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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 artisans creating fine cheeses, breads, wines and much more.

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 know where to look. "Think local first" is the mantra. Start by looking for what you need close to home.

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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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Cast your vote for the "White House Farmer"

Sound Food received the following letter from Cherie Kuranko of Puget Sound Fresh. You can cast your vote, or nominate your favorite farmer here.

"Carrie Little of Mother Earth Farm in the Orting Valley has been nominated and is currently in the lead as one of three people whose names will be submitted to the Obama team for the consideration of White House Farmer.  I believe it is a wonderful and exicting idea to propose the White House turn lawns into an organic vegetable garden to feed staff and local food banks there.  This supports agriculture, reduces fuel in transporting food, puts our taxdollars to use by producing something healthy and edible instead of just a great view and will encourage other Americans to live more sustainable lifestyles.  I believe it is a great idea.
 
Carrie Little is a very knowledgeable, experienced farmer who loves what she does.  Mother Earth Farm donates 100% (over 150,000 pounds) of fresh, organic produce to Pierce County foodbanks every year.  I support Carrie Little and have voted for her at the website for the White House Farmer.  It would be nice for all of Washington State to be represented by Carrie in D.C. through farming.
 
Can you please share this information with other farmers/vendors, friends and family.  The deadline to vote is midnight Jan. 31st.  To learn more about the idea of organic gardens at the White House and the nominee Carrie Little please visit the site listed below. 
 
http://www.whitehousefarmer.com
 
Thank you for your time and interest,
Cherie Kuranko
Eatonville, WA"
 

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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