Join us this Saturday, April 14th, when 40+ farmers and food producers will be inside Exeter High School’s cafeteria, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for our next Indoor Farmers’ Market. You can find details at www.seacoasteatlocal.org.
- Spring dug parsnips: these parsnips have been underground all winter, and are dug as soon as the soil thaws in the spring. During the winter freeze, their starches turn to sugars as a means of the plant protecting itself. The result is tender, sweet parsnips that are a unique treat this time of year. Try these recipes!
- Eggs continue to be in abundance, with chickens laying very productively during the spring. Fresh eggs last for five weeks in the refrigerator, stock up! Eggs are nutritious and switching to local eggs makes a positive impact on our environment. Here are some great recipe ideas for eggs for dinner.
- Greens are flourishing in the increasing day length. From familiar greens like salad mix, spinach, Swiss chard, kale, and beet greens to interesting varieties of Asian greens, these delicious greens continue to be a highlight of the markets.
- There will also be an amazing variety of vegetables, meats, milk, cheese, eggs, baked goods, prepared meals, and more sweet and savory treats.
- Product Search — Want to find out which farmers plan to have ham? Or anything else you might hope to buy? Try the product search!
- Interactive Market Maps allow you to see which vendor will be where inside the market. With over 40 farmers and food producers, this tool is a way to help you find the foods you are looking for.
Get Your Goat
We’ll be celebrating all things goat at the April 14th market: goat milk, goat meat, and goat cheese! Goats are an important agricultural animal throughout the world. They are efficient and sustainable, economically turning fodder into food. Worldwide, more people drink goat milk and eat goat meat than consume products from cows. Lactose intolerance to goat milk is very rare, and goat meat is lean and low in cholesteral.
- Try Jesta Farm‘s goat milk, Hickory Nut Farm and Via Lactea Farm goat cheeses, and goat meat (sometimes called chevon) from Riverslea Farm and Jenness Farm.
- Plan ahead with these delicious goat meat recipes, Read more about the flavor, nutrition, and sustainability of goat in the NY Times and the Washington Post, and background information from the USDA: “Goat from Farm to Table.”
Knife Sharpening with On the Edge
Bring your knives and garden tools to the market to be sharpened! On the Edge Knife Sharpening will be on site to sharpen your knives and tools while you shop. View their website for pricing information on different kinds of blades, tools, and additional information. Sharp knives make cooking a pleasure!
Zero Waste and Composting
EcoMovement Consulting & Hauling is helping us work toward less waste at the markets. Look for their Zero Waste station on April 14th to recycle or compost at the market. All food scraps (meat and dairy included), most paper products, and bioplastics are compostable. EcoMovement staff will be on hand to explain and help us compost as much as we can!
Activities at the Market
- Free Kid’s Activity: Screamers Cafe will be offering gardening activities for your kid — Leslie will keep them engaged while you shop!
- Live Music by Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band!
- Nonprofits at the market: The Exeter Theater Company, the fantastic group behind the efforts to reopen and preserve the Ioka Theater, will be at the market with information about their efforts and plans underway.
- Food donations will be accepted by Saint Vincent de Paul of Exeter on behalf of those in need. Fresh foods are encouraged; consider buying extra potatoes, carrots or eggs to donate.
- Exeter High School is located at 315 Epping Road, Exeter, NH. Here’s a map!
- Online Resources: View a full list of market vendors, search for available food, or check our interactive market maps to see which vendor will be attending a particular market
- SNAP & Debit Tokens: SNAP (foodstamps) can now be used at the winter farmers’ market — SNAP customers swipe their EBT cards at the market info booth, and then use tokens to shop with approved vendors. Help us spread the word about this important new project to provide access to wholesome foods to people of all incomes. Debit card customers can also purchase tokens to be used with all vendors. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Partial funding for this project provided by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
Many thanks to our sponsors Veris Wealth Partners, the Winter Season Underwriter; Exeter Hospital, the Exeter Market Underwriter; and Chappell Tractor, the April 14th Sponsor for helping to make these markets possible!
For more information: www.seacoasteatlocal.org