NH Eat Local Month

August is New Hampshire Eat Local Month!

Check back often!  The list of 2014 events will continue to grow!  Also, join us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/nheatlocal?ref=hlchickens 5

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, offerd 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, sponosred 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 famres, 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 uner 12. Limited quantities. First come, first served. Check our website for additionalevent 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 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 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 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 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 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 26:    Canning Workshop (date changed form Aug. 5), 6:30-8 pm at the Monadnock Food Co-op, Keene.  Details here:  http://monadnockfood.coop/event/canning-food-preservation-workshop/

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 dDSCN1467esigned 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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