Have Lunch With Us at the Market

Seriously, now, is there a better place to have a Wednesday lunch than at the Tumwater Town Center Farmers Market?

Live music every Wednesday . . . fresh fruits and veggies . . . BBQ . . . vegan dishes . . . checking out the crafts displays . . . feeling a sense of community . . . you can have it all from 10-2 every Wednesday at the corner of Israel Road and Capitol Way.

The welcome mat is always out for you.  Come join us!

Another New Vendor Added

We are proud to announce another new vendor.

Say hello and give a hearty welcome to Fina’s Salsa!

Fina’s Salsa is owned and operated by Josefina Pilon, a resident of Olympia since 1977.  Cooking is Pilon’s passion, and that passion is readily apparent in her authentic, unique Mexican-flavored salsa.

Fina’s Salsa is just one more reason why you should stop by the Market this next Wednesday from 10-2.  We are adding vendors, growing in size, and we would love to have you join us.

Spiced cherries

Spiced cherries

The Royal Anne is the cherry that gives the best results in spicing. Put the cherries into a stone jar or porcelain pan. Heat one quart of good cider vinegar with two coffee cups of sugar; put into a muslin bag one teaspoon each of various spices, heat with the vinegar and sugar to the boiling point, then pour over the cherries and let stand over night. Repeat this a second time. Then put the cherries in glass bottles or jars, heat the vinegar a third time, pour over and seal. Fine with meats. Prunes are good spiced by this recipe, but the skins of the prunes must be pricked with a fork to prevent bursting.

From: Jennings, Linda Deziah (compiler), Washington women’s cook book. The Washington Equal Suffrage Association, 1908.

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What’s Happening at the Market Tomorrow?

Tumwater Farmers Market

It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time to tell you what you can expect at the Market tomorrow.  We sure do hope to see you sometime between 10-2 at the corner of Israel Road and Capitol Way.  We’ve saved a seat for you.

Here’s what our vendors want you to know about tomorrow:

Wishing Willow Farm….veggie starts, sunflower sprouts, and other goodies

Vue Farm….beautify your home or office with some dazzling floral displays

Stoney Plains….strawberries are in, and CSAs available

Starry Lane Apiary….a new unscente soap with honey from her own hives

South Bay BBQ….tasty treat, anyone?

Sassy Seafood….our newest vendor offers Albacore tuna new flavor, Smoked Jalapeno

RP Guerrero Farm….Rainier cheries, apples, asparagus, pears, and more

Rawk Star Creations….gluten-free delicious lunch, or grab dinner so you don’t have to cook that night.

Nana Kathy’s….new herbal cheese bread made from Chevre from Lost Peacock Creamery

Lost Peacock Creamery….four standards each week including always-popular Thai Garlic Chevre

Johnson’s Berry Farm….fresh berries for sure as well as Raspberry Habanero Jam with cream cheese…put it on crackers, ice cream, in Greek yogurt, or as a glaze.

Handcrafted by George….20% off sale on all homemade wood products

GemStone Knobs….one-of-a-kind exquisite items made by Madelyn.

Dragon’s Choice Meats….breakfast sausage, ground pork, and frozen chicken.

Claddagh Coldbrew….fresh, clean taste, a mood enhancer, tastes like no coffee you have ever tried.

Blooming Artichoke….homegrown catnip in adorable cotton pillows for your feline friend…so cute!

Bags and More….gift bags and tags for any gift you can get at the market.

Music provided this week by Mykel Gable, warm and delightful.

So, are we going to see you tomorrow? We sure hope so!

Supporting Local Farmers

The title says it all: supporting local farmers!

The Tumwater Town Center Farmers Market is determined to support our local farmers, and by doing so we are promoting sustainable living and community.  That is our goal and we will continue to work towards that goal.

In today’s world, we believe a strong, connected, interactive community is vital.  We also believe that knowing where your food comes from, supporting those who grow locally and naturally, all of these things help to form a community that gains strength from each of its individual parts.

We believe that the Tumwater Town Center Farmers Market is crucial for the City of Tumwater, and we hope you believe that as well and will support our local farmers by visiting us on Wednesdays from 10-2.

Citrus Shrimp and White Bean Salad

6 Tbsp. lime vinaigrette*
3/4 lb. small or med. shrimp, peeled and deveined
15 oz. canned white beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley

4 cups arugula, lettuce, or salad mix
1 orange bell pepper, thinly diced

Heat 2 Tbsp. lime dressing over medium heat. Add shrimp and sauté until they start to turn opaque, about 3 minutes. Add beans and parsley and heat through. Divide greens and pepper among four plates for a side dish, or two for a main course. Top with shrimp mixture and drizzle with remaining dressing.

Adapted from meganwarerd.com

*Any kind of vinaigrette-style dressing will work, but Newman’s Own Light Lime Dressing is suggested. You can also make your own by mixing 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp. vinegar, 3 Tbsp lime or lemon juice, and black pepper and salt to taste.

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What Are You Doing Tomorrow?

Specifically, what are you doing between 10-2 tomorrow?

If you can find the time, we’d love to have you join us at the Tumwater Town Center Farmers Market.  If you do, here’s what you can look forward to:

Bags and More….new gift bags and cards

Blooming Artichoke….delicious loose-leaf tea, Love Potion #9, on sales for $6 per package.

Dragon’s Choice Meats….whole chickens, breakfast sausage, and stew meat.

Gemstone Knobs….unique and beautiful gifts for hearth and home.

Handcrafted by George…..special orders taken for unique craftsman creations

Johnson’s Berry Farm….first crop of berries this season

Living Greens….locally produced sprouts

Lost Peacock Creamery….always popular Thai Garlic Chevre and quail eggs

Nana Kathy’s….free-range chicken and duck eggs plus great baked goods

P’Zazz….new jewelry artisan, beauty and class

Rawk Star Creations….smoothies made from fresh, healthy ingredients

RP Guerrero Farms….cherries this week, weather permitting

South Bay Barbecue….always good barbecued meats

Stoney Plains….CSAs have started; sign up for your fresh produce

Vue Farm….Peonies; add some color to home and office

Sassy Seafoods….hand-packed wild Pacific Albacore in cans

And music will be provided by Leify Green, exquisite and beautiful while you shop the market.