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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Farm Business Planning Course starts January 19

Kitsap County Extension will be offering its popular Ag Entrepreneurship Course on starting and sustaining a profitable small farm or agricultural enterprise beginning January 19th.  Community members are invited to sign up for this intensive, hands-on learning opportunity.  The course features a full line-up of local guest speakers: bankers, accountants, attorneys, and successful farm owners.
 
Participants will gain skills in business planning, direct marketing and record-keeping. They'll also receive information on federal and state programs targeted to the needs of small producers, including resources to improve risk management and conservation practices.
 
The course is designed for both beginning farmers as well as current growers who are looking to take their farm in a new direction.  Guest lecturers for the courses are regional growers who are models of sustainable agriculture in their farming and marketing practices.  Participants will complete the course having developed a business plan they can take to the bank to finance their new enterprise or use as a roadmap for their farm business.
 
The Ag Entrepreneurship course costs $250, including materials. The cost to community members has been reduced due to a USDA grant and partial scholarships and Continuing Education Units are available.  The course will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 pm in Room 406 of the Norm Dicks Government Center located at 345 6th Street in Bremerton.  To register for the Ag Entrepreneurship Course or for more information contact Arno Bergstrom at 360-337-7225, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Diane Fish at 360-337-7026, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Registration information can also be viewed on the web at: http://county.wsu.edu/kitsap/.  

Next on the calendar is the West Sound Small Farms Expo, scheduled for February 11 on the Olympic College campus.

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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