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Restaurants add local food to the menu

Have you ever wondered if any of your favorite restaurants are serving food grown on local farms? We did. So last week we made a quick survey of the farmers at the Bainbridge Farmers’ Market and here are the results!

Drive (or bike) down scenic Big Valley Road to Molly Ward Gardens and you'll find Betsey Wittick’s wonderful potatoes on the menu.  While you’re out and about, check out Mor Mor in downtown Poulsbo. Peter Weber of Farmhouse Organics said that the owners are committed to sourcing locally and buy “everything” Farmhouse has to offer. Peter also sells tomatoes to the new Italian restaurant, Burrata Bistro, in Poulsbo.

We wrote an earlier profile of the Agate Pass Café which buys tomatoes from Farmhouse Organics as well as pea vines and salad from Persephone Farm. Butler Green Farms supplies greens to Bella Luna Pizzaria in Suquamish.

At Four Swallows on Bainbridge, you’ll find lots of produce from Persephone Farm. Farmer Rebecca Slattery sells them a long list of scrumptious produce including summer squash, cauliflower, Swiss chard and rapini (aka broccoli rabe). You may also be served tomatoes, beets and corn from Farmhouse Organics when you take a seat at this well-known local restaurant.

Also on Bainbridge, the Harbour Pub serves up delicious salads made with greens from Butler Green Farms, and Mon Elisa's Pasta uses salad greens from Leapfrog Farm. Near the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal, Real Foods Café incorporates eggs and produce from Farmhouse Organics in their menu, as well as greens, squash and other fresh produce from Terra Bella Farm. The New Rose Café at Bainbridge Gardens serves salad greens from Persephone Farm.

Beyond land grown produce, you’ll find the ‘fruits of the sea’ (also known as tuna loins) being used in the menu at Shima Sushi.  Island fisherman, Paul Svornich catches the fish with a hook and line and freezes the processed fish within two hours of landing them from the sea.  

That’s it for our first report. We plan to gather and share more information about the connections that are happening between local farmers, restaurants, and other food-oriented businesses and institutions. We hope you’ll find the information useful as we all navigate new ways to enjoy and respect our natural abundance. Stay tuned!

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