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
Remember those little egg-shaped house trailers popular in the 1950's? Somehow, we acquired two of them back when we were developing our property on Bainbridge in the 1980's, and although they're hardly in "vintage" condition, they are still serviceable, especially when you've got a little farm or garden operation.
Several years ago, we rearranged the interior of one trailer to accomodate seed trays and growing lights, and this year, I've got seedlings in one trailer, and baby chicks in the other. The nice thing about these old trailers is that they usually have one large window near the "dining" area, and when the sun comes out, seedlings can enjoy the rays. The metal walls heat up nicely and usually have a little insulation, creating a greenhouse effect. The old slatted glass windows grind open to allow ventilation, and both of our old ladies have top-hatches as well, to increase circulation. The windows and doors are screened to keep out the bug population. Even the kitchenettes have possible uses - ice boxes for seed storage, kerosene burners to make a cup of tea.
Even with leaks here and there, our "greenhouse" trailers may last another decade or two, and in the meantime, we'll keep them out of the landfills...
Seedlings seem to like the sunny windows, and it's easy to hang extra grow-lights
The heated sprouting mat fits nicely into the kitchenette!