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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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Find Your Dream Coop at "Tour de Coop" July 16

It's that time of year again -- time for the third-annual Bainbridge Island Tour de Coop. The self-guided tour features nine specially-selected Bainbridge Island chicken coops and will take place on Saturday, July 16, from 11 am - 4 pm.

The event showcases a variety of coops, birds, and styles, the perfect way for guests to draw inspiration for their own future chicken coop operation. Whether modern or traditional, simple or deluxe, this tour provides attendees plenty of design ideas, answers to questions, and a great afternoon.

Featured coops include:
Coop de Ville, Sin Gallo-The Little and Lewis Coop, The Cluck Hut, Fig House, Coopacabana, Saxon Cottage, Lost Egg Blue, and more. Tickets are available for sale beginning Saturday, July 9 at Bay Hay and Feed, and Classic Cycle. 

All proceeds benefit Helpline House, ticket prices are as follows:
$8 - Individuals traveling by bicycle
$10 - Individual traveling by auto
$30 - Four people traveling by carpool

You can follow news about this popular annual event on Facebook.

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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