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  • Island Food Circle Guide
  • Nettle chocolate chip cookies

IslandFoodCircle logo 3-8in copy 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

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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

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Farm Courier to offer local food delivery on Bainbridge

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.

Goods will be delivered in premium quality coolers with ice-packs to ensure freshness and reduce packaging waste. Re-usable gift bags will also be offered for gift wrapping. Disposable delivery containers will be available on request. Coolers and ice packs will be retrieved on the day following delivery, from the delivery location unless otherwise specified.

Sellers using Farm Courier to market and sell their products will receive 100% of the listing price of their items, a price which they alone will set on a week to week basis. Sellers will be paid in full by check when the courier service picks up their products for delivery.

All sellers must back their products with a money back guarantee. A forum for comments regarding sellers and buyers will be offered via the website.

Initially, there will be no minimum amounts required to sell an item through Farm Courier, however this may need to change if many sellers offer only small amounts of a few products. There will be a minimum delivery charge of $5.00 on all orders.

Farm Courier welcomes sellers of all ages, those under 18 will need to have an adult mentor indicated on their profile. All processed foods must be prepared in an approved Commercial Kitchen or Food Processing Facility regulated by the appropriate authority.

Products you may see on farmcourier.com include: Fresh Produce, Fresh Baked Breads and Pastries, Frozen meals, Prepared Salads and Sandwiches, Snacks, Ice Cream, Jams Jellies and Preserves, Bath and Body Care products, Fresh Herbs and Natural Remedies, Wine and Beer, Drink Mixes, Fresh Cut Flowers and Arrangements, Wreaths, Gift Baskets, Seafood, Fresh Eggs, Meats, Poultry, as well as Small Gift Items, all from Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County.

As of now pickups and deliveries will take place only on Bainbridge Island, however Farm Courier welcomes all Kitsap County sellers and customers to come to the island to do business with Farm Courier.

If you are a seller interested in using Farm Courier to sell your products, please contact Farm Courier to reserve an informational & sign-up packet.

For more information contact:
Carlee Ashen
Farm Courier LLC
13585 Manzanita rd NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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