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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 are including local food in their offerings.

The distribution system hasn’t quite caught up with all of this local abundance, so buying it isn’t as easy as walking into your neighborhood supermarket. You need to

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If you love to cook, and you’ve ever wished for a commercial, licensed kitchen right here on Bainbridge Island, you’re in luck!   Would you like to:   make value-added products from your farm produce? Have a legal kitchen from which to do catering? Have a professionally-equipped kitchen in which to take or offer cooking classes? Have a space to do big baking or canning projects, by yourself or with a group?

We’re in the planning stages of just such a kitchen, to be a part of the new BARN artisan center, and we

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Makes about 20 cookies

Ingredients:
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

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Farmers' Market moves with the season

With a final burst of color, the landscape is settling in for the winter. Moving with the season, our lively Bainbridge Farmers’ Market has closed in its summer location.  It will reappear at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on November 22nd for 5 consecutive Saturdays-- just in time for Thanksgiving and the holidays!
 
As you make plans to gather with family and friends in the coming weeks, consider adding at least one locally grown edible to your celebrations. The harvest is ready—sugar pumpkins for pie, multi-colored squashes, earthy potatoes, fresh onions, robust garlic and lots more. Let this bounty of locally-grown vegetables add fresh flavor and flair to your holiday feasts.  It’s a wonderful way to eat well, honor our local farmers and preserve the productive farmland we cherish.

Join us at the Sound Food table where we'll post recipes using local foods and hope you'll share yours as well!

 

What's Fresh

Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market: Opens April 12, 2014
Poulsbo Farmers' Market  Saturdays: Opens April 5, 2014
Suquamish Farmers' Market: Opens April 16, 2014

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