Archive for April, 2010

Time to Eat Your Greens

Friday, April 30th, 2010

“If I could recommend only one thing people could do to improve their diet and feel healthier,
it would be to eat more greens.” ~Tracey Miller.

On Wednesday, May 19, 2010, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tracey Miller will be holding a class on spring greens. How to Pick and Prepare Spring Greens: Kale, Chard, Watercress, Arugula, and More will include dinner, recipes, and nutrition tips from Tracey, a certified health and wellness counselor from Institute for Integrative Nutrition. The fee for the class is $40 and you’ll learn the science behind preparing greens properly so they don’t taste bitter.

For more information see Tracey Miller’s website, http://traceymillerwellness.com/wellness/it%e2%80%99s-time-to-eat-spring-greens-learn-how-to-pick-and-prepare-them/, or download this flyer on the Cooking and Wellness Class, May 19, 2010.

Hickory Hill Farm Open House

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Hickory Hill Farm, 281 Back Road, Dover, will be having an open farm on Saturday, May 15, 2010, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. There will be many great opportunities for family events, from picnicking (bring your picnic basket and blanket) to all the animals, including baby chicks, piglets, sheep, and horses.

Visit the farm’s website, http://hickoryhillfarm.org/, and if you’d like more details about the event, give them a call at 603.742.0553.

Market Notes: Roasted Rhubarb

Friday, April 30th, 2010

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Our rhubarb is in its third year and, barely into the season, it’s making up for lost time by coming on fast and furious. With the return of the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market this weekend, I expect rhubarb will be one of its welcome features. Thanks to Cowgirl Goods for the tip and, without further ado, we offer you:

 

Roasted Rhubarb

 

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

 

2. Thickly slice 2 pounds of rhubarb and put it into a deep oven-proof pot.

 

3. Mix in 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup red or white wine.

 

4. Split open 1 vanilla bean and add it to the rhubarb.

 

5. Roast the rhubarb (uncovered) until very tender, about 30 minutes.

 

— Serve hot or cold. Makes 2 to 3 cups.

 

Note: Adapted from Canal House Cooking, Vol. 3. They recommend spooning it over thick yogurt, ice cream, pound cake, or on its own. I’m off to test milks for cheesemaking with fellow Cheese Chick, Lenore, and imagine it’ll also make a fine accompaniment to a nice scoop of fresh, homemade ricotta.

SCCD Plant Sale

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

As we mentioned in March, the Strafford County Conservation District is holding its annual plant sale. For those of you who preordered plants, pickup is at the Rochester Fairgrounds on Friday, April 30, 2010, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 1, 2010, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

You may also remember that any extra perennials and the like will be on sale at this time as well as annuals and tomato plants and garden accessories, like rain barrels, composters, and books. Additionally, master gardeners will be available to answer any planting, farming, or forest questions.

If you have any questions, give Strafford County Conservation District a call at 603.749.3037.

More than the sum of its parts

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

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As part of the UNH Sustainability Internship Program (SIP), our three interns gave a presentation at the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference recently. The interns had a chance to reflect on and synthesize their experience working with us here at Seacoast Eat Local. Some of the data they collated for the Winter Farmers’ Markets this past season:

 

• Total Winter Farmer’s Markets: 11

• Average number of vendors per market: ~40

• Total attendance: ~16,000

• Record attendance for single market: 2,158

 

These statistics represent an increase from 3 markets the first year, and 6 markets last year. The number of participating vendors and attendance have increased correspondingly.

 

Special thanks to the UNH Sustainability Program, and to our interns Sarah Jacobson, Michelle Laffoon, and Hillary Thomas for providing this snapshot of how much we’ve grown.

 

This was only possible with the support of very many people. We are grateful to the the Geoffrey E. Clark and Martha Fuller Clark Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the Piscataqua Community Foundation; to Wentworth Greenhouses and Exeter High School, and their respective staff; to the farmers and producers, organizers and volunteers, and musicians and customers who came all winter to celebrate our local food system — this truly has been a collaborative effort!

Scale Clinic for Farmers, May 18

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

On Tuesday, May 18, 2010, the New Hampshire Division of Weights and Measures will be holding a scale certification clinic for those who use a scale commercially at farmers markets or farm stands.  The clinic will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Wentworth Greenhouses, 141 Rollins Road, Rollinsford. The certification test is free to those who have three or fewer scales under 100 pound capacity and no other commercial devices. Staff members will be available to answer questions with regard to method of sale, how to take a tare, and other related questions.

If you are interested in attending this certification clinic, please call their office at 603.271.2894 and leave a message with your name and the number of scales that you will be bringing.

Click here for this information in a PDF file Scale Clinic, May 18, 2010.

Your Organic Vegetable Garden: Managing Pests & Diseases, May 25

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

lateblight2_2webtext.jpgWe are pleased to announce this upcoming presentation, the result of a collaboration between MOFGASeacoast Eat Local, and Seacoast Community Garden Network:

Your Organic Vegetable Garden: Managing Pests & Diseases

 

Speaker: Eric Sideman, Organic Crop Specialist, MOFGA

Place: Portsmouth Public Library – Hilton Room, 175 Parrott Ave, Portsmouth, NH

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Fee: Free and open to the public

 

Many home and community gardeners have taken up growing vegetables in recent years. This rewarding pursuit comes with it’s own set of challenges. Those vegetables we find so delicious can be equally attractive to a wide range of insects. Understanding the difference between beneficial insects and destructive pests is often difficult. This presentation will cover the identification of pests and diseases common to growing vegetables. Organic methods of prevention and management will be also discussed, with a special focus on identifying and preventing Late Blight.

 

Some of you may already know Eric Sideman through his informative Pest Reports for MOFGA. Eric earned a BS in agriculture from Cornell University, an MS in biology from Northeastern University and a PhD in Botany from the University of New Hampshire. He moved to Maine in 1982 to teach biology and ecology at Bates College. In 1986 he moved on to MOFGA to become what some call “the nation’s first Organic Extension Agent.” He provides technical support for farmers and gardeners, serves as staff scientist for MOFGA, plans and produces educational events for MOFGA and Cooperative Extension, and serves on various agricultural committees for the Maine Department of Agriculture and the University of Maine. From 1997 to 2002 Eric served a term on the National Organic Standards Board, an advisory board to the USDA National Organic Program. Eric has recently moved to New Hampshire, just over the border from Maine, and now MOFGA has a great opportunity to give support to farmers and gardeners a long way from Unity.

 

Space is limited. To RSVP or for more information, please email debra@seacoasteatlocal.org.

In the News: NH Law Requires Chick Purchases by the Dozen

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

A recent article in the Eagle-Tribune by Eric Parry brought up this little-known fact: In New Hampshire the law is that you have to buy 12 chickens, rabbits, ducklings, or goslings if they are less than 4 weeks old.

That seems kind of steep to me, as well as many other people looking to buy chicks, and Tom Stachulski, manager of Dodge Grain in Salem. Stachulski says a better requirement would be six, but that “it kind of thins out the people who won’t do it the right way.”

According to the article, even with these steep requirements, sales are up. At Dodge’s Agway Farm and Garden in Plaistow they are now selling about 1,000 chicks a year, double what it used to be.

To read the entire article, click here.

Blueberry Sale at Berrybogg Farm

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Berrybogg Farm will again be selling two-year-old blueberry and raspberry plants on May 1, 2, and 8, just in time for Mother’s Day. The plants will be for sale in their parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be Patriot and Blueray blueberries, which are both excellent cold hardy varieties.

This year they will not be taking phone or e-mail orders so arrive early for the best availability.

Be sure to check out their website www.berryboggfarm.com for more information.

White Lily Teas Plant Sale, May 2

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

On Sunday, May 2, 2010, White Lily Teas of Exeter will be having a plant sale from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event will feature organic and solar-powered farmers selling plant seedlings, organic seeds from the High Mowing Seed Company, and many more things related to organic gardening. White Lily Teas is located at 26 Water Street, Unit 6, Exeter.

Rebecca Ross from White Lily Teas will be selling organic medicinal perennials from her garden. www.whitelilyteas.com

Joel and Annalisa Miller from the Wild Miller Gardens will be bringing the High Mowing Seed Company seeds, with tons to choose from, as well as their pasture raised eggs and pork sausage. They have all kinds of information about their practices and their farm at their website, www.wildmillergardens.com.

 David “Dr. Tomato” O’Conner of Healthy Home Harvestwill be there with a huge list, including “Solarganic” vegetable and flower seedlings, low tunnel hoops, organic fertilizer, and organic potting soil mix, all of which they produce themselves. Dr. Tomato will also be available to answer questions. This website is also a hotbed of info, www.healthyhomeharvest.com.