Finish all your holiday shopping at the Winter Farmers’ Market!

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The Winter Farmers’ Markets have continued to grow over the years and with them the local food offerings. Eating with the seasons is not only getting easier, it’s getting tastier and more creative! The Winter Markets offer a lot more than meal tips and local ingredients for your holiday feasts, they also bring together a wide variety of great items perfect for gifting around the holidays. Jams, syrups and soaps can top off any stocking with some local flair. The amazing market vendors also have lots of things packaged and ready to wrap or tuck into a gift bag. Handmade hats with local farm wool, bird boxes from farm squash, hand salves and balms are just a few of the items available. If you have an especially difficult to shop for friend, consider buying them Market Debit Tokens, they can be used like cash with all Winter Farmers’ Market vendors and never expire! Finish up your list and come over to the next Winter Farmers Market. We will be at Exeter High School this Saturday 12/13 from 10-2 and back at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford next Saturday 12/20 from 10-2. Visit our Winter Market Site for more info.

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Winter Farmers’ Market this Saturday in Rollinsford

Winter Farmers’ Market November 22, 10am – 2pm
Wentworth Greenhouses, Rollinsford, NH

 

We’re celebrating Food, Family and Gratitude at the first market of the winter season, featuring locally grown foods perfect for the next big meal with friends and family. You can stock up on squash, potatoes, carrots, and all the ingredients you need for your upcoming Thanksgiving feast. Pick up Maine cranberries from the Seacoast Eat Local table to add an awesome local flair to any meal!

We’re grateful to you for being part of these farmers’ markets and we’re grateful to farmers for their hard work feeding us all. Share the news with your family and invite your friends. Join us this Saturday for the opening market of the season!

recipesGet inspired with recipes! 
Eating with the seasons is delicious and easy when you can pick up so many different things all in one beautiful location.  Recipe cards are available at the market info table and we add more ideas to our Pinterest page all the time. Get inspired and find a new dish or learn a new way to enjoy an old favorite! Share your favorite recipes with us and share ours with your friends and family!

Check everything on your shopping list at the Winter Market! 

Apples, Baked Goods, Bee products, Beer, Beans, Beets, Breads, Cabbage, Carrots, Cider, Chocolates, Cheese, Coffee, Eggs, Flour,  Garlic, Ginger, Greens, Herbs, Honey, Jam & Jelly, Kale, Lettuce,  Milk, Maple Syrup, Meats, Oils, Onions, Pasta, Pies, Pickles, Potatoes, Salad greens, Sauces, Soups, Spinach, Squash, Turnips, Yogurt + a Thanksgiving list!

Check out the interactive Market Map to find where all your favorite vendors will be. You can also search for specific items, find out who has them and what markets they are coming to all using our Product Search Feature!

The Winter Farmers’ Markets are just around the corner!

CarrotsJust a month from now Seacoast Eat Local will be bringing back our annual Winter Farmers’ Market series. We are so excited to be working with Wentworth Greenhouse and Exeter High School once more! We’ll be offering 11 markets from November through April. Come on out and bring your friends and family to nourish bodies and minds while supporting the region’s agricultural community and economy.

It can be hard to move on from outdoor summertime markets, but just imagine coming in from the crisp winter air, entering a warm sunny room filled with tables loaded high with fresh vegetables. Piles of carrots, potatoes, shallots and squash are nestled up to local jams, breads and eggs. A variety of New Hampshire musicians will be back to entertain families and friends. With different cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities and market features, each event is a vibrant scene offering an incredible selection of locally produced food.

 

 

Market Schedule

Saturdays, 10am-2pm

November 22 – Rollinsford
December 6 – RollinsfordSeacoast women farmers
December 13 – Exeter
December 20 – Rollinsford
January 10 – Exeter
January 24 – Rollinsford
February 14 – Rollinsford
February 28 – Exeter
March 14 – Rollinsford
March 28 – Exeter
April 11 – Exeter

Exeter High School

1 Blue Hawk Drive, Exeter, NH
Route 101 to exit 9, follow route 27 west 1.8 miles.
10am to 2pm

Wentworth Greenhouses

141 Rollins Rd, Rollinsford, NH
1 mile past Red’s Shoe Barn of Dover
10am to 2pm
Rollinsford market hosted in collaboration with Wentworth Greenhouses
Craft Market: Wentworth Greenhouses hosts a Select Winter Crafts Market that takes place simultaneously with the Winter Farmers’ Market, open 9am-2pm

SNAP/EBT
We are continuing to offer the SNAP/EBT token program at our winter markets. SNAP benefits can be used to make purchases at the winter farmers’ markets. SNAP recipients choose how much they would like to spend that day on food purchases. A market staff member will then swipe their EBT card for that amount. The customer is then given wooden tokens, that are used just like cash, and can be used to buy food at the market. Learn More about shopping with SNAP. We will again be offering the Market Match Incentive Program. Up to $10 of funds taken from your EBT card will be matched dollar for dollar to use on purchase of fruits and vegetables.

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Please help ensure these markets continue to thrive by sharing the information with your friends, family, coworkers, and community. Download and print a Winter Farmers’ Market poster to hang in your workplace, library, church, coffee shop, or storefront. Willing to hang six or more posters? Send an email to leo@seacoasteatlocal.org and we’ll mail them to you to post around town.

Already excited to start planning your shopping list for the first market? Check out our Product Search feature to see who will be bringing your favorite local foods!

Gift round up: 4 great gifts from the Winter Farmers’ Market

‘Tis the season, but gift giving doesn’t have to be stressful, and it definitely doesn’t need to be devoid of meaning. Here’s 4 great gifts you can buy (there are so very many more) at the Winter Farmers’ Market this Saturday, 12/14/13, at Exeter High School (and again next Saturday in Rollinsford on the 21st.) The market is open 10am to 2pm, but your gift will bring joy to your giftee for much longer than that [cue corny but legit holiday spirit].

Gift the market itself - market tokens

Gift the market itself

Market tokens come in $5 increments and can be spent with any vendor just like cash. They’re gift certificates good throughout the whole market, but a lot more fun. Because they’re wooden tokens! Share your love of the markets and the awesomeness that is our local food scene in the winter with a cute gift bag filled with any quantity of tokens you like.

 

 

New Hampshire Community Seafood - give the gift of fish!

Gift local seafood!

NH Community Seafood will be offering gift certificates at the next two markets (12/14 in Exeter, 12/21 in Rollinsford). You can purchase any cash amount you’d like or purchase a full half or quarter share of fish. Give the gift of 2 months of NH wild caught, dayboat fish. CSF seasons starting June 2014.

 

 

Give the gift of cheese

Give the gift of cheese.

It’s sort of like the gift of life. Because it’s cheese. Wolf Meadow Farm has cheese baskets available, call ahead to place your order (978) 201-1606. They’ve got gift certificates, good in Amesbury at at the markets they attend. They are also offering a cheesemaking class with Luca. This will take place on December 18th at their Italian-style facility in Amesbury. You’ll be making Primo Sale and Ricotta with Luca. $60/person, 6-9pm. Email info@wolfmeadowfarm.com to sign up.

 

gift of tea and coffee

Gift happy mornings.

Both coffee and tea drinkers, basically anybody who has to wake up in the morning, will appreciate a bit of White Heron  in their lives. Cutey gift packs, great unique and new choices, fair trade and awesome people to boot.

 

 

 

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Bonus round! Give a tote bag.

We know, we’re sneaking a 5th idea in here for you. That’s how much we love you. Every year we put out a new design on our super collectible fun tote bags and everybody wants one (limited edition!). Here’s what makes these even more awesome: these tote bags are made right here in NH by a woman owned company out of recycled fiber and recycled soda bottles. Take that plastic!

 

 

Cranberries at the Winter Farmers’ Market. Because, Thanksgiving.

Oh, yes, we’ll have lots and lots and lots of Maine grown cranberries at the Winter Farmers’ Market this coming Saturday. Cranberries are for me the local icing on the local cake of the local Thanksgiving, the perfect foil to the delicious richness that is the rest of the meal.

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photo courtesy flickr user Bruce Foster

The cranberries are from Sugar Hill Farm, in Columbia Falls, Maine. They’re IPM. We’ll be selling them at the Market Information booth on Saturday, November 23rd at our Winter Farmers’ Market at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford. We sell products that fit into our mission and that vendors don’t already have as a fundraiser to keep the markets open and awesome.

We’ve got a host of cranberry recipes over on Pinterest, and we’d love to hear about your faves. As for me, if Wild Miller Gardens brings any horseradish, I’ll be buying double the cranberries I need in order to make this cranberry horseradish spread for my turkey sandwich leftovers.

Turkey time!

Order your holiday bird, local turkeys, sustainable turkey, local sustainable turkeys available in the seacoast of New Hampshire (NH) and southern Maine (ME) for Thanksgiving 2013

There’s nothing like a local turkey, and it’s definitely time to order your holiday bird if you haven’t already!

Choose from a wide variety of pasture raised heritage birds, including apple finished from New Roots Farm and hops fed from White Gate Farm.

Here’s the full list of local farms that have turkeys available for the 2013 holiday season >

 

Turkey talk, from the archives

originally posted in 2009 by Debra, the discourse on the best method to prepare a turkey continues:

To brine or not to brine? To cook at high heat or low heat? To help you decide, ”A Thanksgiving turkey worth its salt” tests different brining as well as cooking techniques, and comes down in favor of dry brining:

 

The best-browned bird was the one we had brined. It was very moist — both in the breast meat and in the thigh. And the flavor was good, not salty but well-seasoned throughout. However, it didn’t have the best texture — it was slightly spongy.

The high-temperature experiment was not as successful. Far from solving the problem of doneness between dark and white meat, this magnified it. The flavor was fine, and the skin was brown and crisp. But the breast meat had started to dry out, while the dark meat was underdone — rubbery rare-poultry texture and pink juice in the hip joint.

But the bird that was exciting was the one we had “Judy-ed.” This one had been cured in salt and was firm, meaty and smoothly dense. Though it was a bit too salty, the underlying flavor of the turkey was amazingly deep and full.

Suddenly, my Thanksgiving menu plans took a turn. The “Judy-ed” bird, though it needed refinement to tone down the salt and crisp and brown the skin, was the clear Smackdown winner.

To further refine the salt-cured turkey, we cooked it again, this time reducing the salt, allowing only 1 tablespoon for every 5 pounds of bird. To improve the browning, we started roasting the bird at 425 degrees for 30 minutes instead of 375 degrees. And we brushed half of the bird with melted butter before it went into the oven to see what effect that had on browning and flavor…

 

Last year I avoided the question altogether by braising my Narragansett turkey. The results were as described by Mark Bittman — delicious and succulent, however it wasn’t roast turkey. I haven’t yet decided what I’ll be doing this year. What method do you use to cook your locally raised turkey?

This description of the “butcher’s method” of carving should help those who are either new to the art of carving or just want to avoid public embarrassment. The task usually falls on my husband and he swears by it.