April – May 2014: shopping list and menus

Here is what we bought and what we made from it in the first month of farmers market season. We started shopping at the Poulsbo Farmers Market and switched to Bremerton when it opened. What we bought Greens: salad bowl (lettuce growing in a planter), kale Vegetables: broccoli raab, green onions Roots: last year’s potatoes, new potatoes, carrots, parsnips Fruits: last year’s apples, new rhubarb Meat: Roast beef, steaks, pork roast. Flour: wheat, spelt, triticale. Crumpets from London Maid. Delivered to the door Milk, chicken Pantry Rice, pasta, oatmeal Homegrown Kale, cilantro, herbs, eggs What we made Breakfast: Oatmeal Eggs and crumpets Dinner: Roast, baker, salad Pork chops with rhubarb compote, mashed potatoes, salad Steamed rice, vegetables Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, salad Chicken biryani Beef stew with root vegetables, bread Chicken soup with root vegetables (uses up leftover mashed potatoes) Pantry meal: tuna and pasta Fried rice: uses up all … Continue reading

Bremerton Farmer’s Market

A few rain sprinkles didn’t dampen spirits for opening day of the Bremerton Farmer’s Market. More than 25 vendors pitched their pavilions on the grass beneath the trees near last year’s parking lot location. This new spot allows visitors to park more freely and enjoy a shady stroll among greenery while shopping, chatting, and eating. What to buy: plant starts from farmers and nurseries; tie-dye shirts and home-made aprons; lavender soap and jars of spices. What to eat: smoked salmon, burgers, cheese, kettle korn, crumpets, cookies, and ice cream! Pop into the market to check out the rack of organic seeds, new this year, or chat with a Master Gardener. The market runs 4 to 7 on Thursday evenings, just in time to visit after work and pick up fare for the weekend! Links: Bremerton Farmers Market … Continue reading

Season preview

Kitsap County Agricultural Association members got a sneak peak at the season Monday night. The group held a “Meet the Farmers and the Farmers Market” expo at the regular monthly meeting. This was a great time to connect with the new market managers (Poulsbo and Bremerton each have new ones), shop for a CSA, and check out the newest vendors in the area. KCAA meetings usually include potlucks. This one featured beautiful boule loaves, deviled eggs, spring greens salad with peppery arugula and sweet young leaves, corn chowder, stuffed mushrooms, and three kinds of brownies! Today Alex made his apple cake for the meeting, the delicious scent made me hungry all day. He suggested that I bake bread. I made a boule and a bean spread to go with it. I took it to the meeting and dropped it alongside the other four or five loaves of bread, and labeled … Continue reading