Join Us On Hot Wednesday

Well, if the weather reports are correct, our next Market is going to be a hot one.

So come join us!  Sit under the tent and enjoy the live music.  Pick up a Smoothie to enjoy while you soak up the atmosphere.  Grab some fresh fruits and vegetables for dinner that night.

Hot weather means a hot time at the hottest farmers market in the county, and we hope to see you all there from 10-2.

It’s never too hot for the Tumwater Town Center Farmers Market!

Greetings to Charm of Finches Bakery

We have a new vendor at the Tumwater Town Center Farmers Market, and based on early returns, it looks like Tumwater residents really like Charm of Finches Bakery.

Charm of Finches Bakery provides delicious, good for your body, whole food and wild fermented baked products to the Olympia area. They are currently selling Sourdough Teff Bread with all gluten-free ingredients at the Market this summer.

The secret to delicious, gluten-free bread was passed down in a recipe by a monk at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery.  That recipe was modified for sourdough bread by Finches owner, and the results are available every Wednesday at our Market.

Just one more reason why the Tumwater Farmers Market should be part of every Wednesday’s schedule.

What to do with favas

Pea Shoot Salad with Fava Beans
1 pound fava beans, shelled
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
4 oz. pea shoots
4 radishes, thinly sliced
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 avocado, sliced lengthwise (optional)

Blanch the fava beans in boiling water no more than two minutes; immediately cool in ice water. Remove the beans’ outer skin, either by popping the bean out with your fingers or by paring the shell away. Whisk together olive oil and balsamic vinegar; season to taste. Toss pea shoots, radishes, and slivered almonds with the oil/vinegar mixture. Divide this salad mixture among as many as four plates; top with fava beans and avocado slices.

Adapted from (which must be based significantly south of us, since they seem to consider fava beans a spring vegetable).


Fava-Mint Pesto
2 cups cleaned fava beans (about 2 lb. before removing pods and shells)
2 Tbsp. almonds, roughly chopped
2 anchovy fillets in oil, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
6 Tbsp. lemon oil
1⁄4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1⁄4 cup loosely packed mint leaves, thinly sliced
zest of 1 lemon, finely grated
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
salt to taste

Cook fava beans in boiling, salted water until bright green, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl of ice water with a slotted spoon and let sit about a minute, until chilled. Drain and roughly chop. Pound the almonds, anchovies, and garlic in a mortar until evenly combined. Add 2 tablespoons of the lemon oil. Add fava beans and mash into a coarse purée. Stir in the remaining 4 tablespoons lemon oil, cheese, mint, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Adapted from Saveur

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What’s Happening Tomorrow at the Market?

Another great day is in store for all concerned tomorrow, July 26th, at the Tumwater Town Center Farmer’s Market.  Here’s what you can expect to find:

Bags and More…..shower bombs on close-out only $1.00

Charm of Finches…..Sourdough Teff bread for sale, gluten-free and delicious

Claddagh Cold Brew…..Nitro cold brew coffee and floats for the hot summer days

Fina’s Salsa…..the finest homemade salsa in Western Washington

Gemstone…..Spread the light!  Not only finials but lamps and new treasure boxes

Johnson’s Berries… summer days and fresh berries; what could be better?

Living Greens…..spicy red mustard microgreens and Fenugreek microgreens

Lost Peacock Creamery…..the only market in town where you can find Tai Garlic Chevre and quail eggs

Nana Kathy’s Baked Goods…..the best chocolate chip cookies in town, straight from Kathy’s kitchen to your mouth

Rawk Star…..smoothies, smoothies, and more smoothies, healthy and delicious

RP Guerrero…..the freshest fruits on the planet, from one family to another, handpicked and delivered with love

Sassy Seafoods…..if you can find a better canned tuna you should buy it, but we know you can’t

Stoney Plains…..we plant them, harvest them, and bring them right to you, great produce, when healthy is important to your family

Starry Lanes Apiary…..bees make honey, we sell honey, we make honey products, and you win

Vue Farms…..The Dahlias are coming, The Dahlias are coming!

Wishing Willow Farms…..we are small but mighty, only the best produce will do for your family.

See you tomorrow? We sure hope so…corner of Israel Road and Capitol Way, 10-2

“Unique” Is Our Middle Name

Tumwater Farmers Market

We’re going out on a limb right now; we are going to make a statement we feel is 100% accurate, a statement you need to take notice of . . .

At the Tumwater Town Center Farmers Market, you will find items for sale you won’t find at any other farmers market in the area . . . not Olympia, not West Olympia, not Yelm, and not Centralia . . . truly unique items for sale, grown or made by local farmers and artisans.

Where else will you find spicy red mustard microgreens, grown by Living Greens?

Where else will you find Tai Garlic Goat Cheese, made by Lost Peacock Creamery, or quail eggs?

We are proud of the collection of vendors we have at the Tumwater Market.  We are proud of the family atmosphere and close-knit community.  We love the fact that our vendors know many of their customers’ names.

We are small but mighty, and growing.

Spread the word.  Vendors, spread the word on your websites.  Customers, spread the word to your relatives and friends.

The Tumwater Town Center Farmers Market is on the rise, and we are only going to get better in the months to come.


Two carrot recipes

Honey gingered carrots
6 carrots, cut into 2-inch slices
about 2 cups water
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh ginger root
grated zest of 1 orange, to taste
1 cup honey
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
salt, pepper to taste

In a saucepan, cover carrots with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer about 5 min. Drain. Melt butter over med.-low heat. Add ginger, orange peel, honey, vinegar, and carrots. Toss and heat through, about 1 min. Remove from heat, add mint, and season to taste. Serve hot.

Adapted from: Expressions of home cookbook / Pamela King, editor. Watertown, WI : SPS, [2000?]


Hot and Sour Carrots
1 lb. carrots, thinly sliced, boiled 5 minutes, drained
1/4 cup raisins
2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup pine nuts or sliced almonds (optional)

Mix all ingredients except nuts in a quart baking dish. Bake at 375F for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are glazed. Garnish with pine nuts or sliced almonds.

Adapted from the e-Newsletter World Wide Recipes.

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