Saturday, 9am - 2pm

Free Fun All Day

!Special Kids Day Meal!

(see details below)

Kids Day Event Participants:

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Wolf Camp and Wolf College | Chris Chisholm | www.wolfcollege.com

Commencement Bay Academy
Karen York | www.facebook.com/cbapreschool

3 Little Birds Music | Shannon Eileen, Kate Perkins
www.3littlebirdsmusic.com

Anna Lemon Wheelock Library
Cheryl Towne
click here for more info

Musical Theatre Camp

Stacy Evans Agnew

Live Vocal Performances at 10 & 10:30 a.m.!
click here for more info

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-Special Kids Day Meal- 
(Saturday, June 6th 9am-2pm only) 
Chicken Kabob with Scoop of Rice 
only $5.00 
(12 years of age and under) 

 

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Saturday May 30, 2015

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What's Fresh

Glorius Greens are now filling the farmers market tables

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Vendor of the Week -  

Rainbow Cloud Kombucha

Graham Newman, Rainbow Cloud Kombucha

 

When Matthew Eklund decided to start Rainbow Cloud Kombucha, his dream was to make great kombucha to sell at  local farmers markets. His mission was to "to provide people with healthy, delicious kombucha, and to heal the Earth and all people!"   

  

Rainbow Cloud Kombucha is a fermented live culture probiotics tea, brewed in Tumwater, WA, and Matthew and partner, Graham Newman pride themselves on providing the finest local oak barreled teas available in the Tacoma area.  

    

This is Rainbow Cloud Kombucha's 4th year at the Proctor Farmers' Market, and after doubling production last year to supply increasing demand, Rainbow Cloud now has two or three flavors on tap via kegerator at the Tacoma Food Co-op, and Marlene's in Tacoma and Federal way.  Their newest location is Ralphs Thriftway in Olympia, and with all this growth in only 4 years, it can be safely said that Matthew is well on his way to achieving both his dream and his mission!

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Either Matthew or Graham can be found weekly at their colorful booth (often with musical instruments on hand!) and are happy to answer any questions about their kombucha.  They will be rolling out some new flavors this summer season, and both want to extend "a huge thank you to all the people who have supported us on this journey."  

  

To find out more about
Rainbow Cloud Kombucha, visit  

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Memorial Day


We remember those who have fallen in service to our country, and mark the unofficial start to summer with picnics and barbeques.  The Proctor Farmers' Market is open Saturday from 9am-2pm for all your weekend fresh and local food needs, and we wish you a safe and happy holiday.

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STRAWBERRIES:

the first of these little red beauties

Strawberries!
Spooner Farms will be at the Market
this Saturday with Strawberries!

are now at the Market. 

We are hearing that this is the earliest strawberry harvest in memory.  Get these fresh picked  berries,  packed with Vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants and more this Saturday!

  

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Vendor of the Week -  

Cora Coffee Roasters
"Finding Great Coffees To Share With You"
Tara Brown, Cora Coffee

Cora Coffee Roasters is one of the newest vendors to be welcomed to the Proctor Farmers' Market community.  Cora Coffee provides coffee by the cup, and also offers 12oz bags of their signature coffee, "Glowing Lights Blend."   

 

Owner Tara Brown is responsible for all aspects of the business, from roasting the coffee on a Probat L12 to delivering beans to local businesses (often on bike). She was inspired to start a business by the strong women in her family, and the company is named after her maternal grandmother Cora Ellen Brown.   

 

The very beginning of the seed of Cora Coffee was planted in 2011, when Tara was living in Guatemala and working with coffee farmers in a specialty coffee nursery. The idea was nourished by spending several years in the specialty coffee industry and drinking hundreds and hundreds of cups of great coffee grown all over the world.  Eventually, Tara bought a small home roaster in order to dig even deeper into what makes a cup of coffee great, which then evolved into her own small business, Cora Coffee Roasters.  

  

Cora Coffee maintains that the "best part of our job is finding great coffees to share with you" -- and Tara's favorite part about serving coffee at the Proctor Farmers' Market is "getting to know awesome people--and getting distracted by their adorable dogs!"  

 

To find out more about Cora Coffee, visit  

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

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Health & Wellness Event
This Saturday, 9am-2pm

-Third annual, one-day Event-

Eight Tacoma-based specialists in holistic care and fitness

will provide FREE on-site demonstrations and information.

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What's Fresh! 

Freshness and Quality are two of the main reasons that shoppers frequent farmers markets,

and we have the very best of both, every week throughout the year,

at the Proctor Farmers Market.

Green Garlic is harvested early,before the cloves mature. Green Garlic is milder, and can be used in place of scallions, and adds delicious flavor to spring and summer dishes.

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Coming Soon:

Beets, Snap Peas (a few Snap Peas were sighted last week!)

Now available: 

Asparagus (don't miss out!), Garlic (dried and green) 

Greens: Kale, Chard, Mustard, Spinach, Arugula, Bok Choy

Onions, Potatoes, Carrots, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Dried Peppers, Rhubarb and more

Herbs and Herb Starts

Fruit: Apples & Pears

Veggie Starts, huge selection, healthy and local, ready for planting

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Vendor of the Week -  

OlyKraut Gourmet Sauerkraut 
Local. Fermented. Delicious. 
Tanya King, OlyKraut

 

After a short hiatus, OlyKraut Gourmet Sauerkraut is back every Saturday at the Proctor Farmers' Market, and they have a lot of exciting news to share with customers. In addition to recently getting their Organic certification, new labels, and a new logo, their newest sauerkraut flavor, Smoke & Kale, won a 2015 Good Food Award, and has been upgraded from a seasonal flavor to year round production. 

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There is a lot of buzz about fermented foods these days, and OlyKraut has always been on the leading edge.  Fermented foods have been around forever, but with industrial food processing and imports, OlyKraut's relationship with fermentation has changed a lot. Lately, there has been a surge of people talking about the role that fermentation plays in preserving the harvest, and the part that fermented foods play in our diets. More and more people are seeking raw fermented foods for the health benefits associated with probiotics.  

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OlyKraut is excited about the work that people are doing to revitalize different traditions around fermenting and the research that is happening about how the helpful bacteria in these foods can affect us, and they continue to work to bring their customers the best fermented foods possible. Most of all, though, OlyKraut believes that the best reason to eat fermented foods, including sauerkraut, is that they are delicious and fun to enjoy!

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OlyKraut is looking forward to seeing everyone at the market this season, and sharing in a common love for fresh, local food, fermentation, and their favorite people in the world- farmers!

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 Click here for OlyKraut's Kimchi Pancakes Recipe!  


for more info:

 OlyKraut Gourmet Sauerkraut 

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Saturday May 9, 2015

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Mother's Day is Sunday,
May 10th!


Shop the Market this Saturday for gifts and more - we can help you make Mom feel special.
We have:

Fresh Flowers | Hanging Plants | Flowering Potted and Landscape Plants | Veggie & Herb Starts |

Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Makings | Artisan Foods | Wine, Chocolates, Baked Goods
Gift Certificates (in any denomination) | Frameable Art Prints

Framable Art Prints now avaible: Corn, Asparagus, Tulip, & Fish

$10. ea | 2 for $18 | 3 for $25. | 4 for $30

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Vendor of the Week -  

Rosecrest Farm  
Handcrafted, Organic Swiss Cheeses
Rosecrest Farm is nestled in Washington's beautiful Chehalis valley, and has been producing award-winning milk for over 25 years. The family farm is owned and operated by Gary and Sharon McCool.
 
Rosecrest Farm is a certified organic dairy, and over the years Sharon has developed a line of personally hand-crafted Swiss Cheeses, made with the farm's certified organic raw cow's milk.

The process begins on the farm In the early morning hours, when the cows are 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 cheese-making process for the day.  Her hand-crafted cheese is made using old world recipes and techniques -- so Sharon's Swiss Cheese has a hard, nutty flavor, which is both delicious and unique, and unlike other conventionally available swiss cheeses.

Use Rosecrest Farms cheese as appetizers, in sandwiches, in recipes, or just enjoy alone as a snack with a piece of fruit. Sharon is at the Proctor Farmers' Market every Saturday, and has a weekly selection of the following cheeses available to tempt your palate:

Mountain Swiss | Country Herb & Garlic Swiss  

Caraway Swiss | Smokey-Peppercorn & Chives Swiss

Bacon Swiss 


for more info: Rosecrest Farm

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

What's Fresh...

Chard ...first tender pickings of the season now in...rich green leaves with  beautiful, varied-color stalks, are a valuable addition to a healthy diet.  Great in soups, stews, pasta dishes, stir-fries.

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Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10th!

Start planning now for Mother's Day -

the Proctor Farmers' Market can help make Mom feel special.

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We have:

fresh flowers

hanging plants

flowering potted and landscape plants

veggie starts (give a garden gift!)

healthy, locally produced, brunch, lunch, or dinner makings

 wine, chocolates, baked goods

Gift Certificates

Framable Market Art Prints

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Vendor of the Week -  
Upper Crust  
Signature Baked Goods, Pizza & Sandwiches  
Loren Robinson, Upper Crust  

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Everyone at Upper Crust works all through the night on Friday to bring fresh pastries, baked goods, and ready to eat foods direct to you at the Market every Saturday.  Don't miss the opportunity to stop by this week, and take advantage of Upper Crust's exclusive coupon offer!

Loren will always welcome you with a friendly smile, and since Upper Crust is a family business, there is a good chance you might see his Mom or other relatives and friends, who sometimes help him out in the Booth. 

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Wine Tasting Booth

Free Samples & Sales

Sat., May 2, 2015

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GINKGO FOREST WINERY

 

Ginkgo Forest Winery grows several varieties of grapes, and they make and market a wide array of wines. Ginkgo Forest Winery grapes are carefully nurtured for best land and vineyard practices and fine wine characteristics. They strive for a high quality, good value balance, with pleasing sensory perceptions and good feelings, in hopes that their customers will buy another bottle or case.  Ginkgo Forest Winery is proud to offer this interesting mix at the Proctor Farmers' Market this Saturday.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

What's Fresh...

Colorful plants and flowers of generous variety are everywhereat the Market right now.

Shop Saturdays from 9am-2pm for Fresh Tender Spring Produce, and diverse

selections of these locally produced foods and hand-crafted products:
fruit  | pasture raised meats | wild caught seafood   
        artisan foods | honey | fresh & dried pasta | eggs 
fresh-cut flowers | baked goods 
 cheeses |  wine, ciders, herbal ales 
ready to eat foods | and so much more

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Vendor of the Week-  

Honey Bear Farm 

"Bees have become our passion"

Karen and Ivan Rogers, Honey Bear Farm 

Honey Bear Farm is a small farm located just outside of Olympia. Owned by Karen and Ivan Rogers, they like to say that "bees have become our passion." The Farm is currently registered for about 300 hives (plus or minus -- as you may or may not know bee keepers loose and gain bees yearly).

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The Rogers got into the bee business quite by accident about 10 years ago during a birthday party for their grandchild. Looking up, they noticed a swarm of bugs. The surprise was that the "bugs" were a small swarm of late season bees, and they had found a box to live in. Ivan had always wanted bees, but Karen was terrified of them - so he began quietly trading for bee boxes and other equipment

without Karen's knowledge.

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Neither Karen nor Ivan thought at the time that they would someday be in the bee business - after all, they planned on just one hive!. Karen's motherly instincts kicked in, however, and soon she too found herself involved - sewing a blanket to keep the "little struggling creatures alive".  They eventually got some expert advice from an older gentleman that had been raising bees for 30 years, and today find themselves full time bee keepers. Karen finally stood in a swarm on the farm and got over her fears as she started to understand their likes and dislikes. "Bees are amazing creatures," Karen says, "they communicate, they have an air conditioning system, they are loyal to their hives, and they have a dance called the waggle or round dance. The angle x between the vertical and the central movement is the same as the angle between the sun and the forage source."

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Karen and Ivan say the recipe for honey is the following ingredients: "1 Busy Bee - 2 million flowers - 1 bee hive   Directions:  Take 1 busy bee and travel approximately 55,000 miles to gather nectar.  Return nectar to 1 bee hive , Repeat previous steps 2 million times, MAKES 1 POUND OF LIQUID GOLD."

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In addition to being a sought after healthy food, "liquid gold" honey also has a long history of healing properties, and Karen and Ivan like to share their knowledge of bees while selling their honey every Saturday at their Market booth. "Everything bees do benefits mankind," say Ivan and Karen, "just don't kill them, because for every 3 bites of food you take it is because of a bee!" .

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

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What's Fresh...

Asparagus, Leeks, Radishes, and Spinach, just picked,

and ready for your favorite spring recipes!

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Vendor of the Week -  

Provisions Mushroom Farm   
Cultivating a Healthy Community with Mushrooms.  
Christian Kaelin, Provisions Mushroom Farm 
Owned and operated by the Kaelin family, Provisions Mushroom Farm is nestled in the woods near Capitol State Forest in Olympia, WA.

Christian Kaelin and his family have been growing fresh gourmet mushrooms for their CSA Members, Olympia Food Co-ops, and local restaurants since 2006, and now they are available through the Proctor Farmers' Market, and other area farmers markets. 
 
"Cultivating a healthy community with mushrooms" is what Provisions believes in as a basis for their successful business, carefully selecting the choicest mushroom species, which they then cultivate on clean, organic substrates. 

 

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

 

In addition to a great selection of cultivated mushrooms, Provisions Mushroom Farm also has wild varieties available when the season permits, and DIY Mushroom Kits.

  

Be sure and stop by and check out the Provisions Mushroom Farm booth.  Christian is very knowledgeable about his mushrooms, and this Saturday, ask about his special discount!
 

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

What's Fresh...

This Saturday, spring produce will be in ready supply, as vendors come to the Market with an ever-growing choice of farm fresh salad greens, and other
seasonal produce. Try something new!

Produce from Zestful Gardens

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Lots of plants and veggie starts, and beautiful spring flowers to brighten your home or yard.

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Color Bowl from Cottage Gardens

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In addition to locally grown produce, plants and veggie starts, every week the Market offers diverse selections of these fresh foods and products:

fruit | pasture raised meats | wild caught seafood   
        artisan foods | honey | fresh & dried pasta | eggs 
fresh-cut flowers | baked goods 
wine, ciders, herbal ales 
ready to eat foods | and so much more

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Vendor of the Week - Calendula Farm

Landscaping, Meats, and Plants

Scott Gruber, Calendula Farm 

Scott Gruber leads and directs all the farm and landscaping operations at Calendula Farm, and he likes to say that "Calendula Farm does many things, and all of them involve creating beautiful, flavorful, and healthful enhancements to life in the South Puget Sound."

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Calendula Farm grows animals for food, grow plants for use in landscape projects and for sale to home gardeners, and also create beautiful and functional environments for artful outdoor living. 

  

Scott Gruber is at the Market, every Saturday, rain or shine, throughout the year, and invites you to stop by his booth, chat, and learn about all that Calendula Farm has to offer -- "We think life is a grand adventure. Every day is an opportunity to learn something new. We like to engage all of our senses, as much and as often as possible. We invite you to join in the fun."

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

What's Fresh...


A Happy Opening Day Market Shopper
 (with flowering plants from Sunrise Flower Farm)

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Last week's opening day Market was full of customers on shopping sprees

eager to check out everything that's local, current and fresh. Be sure to visit the Market this Saturday and find plant and veggie starts, beautiful fresh-cut flowers for your Easter or Passover celebrations, and Eggs!

Longer days, and warmer weather brings a surplus of delicious, locally farm raised eggs to the Market. With Easter (Sunday, April 5th), and Passover's Second Seder on Saturday night, April 4th, stock up this Saturday for Easter Egg hunts, Roasted Eggs, pickling, breakfasts, brunches and more!

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Vendor of the Week - Reciprocity Foods

Christie Qualey, owner, Reciprocity Foods 
Reciprocity Foods has been "blending strong" at the Proctor Farmers' Market for 5 years now, and every week Christie serves made to order smoothies that continue to grow in popularity. Christie maintains that "working the farmers markets, and selling my 'green goodness', allows me to connect to thousands of people from many walks of life," and she has a huge gratitude to all the loyal green drinkers that so consistently enjoy her nutritious blends of raw vegetables and fruits.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015:

Join us for Regular Market Season Opening Day this Saturday!

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