Joel Salatin speaks to local community

If Wendell Berry is our philosopher farmer, Joel Salatin is our evangelist. Kitsap residents had the chance to hear him speak at the annual Kitsap Community and Agricultural Alliance Harvest Dinner on Sunday September 27. Farmers old and young, artisan food makers, club presidents, politicians, and food enthusiasts filled the Bremer Center at Olympic College. KCAA members, young chefs-in-training, and Chef Richard Kost himself served food from three tables, all supervised by our celebrated Chef Chris Plemmons. Each year the spread is more amazing. From the same tables you could have a gourmet vegetarian meal, with roasted tomatoes, kale salad, and every kind of vegetable you could think of: green beans, carrots, broccoli, beets and zucchini. You could have a soup and salad dinner. You could have a superb meat and potatoes spread with chicken, stuffed pork and scalloped potatoes. Or you could step into another culture with rogan josh … Continue reading

Petersen farm sold over farming community objections

Gerald Petersen’s absentee heirs have sold Petersen Farm to Port Orchard cattle ranchers DJ Cattle and Land (owned by the Berry family). Long-time farmer caretakers Scott and Peggy Hall were forced out of the deal despite the objections of the Kitsap Community Agricultural Alliance. Logging on the property is in the development plan. Full details in the Kitsap Sun article. Along with the loss of Gregory farm, this strikes a serious blow at the agricultural capacity of Kitsap County. In the fertile Central Valley area spanning Bremerton, Silverdale and Poulsbo, this leaves only Pheasant Fields Farm and Abundantly Green farm. I contributed to the conservation easement but I don’t feel like attending the celebration planned by the Great Peninsula Conservancy. The easement prevented the development of housing and stores on the property, but it did not guarantee keeping the property whole or retaining diversified farming. What we need in this … Continue reading

April is Farmer’s Market Season!

It’s farmer’s market season again! I’m so excited. March is the hardest month as all my stored squash and root vegetables are used up and the new vegetables aren’t quite ready. April brings spring vegetables to the market! It’s time to buy plant starts too. For several years I compiled a list of farmers markets for this blog. This year Monica Downen of Monica’s Waterfront Bakery and Cafe has a list: Monica’s list of Kitsap County Farmers Markets. Last year the Kitsap Community and Agricultural Alliance had a list, they may update this year also. Their web site is an excellent resource for local food information. See you at the market! … Continue reading

What’s wrong with wheat

Local farmer Peggy Hall posted this link – had to share it here: The Real Reason for Toxic Wheat. Another reason in the hopper to trace why conventional wheat causes reactions in many people: flooding fields with Roundup at harvest. I am not making this up. Nash farms in Clallam County grow many grains and sell through the Poulsbo Farmers Market. My family makes bread in a bread machine, a five minute setup and three hours later we have bread. It’s delicious and sustaining. … Continue reading

Breaking out the crock pot

The commitment to cook and eat at home is constantly renewed. This summer Alex and I bought a bookstore. It’s great and we’re happy, but adjusting to having a family member go back to work hit us harder than we expected. He’d taken on making lunch every day and dinner most days. Now he works at the store all day, I work at my day job and then head for the shop at night. We had a lot of pizza and takeout Chinese. After a couple of weeks of this I rebelled. No more industrial food! Ted made a lot of dinners while we adjusted. Last week I broke out the crockpot and made a dinner that was waiting for us when we got home. I see a lot more crock pot dinners in our future! Here’s a quick chicken broth idea. It starts with a chicken dinner. Prep: pull … Continue reading