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NH Eat Local Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Join the New Hampshire Food Alliance and New Hampshire Eat Local Month in a virtual scavenger hunt celebrating our local food system.

WEEK ONE: Who’s Your Farmer? (August 5 – 11, 2018)

  • A farmer at your local farmer’s market
  • A farmer you’ve never met before
  • Meat at the farmer’s market
  • Sample of cheese at a farmer’s market
  • Farm animal in a field
  • Heirloom fruit or vegetable
  • Farm that sells textiles (wool, fur, etc)
  • Pots of fresh herbs for sale
  • Carton of eggs
  • Basket of PYO berries

The first person to finish the list, or the person with the most items found, will win a fantastic prize: A gift certificate to a farmer’s market near YOU sponsored by Vital Communities Valley Food and Farm.

Remember that all items found must be produced in NH, and always ask before taking a photo.  See the full details below.

Follow the hunt on Instagram

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How to Participate:

  1. Download Instagram on your phone, or use your existing account. Follow the instructions to create an account, or log in.
  2. Follow @NHEatLocalMonth and the @NHFoodAlliance to receive each week’s list.  Each account will post the weekly hunt.
  3. Find and photograph one of each of the items on that week’s list.
  4. After finding an item, post the photo to your Instagram account. In the photo’s description, say what the item is and tag it with #nheatlocalhunt so it can be counted!
  5. Continue to post your finds as the week goes on. All finds must be posted for that week by Saturday at midnight.
  6. After the week ends, the NH Food Alliance team will count the entries and announce a winner!

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You could win one these four weekly prizes:

Vital Communities

A gift certificate to a farmer’s market near YOU, sponsored by Vital Communities Valley Food and Farm

Co-op

A gift card to a Food Co-op near YOU, sponsored by the Monadnock Food Co-op

NH MAde

A gift card to the NH Made online store

 

A gift provided by the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets, and FoodDept ag

Thanks to our very generous sponsors!

Make sure to participate throughout August

The person with the most finds for the entire month will win our grand prize:

Colby Hill Inn

An overnight stay at the Colby Hill Inn in scenic Henniker, NH, generously provided in connection with NH Farm to Restaurant. This beautiful country eco retreat  features 14 guest rooms. The inn also offers a farm-to-table driven restaurant named The Grazing Room and full catering services for events and weddings, up to 120 guests, on its 5-acre property, which includes a barn that dates back to the 1840s.

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Rules of the NH Eat Local Hunt

  • The NH Eat Local Hunt begins on August 5th and ends on September 1st.
  • All products found must be made or produced in NH.
  • All entries must be tagged with #nheatlocalhunt to be counted!
  • All photos submitted must be your own, and always ask before taking a photo.
  • The weekly winner will be whoever has the most finds by midnight on Saturday. The grand winner will be the person who has the most tagged finds by September 1st.

Monadnock Buy Local Celebrates Farmers Market Week In August

Part of New Hampshire Eat Local Month:
Celebrate All That Farmers’ Markets Have to Offer

Monadnock Buy Local joins with farmers’ markets and buy local networks across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 5-11.

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As demand for local food continues to grow, so too have the opportunities for America’s farmers to market fresh food directly to the consumer. According to statistics recently released by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmers markets and farm stands account for roughly $2 billion of the $3 billion that Americans spend annually on farm-direct products. This revenue, in turn, supports the livelihoods of more than 165,000 mostly small and mid-sized farms and ranches.

“Farmers markets play a vital role not just in generating real income for farmers, but in forming a healthy, prosperous food systems,” says Jen Cheek, Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition. “By providing the opportunity for farmers to connect directly with consumers, markets serve as education centers. Vendors are teaching customers about agriculture and sharing recipes and new foods with their neighbors. Markets are making people and communities stronger and healthier.“

Farmers’ Markets By Day of the Week

This Farmers’ Market Week, be sure to visit one (or more!) of our region’s Farmers’ Market.  There’s one almost every day of the week!

MONDAYS

Fresh Chicks Marketplace:

Monadnock Community Hospital northeast parking lot, Peterborough, Mon., May–Oct., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Vegetables, fruits, flowers/plants, dairy, maple, baked goods, meat, crafts. Rain or shine.

Team Jaffrey Community Farmers Market:

Jaffrey Common, Mon., June-Sept., 3-6 p.m.

TUESDAYS

Farmers’ Market of Keene:

Summer Market is on Gilbo Ave from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will be held Tuesdays and Saturdays through October. SNAP/EBT accepted. The market offers a great selection of vegetables, fruits, dairy products, meat, eggs, preserves, wines, and maple products. Bakers are also present selling breads, cookies, granola, and other tempting treats. And don’t forget to check out the local crafters selling furniture, soaps, and jewelry.

WEDNESDAYS

Peterborough Farmers’ Market:

Peterborough Community Center, 25 Elm St., Weds., May–Oct., 3-6 p.m.  Vegetables, fruits, flowers/plants, dairy, maple, baked goods, meat, honey, crafts. Rain or shine.

THURSDAYS

Rindge Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market:

West Rindge Village Common Park (Rte. 202 N, north of the 119/202 intersection) Thurs., May-Sept., 3-6 p.m. Produce, flowers/plants, dairy, maple, baked goods, meats, poultry, eggs, fiber products, pottery, crafts. Rain or shine. Winter market planned.

FRIDAYS

Why not visit a farmstand instead?

SATURDAYS

Farmers’ Market of Keene:

Summer Market is on Gilbo Ave from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will be held Tuesdays and Saturdays through October. SNAP/EBT accepted. The market offers a great selection of vegetables, fruits, dairy products, meat, eggs, preserves, wines, and maple products. Bakers are also present selling breads, cookies, granola, and other tempting treats. And don’t forget to check out the local crafters selling furniture, soaps, and jewelry.

New Ipswich Farmers Market:

NeWest Mall, 800 Turnpike Road, Saturdays, May to Oct. 13, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Herbs,vegetables & fruits, locally raised and produced meats, eggs & handmade crafts, breads & maple syrup.

Winchester Farmers Market on Main:

Gazebo Area next to the Conant Public Library, Sat., June-Oct., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

SUNDAYS

Hinsdale Farmers’ Market:

Millstream Riverfront Park (Rte. 119), 21 Main St., Sun., Late May-Oct, 10a.m. – 2p.m. Vegetables, fruits, flowers/plants, maple, baked goods, meat, sauces, prepared foods, skin care, crafts. Live music and demonstrations. Shine only.

View New Hampshire Farmers’ Markets

From the NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food

**Please contact market to verify products available**

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Call for Partners: NH Eat Local Month

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It’s never too early to start planning this year’s NH Eat Local Month, an annual event in August that celebrates local food and farming in our state.

This year, Monadnock Buy Local is collaborating with the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, Seacoast Eat Local, Seacoast Local and hopefully you to amplify the “Eat Local” message and empower more of us to celebrate the harvest.

We’re looking for partners to help us spread the word and energize all parts of the state to celebrate NH Eat Local Month.

Partners will:

  • Endorse NH Eat Local Month by sharing their business/organization’s name and website link with us
  • Provide us with links to any events or promotions they are organizing during NH Eat Local Month
  • Spread the word by sharing social media posts, adding a link to NHEatLocal.org on their own website and finding other creative ways to engage their fans in NH Eat Local Month

Partners will receive:

How do you sign on as a partner?  It’s easy — just send an email to jen@monadnocklocal.org with an “I’m in!” message and we’ll add you to our list (be sure your business/organization is easy to identify).  There’s no cost to you to participate as a partner.