Local Food Updates

  • 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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Lopez Farms delivering pasture-raised lamb and pork to Bainbridge on April 25

Bruce Dunlop from Lopez Island Farms wrote to say that he'll be delivering his pasture-raised meats (sold frozen, by the cut) to the Island on Friday April 25. He sent an order form that needs to be completed and returned before that date.  Anyone interested in getting a copy of the form can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bruce directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Here's what he wrote about Spring on Lopez and his coming delivery:

Greetings from Lopez Island,
I hope you all enjoyed spring as much as we did here. Such a tantalizing taste of warmth to now be thrust back into what feels like winter. The other signs of spring are with us though. None quite so wonderful as the new lambs frolicking in the pasture. My early morning walks among the flock to check for new lambs is special. Lambs and ewes calling back and forth. Most ewes handle things by themselves but every once in a while one is in need of a bit of help. I never expected that being a sheep midwife would be part of my skill set, but there I was yesterday helping the ewe shown below deliver a big lamb. Within an hour it was on its feet and nursing.

As you will see from the order form we have lamb on the list this month and we will have more coming in June. Plus a full selection of all of the wonderful pork cuts. Please fill out the order form with what you would like and send it back. Feel free to pass it on to friends you think would be interested in joining our group.

We will be at Behan Gifford's at 5:00 pm Friday April 25th. See you there.

Your personal farmer,

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Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market: Opens April 12, 2014
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