NH Eat Local Month

August is New Hampshire Eat Local Month!

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Have an event to add to this list? Email the details to nhagriculture@agr.nh.gov

July 15- September 9:   Preserving your Harvest: the Basics of Preserving Food Safely, offered by UNH Cooperative Extension at locations around the state. Learn about pickling, canning and freezing using the latest methods and recipes to preserve your foods safely.  Preregistration requested. $5/person registration fee. See a complete list of locations and dates here: http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource004043_Rep5720.pdf.

July 26:   Third Annual Barnstead Open Farm Day, sponsored by the Barnstead Farmers and Gardeners Network. Self-guided tour of 10 local farms available from 10 am – 4 pm. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Robin at 269-5591 or Don at 435-0277. For more information and a list of participating farms, visit Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/TheBarnsteadFarmersAndGardenersNetwork

July 26:   Carroll County Farm Day, 9 am – 3 pm, Carroll County Farm, Rte 171, Ossipee. A celebration of rural life and farming with hands-on workshops, demonstrations and activities for farmers, aspiring farmers and families. 603-447-3834, bettylou.canty@unh.edu, www.extension.unh.edu/Agriculture/carroll-county-farm-day

August 2:   Farm Tour: Walpole Valley Farms, 10-11:30 am. Sponsored by the Monadnock Food Co-op.  Details here:  http://monadnockfood.coop/event/farm-tour-walpole-valley-farms/

August 3:   First Annual Farm to Fork Potluck Lunch, 11 am – 1 pm,  Salem Farmers’ Market, Lake St. Garden Center, info@salemfarmersmarket.com.  To kick-off National Farmers Market Week and NH Eat Local Month in August, Salem NH Farmers Market is hosting its first “Farm to Fork” lunch. The event is a way to support family farms and create an enjoyable, healthy community event focused on local produce and products. Enjoy a fresh grilled hamburger or sausage with sides and desserts all prepared by the Market and its farmers. Suggested donation is $10 per adult and $5 for children under 12. Limited quantities. First come, first served. Check our website for additional event listings and like us on Facebook for up-to-date news. www.SalemNHFarmersMarket.org facebook.com/salemnhfarmersmarket

August 3-9:    National and New Hampshire Farmers’ Market Week.  Special events and activities at market locations throughout the week. Visit http://www.agriculture.nh.gov/publications-forms/documents/farmers-market-directory.pdf to view a directory of NH Farmers’ Markets.

August 6:  Come Picnic at the Market, Canterbury Farmers Market, Canterbury Center, 4-6:30 pm. To kick off this very delicious month, we invite you to take your market purchases, pull up a chair, and have a picnic with us! Everything you need for a great meal is just a few steps from the table…you can hardly get more local than that! We’ll provide tables, chairs, cutting boards and knives, salt n peppa, sandwich spreads, and great music. The rest of the picnic ingredients are up to you (and the vendors, of course). LIVE MUSIC will be by Canterbury’s own “Mark Hopkins and Some Friends.” canterburyfarmersmarket@gmail.com

August 7:   The Herbal Kitchen: Preserving Your Herbal Harvest, 6-8 pm, New England College, Classroom B, 62 N. Main St., Concord. Sponsored by NOFA-NH, this workshop will demonstrate making herbal honey and herbal vinegar. Drying and storing, freezing, cordials, teas, herb and spice blends and more will be discussed. Participants will go home with 2 oz. herbal honey and 1/2 oz. herbal vinegar. Course instructor is Maria Noel Groves, clinical herbalist. Pre-registration is requested, $25/person fee. Registration information here: https://nofanh.org/nofa-event/nofa-nh-herbal-kitchen-preserving-herbal-harvest/

August 8:  Local Foods BBQ, 5-8 pm\, at the Monadnock Food Co-op, Keene. Details here:  http://monadnockfood.coop/event/local-foods-bbq-celebrate-nh-eat-local-month/

August 9:    FULL MOON Chicken BBQ dinner/dance, Beans & Greens Farm, 25 Intervale Rd, Gilford. 603-293-2853, www.beansandgreensfarm.com. Bring the whole family for exciting daytime and evening activities.  Sample delicious “corn” food items.  Top the day off with a Roast Corn & Chicken BBQ and music by local favorite,  SumX4.     Visit our website for more details in July.

August 9Littleton Co-op:   Localfest, noon-3pm, Littleton Food Cooperative, 43 Bethlehem Rd., 603-444-1430, is www.littletoncoop.org , Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Littleton.Food.Coop?ref_type=bookmark. Local vendors will be sampling their products. Meet local producers and try new foods.  Live entertainment.

August 9-10:   Garden Tour at Petals in the Pines, 126 Baptist Rd., Canterbury, 9 am – 3pm each day. 20 themed gardens to view. Guided tours available or self-guided option. $5/adult. Kids free. Explore Outdoor Classroom activity are for kids. donna@petalsinthepines.com or www.petalsinthepines.com.

August 12: En Plein Air for Kids, at Petals in the Pines, 126 Baptist Rd, Canterbury, 10-11:30 am or 1-2:30 pm.  En plein air means painting in the open air. Kids show their artistic express through observation of nature. With paints, brushes and a few techniques, kids will create their own masterpieces from the gardens they see. $10/adult with 1 child, $/additional child ($20 max.). Infants free.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. donna@petalsinthepines.com or www.petalsinthepines.com.

August 13:  3rd Annual  ”Seafood Throwdown”, at the Rye Farmers’ Market, Rye Center, 580 Washington Rd., 2:30-5:30 pm. sorazi3@comcast.net. Two chefs will be making a complete seafood meal, with local fish and ingredients from that day’s market. The competition will be during the market hours, with plans to be serving to the judges by 5:00. The Rye Market is every Wednesday, 2:30-5:30 through September 24 Photos from last year’s competition can be found at  http://on.fb.me/16CGwHf

August 13:   “Bountiful Baskets” at the Canterbury Farmers’ Market, Canterbury Center, 4-6:30 pm. Bring your favorite basket, plain or decorated, to the market. After you have done your shopping and filled your basket with all sorts of local goodness, return to the Market Info table to get a picture taken of your delicious creation. A prize for the most bountiful and beautiful basket! LIVE MUSIC by TAPAS. canterburyfarmersmarket@gmail.com

August 16:   2nd Annual Durham Farm Day, 10 am-4 pm. Self-tour of 7 area farms, including UNH farm facilities.  Times at some locations vary. Contact the Town of Durham Agriculture Commission for a list of participating farms and activities.

August 16:  NH Agricultural Experiment Station tours and activities at Durham Farm Day will feature open hours at the Fairchild Dairy during milking time from 3-4:30pm; guided tours at Woodman horticulture Farm at 2 pm. Contact 603-862-2809 for more information.

August 17:   Peach Festival, Applecrest Farm, 113 Exeter Rd., Hampton Falls, 603-926-3721, www.applecrest.com. 9th annual celebration of all things peachy!  Applecrest is home to more that 20 varieties of succulent, tree-ripened peaches, nectarines and plums.  Come spend the day and pick ‘em straight from the tree.  Our peach festival features free live bluegrass music, tractor-drawn hayrides to the peach orchard, our famous corn roast and sausage grill, hot cider donus and every peach-inspired yummy under the sun.

August 17:   Community Vegetable Mandala, 1-4 pm at the Nottingham Farmers Market, Blaisdell Memorial Library. Bring our own vegetables and fruits or purchase some form local farm vendors to contribute to the Mandala.  All produce is donated to local families in need.  For more information or to see pictures of last year’s Mandala, visit the market’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nottinghamfarmersmarket

August 19:   Food Safety for Poultry Producers Workshop, 9 am – 12:30 pm, Milford (directions provided upon registration). This session will highlight recommended food safety practices at each step in poultry processing to provide a safe an high quality product.  $20/person fee  ($5 additional for attendees from the same farm). Register online at www.bit.ly/poultryworkshop or call (603) 679-5616 by August 15bkfcukesmall

August 20:   Gleaning Information Session, 5:30-6:30 pm at the Monadnock Food Co-op, Keene. Learn about gleaning and how it fights hunger, supports local farmers and reduces waste. Discover how you can get involved. http://monadnockfood.coop/event/gleaning-info-session/

August 20:   The Zu-Mato Festival at the Canterbury Farmers’ Market, Canterbury Center, 4-6:30 pm. This is the season when all the gardens are bursting with our favorite varieties of red and green fruit! Well…and yellow, and brown, and pink, and zebra striped, and orange, and all sorts of crazy heirloom tomato colors. Come celebrate the season at the ZU-MATO FESTIVAL! Contests for the BIGGEST and the BEST DRESSED ZUCCHINI. You can bring your zuke already in costume, or bring it … shhhhhhh … naked … and dress it here using materials we supply. Extra points awarded if you and your zuke are dressed as a team!  Do you have a favorite zucchini bread, cake, or fritter recipe? Send it to us at canterburyfarmersmarket@gmail.com and we will be happy to print it out to share with others! Stop by the Market Info Tent for free recipes to take home with you.  LIVE MUSIC by Paul Hubert. 

August 22:   Garden Tour, Distant Hill Gardens, 4-6 pm,  507 March Hill Rd., Walpole. In partnership with the Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD) view intriguing gardens created with plantings from the CCCD  Plant Sale over the past 20 years. Please register at 756-2988, ext. 115 or sharlene@cheshireconservation.org. Suggested donation of $5/person.

August 22:   Farmhouse Country Dinner, Remick Museum & Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Rd., Tamworth. Two seatings: 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. A true farm-to-table experience! Featuring meat and produce raised/grown at Remick Farm. $12/adults; $8/children under 12. BYO Beer/Wine. Call for menu. Reservations required. www.remickmuseum.org

August 23: Extend Your Garden Season Workshops, Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth, NH. 9-11am Storing Your Harvest, Learn the best conditions to store and preserve fruit and vegetables – enjoy their harvest through the winter months. 12-2pm Closing Up Your Garden Take the steps necessary to prepare your garden for the winter, assess this year’s success, and plan for next year. The work you do in your garden this fall ensures a healthy garden in the spring! $5 per session, payable at door. Pre-registration is necessary due to space limitations. For more information or to register, contact Ron Christie at (603) 679-5616 or ron.christie@unh.edu.

August 23:   Farm to Table Dinner at the Stonlea Barn by Dublin Lake, produced/hosted by Farm John’s Plot, Dublin,  farmerjohnsplot@gmail.com or 603-289-5927.  This is a fundraiser dinner to support Farmer John’s Plot non-profit mission.  We will be serving a multi-course meal made from our farm fresh produce, meats, maple syrup and eggs!  There will also be a tasting of local wines, live music and a tour of our CSA gardens!  For tickets or more information contact us at the email or phone above.

August 24:  Farmers’ Dinner Summer BBQ at Fulchino Vineyard, 5pm, Hollis. The evening features wine tours and tastings, four course meal, wine pairings with meal.  Reservations required: http://www.thefarmersdinner.com/farmers-dinner-events/fulchino-vinery/

August 26:    Canning Workshop (date changed from Aug. 5), 6:30-8 pm at the Monadnock Food Co-op, Keene.  Details here:  http://monadnockfood.coop/event/canning-food-preservation-workshop/

August 26:   Seed Saving Workshop, Remick Museum & Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Rd., Tamworth,  6–8 p.m. Led by Olivia Saunders from UNH Cooperative Extension. Learn about best practices for growing seeds and breeding your own vegetables in NH. No charge.

August 27:  “Hey, Hey, It’s Poetry Day!” at the Canterbury Farmers’ Market, Canterbury Center 4-6:30 pm. Share your favorite farm or garden poem! Send your old-time favorite, or a spanking new original poem to us at canterburyfarmersmarket@gmail.com. We will feature them on our website, share them through our FaceBook page, have copies available at the Market Info tent, and take over the mic from the musicians and read a few at the market that day! LIVE MUSIC by Fiona Shea

August 30 – September 1:    Labor Day Weekend Grand Opening  of the 2014 Corn Maze, Beans & Greens Farm, 25 Intervale Rd, Gilford, 603-293-2893, www.beansandgreens.com.  New challenges &  games in an entirely new maze designed to challenge your wits and common sense!  Don’t miss the fun!  This is the largest Corn Maze in central NH and is open daily for all ages from 10am-5pm.  Look for night maze hours and details on our website! Team Building opportunities are also available in the Corn Maze.  Call for ideas!

August 30:   Music Festival/Local Foods BBQ, 1-6 pm at the Monadnock Food Co-op, Keene. Details here: http://monadnockfood.coop/event/local-foods-bbq-keene-music-festival/

August 31  BBQ Burgers &  Live music with the Home Folks Band,  12:30 -3:30 p.m., Beans & Greens Farm, 25 Intervale Rd., Gilford, 603-293-2893, www.beansandgreensfarm.com.  Featuring our grass fed beef burgers or sausage/fries/salad of choice from deli $10 adults, $5 kids.

Ongoing:    Wine Tastings and Tours, Jewell Towne Vineyards, Daily, 11 am – 4 pm, Mon.-Fri. and 11 am – 5 pm, Sat.-Sun., 183 Whitehall Rd., S. Hampton. www.jewelltownevineyards.com, info@jewelltownevineyards.com. Tour the vineyards and winery and taste award winning wines.

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