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Bainbridge fisherman offers Alaskan sockeye salmon

Bainbridge commercial fisherman Victor Cramer is now filling orders for this year's catch of Alaskan sockeye salmon.

This Bainbridge Island family has owned a gillnet fishing boat since 1992 and the sockeye salmon is caught in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Bristol Bay is home of the largest natural sockeye salmon run in the world. It is closely managed by the State of Alaska and is a certified sustainable fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council. The fish run began in mid-June and finished toward the end of July. The sockeye salmon are immediately bled and refrigerated after being caught, processed and blast frozen in Alaska so the fish is of the highest quality. It was then shipped back to Seattle and is available now.

Each 10 pound box contains 12 to 13 packages of sockeye salmon and costs $100.00. The smaller packages make it easy to store in your freezer. Contact Claire Cramer before June 21st at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for orders.

Restaurants add local food to the menu

Have you ever wondered if any of your favorite restaurants are serving food grown on local farms? We did. So last week we made a quick survey of the farmers at the Bainbridge Farmers’ Market and here are the results!

Drive (or bike) down scenic Big Valley Road to Molly Ward Gardens and you'll find Betsey Wittick’s wonderful potatoes on the menu.  While you’re out and about, check out Mor Mor in downtown Poulsbo. Peter Weber of Farmhouse Organics said that the owners are committed to sourcing locally and buy “everything” Farmhouse has to offer. Peter also sells tomatoes to the new Italian restaurant, Burrata Bistro, in Poulsbo.

We wrote an earlier profile of the Agate Pass Café which buys tomatoes from Farmhouse Organics as well as pea vines and salad from Persephone Farm. Butler Green Farms supplies greens to Bella Luna Pizzaria in Suquamish.

At Four Swallows on Bainbridge, you’ll find lots of produce from Persephone Farm. Farmer Rebecca Slattery sells them a long list of scrumptious produce including summer squash, cauliflower, Swiss chard and rapini (aka broccoli rabe). You may also be served tomatoes, beets and corn from Farmhouse Organics when you take a seat at this well-known local restaurant.

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Food Inc., the movie, starts Friday at Lynwood Theatre

Food labels depict an idyllic pastoral image of American farming.  The sun rises behind reassuring red barns & white frame farmhouses, and contented cows graze in wide-open grasslands.  This is a fantasy.  The family farm is largely a thing of the past - today we live in the age of giant commercial food processors.  Most of what Americans now eat is produced by a handful of highly centralized mega-businesses, and FOOD INC shows how this situation is detrimental to health, environment, even our very humanity.  Based on the outlook & advice by best-selling authors Eric Schlosser ('Fast Food Nation') and Michael Pollen ('The Omnivore's Dilemma'), this new film is an exposé that offers some hope that things can be made better through grassroots efforts.  It addresses the antibiotics & additives in our meat & food, our animal husbandry, the prevalence of E. coli, organic food vs processed food, the ubiquitous corn additives in our food, and how the mega-food industry feeds off of exploited low-wage illegal immigrants who are as expendable as the animals who become a literal part of the food chain.  And just why is a fast food hamburger cheaper than local produce?  FOOD INC is a practical film that speaks with the voices of farmers, advocates, and journalists, and focuses on food, what's wrong with it, and what we can do about it.

Click here to watch the trailer

Show times:
Friday August 28 - Thursday September 3
Friday - 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:30
Saturday, Sunday - 2:45, 7:15, 9:30
Monday - Thursday - 5:00, 7:15, 9:30

Ferry Farm Stand makes the Weekly's "Best of Seattle" list!

Sound Food's FSeattle Weekly Best of Seattle erry Farm Stand was included in Seattle Weekly's "Best of Seattle 2009." Here's what the Weekly has to say about our Wednesday evening markets at the ferry terminal: "The farmers market comes to the boat dock, allowing Bainbridge commuters to shop for dinner on the way home and shop local. Organized by a group called Sound Food, the Bainbridge Island Ferry Farm Stand sells $5 bags of locally grown fruit and veggies on Wednesday afternoon landings (at 3:45, 4:40, and 5:30 p.m.) through September. In this case, local means grown on the island itself or on nearby Kitsap County farms. This commuter-tailored market offers a quick, grab-able way not to plop down a lot of money to get green—in food and deed."

Sound Food's Ferry Farm Stand opens Wednesday!

Busy ferry commuters will be able to stock up on locally-grown produce at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal starting tomorrow. Sound Food's Ferry Farm Ferry Farm Stand produceStand will offer produce from Kitsap County farms each Wednesday through September. We'll be there to meet passengers coming off the 3:45, 4:40 and 5:30 pm ferries from Seattle.

This week's offerings will include luscious strawberries from Bainbridge island Farms, sugar snap peas, salad greens, broccoli and carrots from Butler Green Farm, and flower bouquets from Leapfrog Farm. Everything is packaged in convenient $5 quantities to make sure everyone gets to their bus, car or bike without delay. Each week we'll feature different local farmers.

The Farm Stand is staffed by Sound Food volunteers, and the proceeds go directly back to the farmers. We bring the farm to you, so you can support local farms and get the very best local produce without going out of your way!

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