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
Farm Courier is a new business launching on Bainbridge Island this spring. Founded by native islander Carlee Ashen, Farm Courier's mission is to facilitate the direct-sale of locally grown and locally-produced goods by means of a synchronized website and courier service.
The products sold through Farm Courier will be available for purchase by home-users, caterers, B&B's, food processors & restaurants. Due to food laws, grocery stores and other similar retail outlets may not purchase products via Farm Courier.
The website, www.farmcourier.com (currently under construction) will offer short profiles of each grower/producer (called "sellers" on the site) as well as online ordering of products offered by the sellers, and seasonal recipes complied by Carlee.
Payment for products and services will be made online via credit card or PayPal through the website. The money exchange will be handled at no charge by The Local Buyer's Club LLC, a subsidiary of Farm Courier LLC.
The pickup and delivery of products ordered will be handled by Farm Courier's courier service, which is operated with the use of a refrigerated truck capable of holding both chilled and frozen products. Pickups and deliveries will be conducted on a circular route system, with deliveries immediately following pickups, with no further storage or warehousing. Pickups and deliveries will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The total cost of Farm Courier's network of services is calculated as a percentage (TBA - likely 20-25%) of the total cost of goods sold, and is paid by the customer. This rate may be reduced as Farm Courier expands and increases its carrying capacity.