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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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Classes to Help You Grow and Forage Your Own Food

Learn about Garden Bed Design and Construction!
Saturday, April 16, 2-4 p.m.
Bay Hay and Feed
Chuck Estin, Ph.D
Class fee: $8.00
Learn to create a variety of different garden beds to choose the best system for your needs. Managing for fertility in existing beds, and preparing for spring planting by soil testing and adding amendments.  Call 842-5274 to register.  Proceeds benefit Sound Food.

Learn about Urban Vegetable Gardening!

Thursdays, April 14-May 19,  10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.OR 6:30 -8:30 p.m.
Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park District
Gayle Larson (Certified Professional Horticulturist and Edible Garden Coach)
Class fee: $95
The freshest, most locally grown food you can eat is what you grow yourself! In this class, students will learn to plan, plant and maintain a chemical-free vegetable garden. You'll learn to design your beds, test for soil pH/nutrients and discover which plants thrive in our area. We'll discuss irrigation, fertilization, garden structures, pest control and harvesting. Each student will get hands-on experience sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings and will take home starts for the home garden. Class fee includes potting soil, containers and seeds, as well as informational handouts. To register, call 842-2306. 

Learn about Raising Hogs!
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-noon
Class Fee:$35/person or $50 per family.
Visit beautiful Possum Run Farm in Port Orchard, and learn about managing and raising pasture pork.  4-H & FFA youth are FREE. 
For information and registration: http://kitsap.wsu.edu or 360-337-7157

Learn to Forage Wild Foods!
Saturday, April 16, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park District
Kathryn LaFond
Class fee: $29
Wild Backyard: Discover overlooked food sources and how nature's medicines are living among us. Wise Woman Herbalist Kathryn LaFond leads a guided sensory experience of our natural surroundings, identifying local plants, how we can benefit from them, as well as how to live in a more healthy and sustainable world. Emphasis will be on using sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch activities to heighten our awareness. To register, call 842-2306.

Sunday, April 17, 3 p.m.
Eagle Harbor Book Company
Pacific Feast:  A Cook's Guide to West Coast Foraging & Cuisine
Jennifer Hahn (Author and adjunct UW professor specializing in wild food)
An expert on foraging with 25 year of experience in wilderness travel, she will discuss how to identify the good eats, harvest responsibly, and create delicious meals with your finds. Hahn's book provides detailed field notes on more than 40 species, including where to find them, what parts are edible, and their best culinary uses. With more than 60 delectable recipes from well-known chefs, her book will appeal to home cooks and nature loves alike. Hahn will complement her presentation with samples of foraging cuisine. 

Sunday May 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday May 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bainbridge Parks and Rec
Langdon Cook
Class fee: $49
Shellfish Foraging & Cooking. Bring your rubber boots and bucket. Led by author and master forager Langdon Cook, you'll learn how to dig for clams, shuck oysters, and cook our catch. Lunch will be littleneck clams steamed in white wine sauce at a nearby picnic area, with oysters on the half-shell as an appetizer. Meet at Strawberry Hill, carpooling to the location at Taylor Shellfish Farm and Dosewallips State Park on Hood Canal is encouraged. To register call 206-842-2306.

Learn How to Pickle!
Saturday, April 16, 1-4 p.m. at Silverdale Community Center
Tuesday, April 19, 6-9 p.m. at President's Hall Kitchen (Kitsap Fairgrounds)
Shannon Harkness, WSU Small Farms Team and Master Canner
You'll learn how to make great crunchy pickles of all types!
Class fee:  $35/person or $50 per family. 4-H & FFA youth FREE.  
To information and registration:  http://kitsap.wsu.edu or call 360-337-7157

Learn about Growing Tomatoes!
Sunday, May 1, 1 p.m.
Bainbridge Gardens
Ashley Kapus, CPH
Class Fee:  Free -- no registration needed
Growing tomatoes can be a challenge in our climate. Learn the basics plus a few tricks to successfully grow tomatoes. Topics include: planting, fertilizing, pruning, tomato types, container growing, diseases and disorders, extending the growing season, and tomato varieties.

Learn about Integrating Chickens into Your Garden!
Saturday, May 14, 2-4 p.m.
Bay Hay and Feed
Chuck Estin, Ph.D.
Class Fee:  $8.00
Integrating small or large livestock can enhance the yield of a food system - and chickens are an easy add-in. We'll focus on the pro's and con's for the owners and the inhabitants of a variety of poultry management systems - from enclosed run through rotational paddocks. Call 842-5274 to register. Proceeds benefit Sound Food.  

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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