Local sweets can’t be beat!
New Hampshire Maple Weekend is just around the corner and, in honor of that sweet New England treat, we are featuring maple syrup at the Winter Farmers’ Market this Saturday, March 22nd, at Wentworth Greenhouses from 10am to 2pm! Not only can you come and sample several maple treats and concoctions, you can learn a thing or two about cooking with local sweets like maple syrup and honey. Get a jump start and start salivating over the Honey and Maple recipes on our Pinterest and Winter Recipe pages!
Market Highlights for March 22
• Featured Food: Maple Syrup! There will be all sorts of delicious maple offerings including maple sugar, maple cream and candy, maple syrup in grades of your choice (Don’t know about Maple grading? Ask and get a sample from the vendors), maple cotton candy, and all sorts of delicious snacks and treats made with local maple syrup! We’ll have a Cooking with Natural Sweeteners Q&A with Seacoast Eat Local volunteers Erin Allgood and Jen Purrenhage passing out samples and recipes. Maple vendors include Anderson’s Mini Maples, Sugarmomma’s Maple Farm, and White Gate Farm. Honey vendors include Cracked An Egg Farm, Hollister Family Farm, Riverside Farm, and White Gate Farm.
• High Mowing Seeds from Seacoast Eat Local — Celebrate with local food at the greenhouse and start forming your own local food plans with High Mowing Organic Seeds for sale at the Seacoast Eat Local table. We’ve also got a number of great books to get you started with local growing and even small scale animal husbandry. Make 2014 the year you take the plunge and start raising your own food.
• Food Donations — Collected by Cornucopia Food Pantry, nearly 2,000 pounds of food have already been donated during the Winter Farmers’ Market!
• Live Music — What a sweet treat, Andrea Szirbik is back at the market to entertain and amaze!
• Guest Non-Profit — Surfrider Foundation will be at the market this Saturday to inform you about their environmental protection efforts to ensure the ocean, waves and beach are protected and preserved for the use and enjoyment of all.
• Composting at the market: Mr. Fox Composting will be continuing our ongoing partnership, collecting compostable material throughout the market season and educating attendees on the value and importance of closing the waste stream loop.
Extra parking and front door drop-off with our friendly shuttle service
Those of you that have been to the market before know parking can get a bit crowded at the beginning of the day. We always encourage folks to get together with friends and carpool, or to come later in the day. We also have overflow parking with our partner Salmon Falls Stoneware. A shuttle will bring you to and from the market at Wentworth Greenhouses throughout market hours. Click over to this map for market location and overflow parking.
Use SNAP and Debit Cards at the Market
All vendors at the Winter Farmers’ Markets accept SNAP/EBT! Visit the booth with the “Buy Your Tokens Here” sign to get started. Through Seacoast Eat Local’s Market Match program, receive up to an additional $10 free to buy fruits and vegetables! Debit cards can also be used to purchase tokens that can be used just like cash at the markets too! Learn more about how this program works at our website. This program is made possible through your generous donations, a partnership with Wholesome Wave, and founding and ongoing support from funds of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
Show your support for local food and volunteer
Whether you are looking to be involved in the community, shop locally, eat more regionally grown and seasonal foods, or just get out and make new friends, be part of the growing movement and get involved with the SEL Winter Farmers’ Market! We look for a morning crew of at least 10 volunteers to help with market set-up (assist with vendor parking, helping unload vendor vehicles, and moving tables). We also need 7–8 friendly and outgoing foodies to help at our information booth and around the market. Even if you can’t make it to help at this market, sign up now to volunteer at a future market. Contact: Leo Smock-Randall, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank-you to our Market Sponsors
Seacoast Eat Local’s Winter Farmers Markets are made possible with the generous support of our market sponsors — The Farm at Eastman’s Corner, Season Underwriter; Wentworth Greenhouses, Exeter Hospital, The Black Birch, and Blue Moon Yoga, Market Underwriters; and Moxy Restaurant, Cooking Skills Series Sponsor.
Nourish your body, your friendships and the local agricultural community, shop at the Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers’ Market! For more information: www.seacoasteatlocal.org.