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CSA & North Berwick Farmers’ Market Accepting Food Stamps

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Both the North Berwick Farmers’ Market and Fresh Start Farm’s CSA are accepting Food Stamps through EBT (electronic benefits transfer) — hurrah for helping to make fresh, local food accessible to all! Thanks to support from community businesses, the North Berwick Farmers’ Market is able to double the value of Food Stamps through a “market match” system. From Foster’s:

 

NORTH BERWICK — Last Friday was opening day for the North Berwick Farmers Market, held every Friday 3-6 p.m. at the Town Hall parking lot. In its third year, the market has grown in vendors and sales every year, said Manager Rebekah Yonan. This year the market is taking Food Stamps for the first time, and is only the second farmers market in York County, Maine, to do so. Sanford’s market also accepts the federal subsidy payments.

 

At the North Berwick market, an added aid for people using Food Stamps is a “market match” system where half the purchase is subsidized up to $20 so customers get twice as much value. Initial funding for the match system is coming from Kennebunk Savings Bank, Hussey Seating and Carpe Diem Coffee. “The government is putting billions into food stamps and the idea is to try to bring that in locally. The idea is for people to have access to quality food. It’s really a perfect match,” said Yonan.

 

Vendors range from vegetable growers to bakers, nurseries to a livestock owner who knits items from her own animals’ wool. Food Stamp users have to bring their Pine Tree card and have it swiped at a processing booth before shopping. Other states’ cards, such as New Hampshire, also are accepted.

 

The market will be open through October. For more information call 207-676-3356 or visit www.northberwickfarmersmarket.org or on Facebook.

 

Similarly, Fresh Start Farm’s CSA is offering half-price shares to EBT users. For more information: www.cultivatingcommunity.org.

Options Abound as CSAs Expand and Grow

Friday, April 29th, 2011

As we head into spring, CSAs are continuing to take sign-ups. If you’re considering joining one, The Wire explores some of the new options available from local farms this year:

 

Way to grow: still more options at CSAs

 

There’s still time to sign up for a community supported agriculture share at many local farms, and this year, there are even more options to choose from.

 

Farms are offering more variety in the food and products available, as well as in the size and seasons of shares.

 

In addition to vegetables, some shares include fruits, herbs, flowers, plants, seafood, meat, dairy, eggs, grain, bread and other homemade goods. Some farms are also starting to allow shareholders to customize their choices.

 

At Brookford Farm in Rollinsford, the four-season CSA includes local grain, raw milk and other dairy products, eggs, pasture-raised beef and pork, and organic vegetables. New this season are broiler chickens.

 

Also new at Brookford is the option of a build-your-own share featuring a quarterly signup system, a la carte registration, and more affordable prices. Shareholders pick two of three base groups—dairy, vegetables, or grains, then can supplement their shares with additions depending on their diet and needs during the season.

 

At Meadow’s Mirth, a certified organic farm in Stratham, one share costing $400 entitles you to $440 worth of vegetables, herbs and flowers throughout the season. Shareholders choose the products at farmers’ markets or at the farm stand. They are also offering a pick-your-own blueberry share.

 

There is a similar, flexible option at Wild Miller Gardens in Lee. Shareholders can get credit for $330 worth of produce, eggs, pork and garlic for $300 up front.

 

Eastman’s Local Catch, a community supported fishery based in Seabrook, lets shareholders decide how many pounds of fish they would like each week for the six-week summer share starting in mid-June. This year, they have added a lobster option that can be substituted for one week.

Carolyn Eastman said a representative from the fishery will be available to talk to shareholders about their food at every pickup location this year.She said people are interested in maintaining a relationship with their food providers and she has seen a 95 percent renewal rate as a result. This is their third season offering a CSF.

 

She said as demand for their fish grows, they’ll add more fishing boats, which is good for local fishermen, like her husband, in a challenging climate…

 

Continue reading about CSAs, including Heron Pond Farm, Riverside Farm, and Two Toad Farm, among others at www.wirenh.com.

 

For more information about CSAs currently offering shares > mm

CSA Sign-ups Happening Now!

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

CSA sign-up season is here — share in the harvest through Community Supported Agriculture! This year, there are many different choices being offered — in addition to vegetable and fruit shares, some include fish, meat, dairy, egg, grain or bread options — find the CSA that’s right for your family!

 

Many CSA’s fill up fast, but don’t hesitate to ask once the season begins — many will prorate shares for the remainder of the season. Consider purchasing an extra share to give as a gift (Easter and Mother’s Day coming up soon!), or donate to a food pantry or community kitchen. Restaurants can also make use of CSA shares, turning what they receive into weekly specials featuring local food.

 

The following farms have let us know they have CSA shares available:

 

• Applecrest Farm

• Brookford Farm

• Eastman’s Local Catch (fish CSF)

• Farmer Dave’s

• Fresh Start Farms

• Harrison’s Poultry Farm (meat CSA)

• Heron Pond Farm

• Meadow’s Mirth

• NH Farm Museum

• New Roots Farm (meat CSA)

• Red Manse Farm

• Riverside Farm

• Stonewall Farm

• Stout Oak Farm

• Touching Earth Farm

• Two Toad Farm

• Wake Robin Farm

• Wild Miller Gardens

• Willow Pond Community Farm

• World PEAS

 

For more information about these and additional area farms offering CSA’s, visit Seacoast Harvest or the Seacoast Eat Local website: www.seacoasteatlocal.org.

 

Considering a CSA for the first time? Read Choosing a CSA (.pdf) for questions to think about and to ask farmers.

 

Addendum: Stout Oak Farm’s CSA is now full (4/11/11).

NH Farm Museum Launches Community Supported Agriculture Program

Friday, March 18th, 2011

cowBeginning in June, the NH Farm Museum will offer weekly shares of fresh, organically-grown produce to participants in its new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  The CSA will help support the museum’s farm-based educational programming while offering members access to a variety of locally-grown vegetables and herbs.

Members of a CSA purchase shares of a farm’s harvest before the season starts so that the farm has cash to buy seed and equipment for growing.   In return, CSA members receive the freshest possible produce through out the growing season (roughly June through October.)  With the NH Farm Museum’s CSA, participants will additionally receive a museum membership which includes free admission to the museum as well as free or discounted admission to a number of special events that occur throughout the year.

Kathleen A. Shea, the Director of the  NH Farm Museum, plans to offer a variety of produce through the CSA: “In the spring you will enjoy plenty of greens, radishes, and possibly peas — shell and snap,” said Shea. “Warmer months will bring on carrots and beets, beans, squash and cucumbers, new potatoes, corn, garlic and onions, peppers and tomatoes. In the fall you will see most of these items plus storage crops like potatoes, turnips, winter squash, and onions.”

This year, the museum is offering 25 shares at the cost of $500 per share, which works out to about $25 per week for a quantity vegetables that would feed a family of four.   Shares may be split with friends and CSA members can pick up their shares at the Museum Country Store on Wednesdays 10 am-6 pm or at the Wakefield Marketplace or the Museum Store on Saturdays 10 am-3 pm.  A share is payable in two payments:  $200 deposit by March 30th and final payment of $300 by May 15th.

By becoming a member in the NH Farm Museum’s CSA, members would be taking an active role in supporting the museum’s farm-based educational programs. Furthermore, they would also be keeping their food dollars in the local economy, and reducing the amount of fuel used to ship food across the country to their table.

The NH Farm Museum has initiated the process to be certified organic.  Farmer, Kirk Russell, uses no synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides as well as no genetically modified seeds. Russell focuses considerable time and attention on soil improvement and brings years of organic farming experience to the NH Farm Museum.

To find out more about the NH Farm Museum CSA, call or email the museum at:

1305 White Mountain Highway
Route 125 / PO Box 644 Milton, NH 03851
603-652-7840
http://www.farmmuseum.org/
info@farmmuseum.org

CSA shares available at Riverside Farmstand & Greenhouse

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Interested in joining a CSA this year.?  Here’s a recent announcement from the farmers at Riverside Farmstand in North Berwick:

Riverside Farm Stand & Greenhouse has CSA shares available for the 2011 season!   Our CSA covers not only fresh fruit and vegetables but includes items from our greenhouses (bedding and vegetable plants, hanging baskets, etc) and commercial kitchen (fresh bread, chicken pot pies, jams, relishes, etc).   We also include items that we source locally like milk, honey, and eggs.   Our CSA program is unique in that we offer full choice and do not prepack a box for you.  If you are interested, please check our website, www.riversidefarmstand.com for details.

Come talk to the farmers in person this Saturday at the Winter Farmers’ Market in Exeter!

Winter Farmers’ Market in Exeter, March 12

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

wfm2.jpgWinter Farmers’ Market in Exeter, featuring CSA farmers + a movie!

On Saturday, March 12, 40+ farmers, fishermen, and food producers will be in the cafeteria of the Exeter High School in Exeter, NH, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. selling their meats, cheeses, milk, eggs, vegetables, baked goods, honey, and maple syrup! You can find a full list of participating vendors and the products they will be selling at www.seacoasteatlocal.org. The Exeter High School is located at 315 Epping Road in Exeter. Here’s a map!

 

Interested in joining a CSA? 

Come to the market in Exeter on March 12th and talk with farmers who are offering 2011 CSA shares. There are a lot of diverse options for pick-up locations, share structures, available foods, and farm involvement. Talking with the farmers directly is a great way to find the right option for you!

 

Participating farms:

Applecrest Farm Orchards

Brookford Farm

Eastman’s Local Catch (fish shares)

Farmer Dave’s

Heron Pond Farm

Meadow’s Mirth

Riverside Farmstand

Stone Wall Farm

Stout Oak Farm

Wake Robin Farm

Willow Pond Community Farm

 

In addition, the following farms have let us know they have CSA shares available:

Red Manse Farm

Touching Earth Farm

Two Toad Farm

 

For more information about these and additional area farms offering CSA’s, visit our website. Considering a CSA for the first time? Read Choosing a CSA for questions to think about and to ask farmers. Learn more about CSAs at LocalHarvest.org.

 

seacoasteatlocalorg.jpegMarket and a Movie!

The Citizens for Community Wellness will be hosting a free matinee screening of the movie Fresh from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Exeter High School on March 12th. Following the movie, there will be a panel discussion with local farmers, food service directors, chefs, and parents. Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. More information >

 

You can find a full list of participating vendors and the products they will be selling at www.seacoasteatlocal.org.

Fisherman’s Coop to Expand Access to Local Seafood in NH

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

deckhand-187×254.jpgYankee Fisherman’s Cooperative has announced plans to open a processing plant in Seabrook, which will enable them to offer lobster and fresh fish directly to the consumer. From WMUR:

 

Seabrook Fishermen to Offer Consumer-Direct Lobster, Fish

 

A fishermen’s cooperative is planning to offer lobster and fresh fish directly to the consumer. The Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative is made up of 61 local commercial fishermen. The group plans to sell whole shares — about 10 pounds of fresh-caught seafood each week — or half shares — about 5 pounds each week.

 

The cooperative said the goal is to help independent fishermen survive at a time when changes to fishing regulations are being made by the federal government. “The new catch system that went into effect has cut the boats and the coop’s income on ground fish by 40 to 50 percent,” said cooperative member Bob Campbell.

 

The consumer-direct plan is to bring fresh fish and lobster to two pick-up points: the cooperative headquarters on Route 1A in Seabrook and a second location in Durham that’s still yet to be chosen. The cooperative also wants to build its own processing plant in Seabrook, rather than shipping its catch to Maine, Massachusetts, New York or Canada. “There’s not a processing plant in New Hampshire that processes locally caught seafood and fish, and we want to be the one to do that,” Campbell said.

 

To read more and for accompanying video >

 

Also: “Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative plans to offer fresh fillets

 

Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative will be offering shares in their Community Supported Fishery (CSF) Program, with 8-week shares to begin in July and run through August. For more information: www.yankeefish.com.

 

Eastman’s Fish is also offering a Summer CSF program, with shares to begin mid-June and run for 6 weeks. Registration is now open, with choice of share size and multiple pick-up locations available. For more information: www.eastmansfish.com.

Maine CSA Fair, February 27

Friday, February 25th, 2011

The York County Farmers’ Network is hosting a Maine CSA Fair, a statewide event happening Sunday, February 27th. This is another chance to meet local farmers, many of whom are also participating in CSA Day at the Winter Farmers’ Market in Rollinsford on Saturday, February 26th:

 

Don’t forget to visit the CSA Fair at the Anderson Learning Center in Springvale (21 Bradeen St., basement level) on Sunday afternoon anytime from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. You’ll be able to sign up for your fellow farmers’ shares of the 2011 harvest. What a variety of fresh produce:

 

Organic and other veggies of all kinds (greens, sweet corn, potatoes, you-name-it), apples, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, flowers, herbs, eggs, pork, and more!

 

Here are the farms participating (and we may add one or two):

 

• Black Kettle Farm, Lyman

• Moondance Gardens, So. Berwick

• Riverside Farmstand and Greenhouse, No. Berwick

• Spiller Farm, Wells

• Tibbetts Family Farm, Lyman

• Two Toad Farm, Lebanon

• Wolf Pine Farm, Alfred

 

Please check out our York County Farmers’ Network website, ycfn.org, for more detailed information on products, directions, and links to websites or contact info for the farms. The CSA Fair will be held, snow or shine – giving you great opportunities for savings on the upcoming local harvest….and refreshments, too!

CSAs: Where Consumers and Farmers Both Win

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

img_1829.jpgFrom Fosters.com, an article on our upcoming CSA Day at the Winter Farmers’ Market, including interviews with Rae Avery of Moondance Gardens, Mary Brower of Brookford Farm, and Carolyn Eastman of Eastman’s Fish. Check our website for a complete list of participating farms!

 

Where consumers and farmers both win:

Shares in Rollinsford farm’s output for sale

 

The public will have an opportunity to support local agriculture and bring fresh food to their tables for the entirety of the season on Saturday, Feb. 26.

 

Wentworth Greenhouse, located at 141 Rollins Road, will host a Community Supported Agriculture Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. where a number of local farms will have sign-ups for those interested in becoming a CSA shareholder. Seacoast Eat Local has coordinated the free event where vendors will offer sign-ups for CSA shares as well as offerings of select products.

 

CSA creates a direct partnership between the consumer and the farmer, as members can pay in advance to pick up a regularly allotted share of fresh, local harvest products. CSA shares are for people who want to eat healthy, support local agriculture and connect to the land where the food they will eat is grown.

 

Those participating in the CSA Day event include: Brookford Farm, Heron Pond Farm, Meadow’s Mirth, Moondance Gardens, Riverside Farmstand and Greenhouse, Stonewall Farm, Osprey Cove Organic Farm, Two Toad Farm, Eastman’s Local Catch, Farmer Dave’s CSA, Red Manse Farm, Wake Robin Farm, Wild Miller Gardens, Willow Pond Community Farm and Apple Crest Farm Orchards.

 

Though each share offers different products depending on the farm, most shares include items such as lettuce, spinach, radishes, turnips, broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, seasonal squash, peas, and culinary herbs. Select farms offer add-on items as well, including grains, eggs, dairy and meat products. Prices per share range anywhere from $100 to $500, depending on the size of the share, the products included in the share and the length of the share.

 

Rae Avery, owner of Moondance Gardens, is in her second year of offering CSA shares. Avery said last summer she had 24 shareholders and expects to see that number double during this year’s sign up event.

 

“It creates a great relationship between the consumer and the farmer,” said Avery, as shareholders of her farm’s harvest pick up their portions of the crops once a week at Moondance.

 

According to Mary Brower, spokesperson for Brookford Farm, this is the farm’s third year participating in the CSA program. Unlike most other farms, which have a structured share system, Brookford offers a build-your-own share system.

 

“Some people want less produce during different seasons,” said Brower of her unique CSA system. “There’s no sense in forcing someone to take home something they won’t use.”

 

Brookford shareholders are offered more than the typical list of vegetables. Brower said shareholders have the option of choosing vegetables, dairy products, meat, eggs and grains when creating their personalized share. Last year, Brower said Brookford had around 80 shareholders. After receiving a wave of positive feedback throughout each season, Brower said she expects to have a total of 150 shareholders following this year’s sign-up process.

 

Like Brookford Farm, Heron Pond Farm works with shareholders to provide accessible and affordable shares of produce. By offering three different pickup locations in Dover, Portsmouth and South Hampton, Heron Pond shareholders can pick up fresh produce once a week at a location that accommodates their daily routine.

 

Though most farms require payment for a share in full at the time of the sign-up or within a few weeks of doing so, Heron Pond offers a flexible payment plan to shareholders so they won’t be turned away from receiving healthy foods each week. Having been a part of CSA for more than six years, Heron Pond brings in around 400 shareholders each year.

 

Though not a farm, Eastman’s Local Catch of Seabrook will be participating in the Saturday event as well. According to Carolyn Eastman, her company is a CSF, or Community Supported Fishery. Eastman and her husband, Ed, offer freshly caught fish right off their boat in Seabrook. Shareholders can pre-purchase fish by the pound, and Eastman and her husband filet and package the fish for pick-up.

 

“The community gets a fresh, local product for a great price,” said Eastman. “It helps to support the fishing industry as well, as the fisherman receives the money directly rather than hiring and paying a company to transfer the fish to a market.”

 

As this is their third year offering CSF shares, Eastman said she expects to see the number of shareholders increase from last year’s 429 shareholders come Saturday. Not only will Eastman be offering sign-ups for shares of fish, she will also be selling portions of shrimp.

 

For more information on CSA and on the Feb. 26 event, visit http://www.seacoasteatlocal.org/winterfarmersmarkets/csaday.html.

 

To read article online, visit www.fosters.com.

CSA Day at the Winter Farmers’ Market, February 26

Monday, February 21st, 2011

img_1827.jpgComing this Saturday, February 26th, to Rollinsford is CSA Day at the Winter Farmers’ Market at Wentworth Greenhouses. The Winter Farmers’ Market will feature the opportunity to learn more about CSAs in the Seacoast area and speak directly with CSA farmers, in addition to 40+ producers and vendors offering an array of local food. 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 and in 2011, they are offering a total of 2,135 CSA shares + 790 winter shares. Half of the farms also offer year-round shares or winter share options. The farms range from 2 acres to 340 acres, and cover a wide geographic range. 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!

 

Considering a CSA for the first time? Check out “Choosing a CSA” for questions to think about and to ask farmers at CSA Day at the Market. Learn more about the participating farms at our website: www.seacoasteatlocal.org.