Local Food Updates

  • 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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Visit Island chicken coops this weekend on the "Tour de Coop"

The second-annual Bainbridge Island "Tour de Coop" is scheduled for Saturday, July 17, from 11-4pm. The vision of islander JoAnn Trick, the Tour de Coop offers a self-guided tour of Bainbridge Island chicken coops, with 100% of the proceeds going to Helpline House. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Tour last year, the number of available tickets has been doubled to accommodate the first 400 purchasers.

This year ten new coops acrosTour de Coops the island will be featured, four of which were built in the past year with an eye to participating in the Tour. The featured coops include such exotic and extravagantly named venues as: Les Coquettes, Château Poulet, Firehouse Chix, Flying Pig Coop, Chicken Hut, ModChicken, Chick-a-pen Parish, La Maison de Fleur de Mille/La Casa de Huevos, Cabina Gallina, and The Eagle Harbor Congregational Church P-Patch Chicken Coop.

Last year, the Tour successfully raised more than $2400 for Helpline House. When asked if she will continue organizing the event, JoAnn Trick says "So far, it's still fun, so I keep doing it."

As part of the Tour, chicken expert Paul Farley will be on hand at Bay Hay and Feed from 3-4PM to answer any questions from poultry enthusiasts and novices alike. A special after-Tour celebration at Bay Hay and Feed, sponsored by owners Ce-Ann Parker and Howard Block, is open to all Tour-goers and coop owners, and will include chicken chili, drinks, and egg-inspired appetizers.

Ticket sales for the Tour de Coop will begin Saturday, July 10, at Bay Hay and Feed and Classic Cycle. Cash or check accepted. Purchased tickets include a map and directions to the chicken coops. Ticket prices remain the same as last year: Individual by bicycle: $8; Individual by auto: $10; Four people by carpool: $30. For more information about the Tour de Coop, please direct emails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market: Opens April 12, 2014
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