Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap Peninsula have a wealth of small farms producing vegetables, fruits, meats and dairy products. The Puget Sound area also has miles of shorelines and access to fresh and saltwater fisheries. And there are a growing number of local food artisans creating fine cheeses, breads, wines and much more. Finally, we have an ever-growing list of restaurants and food retailers who include local food in their offerings. Look for the Island Food Circle decal on their door.
The distribution system hasn’t quite caught up with all of this local abundance, so buying it isn’t as easy
Makes about 20 cookies
2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 cup of sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooked nettles (squeeze out the cooking water and finely chop, it should look like frozen spinach)
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 400F. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined well. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt, then add to butter mixture, and mix
Is this the year that you'll ensure yourself a weekly supply of fresh local food by subscribing to a CSA? Short for "Community Supported Agriculture", CSA programs enable you to buy a share of one farmer's crop by paying an up front fee, which usually equates to about $25/week (or less for half shares). This helps the farmer by providing much needed cash in the spring to help pay for seeds and equipment. In exchange, you receive a share of the farmer's harvest in weekly installments throughout the season. There are many different flavors of CSA programs. Most of them now offer a lot of options and flexibility about what subscribers receive every week, and where and how it's delivered. Read on for a list of local CSA’s for 2015 and their contact information.
Abundantly Green Farm
Abundantly Green is a certified organic diversified farm on the border of North and Central Kitsap. They raise certified organic produce, and fryer chickens, and naturally raise cattle and pigs. Their produce CSA goes year round and can be enjoyed with a Summer Season only membership, a 10, 20, or 30 week membership, or a year round membership. They provide two sizes of shares: a large share
Find vegetable starts for your garden, meet local food producers and taste their wares, learn how to join a CSA, and much more at the first annual Spring into Island Food Fair on Saturday April 4 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Bainbridge Island Grange Hall, 10340 Madison Ave NE.
Vegetable gardeners will have the opportunity to select from a large selection of garden starts from Bainbridge Island's Butler Green Farms. Several varieties of kale, plus peas, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuces, bok choi, chard, cabbage, beets and spinach starts will be available for purchase. All start sales will benefit the Bainbridge Island Grange.
In recent years, the number of food products being made on Bainbridge Island has grown dramatically. Jams and jellies made with Island-grown fruit, spice mixes using locally-grown herbs, sausage from local pigs, sauerkraut, wines, and much more are now available from area producers. Attendees to the event will have the opportunity to meet the producers, taste their products, and purchase product to take home. Participants include Bainbridge Island Vineyards, Jake's Pickup, Holly Lane Gardens, Sweetlife Farm, and many more,
In addition, there will be representatives from local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. CSA's offer a weekly share of a farm's production in exchange for an annual fee. In addition to produce farmers such as Butler Green Farm, Farmhouse Organics, Heyday Farm, and Persephone Farm, there is also a Community Supported Shellfish Farm offering fresh oysters from Island beaches.
The event is sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Grange Hall, Butler Green Farm, and Sound Food.