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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

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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Canning classes coming to Bainbridge August 19, 20 as part of "Canning Across America" event

There’s a “Canvolution” sweeping the nation, and it’s coming to Bainbridge Island this month. Two classes teaching the basics of food canning and pickling are being offered August 19 and 20 at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. UPDATE: Both classes are full as of Tuesday at 11:30 am. Thanks to all who signed up, and apologies to anyone who missed out. We will consider setting up additional classes later this fall if there is enough interest: If you are interested please send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The classes are part of a grassroots-inspired nationwide event called Canning Across America, which honors the revival of the time-honored art of canning. Throughout the country, households will join each other to preserve the summer’s bounty. In addition to home canning parties, chefs and food-preservation experts will host classes designed to inspire people how to can creatively and safely.

Co-sponsored by Sound Food and Trust for Working Landscapes (TWL), the Bainbridge classes will be taught by Susy Hymas, Nutrition Educator, WSU Master Food Preserver and Safety Advisor who has more than 30 years of experience in preserving fruits and vegetables. The first night Hymas will offer the basics about canning and preserving and the second night she will demonstrate how to safely pickle the season’s bounty.

The classes will run from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesday August 19 (Canning Basics) and Thursday August 20 (Pickling Basics). Both classes are full.

There will also be a canning demonstration at Town & Country Market on Friday, August 21 from 1 pm to 3 pm.

The Canning Across America web site is designed to serve as a community and information clearinghouse. Have a question about canning? You’ll find educational articles on the subject as well as Q&As by food-preservation experts on the Canning Across America web site. Sound Food will also be running a series of articles and recipes about canning on its web site at www.soundfood.org .

Organizers hope that the Canning Across America event helps to inspire untold numbers of people to celebrate the craft of creating delicious foods that can sustain them throughout the year. In a recent reader survey conducted by Allrecipes.com, more than 38 percent of those surveyed said they plan to can, freeze or preserve fresh food this summer; among those with canning plans, 83 percent said: “It’s worth a little extra time to make my own foods to control the ingredients my family eats.” Join the Canvolution!

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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