Monadnock Menus Winter Forum: Providing easy access to foods grown in the Monadnock region

monadnockmenusJoin the Monadnock Menus Program Farmers, Producers, and Buyers, the Cheshire County Conservation District, and John Ayer, Food Service Director for Brattleboro High and Middle Schools, for our 2014 Monadnock Menus Winter Forum. The forum will be held on Tuesday, February 4, at 10:00 am at the Keene Public Library. Please RSVP for the forum by Monday, January 27th. Contact Monadnock Menus at 802-289-9440 or coordinator@monadnockmenus.org. There is no cost for this meeting.

The Monadnock Menus Market is a developing program launched by the Cheshire County Conservation District. Its purpose is to provide schools and other institutions throughout Cheshire County with easy access to foods grown and made in the Monadnock region. Our project is supported by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, and partners include the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and the University of Vermont Extension. A non-profit service, Monadnock Menus facilitates direct farm to institution sales, supporting and encouraging local farmers and the local food movement. For more information, visit http://www.monadnockmenus.org or contact Sara Lovitz at 802-289-9440 or coordinator@monadnockmenus.org.

Echo Farm Puddings and Monadnock Menus Featured on New Hampshire Farms Network

By Erika Stimpson, From the Monadnock Menus Program

It all started when two sisters showed horses at a 4-H project.  There they met the neighbors’ shows cows and they fell in love.  The sisters convinced their parents to start the dairy farm on their picturesque Hinsdale, NH property in 1990 – just as many other dairy farmers were struggling to get out of the business!

Monadnock Menus Feels Inspired

We feel inspired – inspired by you: the eaters of the Monadnock Region.  Three-quarters of you answered our 2010 survey and said supporting local businesses and agriculture is very important to you.  This inspired us to move forward with a program that will empower you to put your money where your mouth is: The Monadnock Menus Program.

The Monadnock Menus Program has a full plate of goals – to create a community where local food is easy to find, increase the number of restaurants and cafeterias serving local food, and encourage more of us to choose local food wherever we happen to eat.  As we develop this program we glean ideas and resources from other programs such as the Vermont Fresh Network, New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection, and Monadnock Matchmaker Event.

Read more on the Monadnock Menus Blog!