“Save the Vines” Event This Weekend

Do you have a few hours this weekend to help out?  Bainbridge Island Vineyards are looking for volunteers to help with annual vine maintenance. What better way to spend time this weekend than getting some hands on experience with local grape vines?  Betsey will provide the knowledge, so no experience necessary – for complete details see Save the Vines.

(Sorry for the late notice on this one!  If you know others who might be able to make it, forward them the flier.)

Next Saturday: Barn Dance

What’s better than good food and happy people? Music and DANCING! Come on out to the barn dance next Saturday, sponsored by Friends of the Farm. I happen to know that you won’t want to miss the first act, the one and only Heels of Thunder. After a demo of different styles of clogging, you’ll be able to try out your own moves with a fun and easy lesson. So, invite your friends and grab your dancing shoes!

Local Restaurants Featuring Local Food

Did I say two new restaurants specializing in locally-sourced ingredients? Make that three. Go on over to the blog of Tristan Baurick (BI’s trusty reporter who specializes in locally-sourced news) to read about our ever-expanding eating out options.

Yet another local food dining spot

And do make it down to dine at Hitchcock. My succinct review: just absolutely wonderful. I’d love to hear your comments.

Local Whatnot, Links, and News

Lots of news in the Sound Food newsletter today.

  • Check out my article on making stock out of what you might normally throw on the compost pile. Also included is Ryan’s chicken stock recipe. This is the first in a series that shows you how to get the most for your money out of your farmers’ market purchases.
  • Two new restaurants in Winslow is exciting enough, but two that specialize in sourcing ingredients locally? Too good to be true! Hurry on down to Hitchcock or Arbutus and report back.
  • A community planting event will be held at City Hall on Monday at 10:30AM.

KCAA published a great reference list of all of the markets in Kitsap County.

All One Family Farm, a local farm that delivers great organic fruit to different locations in the summer, published their delivery schedule. Visit their website to sign up for their new mailing list.

And don’t forget to check the Persephone Farms website often. In addition to news and recipes, their The Season blog is updated frequently and shows a fun insight into farm life.

News Around Town

  • Be there! Market opens this Saturday, April 10th at 9AM with the ceremonial tossing of the goat cheese. Bring your empty baskets and come hungry for spring.
  • Thanks to SoundFood for uncovering some exciting news for BI diners. A new farm to table restaurant will be opening soon in Winslow. Read more about it here (or here) . Check out Hitchcock’s website and peruse the menu yourself.

News Around Town

With the sun in our eyes yesterday, it’s easy to imagine that the new growing season is now upon us. We’ve got a month to go until the market’s opening and there’s suddenly a lot of action on the farms. CSA’s are starting to take shape, new interns are arriving and, when you look out over the farmland, you can make out the beginning’s of this spring’s vegetables. Yum. Winter is almost over.

  • Persephone Farm, one of BI’s favorite market providers has just launched a new website. You can learn about their farm and philosophy, get connected with their robust csa, and even find recipes.

    Rebecca, of Persephone Farm, gives CSA subscribers a lesson in biodiversity.

    Persephone always has an abundance of different things. We love them for their variety and the pride they take in providing the community with a beautiful, diverse selection. A little known fact about Persephone is that they offer full packages for wedding flowers. Rebecca is a trained floral designer and also offers buckets of loose flowers for sale (not just for weddings!) Their flowers show as much diversity and pizazz as do their vegetables. Can’t wait for the market opening? Persephone also provides veggies to The Four Swallows, Pegasus, the cafe at Bainbridge Gardens, Blackbird Bakery, and our favorite restaurant, Agate Pass Cafe.

  • It’s time to start thinking about finding a pea patch, if you’re the gardening type but don’t have room at home. Check out Sound Food‘s community garden map for ideas (and also for more local food news.)
  • Butler Greens CSA farm store is now open again. You can find them on Tuesdays after 2pm at their new location, 10152 Valley Rd., near the Bay, Hay and Feed.