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Archive for December, 2008
Wendy Berry of Lasting Legacy Farm has organized a Farmer to Consumer Workshop day for Saturday, January 24th to take place at McIntosh Culinary School in Dover. It will be a full day of learning about seedlings, heritage poultry, raw dairy and yogurt making, and underutilized (and often less expensive) cuts of meat. After a lunch prepared by the culinary school staff and students, there will be a wonderful opportunity to ask questions of farmers and hear them talk about their practices.
We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, but of course, do what is best for your safety!
The market will be open until 2pm, and there will be plenty of food available – so if you don’t want to venture out first thing, feel free to come by later!
Many arrived at the second Winter Farmers Market in Exeter Saturday, Dec. 6 with reusable cloth grocery bags in hand.
When they left, their green bags were packed with containers of raw cow’s milk, organic lamb, fresh kale and produce and other locally produced goodies. Natalie Ewing of Hampton was excited to try the organic elk burger and sausages she discovered at the market as well as the raw cow’s milk, which she said is tough to find.
“I’m a big believer in good nutrition and how that translates into good health and I believe in supporting local farmers,” Ewing said.
Both customers and vendors at the market inside the Exeter Congregational Church said they embraced the concept of buying locally grown and raised food.
(the next market, even bigger than the Exeter one, is this Saturday, December 20th, at MACA in Dover. Details here > )
Portsmouth fishermen seek city support, Written by Hannah Lally
Committee seeks to make fishing fleet a matter of community concern local fishermen
In the hustle and bustle of a business day, Portsmouths geographic positioning allows us to pause and look out over the harbor and enjoy our waterfront view.
But its easy to look past the struggling fishing vessels that are anchored to this city. While these boats may seem to do little more than bob in the periphery of a Prescott Park picnic, they were once the cultural and economic backbone to the Port City. Currently, however, Portsmouths historically prosperous fishing industry struggles to remain afloat.
The commercial fishing industry is going though some tough times, said Erik Anderson, of Portsmouths Fishing Fleet Committee. He attributes industry stress to current economic decline and thousands of pages of regulations.
The chief regulating bodies are the N.H. Fish and Game Department and the National Marine Fisheries Service, which control the basic size, sex, location and quantity of fish that may be taken, as well as the transportation, sale, inspection and processing of all marine species. Though governing agencies have been around for decades, Anderson reports that these regulations are the most extreme that we have ever seen.
Lifelong fisherman John Borden remembers what it was like to fish 20 years ago, before the reels of regulations. It used to be, if you went hard or you worked hard, you could make money, but now its become a wash, he said.
Based on current federal policies, Portsmouths groundfish fleet is only permitted to fish 24 days out of the year, a regulatory tactic intended to help rebuild regional stocks of haddock, cod and yellowtail flounder.
In order to maintain full-time employment, fishermen must diversify. Through the course of the year Borden will transform from scallop hunter to lobster trapper to groundfisherman, all of which require separate permits and equipment.
You cant get by on one boat, says Borden, now lobstering for a fraction of the money that he used to make doing the same amount of work.
We’ve updated the list of farmers who will be at McIntosh Atlantic Culinary School in Dover this Saturday from 9am-2pm – in addition to the best local food for the holidays, there will be plenty of items for stocking stuffers, last minute gifts, and of course, 2009 Seacoast Eat Local calendars!
A note from the owners:
**UPDATE 1/30/09: Fresh Local Bayside is open 9-2 Sat/Sun and 11-2 Fridays
We’ll be opening our new brunch place at the Great Bay Marine in Newington next weekend, Dec. 20, 21. We’ll be open Saturday and Sunday 8am -3pm throughout the winter.
We’ll have the best eggs benedicts, pancakes, all the normal breakfast fare in addition to some lunch favorites like our pork sandwiches, soups and burgers. It’s a great little space overlooking the bay (you may have been there when it was Currents a few years back).
Directions: Take Exit 4 off the Spaulding, turn left around backside of Rockingham Electric, right onto Nimble Hill Rd, right on Fox Point Rd, right on Beane Lane to the end. Just follow the signs to Great Bay Marine and you’ll find us at the far end of the building facing the water. Our own FRESH LOCAL BAYSIDE signage is in the works so don’t look for any just yet.