NH Eat Local Month

August is New Hampshire Eat Local Month!

Check back often!  The 2013 events list continues to grow! Also, join us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/nheatlocal?ref=hl

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

July-October  Visit a New Hampshire Agricultural Fair!  See the complete list of NH fairs  at http://vtnhfairs.com/New_Hampshire_Fairs.html

July 20  15th Annual Summer Celebration, Tracie’s Community Farm, LLC, 72 Jaffrey Rd., Fitzwilliam. Potluck, farm tour, fire, and classic rock, blues and bluegrass band playing in barn.  For more information and to RSVP, email farmertracie@hotmail.com or visit www.traciesfarm.com for directions.

July 24  Farm to Table Dinner in the Field, Beans & Greens Farm, 245 Intervale Rd, Gilford.  Elegant all local foods dinner, featuring produce and meats from Beans & Greens Farm. Menu prepared by Chef Kevin Halligan from Local Eatery, Laconia. Limit of 100 guests.  Tickets on sale now at Beans & Greens and Local Eatery ($100pp). See menu and details here http://beansandgreensfarm.com/

July 27    2nd Annual Barnstead Open Farm Day  From10 am-4 pm visit eight Barnstead area farms and get a sense of what happens daily on the farm. Meet animals at many locations and find wonderful products for sale. https://www.facebook.com/TheBarnsteadFarmersAndGardenersNetwork?ref=bf 

July 27  Carroll County Farm Day  Family friendly activities to celebrate farming and rural life, hosted by local 4-H clubs.  9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Complex, 30 County Farm Rd., Ossipee.  See the full schedule at http://extension.unh.edu/Agriculture/Carroll-County-Farm-Day

August (and beyond!)     Follow the NH Ice Cream Trail from Granite State Dairy Promotion and enjoy some of the state’s best frozen dairy treats season long!http://nhdairypromo.org/Images/2013-ice-cream-map.pdf

August (and beyond!)   Visit a NH Certified Local Restaurant. These restaurants have made the commitment to source foods locally and have undergone an evaluation process to certify their sources. http://www.nhfarmtorestaurant.com/restaurant-certified-local-progra/certified-restaurants/

August (and beyond!) Ongoing Food Events at D Acres, 218 Streeter Woods Rd., Dorchester.  Visit http://www.dacres.org/events/events.html for more details.  Here’s a sampling:

First Sunday Farm Feast Breakfast August 4, September 1
First Friday Pizza & Movie Night August 2, September 6
Community Potluck & Open Mic Night July 26, August 30, September 27
Third Thursday Cooking with the Seasons Workshop July 18, August 15, September 19

August   Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub Weekly Specials (in Glen, NH) featuring locally sourced foods, including salads, soups, seafood, beef and more. To find out what’s on the menu for the week, call 383-4344 or visit www.redparkapub.com

August   Product Sampling every weekend at Wilson Farm of NH, 144 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield.  Try fresh grown products such as blueberries and whipped cream, blueberry pies, cakes and strawberry rhubarb items. Other products such as raspberries, tomatoes, corn and bakery items may be available, depending on the season. http://www.wilsonfarm.com/nh_store.html

August 1     Local Foods Festival  9 am-6 pm, Sunflower Natural Foods, 390 S. Main. Laconia. Find foods from over 100 local vendors to celebrate Eat Local Month. 524-6334 http://sunflowernaturalfoods.typepad.com/

August 3    Spider Web Gardens Kids Scavenger Hunt, starting at 1 p.m.,  search throughout Spider Web Gardens, 252 Middle Rd, Center Tuftonboro, NH,  for Nature’s treasures.  Find everything on your list and receive a special prize. It’s free to participate, but pre-registration is requested. Call the farm at 569-5056 for information or to register or email themat spiderwebgardens@ne.twcbc.com.

August 3   Corn & Country Festival Dinner & Dance on the Farm, Beans & Greens Farm, 245 Intervale Rd., Gilford, NH, Contact 293-2853 or www.beansandgreensfarm.com for details.

August 3-31(Saturdays)   Weekly Product Tasting, 2-4 p.m., Trombly Gardens, 150 North River Rd., Milford. http://tromblygardens.ipage.com/

August 4-10     NH Farmers’ Market Week  Celebrate all of New Hampshire’s wonderful farmers markets. Try visiting one or two differnt locations this week. Many markets will have special activities such as music, demonstrations, kid’s activities and more! Here is a list of New Hampshire’s summer season markets: http://agriculture.nh.gov/publications/documents/farmersmarkets.pdf

August 6   Gleaning Program, Keene Public Library, 60 WInter St, Keene, Kay Fox Room.  Learn about gleaning and how it can fight hunger, reduce food waste, support local food producers and build stronger community. Contact Sarah at the Community Kitchen, tckgleaner@gmail.com or 903-2202.

August 7   Picnic at the Canterbury Farmers’ Market, Elkins Library parkig area, Canterbury, 4-6:30 p.m. Get everything you need for a delicious summer picnic at market andsit down and enjoy!  Music performance by Mark Hopkins and Friends. For more information contact canterburyfarmersmarket@gmail.com or www.ccfma.net

August 7   Seed Production Workshop, 6-8 p.m., Sanborn Mills, 7154 Sanborn Road, Loudon.  Are you interested in growing seeds or breeding your own vegetables? Come learn about the challenges associated with growing seeds and different extraction techniques with Cooperative Extension Specialist, Olivia Saunders. Sponsored by NOFA-NH and UNHCE. For more information: http://nofanh.org/nofa-event/nofa-nh-unh-cooperative-extension-seed-production-workshop/

August 9-11   NOFA 3-Day Summer Conference, UMASS Amherst College, Amherst, MA.  The NOFA Summer Conference offers a chance to dive into learning about farming with over 200 workshops and 5 pre-conference intensives. Whether you’re a new or seasoned farmer, homesteader or gardener, you will have your pick of some of the most comprehensive workshops from reputable presenters from across the Northeast regions. For more information: http://nofanh.org/nofa-event/nofa-summer-conference-3-days/

August 10     11th Annual Woods, Water, and Wildlife Festival 10am—3pm at Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Rd, Milton Mills  This family-friendly celebration of the natural world features fun and educational outdoor activities. Take a hayride to the river, observe and learn about NH wildlife, explore the corn maze, take a nature discovery walk, watch demonstrations of traditional skills, take your kids fishing, learn about home brewing or beekeeping, and more! $5/person, $10/family; Free to kids 12 and under. Co-sponsored by Moose Mountains Regional Greenways and Branch Hill Farm/CSFCT. For more info, go to www.mmrg.info/festival.

August 10   Celebrate Eat Local Month at our Localfest from 12-3pm at the Littleton Food Co-op.  Enjoy live music from Copper Cannon Staff members and samples from local area vendors. Enter in our First Annual Zucchini Contest on our Facebook Page and bring your Zucchini to Localfest to be displayed. Judging will take place at 2:30pm. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/374964382626847/  In addition, Localfest kicks off our Eat Local Challenge in which we challenge you to eat local within a 100 mile radius for a week. Visit our website for more information, www.littletoncoop.org”  

August 11   First Annual Customer Appreciation Day, High Street Farm House, Goffstown, 12- 6 p.m. (We just opened around the first of the year).  Local pig roast/buffet.  $12/person.  We will also be having a wiffle ball derby, horseshoes, putting green challenge, face painting and live music. It’s a great family friendly event.   384-1990 Highstreetfarmhouse@gmail.com, www.highstreetfarmhouse.net

August 16   Small Scale Grain Workshop, 9 a.m.-noon, Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH. Equipment demonstartion and discussion of planting, cleaning and drying small grains. For more information, contact Stonewall Farm at 357-7278.

August 17   Barnyard BBQ, Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd.,  Keene, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join us for an afternoon filled with games, BBQ, tractors, music, and more! What better way to celebratethe summertime? No entrance fee! 357-7278, http://www.stonewallfarm.org/

August 17   Dishing Out Change program, Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth, 5-7 p.m. An evening with nationally recognized activist and entrepreneur, Judy Wicks.  Sample local treats and hear stories from both Judy and other local female restauratuers who serve change one plate at a time. RSVP to facebook.com/NewHampshireWomensInitiative/events or call 778-9731 for more information.

August 18   Community Vegetable Mandala, Blaisdell Memorial Library, 129 Stage Rd., Nottingham, 1-4 p.m. The Nottingham Farmers’ Market will host a community art project to celebrate the harvest and benefit the local food pantry. A fruit and vegetable mandala will be constructed using produce from local farms and gardens.  All attending the market are invited to contribute to the design, by either bringing produce from your garden, or purchasing items from the market to add to the mandala. When the market day ends and the mandala is finished, all of the produce will be dontated to the Nottingham Food Pantry. https://www.facebook.com/nottinghamfarmersmarket

August 18   The Great American Organic & Grow Local Picnic, 1-4p.m., 99 Stackpole Road, Somersworth.  A traditional family-style picnic with all organic and locally grown food, including hamburgers, hotdogs, salads, frozen deserts and beverages. Vegan and Gluten-free foods available. Hosted by Chef David Dubois, Stafford County Sheriff.   For more information visit www.organicpicnic.org

August 25   Water Bath Canning, 1-4 p.m., 17 Main Street, Durham.  Learn traditional and contemporary canning methods from experienced canners, take the intimidation out of the process. Sponsored by NOFA-NH and Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group. For more information: http://nofanh.org/nofa-event/water-bath-canning/

August 25   Peach Festival, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Alyson’s Apple Orchard, Walpole. Join us for our Peach Festival as we host a Peach Bake-Off (any peach dessert recipe can be entered between 9 & 10 AM), a Peach-Eating Contest for Kids at noon & a Peach Pit Spitting Contest (directly following.)   Come dressed in festive, peach-colored clothing, and participate in our “Little Miss Peach” Pageant (Ages 6 months to 12 years!)at 12:30 PM.  We will be sampling our Apple-Peach Sangria & Blanco Peach Wine from LaBelle Winery (12-3 pm.), Ice cream from Walpole Creamery and local BBQ fare will be on sale from 11-3.  There will be juicy peaches for sale, as well as PYO Peaches and Apples, Wagon Rides, Face & Body Painting and Farm Stand shopping.  (Store hours: 10-6 pm daily) www.alysonsorchard.com

August 28   Twilight Meeting and Research Field Day, 5-7 pm at University of New Hampshire Woodman Farm, Durham, NH. In cooperation with the NH Vegetable & Berry Growers’ Association.

August 31  Local Foods BBQ, 1 – 6pm, Monadnock Food Co-op, Keene.  Celebrate local food and local music during the Keene Music Festival.  The Co-op hosts music a Local Foods BBQ featuring NH grown and raised goodness from Mayfair Farm and Tracie’s Community Farm. http://monadnockfood.coop/event/local-foods-bbq/

September 7  North Country Farm Tours, visit various farms from 9 am-4pm.  Details at www.northcountryfarmers.org

September 8   North Country Chef’s Challenge, Colebrook Country Club, 15 Abenaki Way, Colebrook, NH. Local chefs compete for Top Chef of the North Country. The best chefs prepare the best local food for up to 150 guests. $25 donation requested.  Call 726-6992 or ncfarmerscoop@gmail.com for details and reservations.

September7-8   Organic and Sustainable Farm Weekend,  26 NH farms open their doors to visitors all weekend long with tours, demos, food tastings and other activities. Get the list of farms and details at www.nofanh.org.  

 

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