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Workshops at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn, NH:

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Help Wanted: Three River Farmers Alliance

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Help Wanted: Customer Service Rep & Driver

Three River Farmers Alliance is seeking a motivated individual to play a key role in our local food distribution service. Our ideal candidate has a strong interest in local food, has a background in food or agriculture, has excellent communication skills, is comfortable driving a truck, has strong computer/technology skills, and has the ability to work independently. Three River Farmers Alliance is a farmer-owned local food delivery service based in the Seacoast area of NH. Learn more at Three River Farmers Alliance

Weekly Responsibilities:

Mondays

  • Contact customers to remind them of the deadline for ordering or answer questions they may have

  • Technical assistance for customers

  • Send reminder email and push message to customers

  • Cold-calling / cold-emailing to new accounts

Wednesdays & Thursdays

  • Delivery of goods to client list

  • Customer service during drop off

Tuesdays & Fridays

  • Schedule meetings with new accounts

  • Visit new accounts to drop off pamphlet and talk about service

  • Develop additional outreach materials

  • Work on new account paperwork regarding S.O.P.’s & food safety

Throughout the week

  • Technical assistance for customers

  • Email or phone support for questions

  • Social media posts and other outreach

Commitment: 30-40 hours / week. Requires driving box truck and the ability to lift fifty pounds. Some driving on non-delivery days for new client contact.

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to admin@threeriverfa.com

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Grass-fed Meats Offered at the Winter Farmers’ Markets

Written by Emily Whitmore
Seacoast Eat Local Intern                           

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The Seacoast Eat Local farmers’ markets are loaded with many varieties of high quality protein, including grass-fed meats. Protein is an essential part of our diet and is a vital nutrient used to build and repair tissues in the body. When we think of protein, a few sources that typically come to mind include beef, pork, fish and poultry. There are many different management methods when it comes to raising livestock, and today we will discuss the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed meats.

Grass-fed meats, whether beef, bison, or elk are jam packed with flavor. But the difference between grass-fed and corn-fed meats go well beyond taste profiles. Since childhood we’ve been taught that eating lots of greens can be very beneficial for our health, and this holds true for livestock as well! Cows are ruminants and herbivores, who thrive on high quality pasture and hay. One hundred percent grass-fed meats come from livestock that consumed only grass from beginning to end, with no corn or grain supplement at any point during their growth.

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This grass-only diet is reflected in the meat which is considered lean, and is lower in total fat and calories. Saturated fats are of particular concern when consuming meats because they can raise cholesterol levels which can increase risk of heart disease. However, grassfed meats are lower in these saturated fats when compared to grain-fed livestock. Grassfed meats have also been shown to contain a higher content of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA is a fatty acid that has been shown to have cancer prevention benefits. Grass-fed meats are also higher in omega-3s, which are fatty acids that decrease triglyceride levels in the blood and have been shown to be beneficial for cardiovascular health. Another health benefit includes higher amounts of essential vitamins A and E. These vitamins are necessary in vision health, growth and development, and heart and brain disease prevention. Despite the health benefits, making sure to stick to healthy serving sizes of protein is essential for good health. The recommended portion sizes for lean meat, poultry and fish according to the American Heart Association is 3 oz.

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http://rampages.us/evonut/2014/10/12/grass-fed-beef-from-a-small-local-farm/

 

Not only does grassfed meat prove to be beneficial for eaters, but in general the livestock benefit as well. By definition, grass-fed livestock have to have access to pasture and open spaces, meaning that they are not confined to small, overcrowded feedlots. As a result they can experience less stress, which can lead to reduced amounts of disease.

Now that you’re an expert on grassfed meats, pick some up for yourself from the Bison Project, New Roots Farm or Velvet Pastures Elk Ranch at this week’s Pick Your Protein Market! And even if meat isn’t your thing, don’t panic! The market also has plenty vegetarian sources of protein available such as eggs, beans and lentils. Come support our farmers and snag some beans or soybeans from Baer’s Best Farm and some free-range eggs from White Cedar or White Gate Farms!

 

Sources:

http://www.mercola.com/beef/cla.html

http://www.americangrassfedbeef.com/grass-fed-natural-beef.asp

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Caregiver/Replenish/WhatisaServing/What-is-a-Serving_UCM_301838_Article.jsp

http://www.sustainabletable.org/260/animal-feed

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Seacoast Eat Local’s ‘Drink Local’ Tasting at Market!

Drink Local BannerWe are very excited to announce that during the March 14th Winter Farmers’ Market at Wentworth Greenhouses, Seacoast Eat Local will be hosting our first ever, ‘Drink Local’ Tasting Event! We believe in connecting people with the farms that grow their food and local food producers that do their part to source from area farms. This extends to the many beverage crafters incorporating more local ingredients. We are happy to be bringing together brewers, distillers, mead & cider makers to share their story, farm connections, and offer tastings of a selection of their libations. The event will take place at the Winter Market and run from 11:00am-1:30pm on 3/14. There will be a $5 entrance fee for the tasting event. You must be 21 or older to participate and IDs will be checked at the entrance.

Participating Guests:

Throwback Brewery

Smoky Quartz Distillery

Sea Hagg Distillery

Sap House Meadery

North Country Hard Cider

7th Settlement Brewery

Mark your calendars & share with your friends!

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Serve Your Community, Become a FoodCorps Service Member!

foodcorpsThe application to be a FoodCorps service member is now open through March 31st! If you are looking for a position in which you can serve your community, help kids get excited about vegetables, learn new skills, and become part of a network of food changemakers around the country, then this opportunity is for you:

FoodCorps is a nationwide team of Americorps leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. FoodCorps places motivated individuals in limited-resource communities for a year of public service, where they conduct hands-on food education, build and tend school gardens, teach cooking lessons, and facilitate the procurement of high quality local food into public school cafeterias. FoodCorps is currently in its fourth year of programming, with 11 month service terms running September through July.

FoodCorps Maine is hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and its partnership with local non-profit organizations throughout the state. In addition to spots in communities across Maine, we also have positions available in AR, AZ, CA, CT, DC, GA, HI, MA, MI, MS, MT, NC, NJ, NM, OR, and NYC pending funding.

In order to be considered for a FoodCorps service member position, you must:
• Be 18 years or older by the start of service (September 1, 2015).
• Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
• Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

For more information: www.foodcorps.org

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“Grow it Right” Plant Sale: Asparagus, Rhubarb and Berry Plants

strawberries-2067-250x187University of Maine Cooperative Extension is taking orders for its “Grow It Right!” plant sale offering asparagus, rhubarb and berry plants suitable for Maine’s climate and ready for spring planting:

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and its Master Gardener Volunteers are offering a “Grow it Right!” plant sale in 2015 to raise funds for its Master Gardener Volunteers program. The educational aspect of this special project sets it apart from other plant sales. Available plants are a highbush blueberry three-pack, two varieties per pack, $35.95; 10-pack of asparagus crowns, $15; 25 young dormant strawberry plants, $15; five raspberry canes, $18; three blackberry canes, $25; and rhubarb crowns, $12 each. All are suitable for Maine’s climate and will be ready for spring planting.

Graduates of the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program have been active for more than 30 years, doing demonstrations, creating community gardens, organizing educational events, growing food for Maine Harvest for Hunger and leading community-based volunteer efforts. Sale proceeds will support these projects and provide need-based program scholarships.

Orders must be placed by May 1. Plants will be available for pickup at Extension county offices Saturday, May 16 or Monday, May 18, depending on location. Purchase plants and get more information, including video clips on site selection and soil testing online.

To place a mail order, call Andrea Herr, 207.781.6099. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Richard Brzozowski, 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (in Maine), richard.brzozowski@maine.edu; or Marjorie Peronto, 207.667.8212, 800.287.1479 (in Maine), marjorie.peronto@maine.edu.

For more information: http://umaine.edu/gardening/master-gardeners/benefit/

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Kittery Community Garden Planning Meeting, March 2

community gardenKittery Community Garden Planning Meeting
Kittery Adult Education
Venue: Traip Academy, Kittery, ME
Date: Monday, March 2,
Time: 6-7 pm
Fee: Free and open to the public, preregistration requested

Community gardens are popping up all over the world, allowing folks to raise their own food in a community setting. Community gardens take many different forms—what would you like to see in Kittery? Come to a planning meeting for an exchange of ideas of how to create one here in Kittery. We’ll also have a few people in attendance who have planned successful community gardens and can share their experiences with us.

For more information: https://kittery.coursestorm.com/course/community-garden-planning-meeting

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Learn the Lingo with Seacoast Harvest!

First Time Market Shopper?

Overwhelmed with Options?

Seacoast Harvest can help you Learn the Lingo!

First Time Shopper from Seacoast Eat Local on Vimeo.

Thanks to Tilling Time Media for the creation of this video!

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Pick your Protein at the Winter Farmers’ Market!

Saturday, Feb 28th is our Pick your Protein Winter Farmers’ Market at Exeter High School from 10-2. There are so many options these days, it pays to plan ahead. Whether you are looking for something grass fed, pasture raised, certified organic or beyond, there is a farm at market to fill your needs. Take a little time and check out the farms that will be in attendance. Our Seacoast Harvest Guide also provides lots of information on farm practices and a list of all the foods these awesome farmers are growing and raising to feed you!

Let’s talk options….

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Beans

Bison Project
Bison

Brandmoore Farm
Beef, Pork

Brookford Farm
Beef, Chicken, Pork

Coppal House Farm
Chicken

Hurd Farm
Beef, Chicken, Pork

Kellie Brook Farm
Beef, Chicken, Pork

New Roots Farm
Beef, Chicken, Pork

Riverslea Farm
Goat, Lamb

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Chicken, Lamb, Pork, Rabbit

The Root Seller
Beans

Top of the Hill Farm
Beef, Lamb, Pork

Vernon Family Farm
Chicken

White Cedar Farm
Lamb, Pork

Don’t forget the beans, dark greens and other great sources of protein. (Don’t worry it’s all available at the market!)

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Find a CSA Farm near you!

We are bringing together lots of amazing area farms for CSA Day at the Winter Farmers’ Market on Saturday, February 28 in Exeter High School from 10-2. Check out the interactive map below to find a CSA farm near you. Stop by the Winter Market on 2/28 and meet the farmers that would grow your food.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a business model for farms that is shaped by the direct link between consumers and growers. A consumer can purchase ‘shares’ up front, which provides much needed early season capital for the farmer to plan and plant for expected markets. The ‘shares’ are then used for fresh food throughout the season.

Mark your calendars and tell your friends! CSA Farms at the Exeter Market will include: Sirois Family Farm, Stout Oak Farm, Brandmoore Farm, Mildred’s Drumlin Farm, Red Manse Farm, Heron Pond Farm, Brookford Farm, Wake Robin Farm, Meadow’s Mirth Farm, White Cedar Farm, Riverside Farm, and NH Community Seafood!

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