Theresa’s Post: Bitter Cold

Theresa Walker is Seacoast Eat Local’s Vice-Chair and raises Romney and Merino sheep for fiber and breed stock at her Durham, NH farm, Great Bay Wool Works

We’re all eating a lot in January – livestock included.  Forecasts of arctic blasts and winter storm watches send many of us out to stock up on food and fuel.  As a shepherd, the needs of my flock during bad winter weather are no different than the needs of me and my family – access to shelter, fresh water and food.  And, like me, my sheep eat a lot more when it’s bitterly cold.

Follow the flock on Instagram @greatbaywoolworks

Our Durham, NH flock ate twice as much hay and grain per day during the cold blast that hit the region the last week of December through the first half of January.  That means my supply of feed, harvested and stored throughout last summer, may not be enough to get me through to late spring, when I can put the flock back out on pasture.  I’ve already started calling my “hay guys” to find out what they have stored.  Alas, not much, given the long, cool spring and dry late summer and fall we had last year.  Prices for hay are going to climb throughout the months ahead.

Some members of the flock, older brood ewes that are not pregnant, can get by with less.  But breeding rams, lambs still growing from last year, and pregnant ewes cannot.  Pregnant ewes, due to give birth in early February, can consume twice as much feed and three times as much water per day during the last month of their five month pregnancy, the most critical period for lamb development in utero.  Ensuring adequate food and fresh, unfrozen water becomes the highest priority.

Even on the coldest day in January, the flock is eager to get out of the barn, stretch their legs, watch the birds, eat the snow, and nibble on Christmas trees dropped off by neighbors.  Concerned folks will call to let me know the sheep are out, and I appreciate their interest in the flock’s welfare.  I let them know that the sheep can choose to go inside if they like, and that keeping the sheep cool on a hot and humid August day is harder than keeping them warm on a bitter January day.  Sheep are built for our New Hampshire winter weather, their wool coats prove it!

– Theresa Walker, Liberty Hall Farm/Great Bay Works, Durham, NH.  www.greatbaywoolworks.com.  Follow the flock on Instagram @greatbaywoolworks

List Your Farm in Seacoast Harvest

It’s time to be counted! List your farm for free in the 2018-19 edition of Seacoast Harvest and be included in 12,000 print copies and our searchable online database.

 

List Your Farm in Seacoast Harvest

 

Seacoast Harvest is an annual print and online publication providing information and resources for purchasing local foods in Rockingham, Strafford and York Counties.

Any farm may list- for free! The requirements are that you produce food products and that your farm is located in Strafford, Rockingham and/or York Counties. Each farm must list each year to be included, regardless of whether you have listed in the past or whether your farm information has changed.

The survey, from which we cull all listing information, is in depth and will take approximately 20 minutes. To ensure that you are satisfied with your final listing, it is important that you fill out the form completely and accurately.

The deadline to list is February 2.
List Your Farm in Seacoast Harvest

Consider Supporting Our Work

Seacoast Harvest is a time intensive project and the costs incurred are large, over $20,000 annually! These costs include graphic design and layout services, extensive staff time, web design services, printing and distribution. We can’t do it without your help!

Your donation or sponsorship is valuable in supporting our work.

Keep a Local Farmer Smiling this Holiday Season

Families that eat healthier, are healthier. Farmers that sell more food, grow more food. Let your gift be the one that keeps on giving. Your gift helps all families on the Seacoast afford the same access to fresh, local foods while sustaining a vital food economy across our region.

 

A gift of as little as $15 goes a long way! Please consider a tax-deductible donation to support the work of Seacoast Eat Local and the winter farmers’ market series.

Learn to make Sauerkraut!

Update 12/20: Tickets for our sauerkraut making workshop with Shipwreck Ferments have SOLD OUT! If you are a ticket holder, you will receive additional workshop information in early January. If you missed tickets, but would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email jill@seacoasteatlocal.org

Volunteering at the Winter Farmers Markets

volunteers

 

We need your help!

Volunteers at the winter markets help vendors unload, help at the merchandise table, and help at the entrance greeting and counting customers.  Which best suits you?

We have a total of 12 markets (the first being earlier AND in Exeter this year!!) and you can view available shifts and sign up through the links below.

November 11 Exeter
November 18 Rollinsford
December 2 Rollinsford
December 9 Exeter
December 16 Rollinsford
January 13 Exeter
January 27 Rollinsford
February 10 Exeter
February 24 Rollinsford
March 10 Exeter
March 24 Rollinsford
April 7 Exeter

Thanks for ALL your help and we look forward to seeing you at the first market in Exeter on November 11th!

Halloween Harvestfest at Throwback Brewery, Sunday Oct 29

Thanks to the generosity of Throwback Brewery for making their very fun Halloween Harvestfest a benefit for Seacoast Eat Local!

Halloween Harvestfest

There will be live music  with Jake Davis & The Whiskey Stones, kids’ games with yummy prizes, kids’ farm tours, a kids’ costume contest, and… for the grownups… carnival-themed food specials with beer pairings, plus a raffle for tickets to a Harvest Dinner!  Seacoast Eat Local Mobile Market (SAMM) will be there, too.

This event is family-friendly and free to the public. Get in the ‘spirit’ and join us in dressing up! Share the beauty of Throwback Brewery’s harvest with kids’ farm tours – tickets are just $5 and can be purchased online ahead of time (limit 20 people).

Carnival-themed games for the kids are $1 each, and there will also be a raffle for two tickets to North Hampton’s 275th Anniversary Harvest Dinner hosted at Throwback Brewery on November 9th – a $100 value!

100% of game & raffle ticket sales will go to benefit Seacoast Eat Local.

Halloween Harvestfest Schedule:

12-5pm Carnival-themed games for the kids
1:30pm Kids’ farm tour (max 20 people)
2:00pm Kids’ costume contest
3-5pm Live music: Jake Davis & The Whiskey Stones
4pm Kids’ farm tour (max 20 people)
5pm Raffle winner announced

This event will be held rain or shine. Come celebrate the season at Throwback’s Halloween Harvestfest!

Welcome Megan to the board!

Please join us in welcoming Megan Grocki to the Seacoast Eat Local board! We are thrilled to have her join our work and she brings passion, energy, and strategic thinking to our work. Welcome Megan!

Megan GrockiMegan is a professional people watcher. She leads the customer insights and research team at Nasdaq, helping design teams discover the needs and behaviors of their audiences and identify opportunities for innovation. She also just earned her masters degree in Gastronomy at Boston University. A 20-year Portsmouth resident with a deep-rooted curiosity about the local food scene, her mission is to get better food to more people.

Learn to Make Sausage with Short Creek Farm and Seacoast Eat Local

Join Seacoast Eat Local and Short Creek Farm for a hands-on sausage making workshop.



Sunday, October 15, 3-6pm

Short Creek Farm
18 Winding Hill Rd
Northwood, NH

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to tour Short Creek Farm, taste a variety of local meats, cheeses, and beer, and receive hands-on sausage making instruction directly from Jeff and Dave. Each participant will also take home 1lb of mixed sausage!

Due to the hands-on instruction, space for this workshop is very limited. Get your tickets today! Ticket price is $50/pp, proceeds of the event will support the work of Seacoast Eat Local.