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.

In the news: Seacoast Eat Local and Granite State Market Match

NHPR aired a piece about Granite State Market Match, the NH program Seacoast Eat Local is part of that enables us to offer free fruit and vegetable coupons to SNAP customers. They interviewed Tony, a SNAP customer who has been using the program for years, Jill, our Director of Programs, and John Hutton of Coppal House Farm at the Seacoast Growers Association’s Dover Farmers Market.

Foodstuffs: Giving Food Stamp Recipients a Place at Farmers Markets

 

Tony Kenney holds tokens and coupons from an incentive program to help food stamp recipients shop at farmer’s markets. BEN HENRY FOR NHPR


If you like what you hear, please consider making a donation in support of this program. With your support, Seacoast Eat Local offers SNAP/EBT access at 7 weekly markets, making sure more people like Tony get fresh, healthy, delicious local food while supporting our community’s farmers.

 

 

 

Shop with SAMM at 7 different locations!

At Seacoast Eat Local, our mission is to connect people with sources of locally grown food and to work for a sustainable local food system that supports the health of our environment, community, culture and economy.

Seacoast Area Mobile Market is on the road for 2017

7 SAMM Stops to Shop

 

The 2017 Seacoast Area Mobile Market (SAMM) season is about to get underway and we hope to see you at one of our seven stops that are open to the public!

Granite State Market MatchCash, check, SNAP/EBT, and Debit cards are all welcome at the stops. SNAP/EBT users will receive 50% off fruits and vegetables!

SAMM carries locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, and baked goods all purchased from farmers close to each stop. Support your community farmers with every SAMM purchase!

Tuesdays:

Exeter Hospital
5 Alumni Drive, Exeter, NH
11 – 12:30pm

Wednesdays:

Central Towers
Across from Henry Law Park, Henry Law Ave
11 – 11:30am

Waldron Towers
3 Green Street (out back/access road)
12 – 12:30pm

Thursdays:

Strafford County Complex
County Courthouse on County Farm Rd
11 – 12:30pm

Seabrook Recreation Department
311 Lafayette Road
2:45 – 4:30pm
this SAMM stop brought to you in partnership with Gather and Exeter Hospital

Fridays:

Rolling Green Nursery
64 Breakfast Hill Road, Greenland
11 – 1pm

Goodwin Library
422 Main Street, Farmington
5 – 6pm

To contact the SAMM program or to receive information about volunteering, please contact Celeste Gingras, celeste@seacoasteatlocal.org
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Welcome Annette Lee to the Seacoast Eat Local board!

Please join us in welcoming Annette Lee, co-owner of Throwback Brewery, to the Seacoast Eat Local board! Annette brings so many skills and talents and a great perspective to the work of Seacoast Eat Local. In addition to her business ownership, specifically a business with a lot of experience sourcing from local farmers, she is a great systems thinker and has a mindset for solving complex problems! Welcome Annette!

Annette Lee

Annette LeeAnnette Lee is co-owner of Throwback Brewery – a small, inspired brew pub at Hobbs Farm in North Hampton, NH, dedicated to crafting delicious farm-fresh food and beer with ingredients sourced in the New England area. Annette spent close to 20 years working as an environmental engineer before making the jump to a small brewery owner in 2011. An avid gardener with a passion for full circle sustainability, Annette always finds time in her busy schedule to help the farmers at Hobbs Farm. In fact, Annette considers one of her most meaningful achievements to be the restoration and rehabilitation of Hobbs Farm – returning it to a working farm that provides ingredients for Throwback’s food and beer.

Un-BEET-able Support for Local Foods!

Seacoast Eat Local needs your support! Consider making a tax-deductible contribution that helps Seacoast residents connect to sources of fresh local foods, all year long!

Donate to Seacoast Eat Local

At Seacoast Eat Local, our mission is to connect people with sources of locally grown food and to work for a sustainable local food system that supports the health of our environment, community, culture and economy.

 

Support Local Foods Now, and for the Future.

We live in extraordinary times and the need to support local foods and farms has never been greater. Seacoast Eat Local works year-round to ensure access to local foods. But, we need your help.

As our programs grow and expand to meet rising needs, so do our operational costs. If every person who attends winter farmers’ markets donated $12, just $1 for each market, it would eliminate our anticipated shortfall for the coming fiscal year!

Closing this fiscal year and looking towards the next, we need support from those who enjoy and believe in Seacoast Eat Local. Contributions of all sizes are tax-deductible and impactful.

Please Make Your Gift Today

How Does Your Contribution Help?

A $12 contribution shows your appreciation for local foods at the winter farmers’ markets

With every $25 contribution, you will provide a local foods demonstration or tasting at one public event

A $50 contribution makes it possible for farmers’ to list for free in Seacoast Harvest

A $100 contribution supports the cost of staff time to operate the SNAP program at summer farmers’ markets

Prefer to Mail it In?

No Problem!

Checks in any denomination may be made payable to Seacoast Eat Local and mailed to the address:

Seacoast Eat Local
ATTN: Fundraising
2 Washington St, Ste 331
Dover, NH 03820

Keep It Fresh at the Farmers’ Markets!

Seacoast Eat Local needs your support! Consider making a tax-deductible contribution that helps Seacoast residents connect to sources of fresh local foods, all year long!



At Seacoast Eat Local, our mission is to connect people with sources of locally grown food and to work for a sustainable local food system that supports the health of our environment, community, culture and economy.

Support Local Foods Now, and for the Future


We live in extraordinary times and the need to support local foods and farms has never been greater. Seacoast Eat Local works year-round to ensure access to local foods. But, we need your help.

As our programs grow and expand to meet rising needs, so do our operational costs. If every person who attends winter farmers’ markets donated $12, just $1 for each market, it would eliminate our anticipated shortfall for the coming fiscal year!

Closing this fiscal year and looking towards the next, we need support from those who enjoy and believe in Seacoast Eat Local.  Contributions of all sizes are tax-deductible and impactful.

Please Make Your Gift Today

How Does Your Contribution Help?

A $12 contribution shows your appreciation for local foods at the winter farmers’ markets

With every $25 contribution, you will provide a local foods demonstration or tasting at one public event

A $50 contribution makes it possible for farmers’ to list for free in Seacoast Harvest

A $100 contribution supports the cost of staff time to operate the SNAP program at summer farmers’ markets

Prefer to Mail it In?

No Problem!

Checks in any denomination may be made payable to Seacoast Eat Local and mailed to the address:

Seacoast Eat Local
ATTN: Fundraising
2 Washington St, Ste 331
Dover, NH 03820

 

Welcoming Theresa Walker and Chris Duffy to the Seacoast Eat Local board!

We’re thrilled to welcome two new members to the Seacoast Eat Local board! We’re excited for the experience, networks, and great ideas they bring to the work of connecting more people with more locally grown food! 

 

theresaTheresa Walker and her family live in Durham and raise Romney and Merino sheep for fiber and breed stock.  Theresa has worked with communities in Seacoast New Hampshire for 30 years on a wide variety of land use planning and natural resource protection projects.  Theresa is chair of the Town of Durham’s Agricultural Commission and is vested in strengthening the bond between farms, farmers, and their communities. Follow her farm on Instagram @greatbaywoolworks

 

chrisduffy

Chris Duffy currently works as a business advisor at the Regional Economic Development Center assisting businesses with financial management, loan structure and application development, and strategies for growth. Previously Chris worked as a business advisor for the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, assisting a variety of small business clients with basic business planning skills, business plan development, financing and marketing plan development. In 1995, Chris conceived and co-founded GreatBay Aquaculture – the first commercial marine fish hatchery for summer flounder, Atlantic cod and cobia in the US. Chris graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Zoology in 1980. He held various positions in the wild harvest fishery, including commercial fishing, fish processing, distribution and sales. He received his MBA from the UNH Whittemore School in 1988. When not working Chris is a dedicated backyard farmer, growing vegetables, chickens, turkeys and pigs. He needs more land!

Seacoast Eat Local’s Board

Local Dollars Support Local Foods- Make Your Gift Today

Support the work of Seacoast Eat Local in this season of giving! Your donations will support our continued work towards a more abundant and equitable local food system for farmers and consumers. 
 
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You don’t have to be a world leader or a billionaire to give back. Seacoast Eat Local all about ordinary people coming together to do extraordinary things.

 

 

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Now more than ever, Seacoast Eat Local needs your help to connect people with sources of locally grown foods and to advocate eating locally for the health of our environment, community, culture and economy.

Give your year-end gift today!

Even small amounts make a big difference and every donation to our registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization is tax-deductible.

Let’s Get Spicy! At Throwback Brewery May 8th

[Reposted from Throwback Brewery’s terrific newsletter, with grateful thanks and yippees and I Can’t Waits!]

Spicy-at-Throwback-Brewery-at-Hobbs-Farm-1024x729We look forward to this every year – the release of Spicy Bohemian, our jalapeño pilesener. We are so excited that, once again, we are throwing a party to welcome Spicy Bohemian to our Summer lineup! Please join us on Sunday, May 8, from 12-7pm at Hobbs Farm, as we celebrate spicy foods and spicy beers. There will also be live music from 1-4pm and a special tie-dye station with proceeds going to support Seacoast Eat Local.

 

Limited Edition Spicy Beers
In addition to Spicy Bohemian, we’ll be serving up a Thai-Spiced farmhouse ale, Chipotle Dippity Do, a Habanero Pilsener, and a special cask of our Double Dippity (smoked Double Brown Ale) with Ancho and Cayenne Peppers. For those of you wanting to relax in the beer garden, we’ll have our 1963 Divco beer truck right there pouring full pints of the spicy beers.

 

Spicy Food Specials
Chef Carrie has been dreaming up some delicious food specials to pair with Spicy Bohemian and its friends – like tacos! In addition to the maple-braised carnitas tacos that we have on our regular menu, Spicy Day will feature: Spicy Bohemian beer-battered fried fish tacos, smoked fish tacos, and flank steak tacos with pickled jalapeño relish (the jalapeños in the relish will come right out of the fermenter used to make Spicy Bohemian).

In addition to tacos, spicy fans can look forward to peppery, cheesy hush puppies with poblano goat cheese dipping sauce, grilled chili-marinated pineapple skewers, Kimchachos – Nachos w/kimchi, and chili & chocolate beer-battered fried brownie bites (yes, these are as good as they sound!). Weather permitting, Chef will be outside on her grill and portable fryer making many of these specials right before your eyes!

 

Tie-Dye Fundraiser
Since we’ve opened our doors here, Seacoast Eat Local has been very supportive of our business, helping us to connect with farmers and to sell our beer at Farmers’ markets. To support this amazing organization, we will have a tie-dye station running from 12-4pm, where you can tie-dye ‘I’m A Little Spicy’ shirts for $20. We’ll have adult and children sizes, so everyone can join in on the fun! All proceeds will go to support Seacoast Eat Local. We’re happy to be able to give back to Seacoast Eat Local, an organization that has done so much for us, and the local food scene and has brought farmers’ markets to towns all over the Seacoast.

We’d love to know who will be joining us! Check out our Facebook event and let us know you’re coming!

Cheers!
–Annette & Nicole

Marco Polo Market Soup

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Eating locally has never meant giving up global flavors for me. I just love food from everywhere else too much. Even back in the days of the Eat Local Challenges, spices got special dispensation under “Marco Polo” rules. Bringing local ingredients to the forefront of recipes from all over the world is especially satisfying in a food-nerdy way, confirming my conviction that eating locally and seasonally is good fun in its variety.

I picked up all but my Marco Polo ingredients at the last Winter Farmers’ market in Rollinsford (the next one is February 13th), and made batch after batch of this satisfying soup inspired by the Lonely Planet’s newish Thailand: From the Source cookbook. (Which I’ve had checked out from the public library for, ahem, awhile. It’s excellent.) It’s the lemongrass and ginger and chili combo that really sends this over the top on a dark winter night. 

Thai Northern-style Spicy Soup

From the market:

1 package Kellie Brook Farm chicken backs, for making chicken stock

1tofu  Two Farmers Farm shallot, minced

1 package Tofu and 1/2 tsp Maine Sea Salt, from Seacoast Eat Local’s table

The Herb Farmacy cilantro, 1 – 2 tablespoons minced

Riverside Farm bag of kale

From the freezer (local in season, squirreled away for winter):

1 inch Wake Robin Farm ginger, grated

White Gate Farm chile peppers, to taste

garden mint, 1 – 2 tablespoons minced

From away:

1 tbl Fish sauce

2 – 4 Kaffir lime leaves

2 tbl lemongrass (though we did once grow this in the garden)

Spices: 1 1/2 tsp of 5 spice powder or 1/4 tsp each of coriander, cloves, star anise, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper

Make the chicken stock. If you’ve made it ahead, bring it back to a boil then reduce to medium-low.

Add the ginger, kaffir lime leaves, shallot, lemongrass, fish sauce, chiles, and spices.

Cube the tofu and add. Remove stems from kale and rough chop or tear with your hands and add to soup. Allow to simmer about 10 minutes.

Stir in chopped mint and cilantro and serve!