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6 Tasty Summer Recipes Using Local Produce

Summer is the perfect time to try a new recipe using delicious, local produce and goods made right here in Kitsap County. We’re fortunate to live in a place with many wonderful local farms and farmers’ markets so why not take advantage? Enjoy tasty, healthy, locally-grown food by testing out these easy summer recipes below.

Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Puffs

These easy-to-make, tasty morsels combine savory smoked salmon and fresh asparagus. It’s the perfect appetizer for a summer dinner party or potluck. You can find fresh, local asparagus at the Poulsbo Farmers Market or order it online from Kitsap Fresh. Additionally, you can pick up smoked salmon from Crimson Cove in downtown Poulsbo or order it online through Kitsap Fresh.

Manila Clams in Garlic and Beer

This easy recipe is for the seafood lovers in your life and only takes 30 minutes. Stop by Suquamish Seafoods (open Wednesday – Sunday) for excellent local clams. And, you can even buy the olive oil, basil, garlic, red onions, and beer that this recipe calls for right here in Kitsap County, making it a truly locally sourced meal. Pair this with some crusty bread and you’ll be all set. We recommend picking up delicious homemade bread from Borrowed Kitchen Bakery in Kingston, Sluys Poulsbo Bakery, or Pane d’Amore Artisan Bakery on Bainbridge Island.

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken

Flavorful and juicy, this chicken entree is sure to be a family favorite. This recipe comes from Bremerton’s popular Spiva Cooking and calls for their excellent savory seasoning. It combines an interesting mix of flavors by using cranberries and a date puree as well as prosciutto and toasted walnuts. We recommend using local chicken breasts for this recipe. Walker Meadow Farm in Poulsbo sells chicken breasts and their chickens are pasture-raised with no GMOs, corn, or soy.

Summer Salad with Blackberries

What better way to celebrate summer in the PNW than with a salad that uses blackberries? They’re found all over. Medulla Farms in Bremerton offers a nice selection of microgreens. They are available at Kitsap FreshKitsap Community Food Co-Op or they can be delivered through their website.

Carrot and Kohlrabi Slaw

Move over traditional coleslaw, this slaw recipe features the “cabbage cousin” kohlrabi. You can find kohlrabi and carrots at many local farms across the Kitsap Peninsula. Visit the Poulsbo Farmers Market or order them online from Kitsap Fresh. Packed with vitamins and nutrients, this slaw would be a nice compliment to the chicken recipe above.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble Bars

This summer recipes list wouldn’t be complete without something sweet. With just fifteen minutes to prep and 40 minutes of baking time, these dessert bars are easier to make than a pie and a satisfying summer treat. You can find wonderful, local strawberries and rhubarb at our local farmers’ markets. Or, you can order them online from Kitsap Fresh, which currently features rhubarb from Persephone Farm in Indianola.