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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 food artisans creating fine cheeses, breads, wines and much more. Finally, we have an ever-growing list of restaurants and food retailers who are including local food in their offerings.

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

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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

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 4/20

Each week, we’re asking a couple of experienced Kitsap County gardeners what they are doing in their gardens that week. We 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 updates in your email each week, sign up here.

In Darren’s garden:
Not a lot to report this week. Spent a day digging, dividing, and replanting dahlia tubers. Biggest job is trying to keep a record so you know what you have (especially since I have about 15 or more varieties).
They sort of all look a like after the first frost.
Also moved some of my spring crop seedlings from the greenhouse and put them on my picnic table in the back yard (shady area). With all the warmer weather coming, thought it would be a good time to get the plants acclimated to being outside. Hope to transplant them officially next weekend.
Did some more weeding and mulching of my flower and vegetable beds with grass clippings and composted straw from the chicken pen. Many of my fruit grafts are starting to take, with the buds starting to show green.
Still harvesting/using purple broccoli, lettuce, spinach, and Jerusalem artichokes from last year, as well as some Stockton red onions from my garage. Also had some beet greens that had wintered over (surprising given the cold weather we had).

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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