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What's Happening at the Market - May 23rd, Edition




Thursday, May 23, 2024

4:00PM - 7:00PM

Evergreen Rotary Park, 1400 Park Ave, Bremerton WA



Gone With the Wind...

Well almost! Last week's windstorm tried to blow us away, however the market stayed put. The sun came out, warmed us up, and we ended up having a great day despite the weather. This week's forecast is predicting partly sunny skies with a high of 67 degrees. See you at the market!


What's Fresh this Week?

Davis Flower Farm:

  • Not at the market this week.


Fat Turnip Farm

  • Not at the market this week.


  • Salad Mix

  • Romaine Head Lettuce

  • Mustard Greens

  • Garlic Greens

  • Radishes

  • Pea Shoots

  • Sun Shoots

  • Fresh Cut Herbs & Mints


Plants:

  • Tomatoes (Cherry, Paste & Slicing)

  • Peppers (Bell, Poblano, Jalapeno, Cayenne, Banana & Pepperoncini)

  • Winter Squashes (Acorn, Butternut, Kobocha, Blue Hubbard & Red Hubbard)

  • Pumpkins (Pie Pumpkin & Fairytale Pumpkin)

  • Zucchini & Patty Pan


Fuentes Fresh Farm:

  • Will update when received.


  • Will update when received.


  • Not at the market this week.


Vendors This Week: Download Vendor Map Here

Farmers

Produce Resellers


Artisans/Crafters


Prepared & Processed Food


Community Booths




Music at the Market

This week's Music at the Market will feature one of our favorite performers, LukasMusic! Tom Lukas is a singer/guitar player who performs all around the Peninsula. His music spans the decades from Hank Williams to Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell. Come for the market, stay for the music.


A heartfelt thanks to Bremerton Office Machine Company for their ongoing sponsorship of Music at the Market in 2024! To express your support, think about visiting their store at 245 4th Street, Suite 503, in Downtown Bremerton. Who knows, you might just find a classic typewriter to add to your collection.




Yoga at the Market

Thrive Yoga Manette is located in the heart of the Manette community of Bremerton, Washington, and they have graciously offered farmers market customers 2 free yoga classes each month in the park. Held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 5:30pm, these classes are for all ages and all abilities. And if you love Yoga at the Market, please be sure to go to their website where there are classes for all ranges of abilities. Join us for a class on Thursday, May 23rd and get your chill on!




Next Week at the Market

Tour the Bremerton Community Farmers Market with the Market Manager. The last Thursday of the month, Suzanne will lead interested customers on a tour of the market with a different topic each month. Next week's topic will be "Farmers Market Currencies and Food Access Programs." Have you ever been confused about the different tokens, pieces of paper, and cards that can be used at the market? This is your chance to learn all about SNAP EBT, SNAP MM, WIC FMNP, WIC CVB, SFMNP, Sun Bucks, and Gift Certificates...did I leave anything out? You will meet the market staff and volunteers, as well as our farmers and produce reseller. Sound interesting? Meet at the Market Info Booth at 4:50pm Thursday, May 30th, and this 30-minute tour will start at 5pm.







Great news! Eligible school-age children in Washington State can get Sun Bucks - $120 per child in grocery benefits during the summer. This is in addition to existing program such as SNAP, summer meal programs, and Women, Infants and Children. Together, these benefits help fuel children during the summer months when school is out. And even better, these benefits can be used at farmers markets! Bring you card to the Market Info booth and use it to purchase EBT $1 market tokens. SUN Bucks is eligible for the SNAP Market Match program and will be matched up to $25. These benefits will be available in mid-June.

Eat Dinner at the Market!

Enhance your farmers market visit by enjoying dinner at the park. Explore the variety of scrumptious foods offered by our vendors. Stop by the following stalls for a tasty snack or a satisfying meal:





Market Tokens Are Money!

Did you purchase market tokens last year and have not used them? You might be sitting on a treasure without even realizing it! Many market tokens are out there in our community, unused and overlooked. Don't let this opportunity slip by... take a look in your glove compartment, your junk drawer, or the depths of your purse. Remember, tokens don't accrue interest or appreciate in value by being stored away, so unearth them and take them to the market. Consider what you could purchase if you discover some in your home.




Parking at the Market

We kindly ask you to be considerate neighbors by parking only in designated areas. Kitsap Community Resources has graciously made their parking lot available after 4:30 PM, located just one block away. Note that the boating area has only five designated parking spots. Vehicles parked outside these areas may be ticketed. We appreciate your cooperation!





The WIC & Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is Arriving Soon!

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides nutritional aid to seniors 60 years and older who fulfill the income eligibility criteria. This funding will be provided via an electronic benefits card that is accepted at participating farmers markets. For 2024, there's good news: eligible seniors may receive up to $80 to spend on vegetables, fruits, and honey! Remember, the program is available on a first-come, first-served basis and will run until all the funding is distributed. Applications must be mailed in and will be available soon at the Market Info Booth.


The WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) offers benefits to both WIC participants and farmers. Each WIC participant receives $30 ($90 maximum per family) to buy approved fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs from authorized farmers at farmers markets and farm stands. Inquire about this program at your local Women, Infants, and Children office. Eligible WIC participants receive FMNP benefits on an electronic benefits card, alongside their standard WIC benefits.


WIC Cash Value Benefits (CVB)

Participants in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program are able to utilize their Cash Value Benefits (CVBs) at farmers markets throughout the year to buy fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables. These funds are pre-loaded onto an electronic benefits card, ready for use at participating farm booths. The direct engagement between WIC recipients and local farmers not only provides access to nutritious food but also builds community ties and a connection to the origin of their food. By spending WIC CVBs at farmers markets, participants support themselves and their families with healthy choices, bolster local farming, and encourage community-wide healthy eating practices.




SNAP Market Match

How to use SNAP Market Match at the market:

  1. Come to our Information Booth and tell us you’d like to SNAP Market Match.

  2. Swipe your EBT card for the amount you want to spend.

  3. SNAP Market Match will match up to $25/day/card.*

*The new SUN Bucks cards are also eligible for SNAP Market Match.


You can use your SNAP Market Match bucks on all of the following items:

  • Fresh vegetables

  • Fresh fruits

  • Mushrooms

  • Fresh herbs

  • Seeds and plants that produce food (for example, tomato seeds or tomato plants)


All of our farm vendors and produce resellers accept SNAP Market Match for qualifying items!




Become a VOLUNTEER!

Contribute to making the Market even more incredible! Share your talents—both intellectual and physical —and enjoy a fulfilling experience. To apply, please visit our website: Help Us Grow | Bremerton Community Farmers Market | Bremerton




Kitsap Harvest Grow-A-Row

Kitsap Harvest is once again gathering produce, with the aid of volunteers, to distribute throughout Kitsap County to those facing hunger and food insecurity. This community-driven organization is addressing hunger and reducing food waste by harvesting fruit trees and accepting produce donations from individual gardeners and community plots. The collected food is then delivered to various local organizations, including senior centers, recovery centers, and services for homeless youth and veterans.


If you wish to contribute produce, you can find a donation station at the Bremerton Community Farmers Market and other locations across the county. To keep informed about Kitsap Harvest activities, sign up for their newsletter. For any inquiries, please contact info@kitsapharvest.org.

 











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