Updated: Jun 14
Thursday, June 9, 2022
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Evergreen Rotary Park, 1400 Park Ave, Bremerton WA
Master Gardener Class
Tomorrow we'll have a FREE Master Gardener class at 4:30pm. The topic is "Composting", bring a friend!
To learn more about Master Gardeners, check out their website:
Farmers Market Nutrition Program
Applications for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program are available at the Info Booth. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides nutrition to income eligible seniors via checks to be used at approved farmers markets. We are excited to announce that 2022 eligible applicants may elect to receive $80 in checks! Please remember that this program is first come, first served until all the checks have been distributed and applications must be mailed in. If you're unable to come to the market to pick up an application, click here to print one out or to find a list of other places to pick one up.
Music at the Market
Tomorrow’s Music At The Market musician, Mike Dollar, will be playing the guitar and singing classic rock and country. Check him out! Mike Dollar Music - Home (facebook.com)
Thank you Bremerton Office Machine Company for making this program possible!
Vendor Spotlight: Precision Sharpening of Bremerton
For Alan Gwinner, owner and operator of Precision Sharpening of Bremerton, it all started with a simple question posted on the local social networking site NextDoor: Do neighbors need their knives, scissors and tools sharpened?
The answer was overwhelmingly “yes!” Over 50 of his NextDoor neighbors replied in the affirmative, some asking, “When can you start?” Alan says, “It was a free focus group, which was a great jumping-off point. I received so many positive responses, I knew I was onto something.”
A woodworker and craftsman who has long enjoyed working with his hands–even building a wooden boat a few years ago–Alan started assembling his workshop. He purchased state-of-the-art Tormek equipment and learned all he could about sharpening knives and scissors on a professional level.
He began by sharpening his own knives, then asking friends and neighbors to lend him their dull knives, scissors and garden tools to sharpen. After hearing them say their knives and tools have never been sharper, Alan knew he had the experience and skills to be a professional sharpener.
Then came the next step: how to set up his business. He looked no further than his own driveway, where his red Winnebago Travato camper van was parked. With a few simple modifications and the OK from his wife, Alan set up his workshop on wheels. “Our big red van is pretty eye-catching. Then folks can see I’m sharpening inside with state-of-the-art equipment, and many say they wished they’d brought their knives with them. They usually come back the next week with at least one knife, some with a boxful.”
Alan asks his customers how their knives and scissors are used, to get a better feel for how they’ll be sharpened. For example, he’ll ask if your knife is used primarily for cutting tomatoes, bread or meat. Will your scissors be used for cutting fabric, wire or paper? How they’re used is really important, as this affects how he’ll bring them back to optimal sharpness.
If he has too many customers (always a good problem) and is unable to sharpen while you wait, he’ll sharpen your knives, scissors or tools in his workshop and bring them to next week’s farmers market.
One thing Alan particularly enjoys about his business is the sustainability factor. “When people bring me their knives, scissors and tools for sharpening, I’m returning them to active service. It’s wrong to just throw things away when they can be easily fixed, and in most cases made sharper than when they were first purchased.”
Alan’s professional clientele now includes the chefs at Maynard’s Restaurant in Silverdale and Evergreen Pizza next to Evergreen Park. “It’s been great getting to know professional chefs in the area and bringing the tools of their trade back to better-than-factory sharpness. I feel part of the food community here, which is really gratifying and fun too!”
For more information, please visit www.PrecisionSharpeningBremerton.com.
Alan can be reached at PrecisionSharpeningBremerton@gmail.com or by calling (512) 851-7830.
Help Support the Market
You can help support the market by purchasing a tote bag, t-shirt, or tank top! This year's fun design was created by local artist Evelyn Husband. After each market day the seagulls swoop in to eat whatever food has been dropped so we thought this design was perfect! We'll have totes, t-shirts, and tank tops for sale at the market booth; $15 for totes, $20 for t-shirts and tanks.
How to use SNAP Market Match at the market:
Come to our Information Booth and tell us you’d like to SNAP Market Match
Swipe your EBT card for the amount you want to spend
SNAP Market Match will match up to $40/day/card
*P-EBT cards are eligible for SNAP Market Match
You can use your SNAP Market Match bucks on all of the following items:
Seeds and plants that produce food (for example, tomato seeds or tomato plants)
All of our farm vendors accept SNAP Market Match for qualifying items!
Market Open 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm!
See you at the market!!!
Vendors This Week:
Prepared & Processed Food
VOLUNTEER! Help the Market be even more awesome than it already is! Lend us your skills--both brain power and muscle appreciated--and have a fun and rewarding time at it. To apply go to our website: Help Us Grow | Bremerton Community Farmers Market | Bremerton