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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

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 Gardening Tips 6-24

Throughout the summer we'll be talking to experienced Kitsap County gardeners to find out 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.

This week's update:
This long spell of dry, warm weather has been a boon to growers this year.
Plants that normally would still be struggling are doing gangbusters…including my tomatoes, corn (my first planting is over “knee high”), summer squash, and beans. However, the dry weather has emphasized the importance of regular mulching…both to retard weed growth and encourage water conservation.
New Plantings:
Pinto beans (shell variety for soup).
Transplanted cucumber starts and sweet basil plants.  
Staking tomato plants
Regular watering, mulching, and weeding existing plants.
Fertilizing new starts with chicken manure and nettle/comfrey teas (dilute
1/3 tea to 2/3 water)
Netting strawberries (good for deer, birds, and raccoons) Thinning apples and placing footies on remaining starts.  Sulfur spray those apples/pears prone to scab.
The footies serves as a barrier to apple maggots…which tend to start infesting the young apples around the first of July.  With the recent long spell of warm weather, I have elected to start early with the footies.  For the larger trees, I use “Surround,” which is a white clay-based spray.
The apple maggots do not like the feel of the white powder on the apples.
Unlike the footies, Surround needs to be reapplied several times throughout the growing season…especially if it gets washed off due to rain or overhead watering.
Fruit:  strawberries and raspberries
Vegetables:  rhubarb, beets, swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, lambs quarters, snap peas, green onions, garlic snapes, broccoli, kale, and zucchini.  
Herbs:  Cilantro, chives, sorrel, mint, and basil (greenhouse)

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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