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.)
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!
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.
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.
Rhubarb, cauliflower, green garlic, arugula, and potatoes were among just some of the delectable treasures awaiting shoppers yesterday morning. Many farmers had vegetable starts out for gardeners to purchase and their were a few new faces in the booths. Veggie season has begun!
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.
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.
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.