TuttleFest Coming to Tuttle’s Red Barn, March 19

tuttles_colorlogoclipt_12×6_op_255×141optimized.jpgThe second weekend of March promises to be full of fun choices to get out and support local food and agriculture! Joining New Hampshire Maple Weekend and NOFA-NH’s Winter Conference: Localizing Food that weekend is TuttleFest at Tuttle’s Red Barn on Saturday, March 19th:

 

TuttleFest — Come Party With the Farmers!

Tuttle’s Red Barn, Dover, NH

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Noon to 9 p.m.

Donation: Adults – $10, Students & Green Alliance Members – $5, Children – Free

All are welcome regardless of ability to donate!

 

The New Hampshire Institute of Agriculture and Forestry invites you to a barn-shakin’ fundraising event graciously hosted by Tuttle Farm to help start out new farmers and grow more local food for the Seacoast. Come enjoy live music, food, activities, and more… good old-fashioned fun!

 

On March 19th from noon until 9pm, Tuttle’s Red Barn in Dover will host TuttleFest. It promises to be a day dedicated to celebrating and supporting the tradition of local, family farming. Come eat food from right here on the Seacoast and listen to local bands playing everything from bluegrass to nineties cover music. Meanwhile, llama rides and other kid’s activities will engage the next generation in local agriculture.

 

There will also be booths and tables from local organizations including the Green Alliance and some of its Business Partners – many with local wares for sale. The suggested donation for the entire day of entertainment and support of local farms is only $10, but show your Green Card and pay only $5!

 

This event will be a fun gathering of the community that has supported the Tuttle’s Red Barn for 379 years. Tuttles is the oldest family owned farm of its kind in America and is transitioning to new ownership. The Tuttles family wants to find owners who will care for the farm with the same love they put in to it, maintain its local flavor (pun intended), and grow the attached farm store to include even more local food and crafts. As part of their transition, they’ve enlisted the help of the New Hampshire Institute of Agriculture and Forestry (NHIAF) to organize an event that will raise money to help local farmers grow more food right here on the Seacoast. TuttleFest will help raise not just money, but also awareness of the importance and strengths of local farms and the communities which depend on them.

 

This fundraiser costs $10 for adults, $5 for students and GA members, and is free for children. For more information go to www.tuttlesredbarn.net call (603) 534-5292 or email info@nhiaf.org.

3 Responses to “TuttleFest Coming to Tuttle’s Red Barn, March 19”

  1. Louis says:

    Is this a yearly fest?. I heard that there is another craftsfest called “Mayfair” at the farm this year

  2. Debra says:

    Louis, thanks for your question and for stopping by! This was the first year for Tuttlefest — for more information, you can contact the organizers of the event: New Hampshire Institute of Agriculture, info@nhiaf.org.

  3. Harrison Gray says:

    TuttleFest? It should have been called TuttleWake. The store and parking lot are practically empty these days. Indeed, Tuttle’s almost went bankrupt during the recent recession.

    Hugh Tuttle, a Harvard Business School graduate, built Tuttle’s into the upscale store familiar in the 1980s-1990s; but as so often happens, the wrong relatives inherit the business. Incompetence doesn’t recognize itself — rather, it thinks it is doing just fine, repeating ossified procedures without adapting to changing economic or social conditions. Slowly but surely, standards and profits start to slip. And rather than modify the business model and make improvements that attract customers, incompetence cuts back, hunkers down and leaves shelves bare. Customers go elsewhere. Tuttle’s had to sell some land for development to raise capital. But to no avail. Heirs say the farm is up for sale because they are “tired”, but the truth is that the latest generation proved inept at business, especially through difficult times. Wentworth Gardens in Rollinsford stole their plant, shrub and tree customers, and various local supermakets underpriced their grocery goods. So after 379 years, the oldest family farm went fallow.

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