Written by Theresa Collier
Thursday, 14 July 2011 11:34
Open just eight months, the Chimacum Corner Farmstand already has that neighborhood meeting-place vibe. In one corner of the store there are tables and chairs where folks come to sit and have a coffee klatch or a bowl of homemade soup for lunch. Local farmers and residents mingle and chat, excited about the long overdue harvest of raspberries and strawberries.
Katy McCoy, along with co-owners Phil Vogelzang and Malcolm Dorn, leased the farmstand property with the intention of starting an indoor farmers market. Over the past several months the market has turned into a destination small grocery store and Chimacum icon. The owners' main purpose is to support local farmers, and the community has responded with enthusiasm. The farmstand now employs a staff of ten, and many more local suppliers are eager to join their farm roster.
The store is chock full of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, and dairy; all locally-purveyed of course. Dairy products are from Dungeness Valley Creamery, Mt. Townsend Creamery, Whiskey Hill Farm, Bishop Dairy and Mystery Bay Farm. New this week are Samish Bay's aged Gouda and Kurt Timmermeister's Dinah's Cheese - a brie cheese made from cow's milk. "The new cheese has been flying off of the shelf," says Lindsay Simons, retail manager. Local meats available in the freezer section include Short's Family Farm grass fed beef, Westbrook Angus, Wildwood Farm, SpringRain Farm and Cape Cleare Fishery.
Local berries (raspberries and strawberries) have taken the spotlight at the market this week, along with cherries from Eastern Washington. "All of the fruit, including the cherries, are organic," Lindsay confirms. Vegetables offered include kale, garlic, salad greens, small radishes, tender beets and carrots.
In addition to the grocery items, local bread from Pan D'Amore is offered daily, with bagels and Bavarian-style fresh pretzels offered on Fridays and Saturdays. Pastries, wines, hard cider, gift and bath products complete the mercantile assortment - all made from local artisans. "We just received new t-shirts for adults and kids which are very cute," Lindsay says. Perfectly sized 7 oz. coffee mugs made by Millbrook Clayworks sport the signature Chimacum chick on the side.
True to their commitment to being a community hub, the Farmstand has local food purveyors offering grilled salmon sandwiches Friday afternoons and wood-fired, thin
crust pizzas on Tuesday afternoons - well worth taking an afternoon trip to Chimacum. No need to bring your re-usable shopping bags - they have those, too!
Katy mentions that their website is more like a community newspaper with farmer profiles, recipes, gardening tips and more. Check out this month's recipe for roll ups made from collard greens. Delicious!
Chimacum Community Farmers Market also takes place on the Farmstand grounds every Sunday, 10 am - 2 pm
Chimacum Corner Farmstand
Corner of Hwy 19 and Rhody Drive
9122 Rhody Drive, Chimacum, WA 98325
Open Daily, 9 am - 7 pm