NH Eat Local Month

August is New Hampshire Eat Local Month!

Have a 2015 event to add to this list? Email the details to nhagriculture@agr.nh.gov

peachesJuly 19: Brunch & Bubbles in the Vineyard, 10:30 am – 2 pm, Flag Hill Winery & Distillery, 297 North River Road, Lee. Enjoy a delightful menu including chef’s carving station with roast beef and ham, lobster, shrimp, salmon, fresh fruit and much more, and of course, Flag Hill’s own sparkling white wine and specialty Bloody Marys.  $34/person or $30/person with tables of 6-10. For reservations call 659-2949.  More information: www.flaghill.com

July 25: Temple Farms & Barns tour–9:30 am- 4 pm. Come to Temple, NH to visit seven beautiful historic-barns spanning nearly 3 centuries! Early Bird admission to Temple Farms & Barns is $20, $25 at the gate. Youngsters 12 and under are admitted free, teenagers at half price. Pick up order forms at the Temple Store and at the Toadstool Bookshops in Peterborough and Milford, and at www.templebarns.org.

July 30-Aug. 2: Cheshire Fair’s Buy Local, NH: Taste of Neighbor Made. For more info contact Jori at info@cheshirefair.org

July 31: Blue Moon Chicken BBQ, Beans & Greens Farm Pavilion, Gilford, 6-10 pm. All food grown on site! Music by local favorites the Crunchy Western Boys. $35/person, adults, $25 for children.  Call or visit to reserve, 293-2853, www.beansandgreensfarm.com.

August and Beyond:  NH Ice Cream Trail. Visit almost 50 ice cream scoop shops across New Hampshire. Keep track of your visits on the ice cream passport and enter to win prizes! http://www.nhdairypromo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/ice-cream-trail-2015.pdf

August: Plant Your Own Herb Bowl. All month long the staff at Rolling Green Nursery, 64 Breakfast Hill Rd., Greenland, invites you to come by any time and they will help you create your own herb garden.  Also,  check out their edible container gardens! http://rollinggreennursery.com/

Thursdays in August: Community Educational Garden Tour at the Farmers’ Market Educational Community Garden at 6pm Berlin Farmers’ Market. Highlighting the Harvard Pilgrim Community Garden created by the Berlin Farmers’ Market in connection to the Coos Botanical Garden Club and WREN in the ten raised beds educational teaching garden where you can touch, taste and learn about growing your own garden at home. The Farmers Market will be running on Pleasant Street,
Berlin NH from 3-7pm with live music by Claude Pigeon from 4-6pm.

MFM4

August 2-8:    National and New Hampshire Farmers’ Market Week.  Special events and activities and wonderful vendors of all kinds 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 summer season Farmers’ Markets.

August 3: Herbal Beauty, 10 am at Spider Web Gardens, 252 Middle Rd, Tuftonboro. Dina Farrell, farmer/herbalist and owner of The Olde Ways at Mustard Seed Farm in Wolfeboro, NH will be giving a talk on “Herbs for Health and Beauty”, to include how to make skin care products from fresh herbs. Learn what herbs you can grow yourself and the beautiful benefits of them! Please rsvp 569-5056.

August, 6, 13, 20, 27: Live Music Thursday at LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst. Live music and dining in the Bistro or outside on the vineyard view terrace. http://www.labellewinerynh.com/thursday-music-series/

August 7: Local Foods BBQ, 5 – 7 pm at Monadnock Food Co-op, 34 Cypress Street, Keene.  The Co-op’s Local Food BBQs celebrate what’s fresh, local and in season in our region — and brings our community together to enjoy the harvest.  Also, enjoy local music during the BBQ.  Cost: $9/Plate includes two side dishes. Event menu and updates: http://monadnockfood.coop/event/local-foods-bbq-4/

August 8: Green Team Kids Garden Wind Chimes, 1 pm at Spider Web Gardens, 252 Middle Rd, Tuftonboro. Calling all kids! Wind chimes are beautiful and practical additions to our garden. We will craft our own using recycled materials. Green Team Kids’ series of free events that Spider Web Gardens is hosting again this year. Green Team Kids promote children learning about dirt, plants, and our green environment. Green Team Kids mission is committed to teaching the youth of New Hampshire to discover how much fun can be found in, on and around the earth. Green Team workshops are free. However, pre-registration is required. Call 569-5056 or email spiderwebgardens@ne.twcbc.com . Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to keep up with our jam packed events schedule and our specials.

August 9: The Farmer’s Dinner at LaBelle Winery – a REAL hyper local farm to table experience prepared by the Farmer Dinner! This event will feature a five course meal sourced from local ingredients and masterfully prepared. A special tour and tasting will be available for an additional charge before the event takes place. You will learn the history of LaBelle Winery and get to sample a variety of wines made right on site. During the dinner, local farmers will share their stories with the guests in between courses. http://www.thefarmersdinner.com/event/labellewinery/

August 9, 23: Yoga in the Vineyard in partnership with NH Power Yoga.  Yogis stay to dine in The Bistro at LaBelle Winery and/or enjoy a tasting after their class! http://www.labellewinerynh.com/recurring-events-at-labelle-winery/yoga-at-labelle-winery/

August 11:   Monadnock Berries Free Farm Tour, Troy,  10am – 11:30am.  Join the Monadnock Food Co-op for a walk around Monadnock Berries, one of the largest blueberry farms in New Hampshire, to learn from farmers Anthony and Fenella Levick about their Integrated Pest Management growing practices, other berries they grow, how to best prune and look after your own bushes, how they encourage pollinators, and the interesting history of their farm since 1770. Take in their gorgeous view while tasting different berry varieties and sample some berry beer from their new nano brewery, Mooselick Brewing.  Event listing at the Co-op: http://monadnockfood.coop/event/monadnock-berries-farm-tour/

August 12: The Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Series– Amy LaBelle leads this instructional class where participants enjoy learning to cook with wine and to sample what is created! http://www.labellewinerynh.com/recurring-events-at-labelle-winery/cookingwithwine/

August 12: Cooking with Herbs and Vegetables, 11am at Spider Web Gardens, 252 Middle Rd, Tuftonboro. Dana Duxbury-Fox has been a lifelong summer resident of Tuftonboro at her family’s cabin on Lower Beech Pond.  It was there she learned to love the out-of-doors and developed a strong curiosity about birds, butterflies and many other animals and plants.  She is a keen gardener both at her winter home in Massachusetts and at her cabin specializing in flowers and herbs on her summer cabin deck.  On August 12 she will share her knowledge of herbs by demonstrating how to cook with herbs and farm fresh vegetables. There will samples to taste as well! This session is free and open to the public however preregistration is requested: (603) 569-5056 or spiderwebgardens@ne.twcbc.com.

August 15: 3rd Annual Durham Farm Day, 10 am – 4 pm, various farm locations in Durham.  Bring your family and friends and explore Durham farms and gardens. See details and list of participating farms:  https://www.ci.durham.nh.us/boc_agricultural/2015-durham-farm-day

CHEESE GUILD (12 OF 47)August 16:  2015 NH Wine Festival – Live Free & Wine, Presented by the NH Winery Association at Flag Hill Winery & Distillery, Lee, noon-2 pm and 3-5 pm. There will be 15 New Hampshire wineries represented who will be sampling and selling their wines. Patrons are invited to try new wine, cider & mead varieties and re-examine their old favorites. Enjoy music and other vendors featuring locally made items and food.  . Online event ticket sales are $ 35.95 per person which includes a Special Event Logo Tasting Glass, 10 ticket samples plus free parking. Additional sampling tickets will be on sale at the event. This year we will offer two sessions, 12 – 2 pm and 3 –5 pm so you can visit earlier or later. Tickets and information online at www.nhwineryassociation.com

August 18: Canning & Food Preservation Workshop, 6:30 – 8 pm at Monadnock Food Co-op, 34 Cypress Street, Keene. Billie Stark and Sandy Hamm will present a free workshop on preserving your own garden produce.  The workshop will include recipes, samples for tasting/testing, tips and suggestions, and a question and answer period. They’ll explain how to use tools and touch upon various techniques used in the process of canning.  Between the two of them, Sandy and Billie have over 70 years of experience in growing, canning, and preserving food to feed their families. RSVP: http://monadnockfood.coop/event/canning-and-preserving-workshop/

August 19: Know your Dragonflies, 10am at Spider Web Gardens, 252 Middle Rd, Tuftonboro. Learn about our native dragonflies. Did you know that there are multiple types of dragonflies found here in New Hampshire? Learn about our native species. All ages are invited. Keep your fingers crossed, we will try to capture some live specimens, or bring your own to identify! Our expert dragonfly will be the enchanting Dana Duxbury Fox. This session is free and open to the public however preregistration is requested: (603) 569-5056 or spiderwebgardens@ne.twcbc.com

August 21: Local Foods BBQ, 5 – 7 pm at Monadnock Food Co-op, 34 Cypress Street, Keene.  The Co-op’s Local Food BBQs celebrate what’s fresh, local and in season in our region — and brings our community together to enjoy the harvest.  Also, enjoy local music during the BBQ.  Cost: $9/Plate includes two side dishes. Event menu and updates: http://monadnockfood.coop/event/local-foods-bbq-5/

August 23: Peach Festival, Applecrest Farm Orchards, 133 Exeter Rd., Hampton Falls, 10 am- 4pm. Our 10th annual celebration of all things peachy! Applecrest is home to more than 20 distinct 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 donuts and every peach inspired yummy under the sun. www.applecrest.com

August 25: Screening of the film “DIRT!”  by the Kearsarge Food Hub and Sweet Beet Farm Stand in partnership with the Main Street Warner Stage. Local foods will be served following the movie along with a discussion about local farming. For more information:  www.kearsargefoodhub.com

August 27: Florals: Up Close and Personal, 10 am-noon at Spider Web Gardens, 252 Middle Rd, Tuftonboro. Introductory class in working with oil pastels. $25 per person (includes supplies), class limit 12. Sign up for this introductory class to working with oil pastels with a close-up look at flowers. Choose your own flower to study from Spider Web’s extensive cut flower garden. This will be a fun, relaxing class for all ages and abilities (children age 8 and up should have an adult “partner). We will look at Georgia O’Keeffe’s floral masterpieces and create our own using selected flowers from Spider Web’s vast array. Participants will create their own oil pastel painting. All materials are included. Class will be held outdoors or in the event of rain, in one of the greenhouses. Instructor Nancy Lane Piper is a local artist and retired art educator with thirty years teaching experience in and around the Lakes Region. Class size is limited therefore pre-registration is required. Call 569-5056 or email spiderwebgardens@ne.twcbc.com . Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to keep up with our jam packed events schedule and our specials.

August 30: Brunch at Mayfair Farm, Harrisville, 10 am, farm tour, 11 am, brunch. The Farmers Dinner is proud to partner with Mayfair Farm and the NH Farm to Restaurant Connection for its inaugural brunch event on Sunday, August 30th. This midday meal will showcase local meat and produce from Mayfair Farm and its neighbors. Prepared right on site in their own state licensed commercial kitchen, this will be as fresh as food can get. During the brunch, local farmers will share their stories with the guests in between courses. You will learn the fascinating history of Mayfair Farm and get a chance to see all of their beautiful land on a private tour prior to the meal. BYOB. Tickets $49/person includes tax and gratuity. For details and to purchase tickets: www.thefarmersdinner.com

August 30-31: Tractor Operation, Safety & Basic Maintenance: A Two-day Class for New, Beginning, and   Seasoned Farmers©, 9am-5pm, Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd., Keene, NH. This is a two-day, hands-on class designed to educate and empower current and future users of agricultural tractors and farm equipment. This class will discuss how tractors are designed to work; how to operate them safely and effectively; and how to perform regular and basic maintenance tasks. $00/person fee for non-members, $90/person members. See more at: http://nofanh.org/nofa-event/tractor-operation-safety-basic-maintenance-a-two-day-class-for-new-beginning-and-seasoned-farmers/#sthash.3OBMBOHS.dpuf

August 31: 4th Annual Salsa Competition at the Durham Farmers’ Market, 10 Piscataqua Rd. (Churchill Rink in Jackson Landing).  Sponsored by the Seacoast Growers Association, this has been a friendly contest between market patrons and vendors to come up with the best salsa recipes. What happens is anyone interested in submitting their favorite salsa recipe enters it into a blind taste test where everyone is allowed to sample all the salsas and vote on their favorite. In years past the winner gets a farmers’ market gift certificate, good for any of our 4 markets, that never expires, or a goodie gift basket of market products. The winning recipe is also featured in our Seacoast Growers newsletter. www.seacoastgrowers.org

NH Grown Food