Dig In and Celebrate New Hampshire Eat Local Month

Monday marked the start of New Hampshire Eat Local Month — a month-long celebration of local food and farms, and a time to recognize how a stronger local food system builds healthier citizens, communities and local economies.

There are so many ways to celebrate: Visit nearby farmers markets, farm stands and pick-your-own farms and find out what’s in season; attend an event to meet the farmers, growers and chefs behind your food or learn new skills that keep you eating locally all year long; volunteer with a local gleaning group and help harvest excess vegetables that will go to people who need healthy, fresh food; start a fall garden full of winter crops like carrots, kale and cabbage; choose locally grown options when you shop at your favorite grocery stores, or eat out at a local restaurant — and the list continues at New Hampshire Eat Local’s website.
National Farmers Market Week — also during New Hampshire Eat Local Month — is August 7-13.  It’s a time to focus on why we love our farmers markets and acknowledge their role in building community, preserving farmland, stimulating local economies, increasing access to fresh nutritious food and promoting sustainability.

“Farmers markets play a vital role in forming healthy, local 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, sharing recipes, and exposing them to new foods. Markets are making people and communities stronger and healthier.”

Learn more about the importance of farmers markets at farmersmarketcoalition.org and find a market near you.

Here are some of the local food and farm events happening in the Monadnock Region during New Hampshire Eat Local Month.

The Cornucopia Project kicks off the month with their Food for Thought Film Series on August 2 at the Peterborough Community Theatre, 6 – 8 p.m.  The film is Growing Local and tells the story of three small farms in Maine and the growing pains of the local food movement.

Thursday nights in August are free Movie Nights at the Barn at the Walpole Valley Farms in Walpole.  Walpole Valley Farms will sell their grass-fed burgers and hot dogs, along with fresh popped popcorn and drinks.  Food and games start at 5 p.m. and the movie begins at 7 p.m.  Discover the movie of the night and more at walpolevalleyfarms.com/movie-nights-at-the-barn.

On August 13, enjoy the Farm & Family Fest hosted by the Cornucopia Project at Four Winds in Peterborough with live music, dancing, farm animals, games, raffle and local food at 2 – 6 p.m.  The cost is $12 per person and children under 5 are free.

We’re so excited for NH Permaculture Day at the Orchard Hill Community in East Alstead on August 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The day includes more than 30 hands-on workshops and demos, farm-to-table lunch, community art installation and more.  Come learn more about permaculture — an approach that uses ecological principles to design and regenerate healthy, productive landscapes and communities.

On August 21, an annual Farm to Table Dinner for the Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition happens at Mayfair Farm in Harrisville, 6 – 9 p.m.   The menu includes locally sourced, sustainably grown and ethically harvested cuisine — that will be incredibly delicious, too! Blackjack Crossing will also perform.  Tickets are $75 per plate.

To wrap up New Hampshire Eat Local month, be sure to attend the Acworth Locavore Festival behind the Acworth Village Store on August 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The event will showcase local food and beverage producers and local farm to table restaurants in our region.  Stay tuned for more details.

We’ll add more events as we discover them, so please visit our site often to stay up to date on all the happenings in our region.

Dig in and celebrate New Hampshire Eat Local Month!

First Annual Acworth Locavore Festival: A Food Tasting Event

thevillagestorelogo[1]The Acworth Community Project is proud to announce plans for an exciting event planned for August 28, 2016 from 10am-4pm: The First Annual Acworth Locavore Festival.  It is a fundraiser for The Village Store,  a community owned and operated general store located at 1068 Rt. 123A in South Acworth, New Hampshire.   The event will be held in the back field of the Village Store.

 What is a Locavore Festival?

It’s a public event to showcase local food and beverage producers and local “farm to table” restaurants which will connect local food lovers and consumers to what is being locally grown and produced!

Because of the public’s demand for locally produced food and beverage, the Acworth Community Project is giving the local food-producing community an opportunity to show, sample and sell locally produced foods as part of a huge celebration of what our greater geographic area has to offer in the way of healthy, sustainable, locally cultivated and passionately produced food and beverage.  Anyone attending this event will be able, and encouraged, to see, smell, taste and experience that passion.

The event promises to be filled with delicious food and beverage but will also be offering informational sessions and all the fun and excitement of an incredible country food fair.

The organizers of the event said, “We are interested in letting everyone know about this event, but we are also interested in having people participate as vendors and sponsors. We are planning on having a Festival Booklet which will contain short descriptions and a map of booth placements. We are also offering opportunities for individuals and businesses to advertise in our festival booklet with different sized ads. Finally, we are offering an opportunity for special sponsorship of this event which will afford each sponsor a booth, a speaking slot, a full page ad in the festival guide plus additional exposure of their logo on all of our advertising materials, including links on our website, along with a mention of their business in any media articles about our event.”

Anyone having questions about the event, or anyone having an interest in a sponsorship should please contact Linda Lacasse at 603-835-2486 or email linda@lacasseenterprise.com and anyone interested in advertising in the Festival Booklet can contact Judy Aron at 603-835-2188.

The Acworth Village Store is open Monday-Saturday from 7am-7pm and Sundays from 8am-7 pm.  The phone number there is 603-835-6547. They offer many services including an ATM and a US Post Office.

The Organizing Committee for the Acworth Locavore Festival wants to offer their thanks for all that farmers and food producers do to provide healthy sustenance for the local community.



You’re Invited: Become a NH Eat Local Month Partner

Eat-Local-NH-logoRGB_20101-300x198It’s time 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, New Hampshire Farms Network (NHFN) is collaborating with the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, Seacoast Eat 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 logo 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:

  • A listing on NH Eat Local Month’s Website
  • Ideas on how to celebrate NH Farms & Local Food all month long
  • Event marketing templates — such as a press release, social media posts and other materials

How do you sign on as a partner?  It’s easy — just send an email to jen@nhfarms.net with an “I’m in!” message and we’ll add you to our list.  There’s no cost to you to participate as a partner.

Promotion of this year’s NH Eat Local Month is paid for in part with funds provided by the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food.

August is New Hampshire Eat Local Month

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Originally posted in the Monadnock Shopper News

Eat-Local-NH-logoRGB_20101-300x198August is New Hampshire Eat Local Month — a time to celebrate local food and farms, and recognize how a stronger local food system builds healthier citizens, communities and local economies. Who is cultivating a stronger “Eat Local” movement in the Monadnock Region?  Feast on these featured initiatives:

Start With the Land

Land is the foundation of our food system and Land For Good, based right here in Keene, specializes in connecting farmers with farmland.  Seventy percent of our nation’s farmland is expected to change hands in the next two decades. Without a focused effort, much of that land will go out of farming, and with it, the hopes of a new generation of passionate and savvy farmers.  Land For Good leads such an effort, involving everyone — farmers, families, landowners, community leaders, agencies, service providers, advocacy groups and local citizens —…

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