Archive for December, 2007

New resource from NOFA-NH

Friday, December 28th, 2007

The New Hampshire branch of the Northeast Organic Farming Association has unveiled a new resource, available in print and on the web.

The web version is here. An interesting point to note is that they’ve chosen to include not only certified organic growers but also growers who say they follow the practices and tenets of organic growing but choose not to certify. In other words: buyer beware – not everyone listed here is organic.  Fortunately, when you are buying locally you can have the sort of in depth conversation about these gray areas, visit farms, lend a hand, and really get to know what is going on.

You can get a print version of the brochure/map by calling NOFA-NH at 603.224.5022 or emailing info@nofanh.org

more and more . . .

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

A few more of the additional vendors that will be at this Saturday’s Holiday Farmers’ Market!

Tuckaway Farm, in Lee, NH will be selling potatoes

Velvet Pastures Elk Ranch, elk meat

My Grandmother’s Homemade Applesauce, applesauce made from NH and MA apples

Yellow House Farm, eggs!

Flag Hill Winery, grape and fruit wines

Vervacious, specialty food products like honeys, cocoas, grilling and roasting rubs

All this in addition to all the wonderful food-stuffs that were available in November – fresh salad greens, garlic, onions, winter squash, dried beans, beef, pork, chicken, milk, venison, honey, maple syrup, pies, breads, cookies, frozen cookie dough, turnips, eggs, and much much more!

Spread the word, come early, bring a friend!

If you’ve never shopped at a farmers’ market, check out our tips for shopping like a pro.

For a now incomplete list of farmers and food producers, as well as good directions, visit www.seacoasteatlocal.org/holidaymarkets

Saturday, 12/22, McIntosh Atlantic Culinary Academy, 181 Silver Street, exit 8e off the Spaulding/rte 16, 9am – 2pm.

see you Saturday!

Additional vendors for the Holiday Market this Saturday, 12/22

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

There’s been a flurry of last minute activity and we’ve opened up additional space at the McIntosh Atlantic Culinary Academy to add some last minute vendors. One of the completed applications that came in today is for Cafe Et Chocolate, a small home-based bakery business in Kensington, NH – they will be bringing Buche de Noëls!  Buche de Noël is essentially very chocolaty, very awesome yule log – a wonderful holiday dessert.
Of course, there will be plenty of cookies, pies, cookie dough for baking your own – and lots of other fun things which I’ll be highlighting all this week as the additional vendors become “official”, including plenty of opportunities to buy last minute gifts.

For more information, a mostly complete list of vendors, and directions, visit www.seacoasteatlocal.org/holidaymarkets

Winter Cooking Classes by Chef Ted McCormack at Flag Hill

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

The cooking classes focusing on local and seasonal foods continue!

Planning, preparing and eating seasonally with local meats, poultry and cheese. Enjoy dining on the fruits of your labor in our rustic 18th century barn. Classes are Friday nights 6-8 pm and are limited to 12 people of all ages and abilities. Email ted@flaghill.com to sign up for a fun time learning about preparing a seasonal meal. All classes are $40 per person

 

December 21st “Holiday Roast”

Beet Greens, Celery Root and Apple

Roast Rack of Riverslea Farm Lamb

Cranberry Bread Pudding

January 11th “Soup & Quick Bread”

Traditional Soda Bread

Cranberry Bread

Butternut Squash Soup

Chicken Escarole

February 15th “Fondue Fun”

Boggy Meadow Farm Swiss Cheese Fondue

Lasting Legacy Beef Fondue

Lindt Chocolate and Fruit Fondue

March 14th “Cooking for One”

Easy Tomato Soup with Cheddar Croutons

Homemade Mac-n-Cheese

Herb and Garlic Roasted Chicken

April 11th “Vegetarian”

Lentil and Roasted Vegetable Salad

Citrus Baked Tofu and Quinoa

Vegetable Pot Pie

 

May 16th “Fresh Seafood Battle”

Steamed Mussels in White Wine vs

White Clam Sauce on Linguini

Grilled Fish vs Baked Fish

Sauteed fish vs winner of …

Flag Hill Winery and Distillery – 297 North River Road Lee, NH 03861

603 659-2949 – www.flaghill.com

The Story of Stuff

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

I just came across a great little short film about consumerism. It is highly motivating to keep things local once you watch it. Check it out:

http://www.storyofstuff.com/

Local Farms, Local Government

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Hi, my name is Jeff and I’m going to do some blogging here at Seacoast Eat Local. My wife is an organic vegetable farmer and we’re both a part of Seacoast Eat Local and Slow Food Seacoast. I’m a Public Administration student at UNH so I will probably spend my time writing about things like Lorraine Stuart Merrill being unanimously confirmed by the Executive Council as the state’s new Agriculture Commissioner. I am also a news hound so I will be posting links to good articles as well. I will try to let the others write about their experiences with eating locally.

So without further ado I wanted to post a few documents I found while working on a project for class. They are “Preserving Rural Character through Agriculture”, the “NH Farm Viability Task Force Report”, and “Creating an Agricultural Commission in Your Hometown”. They are all focused specifically on NH and are all very interesting. “Preserving Rural Character” and “Creating an Ag Commission” were both published by the Coalition for Sustaining NH Agriculture. The Task Force was created in 2006 and published their report earlier this year. The Task Force Report discusses a number of things that should be done to make farming in NH more successful. I highly recommend reading it.