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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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Bainbridge Island Community Shellfish Farm to launch this fall

Sustainable Bainbridge has joined in partnership with the Puget Sound Restoration Fund  along with a number of other local groups to create a Community Shellfish Farm (CSF) on Bainbridge Island.  The CSF will both provide the Bainbridge Island community with locally grown clams and oysters while fostering efforts in protecting water quality and the preservation of our Bainbridge Island marine ecosystem. 

Current partners include: Puget Sound Restoration Fund; Bloedel Reserve; Bainbridge Island Watershed Council; City of Bainbridge Island; Bainbridge Island School District; Kitsap Health District; and Washington Department of Health.

The long term goal is to support ongoing community involvement in local farming, water quality protection, and to use the proceeds of the sales of shellfish to fund local shoreline habitat and water quality improvements.

The CSF is scheduled to be launched in the Fall 2009. Volunteers from the Island will be an integral part of all aspects of the CSF from planting and cultivating seed to harvesting and selling shellfish at local farmers markets, grocery stores and area restaurants.

Visit the Puget Sound Restoration Fund website at http://www.restorationfund.org  to learn more.  Find out more details about the project by reading the draft project proposal which can be found at http://www.restorationfund.org/projects-shellfishfarm-bainbridge.php

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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