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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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Spring Classes Teach Beekeping, Nettle Foraging and More

Learn how to nurture bees, tend your chicks, manage a small farm, and cook nettle soup this spring!

Backyard Chickens / Chickens 101
Care and brooding of chicks, equipment, housing for adult birds, feeds and feeding, chicken health, manure management, chicken breeds, and much more!
February 5, 1pm to 4pm, $35, Norm Dicks Government Center, Room 406, 345 6th Street, Bremerton WA 98337 Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Natural Beekeeping

Learn to mimic the way that bees live in the wild to keep healthier hives. Chuck Estin, Ph.D.
Saturday February 12, 3pm to 4:30pm, $8, Bay Hay and Feed, 206-842-2813.

Pruning
Tools, pruning techniques, plant types and timing. The class has a show-and-tell format, so your questions will guide the direction the class takes. Steve Minch
Sunday February 13, 1pm, $8, Bainbridge Gardens, 206-842-5888

Fruit Tree Grafting
Early spring is the time for dormant grafting of fruit trees. A hands-on workshop. Chuck Estin, Ph.D.
Saturday February 26, 2pm to 4pm, $8, Bay Hay and Feed, 206-842-2813.

Baby Chicks
Baby chicks are in stock at Bay Hay! Learn about caring for them for the first 16 weeks. Paul Farley.
Saturday March 5, 10 am to 12:30 pm, $18, Bay Hay and Feed, 206-842-2813

Westsound Small Farms Expo
Classes for farmers and ranchers. Topics include agritourism, season extension techniques, managing mud, pastured poultry, network with local farmers, visit vendors and more!
Saturday March 5, 8am to 5pm, $55, Olympic College Campus, Bremerton, http://kitsap.wsu.edu or 360-337-7157

Baby Chicks
Baby chicks are in stock at Bay Hay! Learn about caring for them for the first 16 weeks. Paul Farley.
Saturday March 12, 10 am to 12:30 pm, $18, Bay Hay and Feed, 206-842-2813

Orchard Mason Bees

Improve fruit production by starting your own Orchard Mason bee colony. Mason bees are non-aggressive & highly effective pollinators. What you need to get started, where and when to place your bee houses & more. Jenni McCain, CPH
Saturday March 12, 1pm, Free, Bainbridge Gardens, no preregistration

Permaculture Design

Basics of permaculture design; zones, secotrs, patterns, garden bed deisgn, guilds and food forests. Chuck Estin, Ph.D.
Saturday March 12, 3pm to 4:30 pm, $8, Bay Hay and Feed, 206-842-2813

Foraging for Stinging Nettles
Renowned Northwest forager and author of Fat of the Land, Langdon Cook takes students to a local park to forage stinging nettles, then cooks up a hearty and delicious Stinging Nettle Soup with enough leftovers to bring home to share.
Wednesday March 23, 10am to 2pm, $35, Bainbridge Parks and Rec, http://www.biparks.org/ 206-842-2306


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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