Daily Archives: May 29, 2009

Strawberry fields forever?

Sound Food photo
Sound Food photo
Sound Foods has a new post about an island school’s work to revive the Marshall strawberry.

The Marshall once dominated the island’s farming landscape and fueled the island’s economy.

“Then they almost disappeared,” writes Sound Food’s Carolyn Goodwin. “Not just from Bainbridge Island, but altogether. Marshall Strawberries have been listed as one of the 10 most endangered food plants in the U.S. But thanks in part to the efforts of some hardworking kids at Bainbridge Island’s Voyager Montessori Elementary School the Bainbridge Island Marshall strawberry will grace the dessert plates of at least one more generation.”

The Marshall fell out of favor in the 1960s as the marketplace began demanding berries that could better withstand shipping and storage, and were easier to grow.

Read the full post here.

And click here to see my story from back in September about the Bainbridge Historical Museum’s quiet dedication the Marshall.

“One team, one island, one goal”

baseballoneteamoneislandbannerThe Bainbridge High School baseball team is two wins away from its first state championship.

“Absolutely, it’s been a total community effort,” coach Jayson Gore told Sun sports reporter Terry Mosher. “It has been for (at least) 10 years. Just everybody has helped out. Our kids help out, parents, parents in the past, kids in the past keep coming back. They all want to see the program going in the right direction.”

The team wears custom T-shirts depicting the island with an arrow pointing toward Safeco Field. That’s where the Spartans play today at 1 p.m. against top-ranked Timberline High School.

Read more about the team’s final push for the title here.