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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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Winter Tomato Dreams

It's a foggy, cold morning on the island today.  I awoke thinking about tomatoes.  As in the tomatoes that I grew so successfully last summer.  After two years with no tomatoes at all (well, one or two fruits per plant), I finally had a banner year of tomatoes.  My first lovely orbs were picked on July 11, 2009, and I finished eating and enjoying my last home-grown tomatoes on December 1, 2009.  And yes, I do keep a calendar of my gardening activities and results.  Maradel's tomatoes

As a rational person, I am trying to figure out what to do to replicate last summer's success.  I began with small plants that I bought from the Farmers Market.  I've never been very good at getting seeds past the die-off stage of growth.  I planted the plants deep and long, lying on their sides, which seemed very peculiar to me at the time, but I later realized what a strong root system that encouraged.  I attempted to cull any non-productive offshoots, but soon that became difficult, as the plants became dense and difficult to prune.  Mostly, I made sure the plants were well watered, and I fed them maybe once or twice.  Basically the same procedures I followed in the previous two years.  So I will concede that my success in 2009  was probably due to things outside of my control, like the ambient temperature, weather, and the kindness of the gardening gods and goddesses.

Within my community garden, it was clear that 2009 was a great tomato year.  People who had struggled in 2007 and 2008 while generally with more success than I experienced, had really  lush and productive plants in 2009.  And so my winter tomato dreams:  will the garden goddesses and gods bless us again? 

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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