Archive for November, 2008

Winter Farmers’ Market December 6th!

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

From 10am-2pm at the Exeter Congregational Church at 21 Front Street, Exeter NH.

There will be an amazing array of locally grown and locally raised foods – everything from eggs and milk to honey and maple syrup with lamb, beef, pork, chicken, duck and vegetables: fresh greens, garlic, carrots, radishes, turnips, potatoes, winter squash, kale and collards …. and so very much more!

Help spread the word and hope to see you there!

More information, including maps for directions >

Holiday Farmers’ Market this Saturday!

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Join us this weekend, Saturday November 22 from 9am-2pm as almost 40 farmers and food producers sell their wares at McIntosh Atlantic Culinary School in Dover!

More information, product lists, vendors, directions >

Seafood survey from UNH’s Sea Grant

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Interested in learning more about local seafood? Take this survey to help UNH’s Sea Grant program develop educational materials designed to meet our needs! and click on the “consumer” survey link

correction: Thistle Ridge turkeys phone number

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

The correct number for Thistle Ridge Farm in Dover is 740-9332

Thistle Ridge Farm in Dover, NH will have farm fresh turkeys available (3.50/lb), along with a limited number of ducks and geese (also 3.50/lb). They also have fresh quail eggs at $5/dozen. To order your birds call Sherri at 603-740-9332.

potentially awesome: local foods convenience in Dover

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Found via UNH’s Discover(ing) Sustainability blog, a story in Foster’s about a potentially very cool resource for purchasing locally grown in Dover. I will be following this closely as the challenges of locally grown and the challenges of being a retailer often create large barriers (especially for prepared foods, though there is an opportunity here!) – kudos to Simply Green Biofuels for setting their sights high:

Simply Green is taking what they call the “100 mile challenge,” committing to stock at least 75 percent of the congreenience store’s inventory from within a 100-mile radius.

“This concept was second nature to us,” explained Andrew Kellar, founder of Simply Green Biofuels. “We want to provide a local option not only for fuel, but for items that people use every day. Our customers can come in to shop and know that what they are buying is helping our local community as well as reducing their own carbon footprint.”

Not only will the products within the store be local and organic whenever possible, but the renovations of the existing building were all done locally and as environmentally friendly as possible.

read the full article >

Menu for the Future discussion course

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Information about sustainable agriculture may be getting a lot more column space in newspapers these days, but it isn’t necessarily getting any easier to sort through the complicated factors and systems that affect personal, community, and global health and sustainability. Fortunately, we don’t have to go it alone.


There’s quite a few opportunities to participate this fall or winter in a Northwest Earth Institute Menu for the Future discussion course, and here’s another sponsored by the Rye Energy Committee:

Menu for the Future, is a six-session course exploring the connection  between food and sustainability. Course Goals are:
• To explore food systems and their impacts on culture, society and  ecological systems.
• To gain insight into agricultural and individual practices that  promote personal and ecological well-being.
• To consider your role in creating or supporting sustainable food  systems.


The course will be held at the Rye Library on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. The dates are Jan 15, 22, 29  Feb 5, 12 and 19. The course book costs $20 To register call Mimi White at 964-6586. The course is limited to 10 people.

Fresh chickens at Kellie Brook Farm!

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Kellie Brook Farm will have their amazingly delicious fresh chickens from Sunday, November 9th through Wednesday, November 12th at their farm stand on Portsmouth Ave/Rte 33 in Greenland, NH.  These chickens are about $3.60 a pound.

If you go to the farm, look for the very small yellow Farm Stand sign set back from the road in the driveway – the farm is on the western side of the road.

Kellie Brook Farm: 603-702-0342

1024 Portsmouth Ave (Rte 33) Greenland, NH

Feel free to call ahead and check availability of specific products!

Kellie Brook Farm will be offering their frozen poultry and meats (including turkeys!) at the Holiday Farmers’ Market on November 22 at McIntosh Atlantic Culinary Academy. more information here >

only slightly off topic: Home Energy Audit Workshop

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

most of us local food fans are motivated by sustainability to more or less extent, so I thought our readers would appreciate hearing about this workshop sponsored by the Brentwood Energy Committee:

Learn how to lower your energy costs – come to the


led by Laurel McEwen of Stepping Up Green

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 7:00 pm  – Brentwood Community Center

off Route 125 on the west side of the road, 0.4  miles north of Route 111A

directions to the Brentwood Community Center >

Create an energy reduction plan for your home.

Learn to evaluate the heating, hot water and electrical loads in your home.

Leave with tools and worksheets to begin your home’s energy diet. You will reduce your carbon emissions and lower your energy costs.

Sponsored by the Brentwood Energy Committee
For further information call 642-6620

Seacoast Eat Local at the library

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Three speakers from Seacoast Eat Local will come to Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the local food movement including environmental issues surrounding eating local and vegetarianism/veganism from an environmental standpoint. Resources for sourcing your food locally will be shared and questions are welcomed. Free and open to the public.

Directions to Wiggin Memorial Library >

Turkeys! and other poultry

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

We get a lot of email and questions about turkeys at this time of year and we will post information about availability here as we receive it. Farmers – if you have turkeys that still need a home, let us know by emailing

Thistle Ridge Farm in Dover, NH will have farm fresh turkeys available (3.50/lb), along with a limited number of ducks and geese (also 3.50/lb). They also have fresh quail eggs at $5/dozen. To order your birds call Sherri at 603-740-9332.