Fresh Food

My food year has two seasons, pantry and farmer’s market. Pantry season runs from November through April, market season starts around May Day. As it is mid-May just now I am awash again in fresh lettuce, spring radishes, garlic scapes, young freshly butchered chickens. Talented bakers offer bread straight from the oven. At the start of pantry season I use stored foods, preserves, frozen pork, pasta. Root cellar foods, apples and potatoes and carrots, go into soups and stews. Kale comes out of the garden to be braised or chopped into a salad. Throughout pantry season my commitment to food wanes. I work full time, and I do more than just work and cook; I write, I sing in a choir, I have family and friends. At times my job crushes me and I stagger out of the business day with no energy or enthusiasm for cooking. There were a … Continue reading

WSU Small Farms Expo – connecting producers to buyers

The “Building Bridges” panel at the WSU Small Farms Expo on Saturday, Feb. 11 brought together a retailer, farmer, distributor, co-op buyer, and restauranteur. Retailer: Tony D’Onofrio is the sustainbility manager for Town and Country Markets, which runs the Central Market branches in Poulsbo and Bainbridge. Town and Country finds that local and organic produce comprises half of their produce sales. They generally source from larger farms which can provide large amounts of products for a couple of weeks. Farmer: Paul Gregory of Gregory Farm has a two-acre farm, a typical size for a Kitap County farm. Gregory sells produce through farmers markets, CSA customers, and local restaurants. Distributor: Dale King and his family run Wildly Organic, reaching a market beyond the farmers markets. Customers order online and receive deliveries at home. The distributor offers certified organic produce and has a local only pak (sourced from Nash’s in Sequim). Co-Op: … Continue reading

WSU Small Farms Expo – Sarah Wilcox, Farm to Table

Sarah Wilcox presented “Farm to Table, a Program of Cascade Harvest Coalition” at the second WSU Small Farms Expo on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Sarah Garitone Wilcox grew up on a Kitsap Farm and now helps to run the Wilcox farm operation in Pierce County. She’s also the program manager for Cascade Harvest Coalition. The Coalition publishes the Puget Sound Fresh pamphlet. They also work with Sustainable Connections and Seattle Chefs Collaborative to run Farm to Table events connecting speciality farmers with local chefs buyers with farmers. In 2010-2011 time period, funded by a WSDA grant, the events brought together more than 1000 producers and buyers, including 150 specialty crop producers. Wilcox shared several methods to connect producers with buyers. Food Hub offers an entry-level free ad for producers and provides a search engine for buyers, including home cooks, to locate products. The coalition polled producers and buyers and compiled … Continue reading

Thanksgiving means sharing food – remember the hungry!

If we’re lucky enough to have a warm meal and bed tonight, let’s remember those who don’t. A little donation goes a long way! Food banks and resources: North: North Kitsap Fishline Central: Bremerton Foodline, Central Kitsap Food Bank South: South Kitsap Helpline Additional food banks: Kitsap County Food Bank Coalition General assistance: Kitsap Community Resources And thank you to Monica’s Waterfront Bakery and Cafe for organizing ten restaurants to donate proceeds from last Thursday’s meals to area food banks! Kitsp Sun reported: “Support Hunger and Homelessness Week”. Happy Thanksgiving! … Continue reading