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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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We’re going to experiment with a new way of supporting gardeners. Each week, we’ll send out an email message with a few notes on what an experienced Kitsap County gardener is doing in her garden that week. It won’t give a lot of details – just some ideas to send you off to your bookshelf, library, local garden store or Google for more information. If you’d like to receive these email messages, sign up here.

Here is this week’s news (March 25):
“If people are going to grow potatoes, it is a good time to bring them in the house to both warm them up and to begin them sprouting.  A nice warm 65 -70 degree room with moderate light on them will encourage them to grow sprouts that are short and stubby which makes them less prone to breakage.  They will be ready to plant in 3-4 weeks.
My early starts (that one nice day back in February we had) under remay of salad greens are now an inch high. Peas are planted -- also under remay.  Some starts of onions, lettuce, kale and collards in the greenhouse.
My soil temp is still only around 45 degrees so wait until we get some warmer days for even most cold weather crops.
Rhubarb is coming up.
Will be turning the cover crop next week.”

Here is last week’s news (March 15):
This week I started my second set of cold-weather seeds on a heating pad in the greenhouse – lettuce, peas, chard, broccoli, cabbage, bok choi, Brussels sprouts.
The lettuce and spinach that lasted through the winter under a protective covering are doing great.
It’s usually okay to plant peas at this time of year, but it’s been so cold that they may just rot in the ground.
I’m also grafting fruit trees. I did my plums last week and will do pears and applies this week.
This is also a good time for taking cuttings from currants and grapes and rooting them in pots.
I’ll probably start my tomatoes and basil in the greenhouse next week”

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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