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!

Eat Fresher Fish, Support Seacoast Fishermen — Join NH Community Seafood

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From NH Community Seafood:

Greetings Fresh and Local Fish Lovers! We are excited to announce that our third and final CSF session this year will start next week (Oct 13) and run through the first week of December (Dec 5). IF you sign up before this Monday, you will still be able to enroll for the full third season. If you miss Monday’s deadline, don’t worry because we will still offer pro-rated enrollment for the first two weeks.

This season will bring to an end a very exciting and positive second year of operations. We’ve seen membership more than double; we now have 15 drop off locations throughout the state, and we’ve enrolled 10 high end restaurants in our RSF program. This is all thanks to you, and thanks to your interest and support in our unique organization.

We continue to face very difficult fisheries management challenges, which continue to threaten the existence of small scale fishing and “day boat” fishing practices that yield the unique “day boat” fish that we all love so much. New Hampshire has one of the last remaining day boat fisheries in New England, and we think our best chance of survival is to get our fish to you and entice you through your taste buds to be a champion for fresh and local seafood.

This season, we expect the return of Yellow Tail Flounder along with White hake, Atlantic Pollock, Gulf of Maine cod, Acadian redfish, Dayboat Cape Shark, Monkfish Tail, and the possibility of local Steelhead Trout (pending supply).

So join us, sign up online at: http://www.nhcommunityseafood.com/members/types

Maine Cheese Guild: Open Creamery Day 2014, October 12

Open-CreameryAs the hardwood foliage bursts in a blaze of colors on Columbus Day weekend, take in the spectacular sights and taste some award-winning cheese during the Maine Cheese Guild’s annual Open Creamery Day on Sunday, October 12th:

Open Creamery Day 2014
Maine Cheese Guild
Sunday, October 12, 2014
11am – 3pm (unless otherwise noted)

Visit many of Maine’s cheese makers in their creameries, meet the animals, and learn the stories behind Maine’s more than 150 artisan cheeses. Along the way you can also visit a farmers’ market, stop at an orchard, explore one of Maine’s premier breweries or wineries, pick fruit at Maine’s legendary orchards, and drop-in on one of the many artisan bread makers our state has to offer. You’ll love the views, and the taste of Maine cheese, straight from the source, will be the best memory of all!

For more information: http://www.mainecheeseguild.org/?p=1753

Grow a Row for your local food pantry!

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Have a green thumb and a little extra garden space?

New Roots Farm in partnership with Seacoast Eat Local is looking for garden partners to help increase fresh local produce available at our many local pantries. How can YOU help?

Step 1: Pick up free seedlings or seeds available at New Roots Farm in Newmarket this Friday, June 20th from 2-6pm.

Step 2: Plant out your container, row or beds dedicated for donation to a local pantry.

Step 3: Gather your harvest and bring it to a summer farmers’ market in Dover, Exeter or Portsmouth for collection and distribution to local pantries. Alternatively you can coordinate with your own nearby pantry for drop off times available.

Want to learn more? Email leo@seacoasteatlocal.org

 

During the Winter Market season we were able to collect and donate over 2000 pounds of food to local pantries. Help us continue and expand garentomatoesthese efforts by growing extra produce for donation. You can arrange to donate to a pantry in your neighborhood at your convenience or bring your home grown donations to the Seacoast Eat Local tent at the Dover, Exeter or Portsmouth Farmers’ Markets. We will add it to our gleaned food from the market that day and deliver it to a pantry right after market.

Looking for help with your garden? Be sure to utilize the UNH Cooperative Extension Information Line. You can peruse their online resources or give them a call at 1-877-EXT-GROW (1-877-398-4769).

Summer Block Party at Eastman’s Corner, June 14

10402571_679787465426732_7078979865398114111_nThe Farm at Eastman’s Corner in Kensington, NH, is hosting their first annual Summer Block Party on Saturday, June 14th, from 3 to 8pm — free and open to the public:

Summer Block Party at Eastman’s Corner
The Farm at Eastman’s Corner, Kensington, NH
Saturday, June 14, 2014
3 – 8pm

It’s been one year since we opened our doors, and we’ve got plenty to be grateful for, from relationships we’ve built with over 70 local food providers to over $20,331 donated to support Sawyer Park.

To celebrate, we’re throwing a party! Our friendly local farmers and food providers will be offering tastings, samples and demonstrations, great live music, and plenty of games and activities. Get up close and personal with the people who grow and make our great local food. Enjoy local beer and wine tastings and mouthwatering BBQ.

This event is free and open to the public, no registration required!

For more information: www.eastmanscorner.com

Farm Stand Openings offer a Taste of Spring!

unnamedTender greens, spring-dug parsnips, and fresh eggs are just some of the wide range of local food now available at farm stands open year-round or just opening up for the season. To help you stock up between farmers’ markets, the following farms have sent us news about what’s currently on offer at their farm stands:

Coppal House Farm — The farm stand at Coppal House Farm in Lee, NH, is open year round. Our hours are Tues–Sun 12–5pm. We will be stocked with our pork, lamb, and chicken, farm fresh eggs, and any salad mix left in the high tunnel after market is done. For more information: www.nhcornmaze.com

Merrill Farm — The farm stand at Merrill Farms (Oliver Merrill & Sons LLC) in Londonderry, NH, is open in April. We have eggs year round. We will have apples and pears till Easter this year. We are open 8:30 to 5:30 every day. Parsnips will be dug soon for Easter. We have rhubarb in May. Contact: merrillfarmsnh@gmail.com or 603-622-6636. For more information: http://visitlondonderry.com/play/agrativities/merrills-farm/.

Riverside Farm Stand & Greenhouse — Riverside Farm Stand in North Berwick, ME, opens on Thursday, April 17th. Hours are 9am to 6pm, closed Easter Sunday. From the Greenhouses or fall dug: Parsnips, Lettuces, Salad Greens, Swiss Chard, Potatoes, Cukes (at the end of April). Plants including Spinach bowls, Lettuce bowls, Pansies, Perennials. From the Kitchen: Fruit Spreads (blueberry, strawberry, raspberry) Bread, Chicken Pot Pies, Mac and Cheese, Shepard’s Pie. Other Locally Sourced: Cage Free Eggs, Pickles, Dilly Beans, Red Gravy, Chocolate Toffee. We are located at 323 Elm St, North Berwick, ME. For more information: www.riversidefarmstand.com.

Stout Oak Farm — The Farm Store at Stout Oak Farm in Brentwood, NH, will be open in April with eggs and spring greens, as available. Beginning Saturday May 17th, we’ll be open 6 days a week. Check www.stoutoakfarm.com or our Facebook page for frequent updates.

For an additional listing of farm stands, check Seacoast Harvest. If you’d like your farm stand added to this list, please contact debra@seacoasteatlocal.org.

Support your local butcher, and help bring MEat to the Seacoast!

1688795_636858436351588_609436249_nBe a part of southern Maine’s first whole animal butcher shop and fill the gap between locally, humanely raised animals and your plate. Through Kickstarter, butcher Jarrod Spangler, well-known through his work at Rosemont, hopes to open MEat in Wallingford Square, Kittery as early as this summer. In addition to whole animal butchery, MEat will also offer prepared meals to go, and will eventually produce cured meats. The campaign will outfit the shop with the necessary equipment to fulfill Jarrod’s vision of sourcing 100% locally, including a custom-built curing room necessary for producing salami, pancetta, prosciutto, coppa and many other traditional, old-world recipes that Jarrod learned while in Italy.

By working with farmers throughout Maine and New Hampshire, MEat will also be supporting those who raise their animals naturally and/or organically. “MEat will provide a consistent outlet for farmers who need to move product regularly in order to continue to thrive,” Jarrod explains. “In turn, MEat will also eliminate the bottleneck that occurs between producers and consumers by offering Seacoast residents the convenience of a storefront with regular business hours.”

For more information: www.memeat.com

Maine Maple Sunday, March 23

evaporatingMaine’s Maple Syrup Producers celebrate Maine Maple Sunday on Sunday, March 23rd, statewide. Most sugarhouses offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer games, activities, treats, sugarbush tours, music, and so much more. Maine Maple Sunday is always the fourth Sunday in March although some sugarhouses are offering events for both Saturday and Sunday. Please be sure to read the description of each sugarhouse to know what times they will be open and the activities they offer. Participating sugarhouses in York County:

• Brookridge Boilers, Lyman
Chase Farms, Wells
• Clark Cole Family Pure Maple Syrup, Dayton
• Douston Maple and Honey, Arundel
• Gile’s Family Farm, Alfred
Hilltop Boilers, Newfield
• Maple Hill Sugar House, Newfield
• Morins Maple Syrup, Limerick
Pingree Maple Products, Cornish
• The Maple House, Waterboro
• Thurston and Peters Sugarhouse LLC, West Newfield

Also, from York County Farmers’ Network:

Harris Farm, Dayton
• Twin Maples Farm, Acton
• Andy’s Agway, Dayton

For more information, and a list of maple syrup producers who plan to participate in Maine Maple Sunday this year, see the Maine Maple Producers 2014 map: www.mainemapleproducers.com/maine-maple-sunday-map.html