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

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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Micro-Loans for Sustainable and Organic Farmers

HumanLinks Foundation, a WA state non-profit, was established to promote sustainable agricultural practices. The Foundation is funding two new programs that will provide immediate financial support to local farmers. the first will offer grants to flood victims, the second will focus on micro-loan assistance to sustainable farmers in need. Criteria:
1) Must be organic and/or sustainable farmers;
2) Immediate needs for infrastructure and equipment losses
3) Can $2,500-$5,000 make a difference in your operation right now?

They would like to implement these programs as soon as possible, and will be accepting applications through March 9th for those who want to participate in the first phase. They plan to distribute the funds in two phases. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application. You can also call 206-442-2061 if you have questions.

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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