Fresh food for homeless and low income people and families

Organic food has a reputation for being expensive and high-end. If calories are what you need, how can you afford to eat right? When you’re hungry nothing else matters. I grew up poor and spent some time homeless as a young woman, and I’ve never forgotten how that feels. I want this blog to be accessible to people at every income level. Kitsap County farmers and gardeners care about getting fresh local food to homeless and low income people and families, women with children, and seniors. There’s a new page in the menu above listing some of those resources, or you can find it here: Homeless and Low Income Resources. You can check out a food bank for fresh produce, use WIC/FNMP and SNAP/EBT programs at farmers markets, and sign up for a pea patch to grow fresh food. Fresh, local, natural and organic foods aren’t just for the well-off, … Continue reading

Applesauce Quick Bread

Every year I pack a small bag of fresh herbs and something baked for my next-door neighbors. This year I made a small loaf of applesauce quick bread – a good way to use up the applesauce! This recipe is adapted from Taste of Home. Wet ingredients 3 eggs, beaten 1 1/4 cups applesauce 1/4 cup oil 1/2 cup white sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar Mix these until blended. I just used a wooden spoon. Dry ingredients 2 cups white flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. allspice Whisk these until blended. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until the larger lumps are gone. Divide evenly among small loaf pans (I made five – four for the neighbors and one for me to make sure they came out right!) Bake at 350′ for 30 minutes or until … Continue reading

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