Daily Archives: October 19, 2008

A bountiful island harvest = an added day at the market

With the island’s farms still bursting with abundance, the Bainbridge Farmers Market is adding one extra day to its regular season.

The market will run until Oct. 25 before taking a break and moving indoors starting in late November.

Yesterday, the market was bustling with customers and vendors.

The guys from Tanni Creek Farm had quite a few varieties of squash, and even more ways to describe their flavors (“nutty and sweet”…”savory and buttery”) and ways to cook them, including a few recipes for squash-based baby food.

Island fisherman Paul Svornich was offering his canned tuna after returning recently from another ocean adventure, and Farmhouse Organics had just a touch of honey left until next year’s harvest.

The market will reopen at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on Nov. 22 and close in late December.

For more on the market, visit bainbridgefarmersmarket.com

Bainbridge police face ‘cuts on top of cuts’

While one Bainbridge police officer was in Port Orchard to drop a suspect off at the county jail the other two on-duty officers were rushing to the home of suicidal woman with a kitchen knife.

That’s about the time their radios crackled with reports of a car collision blocking a major island roadway.

“If we had anybody loose, we would have sent somebody,” said Bainbridge Police Chief Matt Haney, recounting a busy evening for his department late last month. “But when things happen all at once, all of a sudden… sometimes we don’t have the flexibility to cover all things.”

The department’s ability to cover the island may stretch even thinner next year with proposed budget reductions that would pull one patrol officer position from the payroll and eliminate the city’s emergency manager.

“The perception could be that ‘oh, it’s just one officer,’ but it does impact everything,” Haney said, expecting a roster of 22 commissioned officers in 2009. “It’ll be tough next year.”

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