An onslaught of excitement followed the announcement that Jamie’s Green Cuisine would debut at the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market this fall.
“Good! I’ve been waiting for plant-based whole foods to come to Sequim,” said one enthusiastic market appreciator, while another added, “Couldn’t be more excited to see vegan food here.
Jamie Walkush offers nutritious, ready-to-eat, plant-based culinary creations that have won the admiration of vegans and vegetarians, from “curious vegetarians” to devoted carnivores.
Throughout the week, Walkush works as a veterinarian with a general practice specializing in small animals and integrative techniques. She says she is a guardian by nature. This quality transforms seamlessly as Saturday rolls around and it sets up its appetizing menu board at the market.
“I love taking care of others,” Walkush said. “I did this through science and now I’m like, ‘Well, I just want to nurture people and get back to some of those values of supporting people’s well-being. “”
Using local, organic and clean ingredients, Walkush aims to create another healthy and sustainable food option for the enjoyment of the community.
“I think there are few dining options in the area for plant-based and whole foods,” she said. “I think there’s a lot of focus now on living a better, healthier life. In this area, we are really capable of doing it.
Having just moved to Sequim this spring, Walkush said she was drawn to her new home for its ability to support a high quality of life.
“We are surrounded by beautiful landscapes and beautiful farms,” she said. “Our growing season and fertile land make it natural for us to use these resources in our diet.
“Nutrition really complements the lifestyle of people here.”
On her first day at the market, farm vendors made it a point to stop by Jamie’s Green Cuisine and introduce themselves to Walkush, who was incredibly vocal about her priority of spotlighting local producers in her dishes.
Walkush said she was especially excited about the abundance of small farms in the market and throughout the county.
“I find it’s a really mutually beneficial relationship,” she said. “I really like knowing where my food comes from, I feel the quality is great and I really want to support from business to business. It has been very well received in this community.
She added: “It’s also a lot of fun; you give me these raw materials — look what I can do, look what we can do! He is passionate about food again, approaches it with creativity.
Plant-based foods, Walkush said, don’t just have to be salads.
“You can really have fun with it,” she said. “It really comes down to those quality ingredients. If you can source it locally or source it sustainably, it makes cooking that much more rewarding.
Walkush said she’s aware some may perceive plant-based foods as limiting, but Jamie’s Green Cuisine exists to debunk that myth in a variety of delicious ways. From bold flavors to tried-and-true comfort foods, Walkush has something for almost every type of eater.
“People really appreciate the flavors,” she said. “A lot of my dishes are very tasty and have a lot of taste combinations.
“It’s something that people seem to really appreciate. Me too! I really want nourishing and exciting things. I want people to feel like it’s fulfilling a craving they have. Something fresh, something you can feel good about.
Its seasonal and rotating menu includes cereal bowls, wraps, Asian fusion dishes, salads, coleslaw and desserts. Walkush said she is currently very excited about her bowl of pesto grains containing fresh local basil, walnuts, olive oil and lemon juice.
“It’s so fresh and satisfying,” she said.
Walkush says it is open to everything that will follow in the evolution of Jamie’s Green Cuisine, a company created in 2021.
“I’m in the world and I feel really good,” she said. “I’m proud of what I do and I want to share it with people.”
In addition to her presence at the market on Saturday, Walkush said she looks forward to hosting special events and providing meal services.
“It’s fun to think about where that dream can go. I’m excited to build community, connect with farms and collaborate,” she said. “I’m only at the beginning. I’m excited to create more links.
Market shoppers can connect with Walkush and enjoy Jamie’s green cooking through October 15 at Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market.
The market takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until October 29. Visit your community market at the Sequim Civic Center Plaza at North Sequim Avenue and West Cedar Street.
Be sure to tune in Thursday at 4 p.m. to KSQM 91.5 FM for the live “Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market Update” radio.
Emma Jane Garcia is the manager of the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market.
Sequim Farmer’s and Craft Market
Open: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Saturday to October 29
Location: Sequim Civic Center Plaza and Centennial Place, downtown Sequim
More information: [email protected]
On the Web: sequimmarket.com