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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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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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