I missed a week of the Kitsap Farm Calendar last week
because things on the farm have been pretty busy. Butchered 15
roosters last week so things are quiet again and the other good
news is that the cow calved and she and her bouncing baby boy
bovine are doing well. Time to make cheese!
Last night as I stepped out on the porch I was surprised to feel
a nip in the air – so enjoy the last golden days of summer.
Soon the kids will be back in school and it will be time for cider
pressing, pumpkin patches and fall festivals AND Tomato
Taste-Offs. Most of the local markets will be offering them
in the coming month. Take time to visit your local farmer’s
market and taste what it is all about!
Kitsap County Fair and Rodeo –
Agricultural exhibits, events, and the Kitsap Junior Livestock
Association Market Animal Auction (Saturday) at the Kitsap County
Fairgrounds. Be sure and pick up your passport at the Kitsap WSU
Extension booth (in the Cat Barn) and take a tour of Kitsap
Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market Tomato Taste-Off
~ September 4, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Home growers can enter the best of their home-growns in 3
categories: Cherry Tomatoes (bring 6 for judging), Salad Tomatoes
(bring 3) and Slicing Tomatoes (bring 1). There’s a prestigious
panel of judges and prizes for all first place winners. And, Buy
Local Radio will be broadcasting live from the event!
Poulsbo Farmers Market 7th Annual Tomato Taste-Off
~ September 11, 9:00-10:30.
The Tomato Taste-Off (TTO) is open to backyard and professional
growers – Cooking/Canning, Cherry, Slicing. The winners will be
announced at 12:00 noon the same day. Prizes will be awarded.
Thanks to Valley Nursery for their sponsorship! Information at
Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market Busy Buzy Bees
~ September 11, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Charles Schaffer is back by popular demand to share his
know-how, entertain with bee lore, and help local hives thrive.
Port Orchard Farmers Market Great Tomato Taste-Off
~ September 11, 9:00 - 10:30
Three classes: slicing, paste/roma, and cherry. Free, no
limit to the number of entries. Prizes will be awarded for
each class winner with a grand prize (and bragging rights) to the
overall champion. For more information see the market website
at www.pofarmersmarket.org or call 360-710-9085.
WSU Kitsap Extension Sustainable Small Acreage Farming &
Ranching Overview Course
September 15 – December 16
WSU Kitsap Extension is offering the Sustainable Small Acreage
Farming & Ranching Overview Course. Two locations: Norm
Dicks Government Center – Wednesdays, Sept 15-Dec 15, 2010 OR
Fairgrounds Complex, Training Center – Thursdays, Sept 16-Dec 16,
2010. The Registration Form online at:
http://kitsap.wsu.edu/ag/sustainable_ag_class.htm . This
course is for anyone interested in developing a small acreage farm
or ranch using sustainable practices.
- Learn what it takes to have a sustainable small acreage farm or
ranch and take a realistic look at goals, resources needed and
- Guest farmers speak to the class and field trips are taken to
- Open to academic students and community members for continuing
Course fee: $250.00 per individual, family or farm – includes
textbooks and materials. For more information contact: Arno
Bergstrom, 360-337-7225 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW!! Farm Hands
Fall Afterschool Programs ~ September 14 –
A Locally Grown Farm & Food Experience hosted at historic
Suyematsu-Bentryn and Morales Farms on Bainbridge Island. For
more info: http://www.globalsourcenetwork.org/FFCE-farmhandsfall2010.htm.
NEW!! Preserve the
Harvest: Under Pressure! ~ August 14 &
Conquer your fear! Learn how to safely pressure can low acid
foods such as vegetables, seafood, and meats. We will be canning
low-acid vegetables. The Saturday class will run from 2:00-5:00
p.m. The Tuesday class will run from 6:00-9:00 p.m. $30.
Registration info: http://kitsap.wsu.edu or
or (360) 337-7157
Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market Poultry Pageant
~ September 24, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Don’t chicken out! This is pure Island fun with fowl bingo,
prizes for the best-dressed chicken (we’re talking tiaras, not
chestnut stuffing!), and other hi-jinks.
Kitsap Community Food Co-op Fall Fair ~
October 2, 10:00am – 4:00pm
An event for the entire family! Pumpkin carving, cider press
demonstrations, live music in The Orchard, arts & crafts
vendors, pony rides, eco-art for children provided by Kids LEAP,
and enter to win 2 airline tickets and many other items donated by
local artists and businesses! In Southworth at Rodstol Lane
Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner/Bainbridge Wine
Weekend ~ October, 2, 3:00 – 8:00pm
As part of the Bainbridge Wine Weekend, the acclaimed
“restaurant without walls”, with Hitchcock’s Chef Brendan McGill,
will benefit the Kitsap Community and Agricultural Alliance.
$200. Wine, five courses, and live music at Tani Creek