Emily’s Post: What Do YOU Want to Know?

This week, I have spent time thinking about what exactly I should focus on in my blog posts throughout the summer. After speaking with Jill about a few potential options, I decided to do a series, spending each week focusing on a farm (and farmers) from the Portsmouth Farmer’s Market. However, the question still stands to what my central theme should be on this topic. I would love to hear from consumers and farmers alike to find out what the blog readers really want to know about this community. Jill has helped me to come up with a few potential directions, which I will list below:

  • Identifying the ‘farmer philosophy’ of each grower

  • Identifying the ‘signature crop’ of each grower

  • The history behind each farm and farmer, how they came to where they are today

  • A singular message or outlook that each farmer wants to share with their community

  • Please let me know if you have any other ideas!

I plan to create small videos of each farm and farmer to add to the blog as well, providing a visual that shows their farm as well as their participation in the Portsmouth market each Saturday. We will see how it goes! Being an amateur videographer, there is a chance I am biting off a bit more than I can chew.

The message that I want to bring to every community is to be conscious and aware of everything that you are putting into your body. Food is vital to our survival, and what we eat can dramatically increase or decrease our health, happiness and quality of life. As I am growing older and making more decisions on my own of what I am eating, I have become exponentially more aware of the effects of healthy food on my lifestyle. Being able to combine all of these foods into amazing recipes is a great way to make this a larger (and more central) part of your life!

That’s all for now. Hopefully next week I’ll have a contribution from a person with much more wisdom on this topic (as opposed to my 20-year old amateur and ambitious self). Happy growing!


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  1. Sandy
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    So you ask what I would like to know… it would be great to know what is going to be available at the market so I can plan my shopping list or menu for the week. Preparation ideas and recipes would be welcome as well. I went to the Kittery market this Sunday I was surprised to find rhubarb still available and then disappointed to find strawberries weren’t available. If I had known that the strawberries were limited might’ve made it to the market earlier. I understand that all this information may not be available… it would be grand to be able to check what might be available the day before I’m going to the market. Once the harvest gets into full swing not as much of a issue but Information about availability definitely could help customers and farmers. Thanks!

    • Emily Bonenfant
      Posted June 27, 2017 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sandy! I mentioned this to Cole Gove, the market manager for Portsmouth and he has also been thinking about this! He is toying with the idea of collecting this information and posting it on the Seacoast Grower’s Association social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). If you follow these accounts, I believe there will be some updates. He also creates short videos of the food at each market. Thanks for providing feedback!

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