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Celebrating Local Food at the Holiday Farmers’ Market

Monday, December 20th, 2010

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Thank-you to all who came and filled the Holiday Farmers’ Market at the Wentworth Greenhouses with such abundant good cheer. Every time you buy directly from local farmers, fisherpeople, and food producers, you help support the availability of safe, healthy and, most of all, delicious local food. Here’s just a glimpse of the wonderful variety to be found here in our corner of New England — click here for slideshow >

 

Happy holidays, and see you at the next Winter Farmers’ Market in Exeter, January 8th!

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Farmers’ Market Countdown!

Friday, December 17th, 2010

xmas2.jpgWe are as busy as Santa’s elves, getting ready for the Holiday Farmers’ Market this Saturday, December 18, at the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford. With 55+ vendors signed up, it promises to be our largest market to date, bringing with it an amazing array of local food. Farmers will be offering a wide selection of produce alongside an incredible variety of meat — chicken, duck, goose, and turkey; goat, lamb, pork and beef; also rabbit, venison, and elk! Here’s a map >

 

Extra parking for this Saturday — Salmon Falls Stoneware has made additional parking available to market customers. They’re just around the corner from the Wentworth Greenhouses at 75 Oak Street in Dover, and a shuttle will be running from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (a quick 2-minute ride). Thanks to 45 Market Street Bakery and Salmon Falls Stoneware for making this happen! Map for parking at Salmon Falls Stoneware >

 

Come stay the day — The market will be open from 10 am to 2 pm. Whether you come early or later in the day, there’ll be plenty to choose from. Also, Poor Howard Stilth will be filling the greenhouse with his festive music, there’ll be a craft table to visit with the kids, and a number of vendors offering delicious ready-to-eat or prepared food made from local ingredients. Stay and have a light snack or a hot lunch, and enjoy the day with us.

 

Market specials — Keep up-to-date with vendors, new products, and specials at the market by following us at Facebook or Twitter. Some recent postings include:

 

- Eastman’s Fish Market “will be offering a few specials at the Holiday Farmers’ Market this Saturday at Wentworth Greenhouses, including select lobsters for $4.00/lb, and between 12–2 p.m. a $2 discount off your purchase of $12 or more if you bring a recipe with you!”

 

- Kellie Brook Farm: “We have Christmas turkeys, Holiday Roasts: Bone in Loin Roasts, Fresh Shoulder and Pork Butt, Tenderloins: Veal and Pork. We have Large Roaster Chickens and plenty of Extra Large & Jumbo Eggs available & Chicken Liver Pate for your Christmas Parties.”

 

- New Roots Farm: “We will be offering our garlic scape pesto, created in conjunction with the Harvesting Hermit, at Rollinsford this weekend. The pesto is a great flashback to summer, but is also a wonderful complement to our heritage breed roasting chickens, pork chops and legs of lamb.”

 

Deck the Halls — Wentworth Greenhouses still has nice selection of custom decorated wreaths, festive bows, centerpieces and more for holiday decorating; a Live Green Sale will feature special pricing on undecorated wreaths, garlands, bunched greens and cut trees. For other holiday gift choices, Wentworth Greenhouses also hosts select craft artisans in the glass greenhouse on market dates (the greenhouse on the left as you enter). Be sure to visit the glass greenhouse for locally produced goods including leatherwork, woodwork, pottery and more. For more information, please visit www.wentworthgreenhouses.com.

Sharing the bounty — The Rollinsford Police Benevolent Association will again be on hand to collect food donations from consumers and vendors for their Christmas baskets. You can purchase foods at the market to donate — such as carrots, onions, potatoes, winter squash, maple syrup and honey — and Meadow’s Mirth Farm is offering a 10% discount on purchases intended for donation. Chief Robert Ducharme wrote to thank you for all your generous donations at the market on November 20th:

 

On behalf of the members of the Rollinsford Police Benevolent Association, please accept my sincere appreciation to all the vendors and donors who provided either fresh food or cash donations for our Annual Holiday Food Basket Program at the November farmers’ market at Wentworth Greenhouses.

 

The donation of food was overwhelming. We were able to provide plenty of fresh vegetables for our food baskets and deliver the surplus to the homeless shelter in Dover, as well as the food pantries in Somersworth and Rochester. Your kind and generous donations touched so many families in several communities who have been hurt by the current economy.

 

The RPBA has been providing full Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to the less fortunate for the last 25 years. The RPBA is a non-profit organization and is registered as such with the IRS and NH Attorney General’s Office.

 

Again, many thanks to you and for all that you do to help those who are not as fortunate. Best wishes to you and yours for a safe and happy holiday season.

 

— Chief Robert Ducharme, Rollinsford Police Department

 

Time to stock up — Our next Winter Farmers’ Market won’t be for another three weeks, January 8th in Exeter. Much of the produce found at the Winter Farmers’ Market stores well refrigerated, while most of the meat comes already frozen. Farm-fresh eggs will keep up to 5 weeks. Remember to stock up!

 

Volunteer — We’re looking for volunteers to help set up, provide information during the market, or clean up afterward. Come early to help unload and you’ll get a sneak peek at the goods before the market opens! Email foodguide@seacoasteatlocal.org if you would like to volunteer.

 

For more information, including a list of participating vendors, please visit www.seacoasteatlocal.org.

Holiday Farmers’ Market in Rollinsford, December 18

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

xmas.jpgGet ready for the holidays at the Seacoast Eat Local Holiday Farmers’ Market, our biggest market ever!

 

Fresh, healthy local food, plus more parking options!

This Saturday, December 18th, over 55 farmers and food producers will be indoors at the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford, NH from 10 am-2 pm, selling their vegetables, meats, cheeses, milk, eggs, prepared foods, 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 Wentworth Greenhouses are located at 141 Rollins Road, Rollinsford, NH, 1 mile past Red’s Shoe Barn of Dover. Here’s a map!

 

Additional parking and a shuttle will be available from 10 am-12 pm at Salmon Falls Stoneware, just around the corner from the greenhouse! The shuttle will run for the first two hours of the market – the parking and greenhouse are less than a mile apart, making it a quick 2 minute ride. An additional 50 parking spaces are available at Salmon Falls. Salmon Falls Stoneware is located at 75 Oak St, Dover, NH. Here’s a map!

 

Thanks to 45 Market Street Bakery for the idea and legwork to make this happen, and the generosity of Salmon Falls Stoneware for sharing their parking.

 

From small gifts to big meats

The farmers’ market is a great opportunity to finish your holiday shopping—jars of honey and jam, maple syrup, wines, farmers’ market gift certificates, cookies, teas, spice mixes, and more will be available to round out your gift list. Roasts, hams, turkeys, and even geese will be for sale as the centerpiece to your holiday meal.

 

One-stop shopping, all winter long

With over 55 farmers and food producers, you’re sure to find everything you need—and more! From beverages to parsnips and decorative items from Wentworth Greenhouses, come ready to head home with everything you need to help put the happy in this holiday season.

 

Potatoes, carrots, winter squash, onions, beets, leeks, broccoli, garlic, kale, turnips, cabbage, shallots, cauliflower, spinach, Brussels sprouts, dried beans, and salad greens will be in abundance, ensuring plenty of wholesome vegetables.

 

There will be eggs, milk, honey, and maple syrup, alongside special finds like oyster and shiitake mushrooms, wheat flour, and dried hot peppers.

 

Beef, pork, chicken, rabbit, lamb, duck, goat, elk, and venison will be available from local farmers at the market, alongside fish and seafood from fishermen.

 

Dinner rolls, pre-baked pies from locally grown fruit, bread, and a host of other baked goods will round out your shopping and your meal. 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.

 

Organic apple cider vinegar, sunflower oil, gift certificates, and our new tote bags will be available at the Seacoast Eat Local market booth. Sewall’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is unpasteurized and comes in two sizes. Henry’s Organic Sunflower Oil also comes in two sizes and is from Maine. We sell products from northern New England not otherwise available at the farmers’ market to help support the organization of the markets. We also offer gift certificates in $5 increments, a terrific gift for coworkers, kid’s teaches, neighbors—everyone appreciates great food!

 

For more information, please visit www.seacoasteatlocal.org. Make sure to check our Facebook page for updates and special offerings at the market!

Getting Ready for the Holidays at the Winter Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

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Thank-you to all who came out to support our Winter Farmers’ Market in Exeter this past weekend! There was a nice preholiday hum as people began to stock up for visiting guests and buy gifts for loved ones. If you still haven’t had the chance to see the wonderful array our farmers and fishermen are offering, you can check it out online — we now have photos of the day posted >

 

Seacoast Eat Local is thrilled to announce that Exeter Hospital has become a sponsor of our Winter Farmers’ Markets in Exeter. Fresh food from the farmers’ markets is an important source of good nutrition in any wellness plan, and we are grateful for Exeter Hospital’s sponsorship. As a volunteer organization, community support like this is vital to our many activities such as the Winter Farmers’ Markets, publication of Seacoast Harvest, and our upcoming pilot program to expand access to farmers’ markets for SNAP (food stamps) recipients. If you would like to find out more about sponsoring or to make a donation, please email info@seacoasteatlocal.org.

 

Next up is the Holiday Farmers’ Market at the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford, December 18 — mark your calendar, come stay the day, and celebrate the abundance of local food!

 

For more information, please visit our website at www.seacoasteatlocal.org.

Winter Farmers’ Market in Exeter, December 4

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

wfm.jpgThis Saturday, December 4th, will kick off the Winter Farmers’ Market season at our Exeter location, Exeter High School. What an exciting time of year, full of celebrations, friends, family, and great food. Bridge the gap between festivities, come visit the 40+ farmers and food producers and partake of their exquisite local fare. We will be indoors at the Exeter High School, Exeter, NH from 10am–2pm, and amazing things will be available: vegetables, meats, cheeses, milk, eggs, prepared foods, 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 new Exeter High School is located at 315 Epping Road, Exeter, NH. Here’s a map!

 

Get started on gift purchases at the market

With both Thanksgiving and the infamous “black Friday” behind us, it’s the time of year when we are all thinking about what gifts to get for the special people in our lives. Luckily Winter Farmers’ Markets are a great place to shop for gifts too! While only you know what’s perfect for everyone on your list, here are a few ideas to help get you in the gift-shopping mood:

 

Maple products

Honey

Baked Goods

Cheeses

Wine

Cider

Tea

Jams & Sauces

Seafood

Meats

 

Local-flavor gift baskets could be created by combining favorite produce and other great items, like wine and cheese, to make a gift as special as the person getting it! Can’t decide what they would like? Get them a gift certificate! Seacoast Eat Local offers gift certificates in $5 increments at the market booth.

 

Groceries for you

Farmers and food producers will be selling just about everything you might be craving as the mercury drops. This market Eastman’s Fish Market will be attending. They’ll have unbelievable fresh, local, wild-caught fish off their boat as well as local oysters and their seafood dips.

 

Tables and baskets will be brimming with the harvest-season’s abundance. Look for potatoes, carrots, winter squash, onions, beets, leeks, broccoli, garlic, kale, turnips, cabbage, shallots, cauliflower, spinach, Brussels sprouts, and tender fresh salad greens.Beef, pork, chicken, rabbit, lamb, duck, and goat will also be available from local farmers at the market; on Saturday, there will be 12 farms selling their meats!

 

There will be eggs, milk, honey, and maple syrup, alongside special finds like sweet potatoes, wheat flour, and goat-milk fudge.Breads, rolls, sweets and pies from locally grown fruit, and a host of other foods will round out your shopping list. 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.

 

The return of the amazing Veggie Valet! 

The foods of winter can be heavy! Slow Food Seacoast volunteers will be on hand to help you stow your purchases while you continue to shop and then help you get them to your car with their wonderful Veggie Valet service! Thank you Slow Food Seacoast!

 

You don’t have to come early! The market is open from 10am–2pm, and farmers are well prepared with an astounding quantity of foods for your shopping pleasure. The market is bustling at the beginning; for a more relaxed experience come a little later, we’ll be there through 2pm with plenty of goods.

 

Volunteer! We’re looking for volunteers to help set up, provide information during the market, or clean up afterward. Come early to help unload and you’ll get a sneak peek at the goods before the market opens! Email foodguide@seacoasteatlocal.org if you would like to volunteer.

 

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. Visit the Seacoast Eat Local Facebook page for the latest updates and special offerings.

Celebrating Local Food at the SEL Winter Farmers’ Market

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

case2.jpgThank-you to all 1,943 of you who came out to celebrate and support local foods at the Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers’ Market this past weekend! The vendors were nothing short of awe-inspiring — the farmers brought an outstanding variety of seasonal fare, and we appreciate the incredible effort prepared-food vendors made to include local foods in their delicious wares. Fiddlin’ and hoopin’ extraordinaire, Old Time Dave Talmage added to the festive atmosphere. Many thanks go to Wentworth Greenhouses and their staff for once again hosting us this season, and special thanks to our dedicated crew of volunteers who help transform the greenhouses into a palace of local food.

 

Photos from Saturday’s market can be viewed online (click on upper right-hand corner for slideshow) >  Have a terrific Thanksgiving and see you at the markets in December!

From the Archives: Shop Like a Pro at the Holiday Farmers’ Market

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

2010bannerb.jpgHere’s an update to a post we originally published for our first Holiday Farmers’ Market, in 2007! We hope to see you all this Saturday, November 20, 2010, for our 4th pre-Thanksgiving Market, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford. More details at www.seacoasteatlocal.org/winterfarmersmarkets!

 

This Saturday’s Holiday Farmers’ Market is going to be just plain awesome. There will be 50+ vendors there, selling everything from cheese to pies to honey to milk, a lot of meats and a lot more vegetables. With all that in mind, here are 10 tips for Saturday’s market:

 

1. Come with an open mind.  I often arrive at a farmers’ market hoping to find a particular ingredient, and when I do, I feel blessed. And, with a terrific list of what will be available on the website, I can strategically plan for some items I don’t want to miss. But sometimes things do sell out. And when that happens, I let serendipity be my guide — what is at the market is more than pleasantly surprising. Amazingly buttery potatoes alongside heirloom varieties of poultry, winter greens, and more.

 

2. Don’t like crowds? Don’t feel like you have to come at 10 am! The farmers’ markets are open until 2 p.m., and after 11:30 a.m. or so, you’ll find it easier to park and maneuver around. We’re now in much larger spaces this year so we can all have more elbow room, but if you’ve got strollers or just want a more relaxed experience, coming a little later in the day might be a smart choice. While we can’t promise an item or two won’t sell out, our vendors are well prepared for a large number of customers and would love to have your business at whatever time you make it!

 

3. Bring plenty of cash. There is so much good quality delicious food to be had, you might surprise yourself! In addition to food for yourself, you may wish to buy a pie for a neighbor, or a jar of maple syrup or honey as a gift for your kid’s teacher. Some foods naturally add up, like big, delicious turkeys.

 

4. Bring your checkbook. While farmers and food producers usually cannot accept credit or debit cards, almost every one does accept checks. This is not to say the food at the farmers’ market is very expensive, but the credit card back up isn’t there, so give yourself the checkbook as a back up.

 

5. Bring bags. Sturdy bags, and plenty of them. Those very inexpensive woven bags you see everywhere these days are awesome because they have flat bottoms, meaning you can get a lot of stuff in there without it crushing everything else. All the vendors will have plastic shopping bags, but a. it is hard to carry a lot of those and b. less plastic = better. I do a 1, 2 combo and bring a bunch of grocery store plastic bags into which I pile anything loose that needs to be weighed. That way, onto the scale goes my already pre-used plastic bag instead of a new one, and then it can quickly and simply go into my bigger totes.

 

6. Bring a cooler. Or two. There will be an amazing variety of locally raised meat for sale, which means providing your family with a healthier, more humane product that you can feel safe serving. Since meat is so easy to stock up on (it is all pre-frozen because of the nature of small farms and small processing facilities in New England), I will be making certain I get my share. Frozen meat turns into the ice cubes for the milk and cheese, et voila!

 

7. Take trips to the car. The foods of fall can be heavy. Potatoes, onions, and squashes, frozen cuts of meat, jars of honey. You can make as many trips to the car to drop off heavy things as you want.

 

8. Give yourself time to scope everything out. This is a big market! There is a lot to see and a lot to buy. Very special and particularly coveted things you might want to snap up on sight, but allow yourself time to make sure you didn’t miss anything on the first pass.

 

9. Give yourself time to relax. We have live music and a kids table where your youngsters can do a free craft, so grab a hot drink and a snack, and stick around for awhile.

 

10. Give yourself a pat on the back. Yes, -you- know the food at farmers’ markets is more delicious, more flavorful, and much much fresher, so if those are the only reasons you shop at farmers’ markets that’s more than ok. But buying local food is also a political act, an environmental statement, and a social contract — it’s saying that you care about your neighbors, your community, the health of your family and the environment alike. You are doing great things when you shop at farmers’ markets, take credit for it!

 

For directions, a list of vendors, and a list of products, visit Seacoast Eat Local’s Holiday Farmers’ Market webpage.

Go Local this Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

bilde.jpegOver at Seacoastonline.com, Rachel Forrest has written a guide to shopping at the Winter Farmers’ Market for your Thanksgiving dinner. The article comes complete with delicious ideas for planning your holiday dinner using the many vegetables to be found there, and includes basic instructions. We may not be able to wait until Thanksgiving to try them out!

 

I’ve checked out the long list of vendors and what they are bringing to the first Winter Farmers Market on Nov. 20 and I think that if I planned it just right, I could buy almost everything I need for an entire Thanksgiving dinner at that one market.

 

The only thing I’d be worried about is the turkey because you’d likely have to have already ordered your turkey by now, but check the Seacoast Eat Local website and Facebook page because they will be updating us on who is bringing turkeys to the market. FYI — Seacoast Eat Local’s fourth annual Holiday Farmers Market is Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. indoors at the Wentworth Greenhouses, 141 Rollins Road, a mile past Red’s Shoe Barn of Dover. The Winter Markets continue until April in both the Rollinsford location and at Exeter High School.

 

For that first market, there will be 50 farmers and food vendors participating with cheese, wine and apple cider, pie pumpkins, apples and cream for dessert. Potatoes, carrots, winter squash, onions, beets, leeks, broccoli, parsnips, turnips, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and salad greens will be in abundance, along with eggs, honey, and maple syrup. There will even be wheat flour and dried chili peppers.

 

A wide variety of beef, pork, poultry and seafood will also be for sale. Dinner rolls, pre-baked pies from locally grown fruit, bread for stuffing, and 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 all contain locally grown ingredients.

 

I’ll be volunteering on Thanksgiving and after that, unknown. Teen Daughter Avalon will be away so taking time to work on various writing projects will be on the agenda for the long weekend as well as lazing around watching movies, reading books, exercising and perhaps some mayhem. However, if I were to make Thanksgiving dinner, which I still might, my ideal dinner is set out below — the simple version — and I think I can do it all from the winter market. I will often try at least one dish from a fancy food magazine but for the most part, it’s simple and basic.

 

For my Thanksgiving meal you will need about three pounds of butter. Just warning you. Oh, and IPA, which you cannot get at the farmers market. You can buy wine, however, and plenty of it.

 

Heritage Breed Turkey. Or at least organic or all-natural. Get Heritage turkey from Yellow House Farm (but they’re probably gone), organic from Philbrick’s, Carl’s Meat Market, and even Market Basket has all-natural. Check out www.localharvest.org for more ideas as well as the aforementioned Seacoast Eat Local sites. My turkey involves putting a cheese cloth soaked in butter on top for a period of time. No bags, no deep frying and I rarely brine, although I taste the difference in brining and like it.

 

Stuffing. Bread, sweet sausage, celery, onions, walnuts, apples, thyme or sage. All but the bread sauteed in butter. A great deal of butter is consumed in my Thanksgiving dinner. The bread should be a baguette cut into large cubes and left overnight to “stale.” Toss the ingredients with the bread and a little stock. Stuff the turkey. It looks like the only thing I can’t get at the winter market is celery and nuts.

 

Go to Seacoastonline.com to read the rest of Rachel’s article >

SEL’s Winter Farmers’ Markets Opens Season This Saturday!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

wentworth-fm.jpgNice shout-out for Seacoast Eat Local’s Winter Farmers’ Market over at NH.com — thank-you, we’re very excited! The new season opens, our fourth one, this coming Saturday, November 20, at the wonderful Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford. Over 50 farmers and food producers will be selling a wide array of food in this light-filled setting — join us and stock up for the holidays, visit with friends old and new, and see all that we have in store for you!

 

One stop shopping for your holiday meal

Farmers and food producers will be selling everything you need for Thanksgiving, from appetizers to desserts and the beverages to pair with the food. Look for wines from Sweet Baby Vineyards and Jewell Towne Vineyards, and apple cider from NH Cider Works.

 

Potatoes, carrots, winter squash, onions, beets, leeks, broccoli, garlic, kale, turnips, cabbage, shallots, cauliflower, spinach, Brussels sprouts and salad greens will be in abundance, ensuring plenty of wholesome vegetables on your holiday table.

 

There will be eggs, milk, honey, and maple syrup, alongside special finds like sweet potatoes, wheat flour and dried chili peppers.

 

Turkeys

Harrisons PoultryYellow House Farm and Kellie Brook Farm will have delicious local birds for sale. In addition, Kellie Brook Farm will also have turkey parts for those looking for less than a whole bird to roast. Split turkey breasts and turkey leg quarters are easy to handle and great for a smaller gathering while still providing that perfect turkey flavor for the day.

 

Beef, pork, chicken, rabbit, lamb, duck, goat, elk, and venison will also be available from local farmers at the market; on Saturday, there will be 16 farms selling their meats!

 

Apples and Pumpkins for Pies

Folks who make their pumpkin pie from pumpkins swear by the flavor, quality, and texture of the finished product. It’s an easy and worthwhile step to roast or steam your pumpkin. The three most popular pie pumpkins, Long Island Cheese, Maine Long Pie Pumpkin, and Sugar Pie will all be for sale at the Holiday Market on November 20th at the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford.

 

Baked goods

Dinner rolls, pre-baked pies from locally grown fruit, bread for stuffing, and a host of other foods will round out your shopping and your meal. 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.

 

Pasta from Valicenti Organico 

New to our markets this season is Valicenti Organico, Hollis, NH. Valicenti Organico produces handmade, fresh pasta, ravioli & pasta sauces made with their own grown vegetables and herbs along with locally sourced ingredients. Packaged to take home and prepare, these pastas make a quick and convenient meal. They make Red Gravy pasta sauce, Potato Leek Ravioli, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Roasted Pumpkin & Brie Ravioli, Roasted Beet & Pecorino Toscano Ravioli, Chard & Ricotta Ravioli, various fresh pasta shapes, and Arugula Pistachio Pesto. With all these wonderful, very local offerings, be sure to stop by and pick some up to try, you will be so glad you did!

 

Red Rover Coffee is offering an incentive to market customers. You can save 15% on your whole bean coffees when you buy online in advance and pick up your order at the market. Visit their website for details and to place your order. 

 

Cranberries, Salt, Gift Certificates, and more will be available at the Seacoast Eat Local market booth. The fresh cranberries are from Sugar Hill Farm in Maine. The salt is from Marshfield, Maine. We sell products from northern New England not otherwise available at the farmers’ market to help support the organization of the markets. We also offer gift certificates in $5 increments, a terrific gift for coworkers, kid’s teaches, neighbors — everyone appreciates great food!

 

You don’t have to come early! The market is open from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., and farmers are well prepared with an astounding quantity of foods for your shopping pleasure. 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 of goods.

 

For the most up-to-date information on which farmers and food producers will be at the market and the products available for sale, visit www.seacoasteatlocal.org.

 

The Wentworth Greenhouses are located at 141 Rollins Road, Rollinsford, NH, 1 mile past Red’s Shoe Barn of Dover. Here’s a map!

 

See you at the market on Saturday!

List of Winter Farmers’ Markets Growing

Monday, November 15th, 2010

The new season of winter farmers’ markets is set to begin, and Deborah Mcdermott reports on York’s addition to this vibrant scene. From Seacoastonline.com:

 

Earth Matters: Farmers market grows in York — Winter season won’t end local events

 

There are a lot of things to love about living on the Seacoast. One of them, at least for me, is the fact that so many people understand the importance of eating locally-grown food. Not only does it taste better, it is also better for you, and it isn’t trucked long distances from some foreign clime, adding to aggregate carbon emissions.

 

During the summer, it’s easy to find sources of fresh, local foods. During the winter, until recent years, not so much.

 

That changed four years ago, when Seacoast Eat Local began sponsoring winter farmers markets. Initially just a smattering of markets before the holidays, it has grown into a twice-monthly extravaganza of dozens of vendors who gather at one of their two locations, Exeter High School and Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford.

 

The Rye Energy Committee holds markets at the junior high once a month, as well.

 

Those folks who live across the river in southern York County, Maine, though, haven’t had a winter market in their neck of the woods — until now. The very popular Gateway Farmers Market in York is opening its first winter market this month.

 

The summer market, formed by the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce on its grounds on Route 1, has grown in size and popularity since it started eight years ago. And people didn’t want it all to end with the first stirrings of fall, said Stephanie Oeser of the chamber.

 

“A lot of customers and vendors were going to the Seacoast Eat Local market at Wentworth, and people kept coming up to us and saying they wished there was something like that in York,” Oeser said.

 

She said the chamber has been looking for the last 18 months for a location big enough and with enough parking available in the winter. They finally found it at Foster’s Clambake on Axholme Road in York.

 

Oeser said they’re planning on between 20 and 30 vendors each time. Interestingly, she said, most of the farmers who have booths at the summer market are not set for winter production; the vegetable vendors will likely come from a little further afield. She also said she tried to choose dates that wouldn’t conflict with Seacoast Eat Local’s markets.

 

According to Sara Zoe Patterson of Seacoast Eat Local, it’s not surprising that many area farmers haven’t made the investment into winter production. She said she found that was the case initially with their farmers.

 

“It takes a leap to go into winter production. There’s a lot that small farmers have to take into consideration,” she said. But this winter, more than 60 farms will be participating in their markets, including a number of new farms that have expanded into winter produce. And there’s a waiting list of 10 farms.

 

“It offers an opportunity for farmers who need a reliable source of income in the winter,” Patterson said.

 

That’s why she couldn’t be happier to hear that York is opening a market, because it offers a wider opportunity for small local farmers and for the consuming public.

 

“This is exactly what we could have hoped for,” Patterson said. Between Newburyport, Mass., and Concord, and all points in between, “there’s really not a single weekend between November and the end of April that there’s not a farmers market.”

 

Oeser said there’s real excitement from vendors and customers alike about the winter market. The cost of heat and electricity is being underwritten by Savings Bank of Maine.

 

And the first one is this coming Saturday, Nov. 20. So to all those Maine readers of this column: Mark your calendar.

 

Article available online at Seacoastonline.com. For more information and a list of winter farmers’ markets in the Seacoast >