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Farmers Market Workshop for Growers, June 9

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

From the UNH Cooperative Extension, a farmers market workshop for growers:

 

“Getting Ready to Sell at a Farmers Market”

UNH Cooperative Extension

Auburn Safety Complex, 55 Eaton Rd, Auburn, NH

Thursday, June 9, 2011

6–8 p.m.

Free, pre-registration encouraged

 

A workshop for growers who are currently selling or are considering selling at farmers markets will be held at the Auburn Safety Complex, 55 Eaton Hill Road in Auburn, New Hampshire, on Thursday, June 9 from 6 to 8:00 PM. Agricultural Resources Extension Educator Nada Haddad will lead the two hour workshop and cover how to get ready for farmers markets, product quality, how to display farm products, merchandising, safety, customer service and the do’s and don’ts at the market.

 

The event is co-sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension, Rockingham County and the Griffin Free Library in Auburn.

 

To register, contact Deb Stevens at UNH Cooperative Extension, 603-679-5616 or deb.stevens(at)unh.edu. To register online: http://cecf1.unh.edu/formbuilder/forms/form352_FrmMktRg.htm

 

For flyer: http://extension.unh.edu/Agric/Docs/FarmMktWkshp2011Auburn.pdf

 

For more information: http://extension.unh.edu/events/index.cfm?e=app.event&event_id=23547

Start Your Garden Days at the Farmers’ Market, May 21 & 26

Friday, May 20th, 2011

wakerobin_seedlings_.jpgStart your garden at the farmers’ market!

Start Your Garden Days:

Portsmouth Farmers’ Market

Saturday, May 21, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Exeter Farmers’ Market

Thursday, May 26, 2:15 – 5:30 p.m.

 

Whether you’re a novice gardener or an old hand, there’s always somewhere to start and something to learn. Visit the SGA Market Activity Booth for these free transplanting demonstrations:

 

• Portsmouth, Saturday, May 21

Led by SGA’s own Sofie Larsen of Applegard Farm in North Berwick

 

• Exeter, Thursday, May 26

Led by Nada Haddad of the UNH Cooperative Extension

 

Tap into the expertise of both Sofie and Nada — and peruse Sofie’s personal library of beautiful gardening books — to get your garden off to a great start. A bounty of seeds from High Mowing Organic Seeds will be available for purchase, and of course dozens of varieties of New England-hardy vegetables, flowers and herbs can be found with our vendors.

 

For more information: www.seacoastgrowers.org.

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.

Eat Local, All Year Round!

Friday, May 6th, 2011

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A farmer once told me that supermarkets were for winter. Not any more! As we quickly segue from the Winter Farmers’ Markets to this week’s opening of the outdoor ones, eating locally year round on the Seacoast is now a reality. From the very first year at McIntosh College, to the soaring, bustling spaces we now enjoy in Exeter and Rollinsford, it’s nothing short of amazing all that we together have created in four short years.

 

Thank-you to everyone who came, filled your baskets with winter’s bounty, shared food with those in need, and joined in the celebration. You helped show the farmers there is an eager audience for their efforts, and that what they do matters. Thank-you to the farmers who took a leap of faith with us by planting, growing, raising and storing food a year in advance. Thank-you to the prepared food vendors who went above and beyond our expectations in their efforts to include local food in their wares. You helped us to feed our families good, healthy, and delicious food. Thank-you to the delightful performers who filled the market with music, and created a happy, festive atmosphere. Finally, thank-you to our wonderful crew of volunteers who, with endless good cheer, unloaded countless vehicles, showed us new ways to prepare winter vegetables, surveyed the crowds, and provided answers to every question all season long; your dedication was inspiring.

 

This note wouldn’t be complete without extending special thanks to Wentworth Greenhouses and Exeter High School for allowing us to return for another year, and for providing such beautiful, light-filled spaces; and also to Salmon Falls Stoneware for stepping in when we needed extra parking. Additional special thanks goes to our market sponsors, Exeter Hospital and Full Circle Coupons, for their financial support. Lastly, thank-you to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund for providing guidance and support when we needed it most.

 

This has been truly a community effort — we couldn’t have done it without you, and we can’t wait to see you all when we return again in November. Until then, finish off those root vegetables and head out to a summer farmers’ market near you. Like we said, eat local all year round!

Workshop: Getting Ready to Sell at a Farmers’ Market

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, Rockingham County, will be offering a 2 hour workshop for growers who are currently selling or are considering selling at farmers markets. The same workshop will be offered four times in four different locations and at different times across Rockingham County. Agricultural Resources Extension Educator Nada Haddad will cover how to get ready for farmers markets, product quality, how to display farm products, merchandising, safety, customer service and the dos and don’ts at the market.

 

Workshop: Getting Ready to Sell at a Farmers’ Market 

May 12, 2011 Rockingham County Nursing Home Auditorium, Brentwood 6:00 – 8:00 pm

May 17, 2011 Derry Municipal Center, Derry 10:00 am – Noon

June 9, 2011 Auburn Safety Complex, Auburn 6:00 – 8:00 pm

 

The workshops are free. However, pre-registration is encouraged. To register on-line go to this link: http://cecf1.unh.edu/formbuilder/forms/form352_FrmMktRg.htm or contact Nada Haddad at 603-679-5616 or nada.haddad @unh.edu. If you have accessibility needs, please contact us at least two weeks in advance so we can do our best to accommodate you.

 

For more information: http://extension.unh.edu/events/index.cfm?e=app.event&event_id=23537

 

Event flyer: http://extension.unh.edu/Counties/Rockingham/Docs/FarmMkt.pdf

Exeter Farmers’ Market to Open as Planned May 5th

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

With the Exeter Farmers’ Market set to open in a week, the proposal to move it to another location came to a favorable resolution — thanks to the many who came out and spoke on the Farmers’ Market’s behalf, and showed that there are indeed people who care! From Seacoast Online:

 

Exeter selectmen vote to keep parkway open to farmers market

 

A major victory for the Exeter Farmers Market will provide another twist for travelers this summer.

 

The Board of Selectmen voted Monday night in favor of keeping the farmers market in Swasey Parkway.

 

Under the board’s plan, the current traffic pattern where Swasey Parkway is a northbound one-way road and Water Street a southbound one-way road will remain in effect.

 

However, every Thursday from May 5 until October, Swasey Parkway will be closed down from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., to accommodate the market.

 

On those days, northbound traffic will be advised to take Portsmouth Avenue and Epping Road. The Department of Public Works will be taking care of signage for this latest detour.

 

Going into Monday night’s meeting, it appeared to be a foregone conclusion the farmers market would have to relocate because of the new traffic pattern that went into effect to protect the deteriorating Norris Brook culverts under Water Street and Swasey Parkway.

 

However, after almost two hours of spirited back-and-forth among selectmen and about 30 business owners and farmers market supporters, no one could agree on the three possible relocation sites. Read more…

Nottingham Farmers’ Market opening May 1!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

It’s a very exciting time of year – lots of weekly outdoor markets are opening all over the seacoast. The trend seems to be that markets are opening earlier this year, speaking to the great season extension work that farmers are doing, working to meet the demand of the public looking for fresh, healthy, locally grown food.

nottingham-farmers-market.jpgThe Nottingham Farmers’ Market is open on Sundays beginning May 1st, from 1 – 4pm, on the lawn of the Blaisdell Memorial Library across from the junction of Rtes  152 & 156.

Participating farmers/vendors will include:

Babcock Farms (produce, honey, maple syrup)
Peter Bock (orchards/produce)
Elderberry Treats (baked goods, produce)
Hayward Natural Farms (eggs, poultry, produce)
Nottingham School Garden (produce)
The Root Seller (produce, maple syrup)
Seth Rowell (berries)
Stage Road Gardens (perennials, herbs, cut flowers)

In addition, occasional participating vendors and new farmers will have herbal products, baked goods, and vegetable plants.

To see a calendar of farmers’ markets in our region, visit our website.

Exeter Farmers’ Market Needs New Location

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Due to unforeseen construction, the summer Exeter Farmers’ Market, opening on May 5th, needs to move. There will be a selectmen’s meeting Monday evening, April 25th, to consider alternative locations for the season. From the Seacoast Growers Association:

The Exeter farmers’ market is moving. Due to the deterioration of some culverts, the beautiful Swasey Parkway can no longer be home to our market.  On Monday night, April 25th,  the selectmen of the town of Exeter will discuss and possibly vote on where to put the market. We need the people of Exeter to come out and support the best option. The Exeter Farmers’ Market is the second largest farmer’s market in the New Hampshire Seacoast, with 39 farmers, crafters and food artisans selling their fine locally produced wares.  It has become a destination for not only Exeter residents but for customers that come from as far as Sandown and Gloucester, MA weekly to shop. We believe that the market’s success is in no small part due to the hard work and collaboration of town officials, and people of Exeter supporting their downtown farmers’ market. We think that keeping the market downtown is key to its future success. We are optimistic that we can find another great location, but we need to act soon!

Here are three of the options that will be discussed at the meeting:

1. Front Street

This option is to close off the east side of Front Street by the bandstand. It has considerable support from the community and some town officials. We think this is the best option as it would really benefit and bring business to other downtown merchants. It would take up a few two-hour parking spaces, but it would also be beneficial for the Thursday night Summer Concert Series, which will now be held in the small green area on Bow Street.

2. String Bridge

This option is to close off String Bridge between Water Street and the Library. Closing String Bridge would not take up any parking spaces, and also interfere less with traffic patterns as this road does not have heavy traffic.

3. Bow Street parking lot

This option is to close off the back section of the parking lot by Bow Street. While closing off a parking lot would not interfere with traffic, it is not favorable because it would take away valuable parking spaces for both town merchants and the Farmers’ Market, plus decrease the visibility of the farmers’ market.

Spring Farmers’ Market — Last Indoor Market of Season, April 23

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Join us at the Spring Farmers’ Market in Exeter,  our final indoor market of the season!

On Saturday, April 23rd, 40+ farmers and food producers will be in the cafeteria of the Exeter High School in Exeter, NH, from 10am to 2pm selling their meats, cheeses, milk, eggs, vegetables, baked goods and maple syrup! You can find a full list of participating vendors and the products they will be selling at www.seacoasteatlocal.org.

 

beetgreens.jpgExeter High School is located at 315 Epping Road in Exeter. Take Route 101 to exit 9, follow route 27 west 1.8 miles. School is on the right after the United Methodist Church. Here’s a map!

 

Look forward to: Fresh green vegetables

Early spring brings healthy fresh greens of a wide variety. Greens are packed with vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, fiber, and folic acid. They can be eaten raw, wilted, blanched, sautéed, braised, or even puréed into sauces. You’ll find spinach, lettuce, Swiss chard, bok choy, kale, salad and mesclun mixes, arugula and beet greens, alongside radishes, scallions, fresh herbs, carrots, potatoes, turnips and spring dug parsnips.

 

Get started with greens: A Visual Guide to Cooking Greens.

 

Farmers will have milk, cheese and maple syrup. Baked goods and prepared foods will be available, often made from locally grown ingredients. Area food producers have pledged to a high standard of localism this year and will be offering ready-to-eat meals, soups and stews, jams and jellies that contain locally grown ingredients.

 

5564524764_4c0ae54806_z.jpgBeef, pork, chicken, lamb, and goat will be available from local farmers at the market, providing a delicious, local and more sustainable meat supply for you and your family. Fourteen area farmers will be selling meats, offering amazing choices. Participating chicken, lamb, and goat producers include Coppal House Farm, Harrison’s Poultry Farm, Illneva Farm, Jenness Farm, Kellie Brook Farm, Lasting Legacy Farm, New Roots Farm, Patridge Farm, and Riverslea Farm.

 

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

 

Featured food: Eggs

5605686457_c797dfc061_z.jpgAs spring arrived, so did egg season! Chickens respond naturally to the increase in daylight, making eggs just as much a seasonal food as our other farm fresh foods. At the “Eggsetah” Farmers’ Market this Saturday, there will be 12 farmers selling fresh eggs; perfect timing for the egg decorating holiday. Fresh eggs keep up to five weeks in the refrigerator, making it easy to stock up and never be out of local eggs. Many farmers sell eggs in mixes of colors; buy a few dozen and keep the already colored ones for eating in the coming weeks. Purchasing local eggs makes a significant positive impact on our environment, while providing you and your family with a more nutritionally sound, safer food compared to the supermarket variety.

 

The diverse diet that chickens eat when provided real access to the outdoors means the eggs are high in folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12, calcium, zinc, sulfur, magnesium, carotenoids and protein. According to Sustainable Table, “Egg protein is the most nutritious readily-available, complete protein known-it is the standard of comparison for other proteins.” And the flavor of eggs from local farms is amazing! There is simply no comparing the extraordinary taste of eggs from the farmers’ market to the mass produced ones. Stop by the Seacoast Eat Local table for simple and easy recipes for eggs.

 

Learn more:

• 5 Reasons To Buy Eggs At Farmers’ Markets

• Worried about bad eggs? How to buy the healthiest ones

 

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In addition to fresh foods, farmers will have early season seedlings for gardeners. Spring flowers, herbs, and fresh vegetable starts will be for sale from farmers with experience growing the varieties they are offering. There will also be seeds for sale from High Mowing Organic Seeds of Vermont at the Seacoast Eat Local table.

 

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

 

 

Spring Farmers’ Market in Exeter, April 9

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

img_2303.jpgCome join us as at the Spring Farmer’s Market on Saturday, April 9th, when 40+ farmers and food producers will be at Exeter High School, NH, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. offering meats, cheeses, milk, eggs, vegetables, baked goods, honey, and maple syrup! You can find a full list of participating vendors and their products at www.seacoasteatlocal.org. The Exeter High School is located at 315 Epping Road in Exeter. Here’s a map!

 

Get Ready for Easter

It’s not too early to start buying eggs for Easter — fresh eggs keep for 5 weeks in the refrigerator, and you can set aside eggs now for Easter dying. Many farmers sell eggs in mixes of colors; local white eggs become scarcer closer to the holiday. If you do plan on dyeing them, buy mixes now and set aside the white ones for Easter. Hardboiled eggs keep for just 5 days, boil them closer to the date. You can also find lamb roasts, hams, and other holiday foods at the Spring Farmers’ Market.

 

Featured Foods: Local Wheat and Dried Beans

This week at the market we’ll be featuring wheat and dried beans. Just over three years ago, the most local options for these staples came from northern Vermont and Maine. Now, we have a much more direct supply! Moor Farm and Brookford Farm sell their own wheat flour, while Baer’s Best Beans and Meadow’s Mirth sell dried beans.

 

mixedcoloreggs.jpgFood Donations Welcome

The New Hampshire Food Bank will be at the market to accept food donations from consumers and vendors. Fresh foods are encouraged; consider buying extra potatoes, onions, root vegetables, or salad greens to donate. Donations of cash or canned foods are also welcome.

 

You Don’t Have to Come Early! 

The market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and farmers are well-prepared with an astounding quantity of foods. The market is bustling at the beginning; for a more relaxed experience come a little later, we’ll be there through 2 p.m. with plenty to offer.

 

Last Indoor Market of the Season

Mark you calendar for April 23rd, our last indoor market of the season! In May the markets head outdoors, but we’ll have one more just in time for Earth Day festivities and the Easter Holiday.

 

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. Also check our Facebook page for the latest information and specials.