History of Apples & Cider

History of Apples & Cider
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
At The Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene

Author of Cider Hard and Sweet, Ben Watson will present a history of apples (and cider) in the US and focus on the importance of diversity and the popularization of heirloom apples for cider and dessert use — including NH apples like Granite Beauty and Nodhead (Jewett’s Red).

This presentation will appeal to anyone who wants to enhance their “apple literacy,” has an interest in local food and biodiversity, and wants to rediscover “uncommon apples of distinction.”

This presentation if free and open to the public.

Localvore & Vegetarian/Vegan

The July 2011 Monadnock Localvore Newsletter honored local foods that are vegetarian and vegan & compiled news and resources highlighting beans & grains:

Divine Burger
Published Monday, June 13, WMUR NH Chronicle

What do you get when you mix a love for cooking whole foods with the search for the best veggie burger in the world? Well the owners of the Divine Cafe and Grille in Exeter think they’ve found the answer. Jennifer Crompton stopped by to take a taste. Watch this news clip at WMUR.com.

Growing Beans for Beantown
By Naz Sioshansi, EdibleBoston, Winter 2010

As the chill of fall became the true cold of winter, Bostonians of Colonial times would settle in for a winter of baked beans and bean soups.”Beans were a hearty staple that would help the Colonists make it through the cold New England winters when there was little else to eat,” explains Charley Baer of Baer’s Best Beans. “The Native Americans taught the Colonists how to grow and cook the beans, along with corn. Back in those days, varieties of soldier beans and Jacob’s cattle were popular.”

MELOMEALS: Vegan for $3.33 a day…it’s yummy! A blog run by Melody Polakow in Portsmouth, NH. She is a vegetarian chef and photographer, and this blog is filled with recipes that incorporate lots of fresh ingredients: Melomeals.blogspot.com.


Four Star Farms, Northfield, MA: A family farm that grows and processes buckwheat, whole wheat, wheat berries, hops, barley and more. Their products can be found throughout western Massachusetts (find locations here) and at the Brattleboro Food Co-op! Check out FourStarFarms.com.


What’s your interest?
Are you a vegetarian or vegan localvore? Do you have great locally vegetarian resources to share? Do you just have more questions that you want answered?

Cooking with a CSA Share

Below are resources to help you get the most out of your Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm Share:

Bounty in a Box: Support local farms by learning to make good use of your CSA box
By Linda Murphy, Published May 17, 2011 in The Herald News

Picking up that first CSA box from your local farm can seem like Christmas in June for those who love to cook and eat locally grown food. But as the growing season progresses, and weekly shares become more abundant, good intentions of supporting local farms can quickly turn into a fear of opening the refrigerator and finding a rotting produce Little Box of Horrors….

How to Tame Spring Greens
By Jessica Walsh, Published May 12, 2011 in NewportPatch

When we first became members of the Simmons Farm CSA program, the cooking greens were probably the most intimidating to me. Our first year as CSA members also happened to be a cold, rainy growing season, so we were getting a lot of greens.  I had never been a big fan of cooked greens to begin with, and I suddenly found myself staring down a fridge that was overtaken by kale, chard, dandelion greens, collard greens…..


Rosaly’s Garden Cookbook – Rosaly’s Garden Cookbook  from Rosaly’s Garden in Peterborough, NH. Visit the Rosaly’s Garden website for more information. “So many people come to our farmstand asking about different ways to prepare the many varieties of herbs and vegetables that they buy here. Our garden cookbook was created just for that reason and offers many simple but stylish recipes to enjoy.”-Rosaly Bass

edible: A Celebration of Local Foods More than a Cookbook- The Voice of a Movement – “Edible honors all those who have been…diligently working to re-create a world where the power of good food can change our lives.”- From the Foreword by Michael Ableman, farmer, photographer and author of Fields of Plenty. Click here for more info.

Recipes from Local Farms

Simple & Delicious Farm Recipes from Tracie’s Community Farm in Fitzwilliam, NH

Recipes by the Month from Abenaki Springs Farm in Walpole, NH

Collection of Recipes from Hillside Springs Farm & CSA Garden in Westmoreland, NH

Recipes by Crop
from Daloz Farm CSA in Hancock, NH

What’s Your Interest?
What are your favorite local foods recipes? What produce do you really struggle with? Have a great cookbook to recommend? Please share your thoughts.