Archive for December 15th, 2008

in the news: Winter Farmers’ Markets + Seafood

Monday, December 15th, 2008

from the Exeter Newsletter:

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.

read the full story >

(the next market, even bigger than the Exeter one, is this Saturday, December 20th, at MACA in Dover. Details here > )

from The Wire:

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, Portsmouth’s geographic positioning allows us to pause and look out over the harbor and enjoy our waterfront view.

But it’s 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, Portsmouth’s historically prosperous fishing industry struggles to remain afloat.

“The commercial fishing industry is going though some tough times,” said Erik Anderson, of Portsmouth’s 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 it’s become a wash,” he said.

Based on current federal policies, Portsmouth’s 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 can’t 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.

read the full article >

Holiday Farmers’ Market this Saturday, December 20th

Monday, December 15th, 2008

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!

Directions, and the complete list of farmers and their products >

Fresh Local Bayside to open Dec 20th

Monday, December 15th, 2008

On your way to or from this Saturday’s Holiday Farmers’ Market stop by for the newest incarnation of the Fresh Local Truck, Fresh Local Bayside in Newington.

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.