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Summer Solstice Celebration at Clay Hill Farm, June 19

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

243.jpgClay Hill Farm is holding its first Summer Solstice celebration on Sunday, June 19th, from 11 to 2 p.m. This free, family event is the newest addition to the restaurant’s Eco-Reach initiatives. On the same day, Clay Hill Farm will also be debuting its new Made-in-Maine Menu Specials based on Maine ingredients, products and produce:

Summer Solstice at Clay Hill Farm

Clay Hill Farm, 220 Clay Hill Rd, York, ME

Sunday, June 19, 2011

11–2 p.m.

Free and open to the public


On Sunday, June 19th, from 11–2 p.m., Clay Hill Farm will host a family fun day to kick off the summer season and celebrate the great outdoors. Honoring Father’s Day, families and Mother Earth, Summer Solstice at Clay Hill Farm will include kids activities, family games, local food and music. This is a FREE community event, and community organizations supporting kids activities and eco-outreach are encouraged to attend.


In response to the growing ‘Locavore’ movement and the momentum of Maine-only food diets, Clay Hill Farm will also debut its NEW Made in Maine summer insert menu featuring 100% Maine ingredients, products and produce. Having recently purchased three CSA shares from Maine farms and supporting the local school program with the purchase of Maine-raised beef, Clay Hill Farm will launch the menu with both tourists and locals in mind. “There is a curiosity factor about Maine food among our seasonal visitors,” said Jennifer Lewis-McShera, co-owner of Clay Hill Farm. “Maine is, of course, known for lobster, but there is so much more about what we produce in this great state that we can showcase with our daily specials. We think honoring our local growers with ‘Made in Maine’ menu options will be a nice novelty for tourists, but also a fun, daily treat for locals who enjoy farm-fresh seasonality.”


Participating Maine farms include: Moondance Gardens in South Berwick; Touching Earth Farm in Kittery; Archer Angus beef in Chesterfield; and Spiller’s Farm in Wells. Local farm products and Maine raised meats will be featured at the celebration to encourage support for eating local. Maine growers and product producers are welcome to contact Clay Hill Farm to discuss involvement. Homemade ice-cream from Sundaes at the Beach in Wells will also be featured on the menu, with an exclusive Clay Hill Farm flavor being debuted at the Sumer Solstice Celebration.


For more information visit Clay Hill Farm’s website:

NH Fresh & Local Seafood Dinner Cruise, June 27

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

nhs-red-draft-rgb_002.jpgEnjoy a dinner cruise aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship, featuring locally caught seafood, Monday June 27th:


NH Fresh & Local Seafood Dinner Cruise

Isles of Shoals Steamship, Portsmouth, NH

Monday, June 27, 2011

6 – 8 p.m.


This is a joint event hosted by NH Sea Grant as part of the “Reconciling Spatial Scales and Stock Structures” workshop to discuss the management of our fisheries, and a sustainable seafood program event highlighting seafood caught by our NH Commercial Fishing Industry.


Enjoy locally caught seafood prepared by the Blue Mermaid, Portsmouth, NH (NH Fresh and Local Brand partner) while participating in a poster session which will highlight fisheries research conducted in the Northeast. For menu >


Tickets are only $25 per person. To purchase cruise tickets online >


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2011 Applecrest Farm Dinner Series with Chef Mary Dumont

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

203523_178030322254222_6899356_n.jpgNew Hampshire native Chef Mary Dumont brings it back home with a series of Farm Dinners at Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls, NH. “Dining as close to the land, trees and sea as possible,” this series of 4 dinners features a different theme and guest chef. The first dinner takes place on Sunday, June 26th, and feature guest chef Tiffani Faison of Top Chef Allstars. A portion of the proceeds goes to supporting Seacoast Eat Local, among other community organizations.


2011 Applecrest Farm Dinner Series with Chef Mary Dumont

Applecrest Farm, Hampton Falls, NH

Guest Chef Tiffani Faison, Top Chef Allstars

Sunday, June 26, 2011, 4–10 p.m.

Tickets: $150 per person, $500 season pass


Come join Chef Mary Dumont and Guest Chef Tiffani Faison of Top Chef Allstars for our very first Applecrest Farm Dinner in Hampton Falls, NH! Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres & hayride tour of the farm followed by a Four Course Menu in the orchard and under the stars, paired with wines from LaBelle Winery and beer from Throwback Brewery.


$150 ~ All food, beverages and gratuity included. To purchase tickets:


A portion of the proceeds will go to supporting the great causes of Lovin’ SpoonfulsSeacoast Eat LocalSlow Food Seacoast and Future Chefs.


Chef Dumont and Todd Wagner of Applecrest Farm, both grew up in Hampton Falls, and are proponents of local and sustainable cuisine and farming practices. Over the years, the topic of teaming up to do farm dinners had always come up in conversation, and what better way to support an idea and a town that they both love than to invite a ton of their friends, new and old, to dine with us in the orchard and under the stars. Each dinner throughout the summer and into the fall will be a different theme and with different guest chefs and partners. We hope you can make all of them.


• June 26th with Guest Chef Tiffani Faison of Top Chef Allstars


• July 17th with Guest Chef Will Gilson Pop Up King and chef of Adrian’s in Truro, MA


• September 18th with Chef Daniel Dumont Executive Chef of The Wentworth by the Sea in Newcastle, NH & Corporate Executive Chef of Ocean Properties (And Chef Dumont’s brother!)


• November 6th with Guest Chef Charlie Cicero of Anneke Jans and AJ’s in Kittery, ME.


Season passes for $500 are available


For more information and to purchase tickets:

From the Garden to the Kitchen

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

gardenbrochure_cover.jpgThe boundary between art and food is surprisingly permeable — I attended both art and culinary schools, and it wasn’t uncommon to find that the line cook standing beside me originally studied sculpture, or that the painter at next easel used to be a pastry chef. Both fields attract people who need to make things, a process that, in transforming one thing into another, resembles nothing less than alchemy.


The exhibition, “From the Garden to the Kitchen”, opens this Saturday, June 4th, at the George Marshall Store Gallery, and is part of Stonewall Kitchen’s 20th anniversary celebration. Accompanying the exhibition is a special garden installation by landscape designer Jacquelyn Nooney at the Company Store in York, just in time for the opening of the Gateway Farmers’ Market next door!


From the Garden to the Kitchen

George Marshall Gallery Store

140 Lindsay Rd, York, ME

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4,  2011, 5–7 p.m.

Exhibition Dates: June 4 – July 10

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10–5, Sunday 1–5, and also by appointment


The theme of “From the Garden to the Kitchen” speaks to the landscape, the cultivation of fruits and vegetables, the inspiration of cooks and chefs and the gathering of friends to enjoy the bounty. At Stonewall Kitchen’s flagship store on Route One, landscape designer Jacquelyn Nooney has interpreted this theme using plant materials and reproductions of works by regional artists. The original works of art and others by more than thirty New England artists are exhibited in a two-part exhibition at the George Marshall Store Gallery.


“From the Garden to the Kitchen”, Part II opens July 16 and continues through August 21.


This exhibition of invited New England artists has been planned in conjunction with Stonewall Kitchens 20th anniversary celebration.


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Spring Herb & Garden Day, June 4

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

56.jpgJoin Canterbury Shaker Village and NOFA-NH Herbal Network for a celebration of herbal traditions on Saturday, June 4th:


2nd Annual Spring Herb & Garden Day

Canterbury Shaker Village

288 Shaker Rd, Canterbury, NH

Saturday, June 4, 2011

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Visit Canterbury Shaker Village this Saturday and learn all about the benefits of herbal medicine, holistic health, herbal self-care and more. Take part in one or more of the many workshops we will be offering throughout the day including Cooking with Homegrown Herbs, Growing a Tea Garden, Herbs for Pets, and even an advanced workshop on Holistic Health given by well-known Boston Herbalist, Margi Flint.


There will be food preparation demonstrations plus hands-on activities for the whole family. Make an Herbal Birds’ Nest, learn about Seed Starting, and help your child build a Fairy House out of natural materials. Take an Herb Garden Walk and stroll through the Market Fair where local vendors will have products for sale. Enjoy entertainment by Morris Dancing and a performance by Araba-Lon Drummers.


The day is FREE for NOFA-NH members. No pre-registration needed. $17 admission for non-members, $42 Family rate, Children 5 and under Free.


For more information: or

Sunday Dinner: “Bread, Yeast & Beer”, June 5

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

bread-45-mkt-stsel-225×300.jpgOn Sunday, June 5th, join Slow Food Seacoast for a potluck Sunday Dinner in Portsmouth. The theme of this weekend’s potluck will be “Bread, Yeast & Beer”, and is free and open to the public:


Sunday Dinner: Bread, Yeast & Beer

Slow Food Seacoast

Stoodley’s Tavern, 17 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH

Sunday, June 5, 2011

5:30–7:30 pm


Paula Marcoux, Edible South Shore magazine’s food editor and a food and beer historian, will be our guest speaker. She and participants in the afternoon Bread-Baking Class will share some great breads with us! After dinner, Paula will speak about the return to traditional baking technologies and techniques (like wood-fired ovens and natural leavening) and some modern developments that benefit bakers.


• Paula’s website, The Magnificent Leaven

• Read more about Paula and her love of wood-fired baking on


The theme of the evening is Bread, Yeast, and Beer, but feel free to bring any dish made with wholesome, preferably local, ingredients. Home brewers, bakers, and other lovers of fermentation are particularly encouraged to bring both some of their creations for dinner and some starters (leaven/sourdough, kombucha, kefir, etc.) to share with people who would like to make their own. Sharing these living foods—and the practice of making them—is fun!


Please bring your own “dining kit” (plate, bowl, drinkware, cutlery, and napkin) to minimize the use of paper goods, waste, and cleanup time. Also please bring your own beverage. If you’ve never been to a Slow Food potluck before, please read About Our Potlucks for more information about what to expect.


For more information and directions:

Open Farm Day at Wild Miller Gardens, May 28

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Wild Miller Gardens
Open Farm Day
Saturday May 28th 1-4pm


Come visit the farm and celebrate
the opening of our on farm store!
Organic vegetables, Garlic, Fresh milk,
Fresh eggs, Maple syrup & much much more!


11 Randall Road Lee NH 03861
Joel & Annalisa Miller

“Maine Classics” at RiverRun Bookstore, May 29

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

pmp_maineclassics.jpgStart off the summer with Maine Classics, the new cookbook from Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, written with the help of Rachel Forrest. Join all three at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, Sunday, May 29th, when they’ll discuss exploring Maine’s food traditions, complete with samples!


Mark Gaier, Clark Frasier, and Rachel Forrest talk about their new cookbook, MAINE CLASSICS

RiverRun Bookstore, Portsmouth, NH

Sunday, May 29, 2011

1 p.m.


From pan-fried trout and mushroom pie to butternut squash donuts and root cellar gratin, Gaier and Frasier put a creative spin on traditional Maine cuisine. Founders of three restaurants – including the famed Arrows Restaurant in Ogunqut, Maine – Gaier and Clark bring their passion and expertise to readers with delicious recipes and unique accounts of the people, places and traditions that go into creating each and every bite. There will be some food samples at this event!


Covering all areas that make Maine cuisine what it is known for today – the shore, the sea, the forest, the farm, the garden, the dairy, the bakery and the root cellar – the award-winning chefs delve deep into the traditional roots and local atmosphere, bringing readers as close to the true Maine experience as possible. From Ogunquit lobsterman Ted Johnson to Gaier and Frasier’s lobster mac ’n’ cheese, readers are exposed to the steps and stories behind dozens of delectable dishes, meeting the fishermen, farmers and cheese makers that bring the spirit of Maine to life along the way.


With vivid illustrations of the food, the landscape and the people that make Maine so quintessential, Gaier and Frasier bring the lobster roll, the clam bake and all the “Down East” flavor to kitchens everywhere.


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Visit the Arrows Restaurant website for additional book-related events, including A Cooking Class Dinner from “Maine Classics”, Sunday, June 5th:

Local Flavor Community Potluck Picnic, May 28

Monday, May 23rd, 2011


Bring the family and visit for awhile at the Local Flavor Community Potluck Picnic in Newbury on Saturday, May 28th:


Local Flavor Community Potluck Picnic

First Parish Church of Newbury, Newbury, MA

Saturday, May 28, 2011

4:30 PM to 7:00 PM


The Local Flavor Community Potluck Picnic is moving outdoors again! We are planning to picnic the summer away the last Saturday of every month through September. The potuck is a celebration of locally grown, seasonal food. 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. Also 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 NewburyGreater Newburyport CSANew Eden CollaborativeNorthshore Permaculture Meetup and Transition Newburyport.


For information: or e-mail

Conservation Celebration & Local Food Cookout, June 4

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

2010-10_ei01_061.jpgThe Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire is celebrating the conservation of Scamman Farm in Stratham with a day full of fun activities, including a cookout featuring local food, on Saturday, June 4th:


Conservation Celebration and Cookout

Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire

Scamman Farm, Stratham, NH

Saturday, June 4, 2011

$10 Adults, $5 Children over six

RSVP by May 27th


Join us on June 4th to celebrate the more than 850 acres of open spaces conserved in 2010 at our Conservation Celebration and Cookout at the Scamman Farm in Stratham!


Lorraine Stuart Merrill, Stratham farmer and current Commissioner of the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, will share her thoughts on the local food movement, land conservation, and how these two vibrant efforts are interrelated and interdependent. You will enjoy a local food-focused cookout, with hamburgers from Stuart Farm, sausages from New Roots Farm, and salad greens from Barker’s Farm! After lunch, join landowner Doug Scamman for a walking tour of the 206-acre Scamman Farm, protected in early 2011.


The cost to attend the Annual Cookout is $10 per adult, $5 per child seven and over (children under 6 are free). Pre-registration is required. Please reserve your spot by May 27th by emailing Karen McCormack or calling her at 603-778-6088. Please specify if you intend to join us for the field trip and whether you require a vegetarian meal.


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