August is NH Eat Local Month!

Throughout the month of August, Seacoast Eat Local joins with 70+ partners throughout the state to highlight New Hampshire Eat Local Month — a month-long celebration of local food and New Hampshire farmers and producers.

“New Hampshire residents and visitors, alike, are showing unprecedented interest in local food, and this month-long celebration offers a great opportunity to feature New Hampshire grown foods and farms,” said Gail McWilliam Jellie from the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food.

As part of the NH Eat Local Month festivities, we invite all Seacoast Residents to visit a local farmers market and to consider donating fresh market produce to Seacoast pantries through the NH Gleans Program. Seacoast Eat Local assists with gleaning at markets and donations of fresh produce may be submitted at the Seacoast eat Local table of any one of our seven participating summer farmers’ markets  NH Eat Local Month also coincides with National Farmers’ Market Week, honoring farmers’ markets all across America.

“August is an excellent month to celebrate and introduce people to the bounty of locally grown foods in our state. Eating locally strengthens the health of our community, culture, economy and environment. Many may be surprised at the array and quality available only minutes from their own homes. We hope all Seacoast families will take the opportunity to support and get to know a local farm through shopping at a farm stand or farmers’ market location during this time. We also hope to spread awareness that these opportunities are open to all New Hampshire families, regardless of income, with thanks to our SNAP/EBT acceptance programs at local farmers’ markets.” said Jillian Hall, Director of Programs for Seacoast Eat Local.

New Hampshire Eat Local Month is a statewide celebration of farmers and local food producers throughout the month of August. Promotion of this year’s NH Eat Local Month is in collaboration with the Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, Monadnock Buy Local and Seacoast Eat Local.  Find more information at www.nheatlocal.org and www.facebook.com/nheatlocal.

Seacoast Eat Local connects people with sources of locally grown foods and advocates eating locally for the health of our environment, community, culture and economy. Through advocacy, organizing and education, we work toward a sustainable local food system that meets the needs of both producers and consumers. Our work includes operating a SNAP/EBT Farmers’ Market Program, organizing winter farmers’ markets, producing a local food guide, Seacoast Harvest, sponsoring workshops and events, and providing information through our email newsletter, blog and website, www.seacoasteatlocal.org

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