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Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner — Save the Date!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

5047473772_b37129254e.jpg“It’s inspiring to see the food you’ve grown prepared in amazing ways!” —One of last year’s participating farmers


Plans are underway for this year’s Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner on Sunday, September 18th — save the date! Meadow’s Mirth will again host the evening at Berry Hill Farm in Stratham, NH, featuring a multi-course dinner of locally grown heirloom produce and heritage meats.


In its third year, this collaborative effort involves scads of participants—farmers, chefs, and volunteers of all stripes—as well as diners. This year’s proceeds will go to supporting local organizations, Seacoast Eat Local and Slow Food Seacoast. Consider how you’d like to be involved!


Stay tuned for more information:

Local Flavor Community Potluck Picnic & Earth Oven Bake, June 25

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

local-flavor.jpgSummer’s begun and the last Saturday of the month is here — time for Newbury’s monthly potluck and wood-fired pizza party, a celebration of locally grown, seasonal food!


Local Flavor Community Potluck Picnic & Earth Oven Bake

First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road – Route 1A, Newbury, MA 01951

Saturday, June 25, 2011, 5–7:30 p.m.


You are invited to bring a potluck dish using as many locally grown ingredients as possible from your garden, CSA, Farmers’ Market, farmstand or  local food artisan. Label your dish so we know what’s in it and who to thank. We’re also baking pizza in the earth oven so bring along your favorite toppings. Bring your beverage of choice: if it’s local brew and in a pitcher to share, even better. We will provide pitchers of refreshing local water.


We are aiming for a zero-waste event, so please bring your own “mess kits” – non-disposable plate, cup, utensils and cloth napkin. Leftover vegetable waste will be composted.


Come along, bring the family, your potluck dish, beverage of choice, “mess kit”, a blanket or chair for seating and musical instruments. We’re looking forward to a fun time for all.


This event is a sponsored by the First Parish Church of Newbury, Greater Newburyport CSA, New Eden Collaborative, Northshore Permaculture Meetup and Transition Newburyport.


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Hayride on the Farm at Brookford, June 25

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011


This year, Brookford Farm in Rollinsford, NH, is offering monthly hayrides that give participants a chance to tour  the farm — they’re free, with space available on a first come, first served basis. Check their Calendar of Events for future dates:


Hayride on the Farm

Brookford Farm, 70 Sligo Rd, Rollinsford, NH

Saturday, June 25th at 3:30 p.m.

Free; first come, first served


During spring, summer, and fall, Brookford Farm offers monthly hayrides and farm tours which are great for people of all ages. On a Brookford Farm tour, you can expect to see up-close views of the cows, pigs, and chickens in the pastures, as well as our vegetable gardens, grain fields, and pastures. At certain times of year, it’s likely that you’ll even get to see newborn calves, piglets, or chicks. More than just sightseeing trips, Brookford Farm tours are led by knowledgeable guides who are farmers themselves, and who are able to explain the interconnected mysteries which are the sum total of a farm as diverse as ours.


We start at the Farm Store with a brief orientation to the farm, and then tour the pastures, grain fields, greenhouse, and gardens, stopping along the way to explain the inter-connected life cycles of the animals, field crops, and vegetables of Brookford Farm. We return to the farm store around 4:30 or 5. Space is limited to the first 30 participants — first come, first served. Rain or shine.


Hayrides, like farming, happen in all types of weather, so be sure to bring clothing for your group which will make everyone comfortable. These tours are totally free and no reservations are required. Look for upcoming farm tours on our events calendar.


For more information:

Making Bread, Naturally

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011



As part of their bi-monthly series of Potluck Sunday Dinners, Slow Food Seacoast hosted a Bread-Making Class that accompanied a meal focused on “Bread, Yeast & Beer.” I had the pleasure of attending, and learned  from baker Paula Marcoux how to work with a dough sponge, develop and feed the leaven, and how to shape a roll expertly. For some scenes from this very hands on class on making Vienna Bread, Cheese and Scallion Rolls and Pain au Levain:


In addition to teaching and writing, Paula is also an historian. Her latest project is surveying existing historic ovens — if you or know of someone who has an existing bake oven, you can help by filling out this quick survey: Historic Oven Survey — Documenting our baking past, one oven at a time… 


Later this summer, Paula returns to New Hampshire, giving those who missed her class another chance. The class at Canterbury Shaker Village will focus on making some examples of historical breads:


Historical Baking: An Archaeological Perspective

Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, NH

Instructor: Paula Marcoux, editor of Edible South Shore

Thursday, August 25, 6–8:30 p.m.


Drawing on archaeological information and her own oven-building experimentation, Paula Marcoux will discuss the types of ovens and bread used by the very earliest French and English colonists in North America (1540–1640). Learn about making and sample historical breads such as “cheate bread” from England, “pain brié” from France, and the international treat, “ship’s biscuit.”


Take home recipes and leaven (sourdough starter) to bake these breads at home. Fee for Class: $50/non-member; $45/member


For more information about Paula’s upcoming class at Canterbury Shaker Village, visit: Slow Food Seacoast’s next event is their annual Down-on-the-Farm Picnic on Sunday, July 24th at Touching Earth Farm in Kittery — save the date!

South Berwick Strawberry Festival, June 25

Monday, June 20th, 2011

logo.jpgCelebrate the season at the Strawberry Festival in South Berwick on Saturday, June 25th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.:


South Berwick Strawberry Festival

Central School Grounds, 197 Main Street, South Berwick, ME

June 25, 2011

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


The Strawberry Festival is a yearly event filled with entertainment, food, artisans and strawberry shortcakes! Our festival grows every year and manages to keep its small town country flavor boasting 20,000+ visitors each year.


Come join the fun! Food is available throughout the day at the Festival Food Court. All food is provided by our local non-profit organizations. We encourage your support of these wonderful groups!


The South Berwick Strawberry Festival is held at 197 Main Street, at the Central School grounds. Any vendors set up at other locations on Main Street are not part of the Strawberry Festival and the Festival Commitee does not receive any proceeds from these vendors.


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Goss Farm Field Tour, June 25

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Here’s your opportunity to find out more about what’s going on at Goss Farm in Rye, during a field tour on Saturday, June 25th, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon:


Goss Farm Field Tour

Goss Farm, Harbor Rd, Rye, NH

Saturday, June 25, 2011

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Free and open to the public


Come learn about how to participate in this remarkable conservation opportunity! Learn about the history of the farm, initial conservation efforts, eradication of invasive plants, and the importance of shoreland buffer protection. Please wear appropriate clothing for a field tour including long sleeves, gloves, and boots.


Presenters: Tracy Degnan, Rockingham County Conservation District; Fred Borman, UNH Cooperative Extension; Jill Farrell, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership.


Sponsored by: Rye Conservation Commission, Rockingham County Conservation District, and Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP).


Contact: Tracy Degnan, Rockingham County Conservation District, or 603-679-2790


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Pasture Walk at New Roots Farm, June 22

Friday, June 17th, 2011

newroots.jpgThe Granite State Graziers continue their series of educational pasture walks at New Roots Farm in Newmarket on Wednesday, June 22nd, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public — come and learn how the Cantaras have integrated pasturing into their diversified farm:


Pasture Walk: New Roots Farm

Granite State Graziers

New Roots Farm, 31 Doe Farm Lane, Newmarket, NH

Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 4:30–6 p.m.


Join us at New Roots Farm for a pasture walk that’s sure to have something for everyone.


Jeff and Renee Cantara raise poultry, lambs, hogs and beef cattle along with vegetables on 70 acres in Newmarket. What began as a certified organic vegetable operation 10 years ago has gradually evolved into a livestock-centric system focusing on both MIG and mob-grazing practices to improve pasture health and livestock performance. The Cantaras also utilize livestock as a nutrient transfer mechanism in their vegetable operation. The farm’s model is one of producing high quality food and direct marketing to end consumers through Farmers’ Markets, their own and other CSA programs, and occasional restaurant sales. Come learn about both the successes and bumps-in-the-road that the Cantara’s have encountered over the years along with their plans for future endeavors. Specific practices that will be discussed include multispecies MIG and mob grazing, utilizing pastured poultry to revitalize hayfields, growing and grazing forage for hogs, on-farm poultry processing, simple and effective livestock shelters and more.


The pasture walk will be held June 22 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. New Roots Farm is located at 31 Doe Farm Lane in Newmarket, NH. The event is free and open to the public.


Granite State Graziers is a collaborative effort of the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and North Country Resource Conservation and Development Area Council, and UNH Cooperative Extension. For more information about this pasture walk, contact Jeff Cantara at New Roots Farm, 603-292-5902, or


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New Hampshire Dairy Day at Farm Museum, June 18

Friday, June 17th, 2011


The New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton, NH is open for the 2011 season, The New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton, NH is open for the 2011 season, with a calendar full of fun family events and weeklong summer camps for kids! Visit this weekend for New Hampshire Dairy Day, Saturday, June 18th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:


New Hampshire Dairy Day

New Hampshire Farm Museum

1305 White Mountain Hwy, Rte 125, Milton, NH

Saturday, June 18, 2011

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Meet a cow and a dairy goat, enjoy a hayride around the farm, take a special barn tour focused on dairy farming, help churn cream into butter, learn about cheese making and enjoy free ice cream made right in NH. $7 adult, $4 child, members free.


For other family events, check their online calendar. Some upcoming ones include:


• Meet the Animals Day Camp, July 11 – 15

• Junior Farmers Training Camp, July 25 – 29

• Old Time Farm Days, August 20 & 21


For more information:

UNH Open Dairy Barn, June 18

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

08milk_01.jpgMeet the milking cows, try your hand at making butter, and sample free ice cream at UNH’s Annual Open Barn day on Saturday, June 18th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center:


UNH Annual Open Barn

Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Saturday, June 18, 2011

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Free and open to the public


UNH and Granite State Dairy Promotion host the annual free UNH Open Barn Saturday, June 18, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UNH’s Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center.


Free milk and ice cream, wagon rides, tours, and visits with the UNH milking cows and calves are highlights of the day’s activities. Visitors can try their hands at making butter and ice cream, enjoy games and prizes, and learn surprising facts about dairy nutrition and the dairy industry in New Hampshire. Even musical offerings will have a dairy focus, the organizers promise.


“We’re pleased to partner with Granite State Dairy Promotion to introduce visitors to one ‘source’ of the dairy products they enjoy every day,” says Jon Whitehouse, manager of the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center.


According to Granite State Dairy Promotion, the New Hampshire dairy industry affects state and local economies with more than $141 million in total output, 3,717 jobs and more than $19 million in labor income. Dairy farming also helps support many businesses related to the production of milk such as feed stores, milking equipment suppliers and tractor dealerships. In 2010, New Hampshire had 130 active dairy farms, down from 182 in 2000. For more information, go to


The UNH Open Barn takes place rain or shine. For questions, contact Granite State Dairy Promotion at (603) 271-3696 or


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Summer Twilight Meetings in New Hampshire

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

See what’s going on at other farms, and learn and interact with other growers by attending a Twilight Meeting, sponsored by the UNH Cooperative Extension:


THIS THURSDAY, June 16. High Tunnel Twilight Meeting, Ledgewood Farm, Moultonborough NH. 3-5pm: High Tunnel Construction, 5-7pm: Vegetable & Fruit Production, IPM and Disease Management in tunnels.


June 22. Tools for Tunnels. Moriah Valley Farm, Tassey Family, Sherburne NH. For info, contact Steve Turaj at or 603-788-4961.


June 29. Backpack and Airblast Calibration Demonstration. Edgewater Farm, Plainfield NH. For info, contact Seth Wilner at or 603-863-9200.


July 12. Vegetable & Berry Twilight Meeting. Moulton Farm, Meredith NH. For info, contact Kelly McAdam at or 603-527-5475.


July 13. New Hampshire Tree Fruit Twilight Meeting. Poverty Lane Orchards & Farnum Hill Ciders, Lebanon NH. 5:30-7:30pm. Hosted by Stephen Wood & family. For info, contact George Hamilton at or 603-641-6060.


July 13. Tools for Tunnels. David & Andrea Craxton’s Roots & Fruits, Dalton NH. For info, contact Steve Turaj at or 603-788-4961.


July 14. Winter Growing Workshop. North Haverhill, NH. For info, contact Heather Bryant at or 603-787-6944.


July 18. Vegetable & Berry Twilight Meeting. J&F Farms, Derry NH. For info, contact Nada Haddad at or 603-679-5616.


July 20. Vegetable & Berry Twilight Meeting. Meadowstone Farm, Bethlehem NH. For info, contact Heather Bryant at or 603-787-6944.


Aug 2. Vegetable & Berry Twilight Meeting. Dimond Hill Farm, Concord NH. For info, contact Amy Ouellette at or 603-796-2151.