Celebrate NH Eat Local Month with the Monadnock Food Co-op

The Monadnock Food Co-op celebrates New Hampshire Eat Local Month with events that celebrate our farmers and local food producers. The local harvest is abundant this time of year, so the Co-op and partners around the state are hosting events and specials that make it easy for everyone to enjoy eat locally-grown in August.

As part of the NH Eat Local Month festivities Monadnock Food Co-op kicks off the month with a sales flyer completely devoted to local items. The Co-op will also host a workshop Preserving the Harvest with author Celeste Longacre, on August 2 from 5:30 – 7pm.

The Co-op’s August Local Food BBQ is on Friday the 4th from 5-7pm. The BBQ will feature house-made, and locally-sourced ingredients from Archway Farm, Templeton Family Organics, Picadilly Farm, Orchard Hill Breadworks, Tracie’s Community Farm and more! There will also be live music in the amphitheater for families to enjoy.

The Monadnock Food Co-op will host a farm tour of the iconic Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, NH on August 12th from 10-11am. Then on August 19th the Co-op welcomes families to their annual Ice Cream Social Fundraiser with Walpole Creamery on the Co-op’s patio. Walpole Creamery is donating ice cream and the Co-op is providing a delicious range of sundae toppings. Suggested donation per sundae is $5, which will be used to fund scholarships for local kids to attend farm summer camps via the Jeffrey P. Smith Scholarship Fund.

“This is a time of year when we really have an abundance of local food to offer,” said Michael Faber, MFC General Manager, “We hope folks will also be inspired to eat more locally grown, raised, and made food all year long, as so many of the great products produced in our region really are available year-round” said Michael Faber, Monadnock Food Co-op’s General Manager.

Help Raise a Barn and Bring Wheels to Another Farm

JUST ONE WEEK LEFT!  The Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock’s inaugural crowdfunding campaigns end April 15, 2017. Check out each farm’s rewards for contributing to their campaign.

Don’t wait: Contribute today!

Archway Farm’s Farm to Table on Wheels

Select your reward on the right side of Archway Farm’s TLC Monadnock Page.

  • 2016-12-28-10-18-53-1024x765$10: Cart Karma
    • Personalized thank you note from the family and an Archway Farm temporary tattoo.
  • $20: Farm Tour
    • An hour long tour of the farm ending in a delicious sausage sampling. Tours are schedule for the last Sunday of each month (May – August) from 10 – 11 am. Good for 1 vehicle, up to 4 people.
  • $25: Jack’s Crackers Exclusive Flavor
    • One bag of Jack’s Crackers, made with fresh, local ingredients from the Keene, NH. Brand new exclusive TLC Monadnock flavor: Bacon & Buttermilk Biscuit (a.k.a. The Fallen Vegan).
  • $30: Kickoff Sausage
    • Get 1 lb of our Archway Farm’s limited edition Cheddar Bratwurst sausage, made with Stonewall Farm cheese.
  • $75: Sausage Club
    • Receive 1 pound of four different kinds of sausage, each made with an ingredient from a local farm. Sausage will be available in March, May, July, and September.
  • $100: Deluxe Sausage Club (ONLY 3 LEFT!)
    • Get all the benefits of the sausage club, plus get an Archway Farm BBQ apron.
  • $500: Let’s Have a Party! (SOLD OUT!!!)
    • The sausage cart will come to your house or work and provide lunch for up to 20 people.
  • $500: Roaster Pig (ONLY 1 LEFT!)
    • One Archway Farm roaster pig prepared by a USDA butcher, delivery between June and October 2017.

Check out these great rewards for giving at certain levels:

Stonewall Farm’s Barn Raising

Select your reward on the right side of Stonewall Farm’s TLC Monadnock Page.

  • Stonewall Banner$20: Beeswax Ornament from Raffi’s Bees
    • Raffi is a seven-year old beekeeper who, with his mom, makes these delightful ornaments.
  • $25: Tree Free Greetings Magnet
    • Magnet of Stonewall Farm
  • $25: Jack’s Crackers Exclusive Flavor
    • One bag of Jack’s Crackers, made with fresh, local ingredients from the Keene, NH. Brand new exclusive TLC Monadnock flavor: Bacon & Buttermilk Biscuit (a.k.a. The Fallen Vegan).
  • $50: Tree Free Greetings Coloring Book – Color Keene
    • A zen coloring style book featuring key places from throughout the Monadnock region – including Stonewall Farm!
  • $100: Tree Free Greetings – Stonewall Barista Tumbler
    • Tumbler with picture of Stonewall Farm
  • $500: Half-Hour Group Hay Ride for up to 12 people
    • Enjoy a half hour private hay ride for up to 12 of your family and friends. You will tour the property of Stonewall farm viewing scenic pastures and forests and all the sights at the farm.



The Local Crowd Monadnock Launches Online on Wednesday

Monadnock Complete Economy Project

Archway Farm instagramThe Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock will launch online on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at noon with two 30-day campaigns focused on supporting sustainable agriculture:

  • Archway Farm’s “Farm to Table on Wheels” project
  • Stonewall Farm’s “Barn Raising” project

Both campaigns are based in Keene, NH.  Individuals can contribute online to either campaign regardless of where they live, inside or outside of the Monadnock Region.

Each campaign will offer a limited number of rewards to individuals who give at certain financial levels.  For example, Archway Farm offers a Sausage Club to individuals who give $75.  Sausage Club members receive one pound of four different kinds of Archway Farm sausages, each featuring an ingredient from a local farm.  The first sausage is a Cheddar Smoked Bratwurst made with Stonewall Farm cheese.

A kick-off celebration is scheduled at Stonewall Farm on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Local Crowd…

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The Saxy Chef

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6,000 local eggs; 40 gallons of local maple syrup; 700 pounds of local blueberries; 22 pounds of dry spices from Attar in Harrisville; 2,760 pounds of local apples; 1,476 pounds of Cabot butter; and 3,800 pounds of King Arthur Vermont flour. That about sums up the ingredient list of baker Aubrey Saxton of Saxy Chef in 2015. Hard to believe? You haven’t even heard the half of it.

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