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

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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Skagit Valley College to offer course in Sustainable Farming and Ranching

WSU Skagit County Extension and Viva Farms have partnered with Skagit Valley College to deliver the Sustainable Farming and Ranching course in Mount Vernon, WA. This year, the course may be taken to earn college credits towards Skagit Valley College's new Sustainable Agriculture Microcertificate.

Participants will also be given priority for a plot at Viva Farms, a 33 acre farm incubator where new farmers can get established.

Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching is a 12-week bilingual (English/Spanish) course developed by Washington State University and delivered by WSU Skagit County Extension and Viva Farms. The course guides new and prospective farmers through the process of starting or transforming a farm operation.

The course starts Wed., Sept. 21, 2011 and is held the next 11 Wednesdays, 6-9pm until Dec 7.
   
Topics include:
Sustainable crop production
Ecological soil management
Integrated pest & weed management
Sustainable livestock & poultry systems
Facilities and equipment
Direct marketing strategies

Cost: $250 per farm family. For college credit, you must enroll in Skagit Valley College. Contact us for more info if you're interested.

More details about course content at www.CultivatingSuccess.org
To register email your name, address and phone to: iThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Questions? Call Sarita @ 360-707-3223 / 206-914-7948



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Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market: Opens April 12, 2014
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