31 Days, 31 Ways to Celebrate NH Eat Local Month!

August is NH Eat Local Month, and we’ve got 31 days to celebrate! All month long, we can find new ways to support New Hampshire farmers and local agriculture:

1. Visit a farmers’ market

2. Eat what’s in season.

3. Grow your own. It’s not too late to plant things like greens, carrots, etc. for the fall, in fact, it’s perfect timing! Limited Space? – grow herbs on your window sills or a sunny spot all year round. List of gardening to-do’s for August (by zone)

4. Share your love of local food. Bring a friend to market, brag about your delicious dinner on facebook/yourblog/twitter/in a text. Spread the word and support local agriculture in NH!

5. Pick your own. Peaches, blueberries, and even early season apples as well as vegetables are available to pick yourself. It can be a great way to get a lot of produce for less money, and a fun family or friend outing in a beautiful location. Try nh.com or and the NH Dept of Ag Markets & Food (.pdf) listings to find a farm near you.

White Gate Farm peaches

6. Try local meats. NH is home to lots of farms growing everything from chicken and turkey to beef, pork, lamb, goat, elk, venison, and bison! NH Department of AgEat Wild, and NH Magazine have great info.

7. Eat out! Ask about local food options at a local restaurants and stores.

8. Make it sweet, eat more maple syrup and honey

9. Visit a farm

10. Yes You Can!

11. Try a new food or a new recipe. Be brave! Try kohlrabi or goat orfillintheblank.

12. Learn a new skill. Across the state, there are workshops on everything from canning to raising chickens and a whole lot more. Check out Cooperative ExtensionSeacoast Permaculture Meetup,  Central Permaculture Meetup, and D Acres just for starters. Or, share a skill and teach a friend or neighbor to cook.

13. Find inspiration, check out NH’s local food bloggers

14. Make it a party. Invite friends and family for an all local bbq or pot-luck, or a few close friends for a can-apalooza!

15. Take a picture, it’ll last longer

16. Eat nothing but locally grown foods for a day, or a week, or the whole month!

Brandmoore Farm17. Cheeeeeese please!

18.  Freeze it: freeze fresh herbs in ice cube trays so you can use them for soups and stocks. Make pesto with fresh basil, garlic and pine nuts and freeze! Keep berries fresh and ready to use in smoothies, pies and toppings all year long. All you need is a baking sheet and plastic freezer bags or jars. Lay berries on sheet and place in freezer, once frozen, scoop berrries into freezer bag or jar.

19. Forage – For novices try finding nearby wild blackberry bushes, alpine blueberries,or greens like dandelions. With help from an expert, forage for mushrooms and medicinal herbs. NOFA-NH foraging workshop

20. Drysmoke it, cure it, make some charcuterie!

21. Spend $10 a week on local food

22. Make that summer seafood truly local!

23. Feed your head and feast with your eyes

24. Join a csa/csf/farm patron program. Share the fun & expense – split a CSF/CSA with a neighboring friend or family

25. Glean and donate to a local food pantry

26. Hold a garden/canning/seed swap, trade what you have lots of for what others are producing

27. Volunteer your time to a local food organization, food pantry, or school garden

29. Make it a family affair –  bring your kids to the farmers market, invite them to help prep in the kitchen, have them help harvest in the garden.
30. Drink it in! Local winebeer, and distilleries.
31. Say “thank you” to a farmer and let them how much you enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Enjoy eating locally all August long! 

Contributors to this post include Erin Allgood, Sarah Jacobson, Debra KamTracy Osborne MillerKate MitchellSara Zoe Patterson, Jessica Sheldon, and Lenore Paquette Smith.

NH Eat Local Month: NH Farmers’ Market Week, August 7–13

As part of NH Eat Local Month, Governor Lynch has declared August 7–13 NH Farmers’ Market Week. Set to coincide with National Farmers’ Market Week, many farmers’ markets will be having special events at the market. Check with the markets of your choice about any special activities planned:

Seacoast Harvest: Farmers’ Markets >

Seacoast farmers’ markets by day >

List of all NH Farmers’ Markets >

Also, read about Sara Zoe & Brendan’s challenge to visit 31 Farmers’ Markets in 31 Days >

Other sources of things to do NH Eat Local Month:

NH Eat Local – Events >

UNH Cooperative Extension – August is Eat-Local Month >

Seacoast Gathering for Good – August is NH Eat Local Month >

Celebrate NH Eat Local Month!

August is NH Eat Local Month, and what better time to enjoy all that our local food community has to offer! Make sure to visit their events page for local food and agriculture activities happening all over the Granite State.

As part of this month’s festivities, Governor John Lynch has proclaimed August 7-13 as NH Farmers’ Market Week. Visit one of nearly 90 farmers’ markets in NH for the freshest local products all season long. Many market locations will offer special activities and entertainment during farmers’ market week. For a list of NH Farmers’ Markets see http://www.nh.gov/agric/public ations/documents/farmersmarkets.pdf

NH Eat Local Month is a collaboration of the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food as well as dozens of businesses, individuals, and groups throughout the state. They welcome everyone participating and promoting NH grown foods, and would like to hear how you plan to celebrate. If you are planning an event  during 2011 August Eat Local Month, please send your event details to gail.mcwilliam.jellie@agr.nh.gov.

For more information: www.nheatlocal.org