Market winter

One of the skills that’s dropped out of the American home is the ability to figure out how much food the family needs to store for the winter. My goal is to make it through to next spring. A root cellar check last week revealed the potato store was low. Fortunately the Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market runs a winter market in December. Last Saturday I made a run out to the island to refill the root cellar. Persephone Farm posted a note that they were done for the season. Fortunately there were a couple of farmers on site who had specifically bagged potatos for cellaring through the winter. Oh, and they had Ozette potatos, the Makah root vegetables which are on the Terra Madre heritage list. Back home I tucked the potatos into the back of the pantry, which is staying a nice 56. I turned the squashes and found … Continue reading

Bainbridge Island Farmers Market moves indoors for the season

My home farmers market is Bremerton, and I usually make it out to Poulsbo’s market too. Both have closed for the season, so on Saturday Alex and I made the trek out to Bainbridge Island, which had one more outdoor Saturday. The last time I visited I didn’t realize that this market is limited to Bainbridge Island farmers. There’s a definite character to each market which I have come to love; the Bainbridge farmers make such beautiful displays, they’re like art installations. I seem to find many more varieties of potato at this market. There are seven wineries on the island, several of which show up to the market. I picked up a bottle of Perennial Vintners’ verjus, non-alcoholic juice made from unripe grapes, which can be used instead of lemon juice or vinegar. Also a bottle of Bainbridge Island Wineries’ Ferry White to add to the jar of vinegar … Continue reading

Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market

Hey Seattle peeps, Bainbridge Island makes a lovely fall day trip. You can walk on the ferry in Seattle, and once on the island, walk a few blocks to the heart of town. The Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April to October. It’s held at Town Square on City Hall Park. If you drive on the ferry, take a left at the first light, Winslow Way, and then a right on Madison Avenue, and look for a place to park in that block. I was drawn away from my usual Saturday stop at the Poulsbo Farmer’s Market to the Bainbridge Island market by the chance to connect with a beekeeper at the Busy Buzzy Bees booth. Beekeeper Charles Schaffer brought his extractor and a hive. I’m interested in a top bar hive and was worried that the West Sound Beekeepers Association would favor … Continue reading