Donate and Shop at the Fabulous Find in June!

The Fabulous Find, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is a boutique style resale shop at 139 State Rd (Route One) in Kittery which partners with different worthy, local non-profit organizations each month. All profits are donated to whatever organizations are selected by our board for that particular month.

Donate and shop in June to support Seacoast Eat Local, PMAC, and Historic New England’s Hamilton House!

Welcome Eleanor Kane to the Seacoast Eat Local board!

Please join us in welcoming Eleanor Kane, co-owner of Brasen Hill Farm and all around fantastic strategic thinker, to the Seacoast Eat Local board. We are thrilled to have her experiences and perspectives as we continue connecting more people to more sources of local food!

 

Eleanor Kane is the co-owner of Brasen Hill Farm in Barrington, NH.  She became interested in the movement towards local, sustainable food and humanely raised animals during college and is excited to provide her community with healthy, local meat, eggs, and vegetables.  Since joining the New England farming scene in 2010, she’s never looked back!  In addition to farming, she has worked in various capacities at a range of nonprofits, where she has focused on environmental education, social justice, local food access, and community building.  She holds a Masters in Public Affairs from Brown University and is currently a PhD candidate in Education at the University of New Hampshire.

Welcome Anna Cantelmo to the Seacoast Eat Local Board!

Please join us in welcoming Anna Cantelmo, owner of Bell & Goose Cheese Co. and fantastic human being, to the Seacoast Eat Local board. We are thrilled to have her experience and perspective as we continue connecting more people to more sources of local food!

 

Anna Hayward Cantelmo is the owner of Bell & Goose Cheese Co. in South Hampton, NH. She is a cheese maker, farmer’s wife, mom of two, and has been involved with the local food community since 2008. Before opening her cheese kitchen Anna worked for Heron Pond Farm and Jewell Town Vineyards managing a farm stand, tasting room and doing farmer’s markets. Most recently she was the cheese maker at Appleton Farms, a non-profit educational farm in Ipswich MA. Creating food that connects people to their community, the land and each other is why Anna has chosen this work. She is excited to deepen and expand these connections through Seacoast Eat Local.

Support Seacoast Harvest Today!

Support Seacoast Harvest today!

 

It’s that time of year again and the staff and volunteers of Seacoast Eat Local are working busily to prepare for the spring 2018 edition of Seacoast Harvest.

Seacoast Harvest ensures that all Seacoast residents continue to have access to the most accurate, up to date information regarding local foods resources in our region. We hope that you will considering donating for our 2018-19 publication year.

The coming edition will benefit from several changes and upgrades to our process. First, we have launched a new website with improved ability to search for specific farms or by product/town. Secondly, we are taking a closer look at how and where Seacoast Harvest print copies are distributed to ensure that we are reaching as broad an audience as possible with over 75 distribution locations. If you would like to recommend a distribution place, please let us know! Finally, Seacoast Eat Local will be increasing its number of print copies this year from 8,000 to 12,000, ensuring that you will see our guide at more locations throughout the year!

Your gift in support of Seacoast Harvest means a lot to us and makes this project possible! Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support our 2018-19 edition and remember that individuals/families donating at least $25 receive a copy of Seacoast Harvest mailed to their home!

Give to Seacoast Harvest Today!

 

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

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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!