Cool Chefs


From The Cornucopia Project

Kids love to eat what they grow in the garden… let’s get them into the kitchen!

Our Cool Chefs program equips students in grades 3 through 6 with the skills they need to prepare healthy meals and snacks. Working alongside their peers in this 5-week after-school program, students of all skill and ability levels will creatively engage in making nutritious and delicious recipes. Our newly redesigned Cool Chefs lessons will also center on reducing food waste while incorporating more plant-based and planet-friendly practices.

Grades 3/4, In the Kitchen – March 20 (5 weeks)

Students will experiment with an array of recipes focusing on healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and dessert options with ingredients sourced directly from local gardens when possible. A culminating “Chopped Challenge” finale (similar to the popular Chopped television show) will offer students a chance to practice their culinary skills and knowledge in a friendly team competition. Location: Peterborough Community Center Kitchen.  Fee: $75 for 5 weeks (early bird registration on or before March 5; $85 after March 5.  Registrations close March 16.

Grades 5/6, Visiting Chefs Tour – March 22 (5 weeks)

Students will have opportunities to gain hands-on culinary skills by working directly with local chefs: students will visit local restaurants and chefs will visit the community kitchen. This mentorship model will focus on building students’ culinary confidence and provide dynamic learning opportunities. Locations: Various Peterborough restaurants and the Peterborough Community Center Kitchen.  Fee: $100 for 5 weeks (for early bird registration on or before March) $110 after March 5.  Registrations close March 16.

For those students attending Peterborough schools, after-school buses are available from Peterborough Elementary School and South Meadow School. Students attending from other local schools must provide their own transportation.

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships will be made available.

Please contact or call her at 784-5069 for more information.

Registration:  3/4th grade register here.

Registration:  5/6 grade register here.

The Cool Chefs program is funded in part by United Natural Foods and the Beffa-Negrini Jubilee Fund (through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation).



NH Maple Weekend

Originally published on New Hampshire Maple Producers Website


Hosted by the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association, Maple Sugaring Month runs March 10 through April 1, spanning four weekends of maple madness! The 23rd Annual NH Maple Weekend will be March 24 – 25, 2018.

Join the fun at a local participating sugar house! Across the state, sugar makers open their doors to the public to demonstrate the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring.

Meet the maple producers of New Hampshire. Discover how their operation works, enjoy free samples of fresh syrup, maple candies and confections, coffee and doughnuts. Some locations offer pancake breakfasts, petting farms or horse-drawn rides. Come taste why pure New Hampshire maple syrup has long been a delicious harbinger of spring.

Monadnock CSA Fair at the Co-op


Considering investing in a CSA farm share this growing season?  Attend this year’s Monadnock Region CSA Fair at the Monadnock Food Co-op Cafe from 2-5 pm on Sunday, March 11.  Learn about the range of options from different farms in the Monadnock Region. Chat with the farmers who run local CSAs about what options they have available for this season and find the farm share that fits your needs and preferences!

Although each local CSA farm is unique and individually run, each offers “shares” of locally grown food to community members. There are variations in the price, share size, distribution, choices, pick-up sites, payment plans and variety of food offered. Some CSA farms concentrate on vegetable production, while others offer eggs, meat, flowers, berries, maple syrup, honey, raw milk, cheese, yogurt, or other local products.

The commitment from community members to join a CSA implies a willingness to share with the farmer in both the rewards and risks of small-scale farming. Weather, pest damage, and crop failures affect both the farmer and the shareholder; allowing the community to share in the costs of raising food in sustainable ways. The shareholders know when, where, and how their food is grown, and are assured of high-quality and nutritious produce.

A CSA membership supports local farms and the local economy, eliminating the environmental impacts and costs associated with marketing, packaging, and shipping food long distances. Freshly picked, locally grown fruits and vegetables are an excellent value because they have superior flavor and more vitamins and minerals than many large-scale commercially raised crops. Sustainable farm practices also avoid the hidden costs of pesticide residues, soil erosion, and polluted surface groundwater often associated with large-scale conventional agriculture.

Local farmland in CSA use often becomes healthier through crop rotation, composting, cover crops, natural fertilizers, and periodic resting. Also, small farms often grow heirloom or little-known varieties of fruits and vegetables, which helps maintain the diversity and vitality of the world’s seed bank.

CSA farms benefit our communities in so many ways, why not sign up for one today?!
Participating Farms:

Dirty Girl CSA is a Certified Naturally Grown farm that grows a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Offering summer and fall shares for a total of 22 weeks with pick up location at Four Winds Farm in Peterborough. Visit our website for more details or contact farmer Kirsten at or 603-326-8729.

Farmer John’s Plot is a non-profit farm that grows over 160 varieties of vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Choose up to 32-weeks of fresh, locally grown produce. We offer flexible veggie choices and sizes with flexible pickup times. Pickup in Dublin, Peterborough, or home delivery:; 603-933-2049.

Hillside Springs Farm, a hand and horse-powered farm in Westmoreland, offers CSA members over 100 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and pick your own flowers. All crops are grown using organic and biodynamic methods. Full and half shares are available for a 24 week season with on farm and Keene pick-up sites. Contact farmers Frank and Kim at 603-399-7288 or, or see www.hillsidespringsfarm for more details.

New Dawn Farm in Westmoreland produces high-quality vegetables, plus fruit, herbs, and flowers for our CSA. We offer our summer, fall, or full season shares in three sizes as well as a flex credit option to customize your share. Pick up at the farm, in Keene, or ask us about delivery options. We are a low till farm that teaches small production farming and also grows for Joan’s Pantry in Chesterfield, NH. For more details contact 518.929.6619,, or visit

Picadilly Farm offers our certified organic produce, herbs and flowers, with several CSA share types, from June through December. Pick up options at the farm in Winchester, as well as in Keene and Brattleboro: 603-239-8718;

Stonewall Farm is a nonprofit working farm. We have three acres of certified organic fruits and vegetables produced using regenerative practices. We offer a 20 week CSA share with a great variety of seasonal favorites. We also offer a flexible CSA that may be purchased on a week by week basis: 603-357-7278;

Sun Moon Farm in Rindge provides vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers to our CSA members. We grow over 75 varieties of rare dahlia varieties and offer artisan breads that are baked here on the farm. Our small family farm is part of “The South of Monadnock Community” and was formerly the home of “The Meeting School.” Building community is central to what we do:

Tracie’s Community Farm in Fitzwilliam offers Spring, Summer, and Fall Shares including a wide variety of 100% spray and pesticide-free vegetables with a home delivery option, as well as options to add herbs, flowers, fruit, bread, coffee, eggs, and more: (443)-994-4629;;

Village Roots is located on the Orchard Hill Community in East Alstead. We offer a variety of pastured meat shares to our members, including chicken, pork, beef, and lamb. We also sell turkey, rabbit, and duck. Our beef and lamb are 100% grass fed. Our chicken and poultry are raised on pasture and fed only organic grain. We use only regenerative practices to maximize soil building and host regular permaculture design workshops. We also offer spring greens shares and pick your own berries. Contact Marty at (603) 477-5533 or go to

This event is organized and co-hosted by Frank & Kim at Hillside Spring Farm. If you want your CSA to have a table, please contact them:; 603-399-7288