From the Market Bulletin:
Last year’s first New Hampshire Eat Local Week was such a success that this year Govenor Lynch is declarning the whole month of August as New Hampshire Eat Local Month. Granite Staters are invited to spend August discovering and enjoying all that our farmers have to offer. State-wide and local and regional organizations are preparing a host of activities and events around four weekly themes.
The first week’s theme, Getting Started with Farmers’ Markets, coincides with National Farmers Market Week and will feature pointers on how to find local foods. Week two, Farmily to the Farm, will highlight activities to get families to farms — such as PYO, tours, and more. Sharing the Harvest, the theme for the third week, will stress ways to reach out to help the less fortunate obtain fresh, healthy, locally produced food–gleaning activities, donating extra produce, promoting farmers market WIC coupons, etc. Week four will focus on Thinking Ahead, providing information on food preservation, season extension, and traditional seasonal menu planning.
Special Growers Dinners, local food challenges, and pot luck suppers and picnics are encouraged throughout NH Eat Local Month. See the New Hampshire Eat Local website at www.nheatlocal.org for event listings and links to partner organizations and local area programs — and add your own ideas and plans for celebrating NH’s locally grown bounty!