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Chimacum Chicken

Photo of egg hen in Chimacum, WA
Wayward Hen

This hen was wandering outside the fence that contained her flock mates. Keeping egg hens has become quite the thing around Port Townsend and surrounding communities. There are 4 places I know of within a half mile of our home that have chickens. This particular bird was behind the Chimacum Valley Veternary Hospital. When I left our cat off to get his teeth cleaned, this hen clucked by.

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Chimacum Farmer’s Market

Photo of Chimacum Farmer's Market
Selling artisan pickles at the Chimacum Farmer's Market

I’ve neglected rural Jefferson County this year and focusing mostly on Port Townsend photos. Last weekend, the local extension of Washington State University sponsored a tour of local farms. This isn’t one of them, I’ll post a photo of that tomorrow. The farm tour did get me out into the county, though.

This picture is of the Chimacum Farmer’s Market, which is under the umbrella of the Jefferson County Farmer’s Market organization. The JCFM also sponsors the Saturday and Wednesday markets in Port Townsend.

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Chimacum Corner Farmstand

Chimacum Corner Farmstand

I just got an email announcing the Northwest Earth Institute’s bi-annual conference, which will be hosted in Port Townsend. The theme is “If Not Me, Then Who? Building Healthy Communities and Local Food Systems One Conversation at a Time.” That’s a mouthful, but highlights one of the area’s success stories, namely promoting local agriculture and foodstuffs.

Chimacum Corner Farmstand is a rural grocery store, which shows what happens when people putting ideas into action. It features locally grown food, not just produce but prepared foods, dairy and meats. It also has a selection of food other grocery items that we can’t grow around here.

I love the bike sculpture bike stand.

On Common Grounds

On Common Grounds Coffee Shop and Cafe

This barrage of color is the inside of On Common Grounds in Chimacum. It started out as just another coffee stand with a few packaged baked goods. Now, a couple of owners later, it features some of the best baked goods and lunches in the county. The coffee is pretty good, too. ¬†Everything is made fresh on the premises. Whenever we take a trip to points south we stop by. Actually, we often plan our excursions so we roll by the place around lunch time. It’s on the north end of Beaver Valley Road, near the ¬†intersection of Center Valley Road (Chimacum Corners). It’s friendly and homey there.

Images of Fall – Rose Hips

Rugosa Rose Hips

I know that it’s been a few days since I’ve last posted. I have to admit that I burned out after posting every day for over a year. I’m not quitting. Just needed a rest.

This year is not a great one for fall colors in our area. Trees that normally offer up a good show are simply dropping leaves before they turn. Those that do turn are only doing so with some of their leaves. The other leaves just turn brown. So, I’ll see this as an opportunity to focus more closely on the signs of fall we do have.

Here we see a bunch of rose hips on a rugosa rose in H. J. Carroll Park in Chimacum. These are about an inch in diameter and quite tasty.