Although we are rarely asked what’s in our french fries, we do get lots of comparisons to what Americans consider the flagship of fries – the ones that come in the red and yellow cardboard container underneath those yellow arches. Our list is a rather boring list since we make fries with only two (2) ingredients. We julienne russet potatoes and then double-fry them in trans-fat-free rice bran oil. But, back in 2015, in its effort for transparency, the clown-led, mega-chain published its list of ingredients using former Mythbusters host, Grant Imhara, in a video that you can find on Youtube.

To save you from the search (and several wasted hours getting side-tracked by kitten and bikini fishing videos) I’ll share their published ngredients list in the U.S.A.:

     1. Potatoes

     2. Canola oil

     3. Soybean oil

     4. Hydrogenated soybean oil

     5. Natural beef flavor

     6. Hydrolyzed wheat

     7. Hydrolyzed milk

     8. Citric acid

     9. Dimethylpolysiloxane

    10. Dextrose

    11. Sodium acid pyrophosphate

    12. Salt

    13. Corn oil

    14.Tertiary Butylhydroquinone

The first ingredient that neither you nor I can pronounce (#9) is used as an anti-foaming agent in the fryer oil. It is a silicone-based polymer and also used as a lubricant and conditioning agent in caulks and adhesives. The last unpronounceable ingredient (#14) is a synthetic antioxidant that is added to foods to prevent or delay oxidation.

“The difference in rates of dosage rises to at least nine times as much in the case of cattle raised for beef, and may be as high as 16 times the rate of dosage per cow in the UK.”

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“Nearly three quarters of the total use of antibiotics worldwide is thought to be on animals rather than humans, which raises serious questions over intensive farming and the potential effects on antibiotic resistance, which can easily be spread to people.”



Washington Pears!

October 2nd, 2017

Did you know Washington and Oregon together grow roughly 86 percent on the nation’s pears? Read on to find out more facts residents should know.

Cultivating Success: a curriculum for local food systems
“Starting a Specialty Food Business”

When: August 21 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Olympic College, Poulsbo, Room 220

Sponsored by Farm Services Agency, WSU Extension and Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance

Presented by Kim Hoffmann, Washington State Department of Agriculture, with guest speakers.

Learn about how you can start a specialty food business, including home-based production. Kim Hoffmann from the Washington State Department of Agriculture–plus specialty food producer guests–will talk about operations and requirements, product and cost considerations, & helpful resources and programs.

This class is the second in a series of monthly, local food systems courses for new and beginning farmers and producers. To learn about the series, visit

Doors and registration open at 4:00 pm
Course fee $20
Day-of-class registration $20 permitted on a space-available basis; cash or check only.
Light refreshments served, but please bring a sack lunch.


Jim Faddis, Cort Armstrong, Rick Meade and John Pyles collaborate in an acoustic quartet that puts singing at the forefront of their sound. A very simple and distinctive instrumentation accompanies the band’s smooth vocal sound and brings the songs they perform to life. Like a fine whiskey, FarmStrong’s sound is pure distilled country magic.  Not exactly what some would consider a country band, and definitely not a bluegrass band, FarmStrong taps deep into the roots of these musical genres, as it reaches beyond the surface to a vast array of American roots based music, from folk and rock, to Motown and blues.


The Colonels of Truth are a 6 member high energy bluegrass band out of Seattle. This band wasn’t formed by child hood friends nor was it formed in some magical meeting one night at a bar. Like good whiskey it was distilled over years of playing with many musicians at various jams, house parties, and festivals. These are the guys that at 2 am are the ones that think the jam is just getting going. These are the guys that drive 2 hours one way to regularly go to a jam. They took their time slowly gathering like minded individuals under one banner to create the Colonels of Truth. When these guys get on stage you can tell not only are they talented musicians, but they really enjoy making music together. While these musicians prefer playing bluegrass music, they have highly diverse musical backgrounds from classical, jazz, funk, reggae, Brazilian, and rock and they bring the best of all these styles under one roof, energy of a rock show, precision vocal and instrumental harmonies, off the cuff improvisation, funk and reggae jams. Colonels of Truth play traditional bluegrass standards, appalachian old-timey tunes, obscure newgrass tunes, and original tunes. All of the members are song writers and arrangers, some of them have even won awards in song writing contests, and they bring this creativity to their playing.

Justin Blotsky picks beets in Mt. Vernon, Washington on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Photo by Clay Lomneth / The American Legion.

Justin Blotsky picks beets in Mt. Vernon, Washington on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Photo by Clay Lomneth / The American Legion.

“I’ve known a lot of people who have been to combat and came back quite changed,” explained Kenny Holzemer, a 22-year retried navy air crewman and the executive director for of Growing Veterans.

Growing Veterans is a Washington-based organization that aims to help veterans successfully transition into civilian life through sustainable organic farming. Launched in 2012, co-founders Marine Corps veteran, Chris Brown, and mental health counselor, Christina Wolf, recognized that farming can be both a therapeutic activity for returning veterans and a way to explore a potential new career path.

“It’s a really great opportunity to bring the healing powers of nature to people,” explained Wolf. “And the healing powers of having a community of people who you can rely on.”

Recent studies have looked at the mental health benefits of gardening. But Wolf says she doesn’t need any scientific research to know farming can be therapeutic. “Those of us who do it just know instinctively that it helps us feel better. Researchers are like, ‘How can we study it and prove it?’ But it’s just something so innate to people. We just get it.”

The organization has also developed its own three-day peer-support training for staff members, volunteers, and anyone else interested in taking the course.

“As we were working with a lot of veterans on our farms, we found that a lot of people wanted to be kind of a support system for others, but they didn’t feel like they had the skills to do that,” explained Wolf. In addition to the veterans who enter the program as farmers and volunteers, veterans make up eighty percent of the organization’s staff.

“Our training is really on both sides. How to be a helper to someone else, and how to get help for yourself when you need it,” Wolf explained. “We just see that as a normal human experience. It’s not a bad thing for me to support you—it’s just a human thing. We all need that sometimes.”

Find out how to help Growing Veterans efforts at:

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, based in Washington, DC, advocates for clean energy solutions mostly on the federal level.  They recently filmed Congressman Reichert in his office about clean energy and its importance in Washington state.  He specifically mentioned Impact Bioenergy and used part of PSE‘s Pub HORSE video in their video as well.  Click below to watch.


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The Central Kitsap Farmers Market was established in 2017 by the Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance in response to the community’s requests to provide a centralized outlet for producers as well as an easily accessible market for all.

The market takes place every Tuesday from 3pm – 7pm in Old Town Silverdale, between the Waterfront Park and boat launch. The 2017 season starts Tuesday, May 2nd and goes through Tuesday, October 10th.

Questions about the market? Contact