Holiday shopping ideas

Looking for gifts to meet the Buy Local Christmas challenge? Or elegant treats for holiday parties? Here are some ideas: gift boxes of locally smoked salmon, cheese and nuts from Crimson Cove; a six-pack of sasparilla, blackberry, root beer and other sodas from Hummingbird Hill; a pint of seasonal ice cream (try pumpkin!) from Viking Feast. All these local vendors we have come to know and appreciate through local farmers markets can be found in Poulsbo. Crimson Cove, Viking Feast and Hummingbird Hill all make and sell their wonderful foods at the industrial park at the corner of Bond and Gunderson Roads (for your GPS, the address is 22273 Stottlemeyer Road NE in Poulsbo). The vendors held a mini-fair on Friday October 29 – Crimson Cove’s annual open house, Viking Feast’s grand opening, and a chance for everyone to throw up their tent and hand out samples. CBC Chocolates had … Continue reading

Shopping local

I don’t have a 100% local or regional diet for two reasons. First, several times a week I eat in restaurants which source food from commercial restaurant suppliers. Most importantly, not everything I need for a complete cuisine grows in my foodshed. That said, it’s amazing to me how much I can actually buy from the farmer’s markets, especially the big one in Poulsbo. Garden: Fresh herbs, lettuce, tomatoes, vegetables in season. 2010 has been a good year for lettuce and bad year for tomatoes. I grow most of the herbs I use in cooking. Farmer’s markets or Fresh Local: Salads: lettuce, radishes, cucumbers. Vegetables: garlic, onions, potatoes, carrots, other vegetables in season. Fruit: in season, including strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, pears, and watermelons. Protein: eggs, cheese, salmon and tuna, free-range chickens, grass-fed beef and pork. Baking: flour, honey. Isn’t that amazing? Central Market: Dairy: milk, cream, butter, sour cream, … Continue reading