How-To Festival, August 1

How To logoLearn 25+ things in 5 hours for free — including vermicomposting, chicken care, rabbit care and making recycled pots — at the How-To Festival at the Portsmouth Public Library on Saturday, August 1st:

How-To Festival
Location: Portsmouth Public Library, Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2015
Time: 10am – 3pm
Free and open to the public

Ever wondered how to compost with worms? Or how to dance ballet, swing, or Bollywood? Or how to play chess? Or how to write a poem? Or how to take great photos with your phone? Or how to get the best mortgage or make more money? Or how to do yoga, Aikido or self-defense? Or how to care for a chicken or a pet rabbit? Or how to eat healthier? Or how to make origami, knit or embroider?

We could go on! There’s only one place to learn all these things and more: Portsmouth Public Library’s second How-To Festival, on Saturday, August 1st from 10 AM – 3 PM. It’s free and open to the public.

Supporting the local community is a big part of the library’s mission. The How-To Festival is a celebration of all the skills and talents the Seacoast area has to offer – and a place for community members to connect and share their knowledge and passion with each other! Our community partners are local individuals, businesses, and non-profits.

There will be something for everyone at the How-To Festival – bring the whole family and all your friends! Win prizes, learn new things, meet your neighbors, and have fun. All you’ll need is a plan for lunch – bring your own, visit the Farmer’s Market, or head downtown. The rest is on the library! So mark your calendars for August 1st, and get ready to learn!

Complete 2015 Schedule:

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Maine School Garden Intensive 2015: Plant Breeding, May 2

garden2015_2-1Maine School Garden Intensive 2015: Plant Breeding
Maine Agriculture in the Classroom: K–12 Educator Training Workshop
Location: Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Winslow, ME
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Time: 8 am – 3:30 pm

Building on last year’s superb seed saving intensive, this spring, members of the Johnny’s Selected Seeds plant breeding department, in collaboration with MAITC, will guide participants through the process by which your favorite vegetable varieties are developed. The Johnny’s breeding program uses traditional breeding methods, guiding the genetics of both self-pollinating and cross-pollinating crops by selecting and hand pollinating. The first set of training was done with the help of the best projector in the classroom. Later, you can learn more about where your hybrid and open-pollinated seeds come from and methods of developing your own new and exciting varieties, including hands-on pollination activities and exploration of curriculum connections at all levels.

The cost for the full day program is $35 ($45 after April 25) and includes “Local foods” lunch. Scholarships are available. All participants will receive Certificates for 6 contact hours or .6 CEU’s.

 Contact: MAITC at 287-5522 or [email protected]


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Family Gardening: Grow A Salad Garden, April 25

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Leslie Stevens, UNH Cooperative Extension Master Gardener
Location: Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St, Dover, NH
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 10:15 – 11 am

The Children’s Museum of NH is offering families the unique opportunity to learn to grow their own organic fruits and vegetables this spring. Join us to learn how to plant and grow your own garden salad and what you need to do to have a successful vegetable garden at home. We will plant radishes, lettuce, spinach, kale and Swiss chard. Everyone will be able sample a few of these leaves to see what they like best to plant at home. Meet an “Easter Egg” chicken and see her colored eggs.

UNH Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Leslie Stevens, owner of Sidewalk Farms in Portsmouth, will present a series of six free workshops on Saturday mornings at 10:15 am in the Children’s Museum gardens. This is the fifth year that the museum and Stevens have partnered to bring gardening information and hands-on experience to families.

Please call 603-742-2002 to pre-register to ensure we have enough supplies for all.

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Kids’ Corner: An Ode to Eggs

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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.
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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

Community Roots Summer Farm Camp 2015

9795159Registration is now open for Community Roots Summer Farm Camp 2015 held in partnership with Coppal House Farm:

Farm Camp 2015
Community Roots
Coppal House Farm, Lee, NH
Tuesday – Thursday 9am – 1pm
Cost per session: $110 ($100 per child if you are registering siblings for the same session)

Discover the wonders of a working farm, through daily outdoor sensory explorations, imaginative play, creative art, and hands-on experiences. The farm is our classroom, and our days will be spent outside! We will explore the forest, field, pond, barns, pastures, and gardens while making connections to our food, the animals, the natural world, and each other. Each week will have a different farm-based theme, but every week will include the same amount of outdoor adventure and fun. This year we have expanded our camp to 3-day weeks. Register by April 1 and receive a special invitation for a spring gathering at the farm!

Community Roots is an organization dedicated to reconnecting children and their families to their community, their food, and the environment. We offer fun, educational, farm-based programs for children as well as programs for the whole family. Community Roots programs take place at Coppal House Farm in Lee, NH.

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Say Cheese! The Importance of Calcium for Growing Kids

Written by Emily Whitmore, Seacoast Eat Local Intern


This week is Dairy and Kids’ day at the Market! Dairy plays a fundamental role in children’s diets because it contains beneficial nutrients for bone health. Calcium is a mineral found in dairy products that is stored in the bones and teeth for structural and functional purposes. During childhood we experience rapid bone growth; therefore it is a critical time to make certain that our bones are getting sufficient amounts of calcium to ensure healthy and maximum growth. Below shows the recommended dietary allowances of calcium for all ages. To get an idea of what some of this might look like, 1 ½ slices of cheese or 1 cup of low fat milk, yogurt or calcium fortified juice all contain about 300 mg of calcium each.


Recommended Dietary Allowances for Calcium:

0-6 months = 200 mg/day

7-12 months = 260 mg/day

1-3 years = 700 mg/day

4-8 years = 1,000 mg/day

9-18 years = 1,300 mg/day

19-70 years = 1,000 mg/day

71+ years = 1,200 mg/day


A pediatric dentist from Dentistry @ its Finest explains that our bodies cannot produce calcium and will take calcium from our bones if we don’t get enough. This can lead to low bone mass or develop into osteoporosis, or porous/fragile bones. This is why it is critical to include calcium-rich foods into our diets. Below are some calcium-rich sources and where they can be found at the market:



  • Brandmoore Farm: raw cow’s milk
  • Brookford Farm: raw cow’s milk
  • Jesta Farm: raw goat’s milk



  • Brookford Farm: Camembert, Brie, feta, cottage cheese, quark and raw cheddar made with dairy from grass-fed livestock
  • Hickory Nut Farm: goat milk cheese
  • Wolf Meadow Farm: Italian artisan cheeses such as mozzarella, ricotta, caciocavallo, caciotta, scamorza and primo sale



  • Brandmoore Farm: whole milk yogurt
  • Hickory Nut Farm: yo-goat-gurt


***Remember, dairy isn’t the only source of calcium. Non-dairy sources of calcium such as kale and collard greens are available at the market as well!


Calcium works closely with another mineral called Phosphorus. About 85% of Phosphorus in our body is found in our bone and teeth. It plays a role in bone mineralization and maximizes bone strength. Phosphorus is found in many food sources such as dairy products, meat, fish, nuts, beans and whole grains.


Lastly, it is important to get plenty of Vitamin D. Vitamin D also plays a role in bone health because it improves calcium absorption and promotes optimal bone formation. Sources of Vitamin D include the sun, supplements and food sources such as fatty fish (salmon, tuna) and fortified products (milk, orange juice, cereals). The Daily Value of Vitamin D for children/adults above the age of 4 is 400 IU/day.


An excellent way to sneak calcium into the diet of stubborn children is through one of their favorite recipes – macaroni and cheese! Skip the processed stuff from the box and make your own! Or if you’re looking for a lighter option, whip up a refreshing, calcium-rich smoothie for your children to enjoy! See recipes below.


Stovetop Mac and Cheese from

1 ¼ cups uncooked elbow macaroni (about 6 ounces)
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cups (5 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 slice of bread
1 tablespoon butter, melted


Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

Combine milk and flour in a medium saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Cook over medium heat 2 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add cheese, salt, and pepper, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add pasta; toss to coat. Let stand 4 minutes.

Place bread in a food processor, and pulse 10 times or until the crumbs measure 1 1/4 cups.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs, and cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in melted butter; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over pasta mixture.


Yogurt-Fruit Smoothie from

2 cups fat-free milk
1 (8-ounce) container of plain or vanilla yogurt
½ cup Vitamin-D fortified orange juice
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 banana, coarsely chopped

Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Serve immediately.


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Nutrition Through the Life Cycle


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!

Show your love for local food at the Valentine’s Day Winter Farmers’ Market!

Spread the Love and send your favorite farmer a Valentine!


beet valentineDuring the Feb 14 Winter Farmers’ Market at Wentworth Greenhouses, Seacoast Eat Local will be celebrating the holiday by offering a Valentine’s Day throwback to childhood. We are bringing numerous valentines with some pretty punny farm designs available for sale. Pick up a few or the whole set and show some love to your favorite farmers and food producers at the winter market! All the vendors will have paper bags out at their tables (flashback to elementary school) to receive your thanks and appreciation.

This agricultural community works hard to deliver delicious food for you and your family all year long. A lot of love and passion go into growing and producing the food that nourishes your body. Give back a little praise and show how much the local farming community means to you, the Greater Seacoast and beyond!

Stay tuned into our Facebook & Twitter feeds leading up to the Valentine’s Day Winter Market to get a preview of all the designs.


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Food, Fiber Arts, & Fun at the Winter Farmers’ Market!

Saturday January 24th the Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers’ Market will be back at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford. In addition to the usual assortment of delicious local food there will be plenty of activities for young and old. Be sure to swing through the market between 10am and 2pm to stock your pantry, learn something new, and connect with the agricultural community.

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We’ll have a number of fiber artisans back at the Winter Market to showcase the many ways you can use local wool for goods, crafts and gifts. They’ll be featuring wool from Riverslea Farm of Epping and will have lots of hands on displays for all ages. Questions and curious kids welcome!

Learn Something New
Seacoast Permaculture will be displaying at the Winter Market. They offer DIY and homestead scale workshops and events on a number of different topics throughout the year. Stop by their table and learn more about preservation techniques and methods to use local foods available seasonally.

Local Food For All
At Seacoast Eat Local we believe local food is for everyone. We continue to partner with pantries during the Winter Market Season to collect and donate food for those in need. We have collected over 1,000 pounds this season alone but the work isn’t over yet. This time of year, just after the holidays, can be a challenge for many food pantries. alli musicConsider picking up an extra bag of veggies while shopping and drop it off at the Food Donation Table. Cornucopia Food Pantry will be at the market this Saturday. Stop by and learn more about their programs and efforts to fight hunger in the Seacoast.

Dance Your Cares Away
Music ties many communities together and is always a great way to lift your spirits. Come to any market and you’ll find children showing you the quickest path to joy, a little dance and mini maracas! We’ve got Alli Beaudry returning to the market as a musical duo with Ryan Sanford. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy their musical talents. There’s also always room on the dancefloor… 🙂