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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

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 Integrating Poultry and other Livestock!
Saturday, May 14, 2:00 - 3:00pm
Bay Hay and Feed
Chuck Estin, Ph.D
Class fee: $8 (proceeds will go to Sound Food)
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. Register online at Bay Hay's website or call 842-5274.

Learn How to Raise Cows!
Saturday, May 14 10am to Noon
Blackjack Valley Farm, Port Orchard
Karen and Loren Olsen
Class fee: $35/person or $50/family
Whether for milk or meat, cattle need proper care and management. "Cows 101" will cover calving, cow care, milking, feeds and feeding, herd health, pasture management and much more. Register online at http://kitsap.wsu.edu

Learn about Beekeeping!
May 26, 2:00-3:00pm
Silverdale Scout Hall
T.J. Jorgenson
West Sound Beekeepers Association President T. J. Jorgenson talks about bees and honey for those interested in getting started with beekeeping or just curious about bees. Honey tasting included! For info: Silverdale Library / 360-692-2779

Learn about Ways to Increase Soil Fertility!

Saturday, May 28, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Bay Hay and Fee
Chuck Estin, Ph.D
Class fee: $8 (proceeds will go to Sound Food)
Turn your waste into garden gold. Want it fast, or want it no-work? Critters can help you out: worms & chickens. Cover-cropping for increased fertility. Register online at Bay Hay's website or call 842-5274

Learn How to Plan a Fall/Winter Vegetable Garden!
Saturday, June 4, 10am-noon
Bainbridge Metropolitan Park District
Gayle Larson, Certified Horticulturist
Class fee:  $20
Believe it or not, June is the time to plan for your Fall/Winter vegetable garden.    Many delicious and nutritious vegetables can be grown for harvest during the colder months, as well as over the winter for the earliest picking in the spring.  Learn what to plant, when and where, so that you can be eating fresh from the garden all year long.  Register online at www.biparks.org

Learn about Growing Food in Greenhouses!
Saturday, June 4, 2:00 - 3:00pm
Bay Hay and Feed
Chuck Estin, Ph.D
Class fee:  $8 (proceeds will go to Sound Food)
Examples of solar and conventional greenhouses for the Pacific Northwest. Crops, seasons and efficient food production in our area. Register online at Bay Hay's website or call 842-5274

Learn about Harvesting and Cooking Geoducks!
Wednesday, June 15, 8:30am-4:00pm
Bainbridge Metropolitan Park District
Langdon Cook
Class fee:   $75
Join renowned chef and author Langdon Cook at Taylor Shellfish Farm during a -3.2” low tide to find and dig up the world’s largest burrowing clam.  Learn about geoducks, how to harvest them, as well as recipes to prepare your catch.  Price includes cooking supplies, and instruction.  Plan to get wet. Transportation is not provided. Register online at www.biparks.org

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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