Join us at our last Winter Farmers’ Market of the season, Saturday April 11

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It is hard to believe the Winter Farmers’ Market season is coming to a close! We are excited to invite you to our last market of the season at Exeter High School on Saturday April 11 from 10-2. It will be our Greens, Eggs, & Ham market with a Spring Greens Tasting, Information and Recipes to use a variety of available greens and eggs, which are both coming back into increased production with the longer and (slightly) warmer days. We’ll also be having a Spring Formal at the Winter Market and invite vendors and shoppers alike to come in fancy dress as we spring out of Winter.

ally ryan smallThe very talented duo of Alli Beaudry & Ryan Sandford will be back at the market to serenade and entertain. Patti Small of On the Edge Knife Sharpening will be back for out last market. Be sure to bring your kitchen utensils and garden tools for sharpening before getting back outside. At the Seacoast Eat Local Market Table you’ll find Certified Organic Seeds to start planning and planting for your own home grown produce this year. We’ll also have market totes, t-shirts, DIY books and more!

During the April 11 market we’ll have several guest groups joining the community to share about their work. Read more about their work below and be sure to visit their tables at market.

Bedrock Community Gardens is a 35 acre garden in Lee. The garden holds several open houses a year as well as community events, such as art classes, music in the garden, and yoga. The garden is also available for private tours and for use by school groups, gardening groups, etc.
Community Roots Farm Summer Camp is an organization dedicated to reconnecting children and their families to their community, their food, and the environment. They offer fun, educational, farm-based programs and summer camp for children as well as programs for the whole family.
NH Food Alliance efforts are aimed at strengthening the emerging and already vibrant food system network in NH, by working with existing efforts and initiatives, gathering information and data, and working to develop a shared agenda and vision for building a New Hampshire food system that works for all in New Hampshire.
Cornucopia Food Pantry will be collecting fresh food donations to support their pantry and provide fresh whole foods for are families and individuals in need. Consider picking up some extra veggies or eggs for donation. They currently serve over 1,500 customers, feeding over 6,000 people a year, not including their food basket program.

eggs monaSee you at the market!

 

 

 

 

Kids’ Corner: An Ode to Eggs

egg odeAn Ode to Eggs

By Trey Ferdyn, Age 11

Hi! I’m Trey, and I have a favorite food. Some of you guys might have favorite foods like ice cream, or pizza, or chocolate chip cookies, but mine is different. My favorite food is eggs. Ok, I know it sounds weird, but I really love eggs! My mom sometimes makes eggs for breakfast (or lunch, or dinner!) and I love them.

One of the reasons that I love them so much is that there are so many things that you can do with eggs! You can poach them, scramble them, you can hard boil them, you can turn them into an omelet, or so much more! One of my favorite ways to eat eggs is to scramble them, and mix in spinach and cheese.
chick in hand

Our family buys eggs from a local farmer, and they are so fresh and yummy! We love to buy local food because it tastes better than what you would buy at a grocery store. If you’ve never had a farm fresh egg and you think it’s probably the same as at the grocery store, believe me, it’s so much better! With local eggs, the yolk is all golden and delicious, and the eggs are sometimes really big, or sometimes smaller. It is also cool to be able to meet the farmer  and get to know where your food comes from. Recently, I got to visit the baby chicks at the farm, and they were so cute! Here are some pictures!

Alright, I guess it’s bye for now, but remember: eggs are the BEST!

Baby chicks at Stout Oak Farm
Baby chicks at Stout Oak Farm

March 28 is Dairy Day & Kids’ Day at Market!

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There was a time when New Hampshire was dotted with dairies and milk came fresh to your front door. Times have changed and so has the farm landscape, but fresh local dairy is still in abundant supply if you know where to look! Our March 28th Market is celebrating local dairy in many forms. The Winter Farmers’ Market will be at Exeter High School from 10-2. We’ll have local dairy resources, recipes and several farms with a delicious array of dairy goodness. Brookford Farm & Brandmoore Farm will have raw milk, cream, & yogurt while Jesta Farm will be bringing Raw Goat Milk. Numerous awesome cheese varieties will be available from Brookford Farm, Wolf Meadow Farm, & Hickory Nut Farm. (Plenty of samples available!) Plus as part of our Kids’ Day activities, there will be a butter making station using raw cream from Brookford Farm.

veggiesWe are excited to be celebrating our first ever Kids Day! There will be numerous community groups running activities for young and young at heart! Andrea Szirbik will be back at the market with interactive music to entertain and delight. Riverwoods Retirement Center will also be at the market answering questions for those young at heart but close to retirement!

We are very grateful for our ongoing partnership with Cornucopia Food Pantry. They will be at the market collecting fresh food donations and sharing information on their community support programs. Thanks to your generous donations and the generosity of our market vendors, we’ve been able to collect over 1,000 pounds of food this season for area families in need. Please consider picking up some extra veggies to donate at market.

Kids’ Day at the Winter Farmers’ Market March 28th!

andrea szirbik and kidsSpring is just around the corner and the days are getting longer. The warmer days and sunny skies have many families yearning to break free from winter hibernation. Seacoast Eat Local has you covered with our first Kids’ Day at the Winter Farmers’ Market, Saturday March 28th from 10am-2pm at Exeter High School in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Bringing your children to market is a great way to teach them more about where food comes from and how everyone is part of the local agricultural community! On top of the Kids’ Day activities it will also be Dairy Day at the Market with resources and information on local dairy options and benefits.

There will be several guest groups from the community running a variety of activities at market. They include the taste test blogfollowing:

Be sure to mark your calendars and tell your friends about Kids’ Day at the market. Bring the whole family for a day of great food and fun. The market and activities are free and all are welcome. There are only two Winter Farmers’ Markets left this season, March 28 & April 11 at Exeter High School. Come out to stock your pantry and show your support for local farms and food!

The Ultimate Pi Day at the Winter Farmers’ Market!

Thanksgiving pie sunnyfieldThis year the Winter Farmers’ Market falls on the ultimate Pi Day of our lifetime! Celebrate with farmers and friends by Volunteering at the market to be there when the Pi(es) align at 3/14/15 9:26 & 53 seconds! We’ll be at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford from 10-2.

It is going to be awesome day with Sandra Koski returning to entertain and serenade market shoppers, our 1st ever Drink Local Tasting Event will be taking place, and it is our Beer & Bread themed Market!

Other guests include:

Cornucopia Food Pantry

Cornucopia’s mission is to provide food and other support to all, including UNH students, staff, faculty and their families. We do so with love, compassion, respect, non-judgment, hope and a belief in abundance. They will be at the Farmers’ Market continuing to collect fresh food donations for the community members in need.

Bedrock Gardens

Bedrock Gardens is a 35 acre garden in Lee. The garden holds several open houses a year as well as community events, such as art classes, music in the garden, and yoga. The garden is also available for private tours and for use by school groups, gardening groups, etc.

Oyster River Coop School District Sustainability Committee

The Oyster River Cooperative School District’s Sustainability Committee works to implement, support, and monitor sustainability practices and projects. The Committee strives to educate and advocate for sustainable practices in the District through projects that have included: the establishment of composting-recycling programs, work in the school gardens, purchase of local foods for the school lunches, documentary movie shows, and completion of the District’s ecological footprint.

 

Drink Local Tasting Event – Meet the Guests!

Drink LocalSeacoast Eat Local will be hosting a Drink Local Tasting Event during the next Winter Farmers’ Market. The event takes place March 14th from 11:00am-1:30pm at the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford, NH. The Winter Market runs from 10am – 2pm, so there will still be plenty of time to stock up on local foods.

Seacoast Eat Local strives to connect people with the farmers that grow their food and food producers that make an effort to be a part of the agricultural community by sourcing from local farms. This effort extends to a growing number of beverage crafters that have started incorporating more local ingredients. Seacoast Eat Local is excited to be bringing together brewers, distillers, cider and mead makers to share their stories and offer an opportunity to ‘Drink Local’ at the Winter Farmers’ Market.

Entrance into the Farmers’ Market is free. The Tasting will have a $5 entrance fee. You must be 21 or older to participate and have a valid photo ID. Proceeds from the event support Seacoast Eat Local and their Winter Farmers’ Market program.

Meet the Tasting Event Guests!Throwback

Throwback Brewery – North Hampton

‘Throwback is a small, inspired brewery dedicated to crafting delicious, farm-fresh beers from local ingredients. Our vision at Throwback is to acquire 100% of our ingredients (such as hops, wheat, barley, fruit, and spices) from within 200 miles of the brewery. Currently, we are about 70 to 90% of the way there (depending on the beer) – which is really unique for the industry and something we are quite proud of.’

Smoky Quartz Distillery – Seabrook

‘Smoky Quartz Distillery, located on the Southern NH Seacoast, is an artisan ‘grain to glass’ craft distillery that uses locally sourced New England grain to distill truly exceptional spirits. Our first spirit, Solid Granite Vodka, is handcrafted in small batches and artfully distilled from corn grown within a 125 miles of the distillery.’

Sea Hagg StillSea Hagg Distillery – North Hampton

‘The Sea Hagg Distillery crafts small batches of artisan spirits in a traditional copper alembic pot still. We age in custom toasted barrels and then bottle by hand at our distillery in North Hampton, New Hampshire.’

Sap House Meadery – Center Ossipee

‘Sap House Meadery is a small producer of premium, hand-crafted meads (honey wines). They rejuvenated an old store front in downtown Center Ossipee, New Hampshire using many recycled materials and sustainable methods. Sap House Meads use only time-tested traditional methods and procure ingredients from local farms and markets.’

North Country Hard Cider – Rollinsfordnorth country cider image

‘We handcraft our all natural, ciders in Rollinsford, New Hampshire from locally sourced, fresh pressed apples. We don’t pasteurize or filter, and we don’t use any additives or preservatives. This is local, fresh, and delicious cider. Keep it cold, drink it fresh and enjoy!’

7th Settlement Brewery – Dover

‘A top priority at 7th Settlement is supporting the community that supports us. That’s why we work with local farmers to bring our customers the best tasting and highest quality experience with food, beer, and spirits.’

Beer & Bread Day at the Winter Farmers’ Market

The next Winter Farmers’ Market on March 14th will be our Beer & Bread Day market at the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford, NH. The market runs from 10-2 and will be our last winter market at that location this season! (Don’t worry we’ve still got 2 more left at Exeter High School.) Be sure to mark your calendars and invite your friends for a delicious day at market.

At this market we’ll be highlighting some of the delicious grain-based goodness available locally all season long!

 

Rye Loaves from Sunnyfield
Rye Loaves from Sunnyfield Brick Oven

Grab a Fresh Loaf

There is always lots of delicious fresh bread at the market with plenty of samples to help you pick your favorites.

Sunnyfield Brick Oven Bakery regionally sources wheat from Maine, NH, Vermont, and Quebec. They have have just begun to make an all-new New Hampshire grain bread: Dark Rye, from Brookford Farm’s new coarse-ground rye flour.

Canterbury Bread Shop bakes bread at their brick oven located at Brookford Farm. They use a percentage of Brookford Flour in all varieties.

Forty Five Market St. Bakery & Cafe uses Vermont-based King Arthur Milled flour for their artisan bread varieties.

 

Source your own Ingredients

Dane at the Canterbury Bread Shop
Dane at the Canterbury Bread Shop

Are you a home baker or interested in learning to make more food for yourself? Stop by the market to source your recipe’s ingredients and ask the market bakers for tips and advice!

Brookford Farm will have their NH grown and milled Whole Wheat Flour, Pastry Flour, & new this year Rye Flour available at market.

The Root Seller has Whole Wheat Berries available. You can also pick up Maple Syrup from them, a great local sweetener.

 

Throwback BreweryDon’t Forget the Beer

There is something very satisfying about pairing local loaves with local pints.

If you believe in supporting local farms and love beer, then Throwback Brewery has a growler that will leave your taste buds and spirit satisfied. Be sure to ask them about the many farms they work with and their awesome sourcing efforts! (They’ll also be offering tastings during this market at our 1st ever Drink Local Tasting Event!)

For those interested in home-brewing, New Roots Farm has been growing hops for sale during the outdoor market season. Stop in at their booth and find out what’s on tap for the coming growing season.

Charmingfare Farm offers CSA Workshop March 7th

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Are you curious about CSAs? Maybe you’ve heard a lot about them or maybe you’ve never heard the term in your life. Either way organically grown, freshly picked, local produce has been proven to have long term health benefits in you and your children! Charmingfare Farm is offering a wonderful event to familiarize yourself with their CSA Programs.

They invite you to join them for a FREE workshop focusing on our Garden, Livestock, and Egg Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. This is a great opportunity to learn more about CSAs, Charmingfare’s particular programs, and most of all to ask them any questions! They will have Garden Specialists there ready to field any questions you may have, so come prepared!

The workshop will cover all the major topics such as:

  • What a CSA is
  • How it works
  • When it happens
  • Prices
  • How and When you pick up your food
  • The gardening techniques employed on Farm
  • A Q&A period

They will also be available after the workshop for a short meet and greet providing you a perfect opportunity to ask any questions that may not have been addressed in Workshop.

Learn More at the CSA Workshop on March 7th, 2015 at 3pm
Held at Charmingfare Farm (774 High St. Candia, NH, 03034) in the warm-up room – Registration Required

Seacoast Eat Local’s ‘Drink Local’ Tasting at Market!

Drink Local BannerWe are very excited to announce that during the March 14th Winter Farmers’ Market at Wentworth Greenhouses, Seacoast Eat Local will be hosting our first ever, ‘Drink Local’ Tasting Event! We believe in connecting people with the farms that grow their food and local food producers that do their part to source from area farms. This extends to the many beverage crafters incorporating more local ingredients. We are happy to be bringing together brewers, distillers, mead & cider makers to share their story, farm connections, and offer tastings of a selection of their libations. The event will take place at the Winter Market and run from 11:00am-1:30pm on 3/14. There will be a $5 entrance fee for the tasting event. You must be 21 or older to participate and IDs will be checked at the entrance.

Participating Guests:

Throwback Brewery

Smoky Quartz Distillery

Sea Hagg Distillery

Sap House Meadery

North Country Hard Cider

7th Settlement Brewery

Mark your calendars & share with your friends!