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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

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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First Trashcan Potato Harvest Update

Dedicated Sound Food readers may remember my earlier post about trashcan potato gardening. I am proud to announce that last weekend, my first three potatoes were successfully harvested from their snug little beds in my compost-filled ex-trash can. My 2-year-old son helped me harvest them. Three white, smallish, fairly regularly shaped potatoes emerged,after some prodding, and were met with considerable celebration.

(I had noticed one of my potato plants had blossomed a few weeks ago, but I wasn't entirely sure whether or not that meant I could dig around and look for some evidence that all my watering hadn't been in vain. I decided that it was time to check on the little spuds, and I was triply rewarded for my investigation.)

Each person in my house got to eat one potato, which was boiled and sprinkled with a bit of sea salt, and eaten warm. They were deemed delicious (and went along well with my raw kale salad...see more on this in the recipe blog section). I'll try to post photos of our first potato harvest in the coming days. Right now, I'm not anticipating a harvest large enough to share with our Sound Food readers, but my fingers are crossed.

Now, can anyone tell me if I can keep rooting around and digging these up, or if it will interfere with their growth?

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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