Cheshire County Veterans are honored throughout the year in various ways. Still, in September, thanks to a collaboration with the Cheshire County Conservation District and Cheshire Medical Center’s Center for Population Health, veterans will receive $20 vouchers to spend on food at each of the various Farmer Markets’.
Participating Farmers’ Markets include:
TEAMJaffrey Farmer’ Market on Fridays 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Keene Farmers’ Market on Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hinsdale Farmers’ Market on Sundays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
This is a small community gesture to say “Thank You.” Veterans can return each week during September for a $20 voucher and participate at all three market locations. Veteran status and proof of Cheshire county residency are required.
For more information about Veteran Appreciation Month, contact Benee Hershon at the Cheshire County Conservation District at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voice message at 603-756-298 ext. 3011.
Supporting and eating local is a 365, 24/7 celebration in the Granite State. But we pull out the stops in August to celebrate NH Eats Local Month! Join us for 31 days of rallying around the bounty of New Hampshire and to thank our hard working farmers, fishers, and food businesses.
Over 100 partners throughout the state join together to celebrate the power of food in bringing us together and encouraging the continued choice to eat and support local food. Join in for events, contests, film screenings, storytelling, and more.
Join farmers, eaters, educators, legislators, & others for an evening of celebrating our local food system through words!
Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition invites you to an evening of storytelling with folks who grow, educate about, lovingly prepare, advocate for, and eat (!) locally grown food. One thing is for sure: the benefit of local food to our well-being, town economies, and environment has never been more evident than in this challenging year. So, let’s celebrate another great year of the harvest, of farming, and of community in this inspiring event. We promise some laughs, maybe a couple of tears, but mostly real insight into the lives of folks who work hard to bring local food to our tables and some whose lives it has changed.
Family friendly, online event Suggested donation: $10
Emcee: Kate McNally, Host, “The Folk Show” on NH Public Radio.
Live music provided by chanteuse extraordinaire, Wendy Keith.
Kate McNally, Emcee and host of NHPR’s “The Folk Show”
Tara Sad, NH State Representative, Environment & Agriculture committee, (ret.)
Food Connects will host the first Taste of Food Connects from November 1 to 21. This event brings together over 90 local businesses throughout the Windham County and Monadnock Regions to celebrate our vibrant local economy. This unique event is part Local Passport, benefitting local businesses, and part Silent Auction, supporting Food Connects’ annual fund.
The idea for this event came as a response to COVID-19 putting a damper on Food Connects’ initial fundraising plans for the fall. “Typically we’d bring together a number of local chefs to feature locally grown and produced foods,” says Laura Carbonneau, Food Connects’ Marketing Manager. “That just wasn’t a safe option this year. So we thought: how can we hold a fundraiser for our programming and support local businesses during these challenging times.” And the Taste of Food Connects was born.
So how does it work? From November 1 to 21, shop at any of the 21 participating businesses—when you spend $10 or more you can add a sticker to your passport. After three stickers you can be entered to win one of nine great prizes, including $1,000 to spend at local businesses or however your family needs this holiday season. Multiple passport entries are encouraged.
“The team at Food Connects hopes that this program will help encourage community members to shop at local businesses,” says Carbonneau. “We understand how COVID-19 impacted and continues to impact our community partners and we need to continue to fortify and strengthen our local economy. We are stronger together and the community needs us all to shop locally this holiday season.”
The culmination of this program ends with a 5 days virtual silent auction from November 16 to 20 to support Food Connects annual fund. Food Connects, a 501c3 non-profit, continues to grow despite these challenging times. Their Farm to School programming continues to develop unique ways to support schools through COVID-19 and leverage opportunities for increased food security. At the same time, the Food Connects Food Hub continues to grow and be a regional leader in fortifying local food infrastructure.
“Our goal is to raise $5,000 for our programming,” says Carbonneau. “We strive to create healthy, families, thriving farms, and connected communities—we couldn’t do this work without the generous support of our community and donors. This is a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping done while supporting a great cause. The silent auction features amazing bundles of products and services from local businesses, encourages community members to shop locally, and provides us with the much needed operating revenue. Thank you to all of those who will support us through this auction.”