Archive for February 24th, 2011

Winter Farmers’ Market in Rollinsford, February 26

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

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On Saturday, February 26th, 40+ farmers, fishermen, and food producers will be inside the beautiful Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford, NH, from 10am-2pm, selling vegetables, meats, cheeses, milk, eggs, fish and shrimp, prepared foods, baked goods, honey and maple syrup! You can find a full list of participating vendors and their products at www.seacoasteatlocal.org. The Wentworth Greenhouses are located at 141 Rollins Road, Rollinsford, NH, 1 mile past Red’s Shoe Barn of Dover. Here’s a map!

 

Additional parking and a shuttle will be available from 10am-2pm at Salmon Falls Stoneware, just around the corner from the greenhouse! The shuttle will run continuously during the entire market—arrive and leave on your own schedule. The parking and greenhouse are less than a mile apart, making it a quick 4-minute ride each way, with door to door pick-up and drop off. There is plenty of parking at Salmon Falls Stoneware; the shuttle is a great option for parking, especially if you like to come early to the market. Salmon Falls Stoneware is located at 75 Oak St, Dover, NH. Here’s a map!

 

CSA Day at the Winter Farmers’ Market

The market will also feature the opportunity to learn more about CSAs in the Seacoast area and speak directly with CSA farmers. Community Supported Agriculture offers a terrific way for people to get a steady supply of local food directly from the producers.

 

• Meet 15+ farmers and fishermen, and learn about CSA share options for the 2011 season

• Talk with farmers about quantity and pre-ordering options for meat and poultry

• Buy a share in a farm’s harvest for the coming season

• Buy a share in a fishing boat’s catch

 

14 farms + 1 fishery have signed up to participate in CSA Day on February 26th. Collectively, these farms represent over 825 acres in production, ranging from 2 to 340 acres in size.  In 2011, they are offering a total of 2,135 CSA shares + 790 winter shares, and half of the farms offer year-round shares or winter share options. There are a lot of diverse options for pick-up locations, share structures, available foods, and farm involvement. Come to CSA Day to find the right option for you!  Learn more about the participating farms at our website >

 

Last chance for shrimp this year!

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has set the shrimp season closure on February 28th (midnight). The shrimp freeze well, plan to stock up! Weather premitting, Yankee Fishermen’s Coop will be at the market on Saturday 2/26 with shrimp sold in 5 and 10 lb. bags. The F/V Rimrack also sells shrimp directly off the boat at Rye Harbor. For more information regarding availability and buying directly off the boat, call 603-343-1500 or visit www.rimrackfish.com.

 

Artisan Crafts at the Market

Wentworth Greenhouses will be hosting select craft artisans in the glass greenhouse on market dates. This is the greenhouse on the left as you enter. Be sure to visit the glass greenhouse for locally produced goods including leatherwork, woodwork, pottery and more on the dates we are in Rollinsford. Visit www.wentworthgreenhouses.com for more information.

 

Featured Winter Vegetable: Rutabaga

This week at the market we’ll be featuring rutabagas. This root vegetable has an earthy, buttery flavor, which is often sweetened by cool weather. They are a cross between cabbage and a turnip. To store rutabagas keep them in a cool, dark place or refrigerate them. Rutabagas should be peeled to ensure all the fibrous skin has been removed. Erin of Allgood Eats and Jen of Get Well Grounded will be at the market demonstrating basic peeling, chopping and preparation of rutabagas. Look for simple, delicious recipes for rutabagas at the farmers’ market!

 

Purchasing locally grown food directly from area growers helps ensure our farms stay in business—keeping open space and good food growing in the Seacoast. You can find a full list of participating vendors and the products they will be selling at www.seacoasteatlocal.org or visit us on Facebook for the latest updates and specials.

Last Chance for Shrimp this Year!

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

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The northern shrimp season ends Monday, February 28th — not much time left to stock up for the year! Here’s the latest on availability from the F/V Rimrack, with a brilliant idea for freezing them unpeeled!

 

Unexpected last tow today

Looks like the unexpected happened today as the last tow brought up some great shrimp! We’re headed out to the same spot tomorrow morning. Give a call (603.343.1500) after 12pm to get updated info on shrimp quality for tomorrow’s landing (probably around 4:30pm — but call for confirmation!).

 

After a terrific season, these shrimp are moving more offshore now mixing with the younger, smaller ones making the peeling more of a challenge. Let’s hope for another chance to grab some big ones before Monday. We’ll post with news tomorrow as soon as we hear from Mike!!

 

BTW, due to the overwhelming success of the 5 gal/$40 bucket option, we’ll definitely be offering this option next year.

 

Check out my individually frozen headed-shrimp. I pile them in zip-lock bags and can easily take out what I want as needed. You just have to deal with taking the shell off later.

 

Thursday morning update9am — Good news! Our first tow today brought up a great run of shrimp. We plan to be at the dock tonight at Rye Harbor at 4:45pm.

 

For more information, visit www.rimrackfish.com. Also, weather permitting, the Yankee Fishermen’s Coop will have shrimp in 5 and 10 lb. bags for sale at the Winter Farmers’ Market in Rollinsford this Saturday, February 26.