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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 artisans creating fine cheeses, breads, wines and much more.

The distribution system hasn’t quite caught up with all of this local abundance, so buying it isn’t as easy as walking into your neighborhood supermarket. You need to know where to look. "Think local first" is the mantra. Start by looking for what you need close to home.

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If you love to cook, and you’ve ever wished for a commercial, licensed kitchen right here on Bainbridge Island, you’re in luck!   Would you like to:   make value-added products from your farm produce? Have a legal kitchen from which to do catering? Have a professionally-equipped kitchen in which to take or offer cooking classes? Have a space to do big baking or canning projects, by yourself or with a group?

We’re in the planning stages of just such a kitchen, to be a part of the new BARN artisan center, and we

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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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Sound Food's weekly gardening tips 4/13

In Darren’s garden:
As this Saturday was the opening day of the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market, my daughter was at her booth selling potted strawberry, raspberry, gooseberry, loganberry, and currant plants (lots of berries), as well as onion and garlic starts, cabbage/broccoli, lettuce, and swiss chard.  This a great time for cleaning out the old strawberry/raspberry beds and/or planting new starts.  I also transplanted my beet seedlings (which I started in my greenhouse)…all seem to be doing fine.   Some say you can’t transplant beet seedlings very well…but I have had surprising success.  I also like how you can space the beet plants evenly apart, allowing for larger tubers.
 
My summer vegetable starts (tomato and basil) are growing fast and I will be working with my daughter in transplanting them to individual containers. I will be starting my summer summer/winter squash, cucumbers, and corn in containers in about 2 weeks.  With another cold week, I am holding back a bit on starting these seedlings.
 
Still enjoying winter lettuce, spinach, and broccoli from the garden. Although that reminds me, that I need to plant some new spinach before the old stuff runs out.
 
Hope this helps.  Darren

In Kathy’s garden:
Replanted the snap peas that obviously rotted in the ground. The shelling peas in the same bed and were of last years vintage came up fine - go figure!   Watching for the ornamental peas. Planted more spinach and onions.  Finished weeding the beds and applied mulch to the berries and compost to the rhubarb. Only one artichoke made it so will put in more that I have potted up and move the one that made it into a new bed after the cover crop has broken down enough. Will put in some starts of broccoli this week and cover with insect cloth to keep the cabbage moth away. Will put in some more Tri Star strawberries for this summer.  Hopefully will plant the package of beneficial bug flower mix I purchased from Territorial - not only are the plants pretty but they are a workhorse of the garden attracting the beneficial bugs to keep others safe!.

Kathy

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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