Herb day

With the garden coming in, the farmer’s markets in full swing, and orchard produce streaming across the mountains, August is the busiest month for putting food by. Every day I try to do at least one task. Today I worked on herbs. Last Thursday at the Bremerton Farmer’s Market, Jean Schanen sold me a fistful of what she said was the best parsley she’d every grown. Saturday at the Poulsbo Farmer’s Market I picked up some basil. Time to break out the new Nesco food dehydrator and try out herbs. It took most of the day for them to actually dry out. I’d picked one of my dill plants in its prime, tied it with string, and hung it in the living room to dry. When it was finished I stored it in a plastic bag until I was ready to deal with it. Today was the day I finally … Continue reading

A Culinary Adventure

You might have heard of the 100 mile diet. The idea is that you cook only with ingredients that came from a 100 mile circle around your house. Now, I live in Washington State, an agricultural state, and a hundred miles from my house I can find wheat fields, dairies, orchards, fisheries, even cranberry bogs, so it’s easy for me to put together a meal plan that stays in-state. More specifically, I live in unicorporated Kitsap County between Bremerton and Silverdale. Many of the communities in my county began as farming and fishing towns, and there are still many farms, heritage farms and newly established spreads. Whenever possible I cook and eat food grown and prepared just in my county. Why would I do that? Lots of reasons: to serve myself, my family, and my friends with the healthiest possible food; to support local and sustainable agriculture; to limit my … Continue reading