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/

Allagash’s Farm to Face 2015 Launch Party

Celebrate the release of Allagash Brewery’s 2015 Farm to Face beer, made with 9,000 pounds of peaches from Applecrest Farm. Enjoy a selection of Allagash beers and food by Applecrest Farm Bistro’s Chef Patrick Soucy.

Tuesday, August 18th at Applecrest Farm from 6 to 8pm. 100 tickets are available; Less than 50 tickets left!  Tickets are $30 each. All proceeds benefit Seacoast Eat Local.  Buy your tickets online: Farm to Face 2015

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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

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

Meet Your Milk at UNH Open Barn, June 20

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Granite State Dairy Promotion and NH Agricultural Experiment Station
Location: Fairchild Dairy Center, UNH, 36 O’Kane Road, Durham, NH
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time: 10am – 2pm

The NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture and the Granite State Dairy Promotion invite the public to come “meet your milk” at the UNH Open Barn Saturday, June 20, 2015. The annual statewide event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the UNH Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event gives the public the chance to see a working New Hampshire dairy farm that is representative of a typical New England dairy operation. Free New Hampshire-made milk and ice cream, wagon rides, tours, and visits with the UNH milking cows and calves are the highlights of the day’s activities. Visitors can try their hands at making butter and ice cream, enjoy games and prizes, and learn surprising facts about dairy nutrition and the dairy industry in New Hampshire.

For more information: http://colsa.unh.edu/aes/article/2015gsdp