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07/09/17 - Port Angeles Farmers Market - July Report

Maybe it's just us, but it seems like summer has sneaked up on us. Nowhere is this more obvious than at the Port Angeles Farmers' Market. Somehow or another, we've leaped from spring to summer, and already the tomatoes are coming in. If you're remembering the hardy, but limited, market from back in February, it's time to drop by again and see what's at the market.

Johnston Farm - English peas and lavender

Johnston Farm - summer squash, and Are those tomatoes?

Family Farm - our favorite turnips, among other things

Nash's - spinach, and Are those tomatoes?

Nash's - carrots are back, and more

River Run Farm - fennel and radishes et al

Keywords: farmers' market, port angeles, summer


12/09/16 - Christmas Fire Truck - Operation Candy Cane

Guess who's coming to town? It's the Port Angeles Operation Candy Cane Christmas Fire Truck. It definitely brightened up our evening.

Coming ...

Still coming ...

He's almost here!


Until next year ...

Keywords: christmas, port angeles


09/12/16 - Nearby Mist

We took a short walk through the mists recently. We didn’t even have to drive far. We hiked right along the waterfront trail starting at Morse Creek and had all the mist and mystery we wanted.

Mist and sky

Along the trail

The way back

Emerging sun

Sunny again

Keywords: morse creek, port angeles


07/22/16 - Rainbow and Thunderstorm

You can see the two arcs of the rainbow highlighted against the clouds of a thunderstorm approaching Port Angeles.

Amazing light

Keywords: port angeles, atmosphere


01/02/16 - White Truffles

We always check in with Wild West Seafood for mushrooms. This time they asked us if we could tell the French truffles from the Italian truffles. That's right. They had French truffles and Italian truffles. We aren't sure of the complete story. We're guessing that some supplier in Seattle ordered a few more truffles than they sold for Christmas and New Years and offered a trade for Olympic Peninsula mushrooms. In any event, we haven't seen truffle prices like this since the 1990s, so we bought his white truffles, the Italian ones.

Black truffles are pretty amazing. These are the French ones, though a lot of them are actually collected in Spain these days. They have an amazing, almost undescribable scent, and are seriously better than anything produced in Oregon. Sorry. White truffles blow black truffles out of the water. We made our own pappardelle from flour, eggs and olive oil, cut them by hand and served them with butter, parmesan, garlic and truffles. The truffles dominated.


Here they are: our white truffles.

Keywords: port angeles, food


12/11/15 - Signs of Christmas

We Kalebergs are dangerously over-excited. Christmas has come in with a vengeance. We were out for the Port Angeles Christmas fire truck, and our house has been invaded by trees.

The fire truck comes

That's Santa up there.

In passing

Our big tree

After a bit of work

Keywords: christmas, port angeles


11/22/15 - Seen at the Port Angeles Farmers' Market

This is a great time of year for the Port Angeles Farmers' Market. The regulars are all here, and that includes Johnston Farms, Nash Hubers, Spring Rain, River Run, Clark Farms, the Family Farm and Wild West. We've probably left out a few, but we can only buy and eat so much at a time.

Of note:

  • Spring Rain was offering a great alternative to turkey for Thanksgiving - Chicken, it's like a turkey, just smaller and delicious.
  • Cajun Kitchen, a newcomer, was there with their crayfish etouffee and their wonderful moufaletta.

An alternative to turkey for Thanksgiving

The Cajun Kitchen

Their muffaletta

Keywords: farmers' market, farms, johnston farm, nash huber, port angeles, spring rain


08/21/15 - Vancouver

We're off. (Of course, you knew that.) We left Port Angeles and took a short flight north. We've been staying close to the coast, and if you don't recognize the scenery, most of it is as seen from Stanley Park in Vancouver. Tonight we take our big flight. As we said earlier, we're off.

Good bye to Port Angeles

It looks like Holland, but it's en route to YVR.

The ferry to Victoria

That yellow pile in the distance is a Vancouver landmark, the great sulfur heap.

As seen from the coastal trail in Stanley Park

Some big ships in the harbor

One of the beaches

Approaching Siwash Rock, the one that looks like a pineapple

The pineapple close up

Another view

Houseboats in the harbor

Keywords: port angeles


07/06/15 - The Hazy Sun

When the winds changed, smoke from the forest fires burning on Vancouver Island made it our way. There have been lots of photos, but we figured we add our own, a picture of the sun, dimmed and recolored by the haze.

The hazy sun

Keywords: port angeles, atmosphere


06/27/15 - Seen Off The Port Angeles Coast

There were a few kayakers in the strait, carefully lined up under Mount Baker.

It's not easy getting that mountain lined up.

Keywords: mount baker, port angeles


04/26/15 - Country Aire

When Country Aire first moved into its new, larger space downtown, the store seemed rather empty, as if the old store had simply been spread out more. Over the past year or two it seems to have filled in a bit. There's a lot more on sale including meats from local farms, some pretty good cheese, Draper Valley chickens and fresh fish, some from Wild West. They've also upped the quality and variety of their produce. We love their packaged mushrooms which we can't find anywhere else in the area. We've been shopping there more and more often, and more often finding everything we need.

They aren't going to replace the Safeway, but the new Country Aire on First Street and Oak is a great new reason for heading downtown.


Frozen meats, much from Clark Farms

Mount Townsend cheese among others - We love the fresh feta.

It's hard to get a good photo of fish.

Keywords: port angeles, shopping


04/25/15 - Port of Port Angeles

There's a new visitor to Port Angeles harbor, a rather controversial oil rig. We gather it is in town being outfitted after having spent some time in Malaysia and is now on its way to Arctic waters. Greenpeace was in town protesting, though it is likely that low oil prices will do what the protestors cannot, keep the rig from drilling up north.

The oil rig was big and gaudy, but there was also the Kayak Festival at Hollywood Beach with its tents, brightly colored kayaks and kayakers in wet suits. It was a perfect day for kayaking with lots of sun, mild winds and smooth water. We watched a bit of a kayaking class and a minor rescue with two other kayakers getting a third back into his kayak. This is trickier than it sounds.


Our visitor

The Kayak Festival

A kayaking class

Keywords: port angeles


03/21/15 - Farmers' Market Update

There are more and more green things on sale at the Port Angeles Farmers' Market. Spring Rain and Johnston farms had various salad and braising greens, but the big news was pea shoots at Johnston Farm. For us, these are the sure sign of spring. Nash Huber was selling everything raab, that is, the usual vegetables except right before flowering. Kale raab, brussels sprouts raab, cabbage raab, and a number of others were all there just waiting to be sauteed.

Maybe it was the mild February, but it feels like spring is coming to the market earlier than ever.






Keywords: farmers' market, johnston farm, nash huber, port angeles, spring rain


01/19/15 - Winter Market Update

As usual this time of year there just aren't as many farmers and vendors at the Port Angeles Farmers' Market. Still, there was a nice crowd which meant potatoes, kale, brussels sprouts, squash and a host of other winter hardy vegetables. Spring Rain Farm even had fresh rabbits which are quite delicious.

Pacific Pantry sausages for our late breakfast

Nash Huber's stand - coco beans, carrots and brussels sprouts

Spring Rain was also selling chickens and rabbits.

Johnston Farm had a surprising bounty.

We bought some nice soap at Lana Bella

Pane d'Amore, the bakery has a stand every week.

We hadn't noticed Goodness Tea before, selling coffee and tea

Jose's Tamales were tempting this week

We bought some nice soap at Lana Bella

Keywords: farmers' market, johnston farm, nash huber, port angeles, spring rain


01/05/15 - Port Angeles Farmers' Market

This is just a reminder that the Port Angeles Farmers' Market is still operating on Saturdays from 10-2, and there are vegetables. There have been potatoes, kale, scallions, squashes and even arugula. Dungeness Seaworks has been there selling salmon and sometimes halibut, and Clark Farms is selling beef and pork. It may be winter, but the market lives.

These photos are ...

... all from ...

... Johnston Farms.

Keywords: farmers' market, johnston farm, port angeles, salmon, winter


12/11/14 - Christmas Firetruck

One of the great local customs in Port Angeles is the Christmas firetruck which visits every street in town. It's a vintage firetruck with lights, a tree, Santa and his helper elves giving out candy canes. We're always listening for the siren so we don't miss the truck.

Our neighbor's house - He's a gold star power company customer.

Our place - quiet elegance or maybe we're not as energetic

The firetruck

Closer

From the side

Passing

Until next Christmas season

Keywords: christmas, port angeles


11/13/14 - Green Stuff at Hollywood Beach

Hollywood Beach is the little beach in downtown Port Angeles near where Lincoln Street meets the strait, or would if the street ran down into the water. It's usually just a little spot of sand to explore, but this time it was covered with a band of green. What was it? Seaweed? There were some bits of it on the waterfront trail, but mainly along the beach.

The beach usually isn't that green. The gulls seem to like it though.

Keywords: port angeles


08/26/14 - Port Angeles Farmers' Market Update

We've been remiss in updating folks on the Port Angeles Farmers' Market. It is full summer now with tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, scallions, berries and just about everything else, except for winter squash. Wild West seafood has fresh salmon and Clark Farm has been selling beef and pork. There's no point in going into details, things change from week to week.

River Run Farm

Johnston Farm

More Johnston Farm

Nash Huber

Spring Rain Farm

Keywords: farmers' market, johnston farm, nash huber, port angeles, salmon, spring rain


07/28/14 - Kale on the Loose

We've always been big fans of kale. After all, kale is a feral vegetable. So, take a look at this photo. That's the first feral kale we've spotted, growing right along the Olympic Discovery Trail between downtown Port Angeles and Morse Creek.

Wild kale by the side of the trail

Keywords: morse creek, port angeles, kale


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