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Winter Farmers’ Markets: Monadnock Region

Farmers’ Market of Keene: Monadnock Waldorf School, 98 S. Lincoln St. Every Saturday, November through December; 2nd and 4th Saturday, January through March; Every Saturday in April, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. SNAP/EBT accepted. keenefarmersmarket@gmail.com, http://www.keenefarmersmarket.com/.

Peterborough Farmers’ Market: Peterborough Community Center, 25 Elm St., Weds. Oct.-Dec 20, 3– 5 p.m. Vegetables, flowers/plants, dairy, maple, baked goods, meat, crafts. 396-9136, peterboroughfarmersmarketnh@gmail.com, https://www.facebook.com/PeterboroughNHFarmersMarket.

Winchester Farmers’ Market on Main: Town Hall, 1 Richmond Rd., Sat., Nov. – May, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Vegetables, maple, baked goods, meat, jams/jellies, eggs, Vegan foods, fudge, hand made soap, crafts. Live music, holiday card and cookie decorating, visits with Santa and more. SNAP/EBT accepted. 239-6361, winchesterfarmersmarket@gmail.com, www.winchesterfarmersmarketnh.com.

View New Hampshire Winter Farmers’ Markets (2017/2018 Season)

From the NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food

**Please contact market to verify products available**

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Co-op Shoppers Raise $4,380.99 to Preserve Local Farm Land

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During September, shoppers at Monadnock Food Co-op raised $4,380.99 to support the preservation of farm land in the Monadnock Region by Monadnock Conservancy‘s Farmland Protection Program, just by rounding up their change.

The Monadnock Conservancy is a community-based, nonprofit land conservation trust that holds permanent conservation agreements on more than 220 properties, nearly 20,000 acres, in 28 towns across the Monadnock Region. Conserving farmland is a major priority for the Conservancy; they work with farmers and communities to ensure the region’s prime farmland soils and fields stay open and productive permanently, rather than being sold to developers to build housing.

“Thank you to all our generous shoppers who pitched in their pennies to raise this money!” said Emerald Levick, Marketing Manager at Monadnock Food Co-op. “The saying ‘no farms, no food’ means that without preserving farmland, our suppliers like Manning Hill Farm and Tracie’s Community Farm would be outbid by developers to buy or lease the land, so they could not produce enough fresh, quality, sustainably farmed food for all of us to enjoy.”

In addition to farmland conservation, the Conservancy also does the important work of pairing conservation landowners with farmers who need land that is accessible and affordable. This fulfills a great need for new, young farmers. They also created the Farmland Disaster Relief Fund which provides grants to assist with well repair, grain bills, seeds, plants, equipment repair and more. So far, the fund has assisted 10 local farmers who were severely affected by the recent drought.

The Natural and Cultural History of Soil

Cultivating Fertile Soil, Generating Resilient Communities

The Natural and Cultural History of Soil is a series of educational events on the theme of soil as the foundation of a healthy food system – – and society. Macarthur Fellow, scientist, and author, Dr. David R. Montgomery, will share his research on the history and future of soil here in the Monadnock region in November with complimentary events in October leading up to his talks.

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October 3rd @6PM –  Film Screening of  Dirt! The Movie and Facilitated Discussion by Dr. Mark C. Long of Keene State College, Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd, Keene, Parking available on site, to register visit http://www.cheshireconservation.org/film-screening-dirt-the-movie or contact at 603-756-2988 ext.116 or amanda@cheshireconservation.org

October 19th @6PM – Panel and Roundtable Discussion of ideas raised by Dr. David Montgomery’s books Dirt: the Erosion of Civilizations and Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life, Facilitated by Dr. Mark C. Long of Keene State College,  Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd, Keene, Parking available on site, to register visit http://www.cheshireconservation.org/dirt-series-panel-roundtable-discussion or contact at 603-756-2988 ext.116 or amanda@cheshireconservation.org

November 2nd @5PM – NH Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting & Working Lands Conference, Keynote address by David Montgomery, Courtyard Marriott, 75 Railroad St, Keene, Parking available downtown, $20 ticketed banquet dinner open to public (dinner is included for those attending) to register visit http://www.cheshireconservation.org/working-lands-conference or contact at 603-756-2988 ext.116 or amanda@cheshireconservation.org

November 3rd @11AM – Free, Public Talk by David Montgomery – Growing a Revolution, Keene State College Alumni Center, Centennial Hall at the Alumni Center, 229 Main Street, Keene, Parking available on street and limited parking on site, to register visit www.cheshireconservation.org/growing-a-revolution or contact at 603-756-2988 ext.116 or amanda@cheshireconservation.org

 

Dig In and Celebrate New Hampshire Eat Local Month

Originally published in ELF Magazine

August is a time to dig in and celebrate the bounty of locally grown (and brewed!) food and drink that our farmers, producers, chefs and markets serve up to us this month.  New Hampshire Eat Local Month happens each August and the Monadnock Region is ripe with events to mark the month!

Enjoy this sample of events from our region — and be sure to visit nheatlocal.org for happenings throughout the state.

Pizza Night at Orchard Hill Breadworks happens each Tuesday in August from 5 – 7:30 p.m. in Alstead.  Top your pizza with fresh produce from their brand new Pizza Night garden — or bring locally grown and made toppings from your own garden or pantry.  Orchard Hill Breadworks provides the crust (gluten free available), sauce and cheese and bakes it in their incredible outdoor oven.  Cost: $9 per pizza and proceeds go to a different nonprofit each week.

Thursday nights are Free Movie Nights at the Barn at 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 5:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 7 p.m.  Discover the movie of the night and more at the Walpole Valley Farms Facebook Page.

Community Garden Connection hosts weekly Garden Parties every Tuesday from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Cheshire County Farm on River Road in Westmoreland.  Dress for weeding, watering or harvesting — they’ll provide all the supplies needed.  Each week’s harvest goes to the Keene Community Kitchen and other community members with limited access to fresh, local produce.  For more information contact: communitygardens@antioch.edu.

Join the Monadnock Food Co-op for a tour of Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole on August 12 from 10 – 11 a.m.  From peaches to apples, learn how Alyson’s Orchard produces its sustainably grown and delicious fruit.  This event is free, but registration is required.

Learn about native plants and their healing properties at an Intro to Herbalism on August 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Stonewall Farm in Keene.  Make your own tincture to take home with you.  Cost: $30 members, $35 for non-members.  Find details and a link to register on Stonewall Farm’s Facebook Page.

From Noon to 2 p.m. on August 19, the Monadnock Food Co-op hosts an Ice Cream Social sponsored by Walpole Creamery Ice Cream.  Toppings included and vegan options available.  A suggested donation of $5 goes to the Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship Fund that helps more kids attend farm camps each summer.

Celebrate the harvest of locally grown food at the Annual Harvest Dinner at the Acworth Village Store on August 19 starting at 6 p.m. in South Acworth.  Enjoy a five-course dinner and music in a historic barn. Tickets are $35 and available at the Village Store.

There’s another opportunity to dine at Stonewall Farm’s Farm to Table Dinner on August 25 from 6 – 9 p.m. Chef Linda Stavely and Denise Meadows of Free Range Chick Catering will create a scrumptious menu featuring sustainably grown products from the farm.  Cost: $75.  Tickets are available online.

Nineteen farms will open their barn and fence doors to visitors during the Monadnock Farm Tour with Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition on August 26 from 2 – 6 p.m.  Farm Tour Buttons are $5 for individuals and $10 per car — so be sure to carpool!

Also, check out our region’s nine farmers’ markets: yardenofeatin.wordpress.com/markets.

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.

All month long, we hope to inspire you to eat more locally grown, raised and made foods, meet the farmers, growers and chefs behind your food and learn new skills that keep you eating locally throughout the year. Dig in and celebrate New Hampshire Eat Local Month!