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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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Organic Producers: $50 million, 21 days, apply today!

Reprinted from the Lyons NY Center for Rural Affairs, read more at http://www.cfra.org/09/EQIP-Organic-Transition

Are you an organic farmer, ranchers or aspiring one? The USDA just announced a three-week sign-up for farmers in the process of converting to organic, producers expanding their organic production, or existing organic farms increasing their environmental performance even more.

Interested producers must hurry! The sign-up period begins Monday, May 11 and goes through Friday, May 29, 2009.

Six core conservation practices -- conservation crop rotation, cover cropping, integrated pest management, nutrient management, rotational grazing, and forage harvest management -- will be supported through the effort.

Applications received from organic producers or producers in transition to organic farming will be accepted under this initiative. The program is being administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and interested producers should visit their nearest USDA Service Center to apply.




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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