Eat Fresher Fish, Support Seacoast Fishermen — Shares Available Now!

NH Community Seafood, a community supported fishery, is now offering shares in their next session, from August 24th to October 4th:

We are a Community Supported Fishery, like a CSA, but for seafood. We offer fresh and local seafood caught in NH or the Gulf of Maine every week, you prepay and we deliver! We fillet the fish and deliver it right to your town! We also have Member Only Add Ons like Lobster Ravioli and NH grown oysters available!

~ Our Sessions run for 6 weeks, with a one week break in between
~ We are in our Third Session for 2015, it runs from August 24-October 4
~ If you are going away, you can HOLD your share and DOUBLE UP another week up to 3 weeks within the 6 week session
~ Our fish is local, sustainably fished, fresh off the boat to your plate and by buying through our Cooperative, you directly support and help local NH Fishermen maintain their dying livelihood!

Sign up today, the new Session starts AUGUST 24!

Thanks for you interest, we are helping our local Seacoast Fishing Community, in dire need, one pound at a time!!

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Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner 2015, September 20

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Don’t delay, tickets to this year’s Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner on Sunday, September 20th are almost sold out!

Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner 2015
Heirloom Harvest Project & Slow Food Seacoast
Location: Meadow’s Mirth Farm, Stratham, NH
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015
Time: 4 – 8pm

The Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner is a spectacular event that celebrates locally raised heirloom produce and heritage meats, while highlighting the connection between farmers, chefs and consumers. This multi-course dinner is an inspiration and collaboration of local chefs working with beautiful, just harvested heirloom varietals. The Barn Dinner is held at Meadow’s Mirth Farm in Stratham, NH.

This year’s dinner will be highlighting the beauty of heirloom grains, legumes and vegetables. Tickets are $100 per person and available online only; payment can be by credit card or check. The Barn Dinner is organized by Heirloom Harvest Project and Slow Food Seacoast.

PURCHASE TICKETS NOW!

If you are interested in volunteering please let us know!

For more information please email denise@blacktrumpetbistro.com.

Savor the Season: A Food Preservation Weekend, October 2 – 4

2014_08-Garden-and-orchard-at-Blueberry-CoveMountains of produce at the end of the gardening season? Learn to preserve it at Savor the Season – A Food Preservation Weekend at Blueberry Cove Camp, a fun-filled fall weekend learning traditional home food preservation methods hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, October 2 – 4, 2015:

Savor the Season: A Food Preservation Weekend
UMaine Cooperative Extension and Master Food Preserver volunteers
Location: Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp & Learning Center, 22 Blueberry Cove Road, Tenants Harbor, ME
Dates: Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4, 2015
Cost: $325 (includes lodging and meals)

Savor the Season is a weekend event devoted to learning the latest, USDA-recommended methods and techniques of home food preservation. The focus will be on using local, seasonal ingredients and produce from the gardens and orchard at Blueberry Cove Camp and other local purveyors. The weekend features three educational programs, two on Saturday and one on Sunday morning. These programs will include topics and demonstrations which range from making jam to drying fruits for leathers to canning salsas. Handouts will be included.

There is a social hour to meet and gather with other members of the group before dinner on Friday night and Saturday night. Meals include breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. A highlight of the weekend, these homemade meals will feature locally grown, raised, and produced fruits and veggies, meats, cheeses, breads, and other seasonal delights.

For more information: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/savortheseason/

Take a Bite out of Appledore: An Eco-culinary Island Retreat, August 28 – 30

appledore2-420x140The brain child of Chef Evan Mallett of Black Trumpet Bistro and sponsored by the Shoals Marine Laboratory, this weekend getaway is not to be missed! From Friday, August 28th to Sunday, August 30th, Take a Bite out of Appledore: An Eco-culinary Island Retreat will bring together ecologists and chefs to interpret the many natural gifts the Isles of Shoals have to offer:

Take a Bite out of Appledore: An Eco-culinary Island Retreat
Shoals Marine Laboratory
Location: Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals
Friday, August 28 – Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ten miles off the New Hampshire coast, the Isles of Shoals have always embodied both opportunity and sense of place. From the cod fishermen of the early 1600’s to the glamorous Appledore House of the nineteenth century to today’s world-class Shoals Marine Lab, Appledore Island in particular has played host to people with a deep connection to their food and the natural world. In this unique retreat, we bring together ecologists and chefs to interpret the many natural gifts the Isles of Shoals have to offer. Come as an individual or as a group to learn about the importance of sense of place, while also protecting a vital resource. And bring your appetite for food and knowledge!

Total cost: $630/person (double occupancy). Includes room and all meals, snacks and beverages, all program activities, and round-trip boat fare between Portsmouth, NH and Appledore Island. A portion of the proceeds will help support the Chef’s Collaborative of New Hampshire.

For more information: http://www.sml.cornell.edu/sml_culinary.html

Slow Food Seacoast: Fat Peach Farm Potluck Supper & Tour, August 8

FatPeachFarm2-300x185Join Slow Food Seacoast for a Potluck Supper hosted by Fat Peach Farm in Madbury on Saturday August 8th — starting at 4pm, farm owners Jennifer Wilhelm and Micum Davis will lead a farm tour followed by a potluck supper at 5:30pm:

Slow Food Seacoast: Fat Peach Farm Potluck Supper & Tour
Location: Fat Peach Farm, Madbury NH
Date: Saturday August 8,
Time: 4 – 7pm

Join Slow Food Seacoast for a Potluck Supper hosted by Fat Peach Farm in Madbury on Saturday August 8, 4 – 7pm. At 4:00, farm owners Jennifer Wilhelm and Micum Davis will lead us on a farm tour. In addition to their gardens, the property features some unique attributes such as a geodesic dome greenhouse and custom lumber products.

The potluck will begin at 5:30. Please a bring your own dining kit, camp chairs or picnic blanket and a dish to share. Your dish should feed 8 – 10 people and have at least 1 locally grown ingredient, although this time of year you could probably do much better than 1!

Fat Peach Farm is a small-scale, mixed production farm growing over 100 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers. The farm practices organic production methods, without the use of synthetic chemicals. Their aim is to promote ecological balance through healthy soils and resource conservation. They sell directly from their farm stand or by special order. Fat Peach Farm is located at 181 Drew Road, Madbury, NH. Please park along Drew Road

For more information: http://slowfoodseacoast.com/fat-peach-farm-potluck/

How-To Festival, August 1

How To logoLearn 25+ things in 5 hours for free — including vermicomposting, chicken care, rabbit care and making recycled pots — at the How-To Festival at the Portsmouth Public Library on Saturday, August 1st:

How-To Festival
Location: Portsmouth Public Library, Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2015
Time: 10am – 3pm
Free and open to the public

Ever wondered how to compost with worms? Or how to dance ballet, swing, or Bollywood? Or how to play chess? Or how to write a poem? Or how to take great photos with your phone? Or how to get the best mortgage or make more money? Or how to do yoga, Aikido or self-defense? Or how to care for a chicken or a pet rabbit? Or how to eat healthier? Or how to make origami, knit or embroider?

We could go on! There’s only one place to learn all these things and more: Portsmouth Public Library’s second How-To Festival, on Saturday, August 1st from 10 AM – 3 PM. It’s free and open to the public.

Supporting the local community is a big part of the library’s mission. The How-To Festival is a celebration of all the skills and talents the Seacoast area has to offer – and a place for community members to connect and share their knowledge and passion with each other! Our community partners are local individuals, businesses, and non-profits.

There will be something for everyone at the How-To Festival – bring the whole family and all your friends! Win prizes, learn new things, meet your neighbors, and have fun. All you’ll need is a plan for lunch – bring your own, visit the Farmer’s Market, or head downtown. The rest is on the library! So mark your calendars for August 1st, and get ready to learn!

Complete 2015 Schedule: http://pplhowtofestival.sched.org

For more information: http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/library/howtofestival.htm

4th Annual Farm-a-Q at Coppal House Farm, June 28

Farm-A-Q-2014-5045-696x280It’s that time of year again — the days are longer, the crops are growing and the smell of outdoor cooking lingers in the air. Join Slow Food Seacoast and the Heirloom Harvest Project on Sunday, June 28th for the annual celebration of all things summer, Farm-a-Q 2015 at Coppal House Farm in Lee, New Hampshire.

4th Annual Farm-a-Q
Slow Food Seacoast
Location: Coppal House Farm, 118 North River Road/Rte 155, Lee, NH
Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Time: 12 – 4pm

This year we look forward to the culinary creations of our old favorites and some new comers as well. Here’s a short list of who will be grillin’ and baking for you on the 28th: Anju, Anneke Jans, Applecrest, Black Trumpet, Block 6, Casco Bay Butter, Fig Tree Bakery, Franklin Oyster House, Grill 28, Hayseed, Joinery, Louie’s, Moxy, Portsmouth Brewery, Roberts Maine Grill, Row 34, Vida Cantina and Wolf Meadow Farm.

The day will feature tastings, demonstrations of oil-seed pressing, a Slow Fish under-loved fish throw-down, children’s nature-based activities by Community Roots, tabling by numerous local community organizations, a wild walk led by White Pine Programs, and best of all, the amazing locally grown, picnic-style meal prepared by our even more amazing local chefs!

Farm-a-Q 2015 is hosted by John and Carol Hutton at Coppal House Farm, a 78 acre mixed power farm best known for their Corn Maze and fall harvest crops. Carol and John also raise grass-fed, hormone free animals and an assortment of vegetables on their beautiful property.

Farm-a-Q runs from 12:00 – 4:00 pm with food served between 1:00 – 3:00. Enjoy workshops, live music and activities all afternoon. Tickets are $25 or $20 for Slow Food members. Youth pay $15 (ages 13 – 20) and children under 12 are $5 (children under 3 are free).

Volunteers get in free! If interested, please contact us at slowfoodseacoast@gmail.com or sign up at our volunteer page.

For more information: www.slowfoodseacoast.org

High Tunnel Greenhouse Raising, June 27

High Tunnel Greenhouse Raising
Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group
Location: Goss Farm, 251 Harbor Rd, Rye, NH
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Time: 8am – 4pm

Learn how to install a high tunnel greenhouse! High tunnels are used to extend the growing season by providing protection for early or late season production, or they may be used for year-round growing. In this workshop we will install a 20 ft by 48 ft Rimol High Tunnel in one day.

Chris Robarge, former greenhouse manager from UNH, and AJ Dupere from the Urban Forestry Center will guide participants through the steps required to put together a high tunnel from beginning to end.

Please note that this is a hands on workshop and we are looking for participants who feel comfortable using tools, who can help carry and lift, and who are interested in learning this process. Jobs during installation will include hammering posts into the ground, putting together the bows, building the end doors, installing purlins, and finally helping to install the greenhouse plastic over the entire structure once it is all put together.

No prior knowledge of high tunnel installation is necessary. We expect this project will take the majority of the day so hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided for lunch. There is no charge for this workshop but donations toward lunch (both financial and food to share) are gladly accepted.

This event is a joint event between Sidewalk Farms, the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, Rye Conservation Commission, and the Seacoast Permaculture Meetup.

For more information: www.meetup.com/GreaterSeacoastPermaculture/events/223001913/

Film: “Growing Local”, June 18

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Film: “Growing Local”
Great Works Regional Land Trust and Maine Farmland Trust
Location: Hilton Winn Farm, 189 Ogunquit Road, Cape Neddick, ME
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Fee: Free, reservations requested

As a kick-off for their new partnership, Great Works Regional Land Trust (GWRLT) and Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) will co-host a screening of “Growing Local” on the evening of June 18, starting at 6:30 pm at the Hilton-Winn Farm in Cape Neddick. The film was co-produced by Maine filmmaker Bridget Besaw and MFT, and highlights the growing pains of the local food movement. A panel, moderated by John Piotti, President of MFT, and including Amanda Beal, Debra Kam and other farm and food experts, will lead a community discussion to explore both opportunities and challenges.

A future for farming in York County, Maine is important for securing local food sources. And yet, many local farms are facing transition; irreplaceable farm soils and open fields are at risk for development. GWRLT has a history of protecting farmland that dates back to 1989 when it preserved Backfields Farm, and is accelerating its efforts as agricultural land comes under increasing pressure. GWRLT is working with farm owners, many of whom are aging beyond the desire or ability to continue farming, to protect 1,500 acres of farmland on 13 farms, located in Berwick, South Berwick, North Berwick, Eliot, and Wells.

This year, GWRLT established a partnership with Maine Farmland Trust, a force for farmland protection statewide, to strengthen its farmland protection efforts. Maine Farmland Trust provides technical assistance in project work, and collectively, the two nonprofits are raising $100,000 to fund farmland conservation in the region.

Free admission, reservations requested. Contact: 207-646-3604, info@gwrlt.org.

For more information: www.gwrlt.org