Rubbing shoulders with the people who feed you!July 18th, 2013 by Diane Fish
A while back I posted about Kitsap Farmer’s Markets for those folks who were looking to get up close and personal with a farmer (sort of like going to the zoo but it costs less and you get zucchini!) If you have taken that baby step and want to get even more farmy there are lots of events coming up this summer and fall where you can even see farmers in their natural habitat!
Bring out the kids for a day all about them! To start, show the kids how all of the delicious food at the market is grown by taking them around to all of the tractors that will be scattered throughout the market – some brand new, some 60 years old! Next, grab a fun tie-dye shirt, for which the PFM is famous! Choose your own size and colors!
August 3rd – Manette Edible Gardens and Chicken Coop Tour
Recalling the self-sufficiency of previous generations who planted Victory Gardens, Manette edible gardeners are opening their gardens to their neighbors to show techniques for growing food in small urban spaces. The tour is also a great way to learn about animal husbandry in the city.
August 15th – Friends of the Farm “Farm to Table Dinner”
All welcome to join us for the third annual Farm to Table Dinner on Bainbridge Island. Enjoy local food and spirits with delicious tastes from ten local restaurants, bakeries and wineries. Live country and western swing music provided by The Jangles. Tickets available online.
Time: 6-9 pm
Location: Bainbridge Island Town Square (Madison Avenue by City Hall)
August 21-25th – Kitsap County Fair and Stampede!
So much fun you will have a cow! Livestock exhibits and shows, educational displays and much more! Come on Saturday, August 24th for the Kitsap Junior Livestock Association 4H and FFA Market Animal Auction and bid on hogs, lambs, goats, steers, rabbits and broiler chickens. Auction begins at 11:00am. Complimentary lunch sponsored by Kitsap Bank!
August 24th – Picnic at the Pig
Join the vendors and more after the market for a kid-friendly event, fun for the whole family! Pulled pork picnic dinner, live music, farm games and contests, a raffle, and a silent auction featuring goodie bags and baskets generously donated by local businesses and regular PFM vendors.
Adult – $15
(includes 1 free drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
Child (10 years or younger) – $5.
September 15th – Peterson Fall Farm Fair
Proceeds from the Petersen Farm Fall Fair support the Kitsap Agricultural & Community Alliance (KCAA) and the Kitsap Community Food Co-op (KCFC), who are partnered in this effort to increase access to local food to the Kitsap community.
Come to this family-themed fair and enjoy hayrides, hay bale maze, carnival games, live music, farm tours, vendors and much more! In Silverdale, WA off the SR3 Trigger Avenue Exit.
September 23rd – Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner
Local chefs prepare an amazing Kitsap Grown meal! Hosted by KCAA. Follow them on Facebook as more information becomes available!
September 29th – Friends of the Farm Harvest Fair
Friends of the Farms sponsors and organizes the annual Harvest Fair at Johnson Farm on Bainbridge Island. This educational and fun event brings our community together to celebrate, appreciate and nurture local farming. Not just for the kids, Harvest Fair encourages everyone to take a day and join us on the farm.
Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
October 6th – Poulsbo Farmers Market Harvest Dinner
The PFM Harvest Dinner is an annual fundraiser which showcases the very best that the market has to offer! Hosted by Chef John Nesby at Mor Mor Bistro in Poulsbo, this dinner features fresh, local ingredients purchased primarily from the PFM. The event begins at 5:30pm with cocktails, followed by dinner and a live auction. Tickets available at the market starting in July.