Thanksgiving dinner

My turkey is from Stuart Boyle and Michelle Gilles at Creekside Family Farms. If you’re looking for local poultry, the Kitsap Poultry Growers Co-Op has a directory. At least two of the farms listed, Abundantly Green in central Kitsap and The Food Shed at Kingston Farm (Harley Soltes’ old place) in north Kitsap also offer organic chicken feed. Karen Olson of Blackjack Valley Farms delivers a chicken to my door every week along with two gallons of raw milk – best milk ever. My potatoes and pumpkin come from Andrea Wigglesworth of Wyckels Farm. She sells at the Poulsbo Farmers Market every Saturday. I was lucky enough to catch Paul Gregory’s winter CSA. Gregory Farms has a booth at the Poulsbo Farmers Market too, which is good because Paul doesn’t have a Facebook page. For the last four weeks I’ve collected a box of carrots, squash, apples, pears, peppers, and … Continue reading

Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner

The Kitsap County Agricultural Alliance Harvest Dinner last Sunday was a celebration of what is possible. Organizing Chef Chris Plemmons of Two Snooty Chefs and Olympic College arranged a galaxy of culinary stars, including Chef Richard Kost of CJ’s Evergreen General Store and Catering and Chef Jeff McLelland of Harbour Public House & Pegasus Cafe to lay out a sumptuous groaning board. About 150 people showed up to share the feast. There were a few luminaries in the crowd, including Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido and Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent. There were three lines of tables – three! One table served hot meat-based main dishes, one table served salads and vegetarian fare, and the third offered delicious dessert treats (BonBon Bakery, Sweets and Savories, Viking Feast). I had an ambition to talk about all the items, but I lost my menu, and frankly, it was overwhelming. I do remember quite … Continue reading

KCAA Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner Sunday 10/28 – be there!

Top five reasons to go to the Harvest Dinner next Sunday: Number five: The event benefits the farmer-led Kitsap County Agricultural Alliance. These are the folk who feed us! Number four: The spotlight’s on locally produced food. Number three: It’s on Sunday, easy to fit into the schedule, and solving the problem, what’s for Sunday dinner? Number two: the talented chef team is led by our own Chef Chris Plemmons, a quiet hero in school and kitchen. Number one: Kitsap Cuisine helped buy the goat! See you there! KCAA Harvest Meal … Continue reading

The Productive Household

As I was looking at my bookshelf today my eye fell on a book that talked about homesteading. I thought, that’s our problem, we don’t know how to think about this yet. I don’t live on a homestead. John Levin lived on a homestead. When he arrived in Silverdale there were lots of woods and not a lot else, no paved roads, no railroad. He controlled most of the raw resources he needed to build his house and produce food. I live on an acre of prime farmland in an area zoned high density urban. My house, built in the 1980s, was built as a site of consumption. Resources are both produced and consumed elsewhere and shipped (consuming oil) to my house to be consumed. One way to look at consumption is that there are two kinds of resources, those that can be renewed (like groundwater, plant cycles, sunshine) and … Continue reading