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What's Happening at the Market - May 9th, Edition




Thursday, May 9, 2024

4:00PM - 7:00PM

Evergreen Rotary Park, 1400 Park Ave, Bremerton WA



Another Gorgeous Day at the Market

A heartfelt thank you to all who attended the opening day of the 2024 market season! We're thrilled to report a fantastic turnout and a host of satisfied customers. The beautiful weather will continue, with sunshine and a high of 74 degrees. At the market this week, experience old world music played on a unique instrument, shop with the best vendors in Kitsap County, and remember to join us for Yoga at the Market.



Vendors This Week:

Farmers

Produce Resellers


Artisans/Crafters


Pet Specialty


Prepared & Processed Food


Wine


Community Booths




Music at the Market

This week's featured musician is Fred Meyer, known as The Hurdy Gurdy Man! He brings to life traditional melodies from around the world, spanning the last four centuries. Fred's instrument is a replica of a French vielle from 1892, which uses a wheel to resonate the strings like a bow. The melody strings pass through a keybox, creating harmonies over a drone, similar to a mechanical bagpipe. It's both visually and acoustically charming, consistently attracting an audience.


Thank you to Bremerton Office Machine Company for their continued sponsorship of Music at the Market in 2024! To show your support, consider stopping by their shop located at 245 4th Street, Suite 503, in Downtown Bremerton. You never know, a classic typewriter could be your newest acquisition.




Yoga at the Market

Come join Thrive Yoga Manette for Yoga at the Market at 5:30pm! Take advantage of the fantastic weather and enjoy a free outdoor class at Evergreen Rotary Park. Thrive Yoga will also be hosting outdoor classes at the market every 2nd and 4th Thursday throughout the season so make sure to add it to your calendars!

Eat Dinner at the Market!

Transform your trip to the farmers market into a memorable event by enjoying dinner at the park. Explore the offerings from our vendors who sell a variety of delicious foods. Whether you're in the mood for a snack or a full meal, you'll find an option to satisfy any appetite!





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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