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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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"Open Farm" at Persephone on Sunday

Rebecca Slattery of Persephone Farm in Indianola let us know that she's opening the farm to visitors this Sunday, May 22, from 9 am to dark:
 
"If you've wanted to come visit Persephone Farm, to shop for local produce and fresh eggs or find healthy organic garden starts for your own patch, tomorrow is your day. We have an abundance of fresh veggies, wonderful organically fed and pastured eggs and tomato and basil plants galore. It's likely that this will be your last chance for self serve produce, as we are about to start our popular CSA  program, and all goodies will then be harvested for our wonderful subscribers. There are still spaces available at our Bainbridge Island as well as Indianola pick up points. Please visit our web site for more details: www.persephonefarm.com 
 
Please c'mon over to 9828 Midway Ave Indianola  tomorrow anytime after 9am. All produce is displayed on the right hand side of our walk in cooler. (The left side is not for sale). Prices will be marked." 

Rebecca Slattery

For location and contact information, visit Persephone's website or this Google map link.
 

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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