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Monadnock Localvore E-Newsletter
Hampshire Eat Local Month
& Farmers' Market Week
Granite Staters are invited to spend August discovering and enjoying all that
our farmers have to offer with New Hampshire Eat Local Month & National Farmers' Market Week. Create your own localvore challenge or follow the weekly themes below:
|Enjoy the harvest!
Hannah Grimes Center Program Coordinator
Monadnock Localvore Project Steering Committee Member
|Monadnock Localvore Project
Deep Economy Book Discussion
Wednesday, August 19, 5:30-7pm,
Hannah Grimes Center, Keene
Celebrate NH Eat Local Month with some food for thought: Join
our book discussion on Chapter 2 - The Year of Local Eating from Bill
McKibben's, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable
Future. Come share your hopes for the future of our region's food
system. Register here.
What, from Chapter 2, inspires you to help build a more local and vibrant economy and community?
Feel free to bring local treats and beverages, too. Don't forget to shop local too: order your book from the Toadstool Bookstore. If they don't have it in stock, they can usually order it for you within two business days.
View the 2009 Monadnock Localvore Calendar.
August, New Hampshire will celebrate NH Eat Local Month 2009. One of
four themes promoted by this important event is "food preservation."
For those interested in learning how to enjoy that hard-earned harvest,
well into our cold New England winter, on August 18th Lisa Beaudoin,
owner of Herban Living Farm-and its fledgling Environmental Education
Center (in its second year)-will present a workshop titled "Preparing
the Harvest: What to do with it all?"
Beaudoin will cover
simple techniques to store food, such as pickling, freezing, and more.
What does she hope participants will leave with? "I want them to be
inspired that they'll have the tools to put some food away for the
winter. If people know how to make tomato sauce, or homemade
pickles...or freeze -- an easy way of food storage -- with this
knowledge there's less food coming from long distances," she says,
adding, "...eating food as close to home as possible is the most
nutrient-dense and earth-friendly. I've always known it to be
Befitting her whole philosophy of raising local,
organic food, supporting sustainability, and giving back to the land
and community, Beaudoin emphasizes an additional event (September 20th
and Oct.18th) titled "Out Standing in their Field." With each event --
a collaboration between the Center and chef Mike Webb from
Peterborough's Pearl Restaurant -- guests literally dine in her farm
field. The fundraiser/food celebration includes a meal of chickens
raised on the farm, plus other items either grown on the farm or from
other local farms and the moving sound of local music.
from the meal cover free events, as well as the farm's food donation
program. This year, Herban Living Farm will donate approximately 10
to 15 percent of its produce to a Peterborough non-profit that serves
families at risk. "A lot of people don't know how to cook these densely
nutritious foods," Beaudoin says. "This past spring, families involved
with the non-profit came to the farm with their children to experience
the planting process, while getting to know where their food comes
from. In the fall, the same families return to harvest some food and
prepare it in a way that's tasty. Parents are empowered...more aware."
Living Farm also operates a B&B, an organic CSA (now in its 6th
season), a new-this-year farmstand (all local foods), and, available
this October, fresh pasture-raised organic chicken.
says ten years ago, "bio-regional" was the catch-phrase, when eating
local was not a popular food trend. "But now, the campaign for eating
local has taken off," she says. "And that's fantastic! People are
asking, what is the ecological footprint of what I'm eating?" Learning
to preserve our local bounty is an exciting and economical extension of
growing or buying fresh, nutritious local foods. For more information
on Herban Living Farm visit its website athttp://www.herbanlivingbandb.com/SpecEvent.htm.
Fresh From the Farm FlyerAugust: Blueberries
are one of the few fruits that are native to the US, playing a large
role in the diets of Native Americans and soldiers in the Civil War.
These versatile berries can be incorporated into any meal of the day,
working well with other sweet flavors, and also in savory dishes (such
as sauces for meats). July was National Blueberry Month, but why not
celebrate them in August as well?
|Grafton Village Cheese
at the Hannah Grimes Marketplace
From the Grafton Village Cheese Website: Grafton, Vermont is a likely setting for a world-class cheddar.
Cheesemaking traditions in this historic village date from the 19th
century. The Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company was founded in 1892 by
dairy farmers who gathered together in a cooperative to make their
surplus milk into cheese. In the days before refrigeration, there were
many such cooperatives in the rural agricultural communities and an
abundance of fresh, creamy milk was turned into a food that could be
stored for a longer period of time.
The cheese company is part of the Grafton based Windham Foundation,
whose mission is to promote Vermont's rural communities. When you
purchase Grafton Village Cheese, you directly support this foundation's mission!
Looking to take the ultimate
Commit to eating only food grown and processed within 150 miles of your home for a meal, day, week, or whatever you're up for.Need help locating localvore products?
Look for the localvore shelf labels at the Hannah Grimes Marketplace.
Each label includes the farm and town where each product was grown or
5% of all Marketplace food profits go to the
Monadnock Localvore Project
Local Needs & Offerings
Summer Camp Slots Open:
are available for ages 9-12 for August 3-6. Farm Camp is all about
harvesting, cooking, the joy and honor of hard, dirty
work, and youth empowerment. This past week, the youngest campers (5-7)
harvested the season's first Lodi apples, and prepared their own apple
ice cream from scratch, felted with local wool, moved our chickens to
pasture and enjoyed their obvious delight, and learned to grow and
garden plants without chemicals. Scholarships available. For questions,
email or call: Lisa Holderness, Deer Ridge Farm & Farm Camp, 802-..., email@example.com, http://www.vermontfarmcamp.org.
Poultry Meat Processing Available: Some slots available for the processing of
your home grown poultry and waterfowl. Vermont Country Meats will travel at 20 cents per mile to your house or farm and
process your birds for you on your time schedule. There is a minimum number of
birds (20). Per bird charges are $4
for chickens and $10 for turkeys and waterfowl with a $25 set-up fee. Contact: Robert McKitty, 802-..., Vermont Country Meats, VtCountryMeats@AOL.COM.
AmeriCorps Positions Available: The Cheshire
County Conservation District will hire two AmeriCorps members to work with on
their Monadnock Farm and Community Connection Program. It is a full time
position, lasting one year from the start day. The ideal candidates will
have interest in supporting the local food system through volunteer management
and event planning, as well as interest in laying the foundation for an
enduring partnership between Antioch University and the Conservation District
to work on regional food and farm issues. Interested individuals can apply at http://www.americorps.gov. More information: Amanda Costello, 603.756.2988 ext.116, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call For Presenters:
NOFA NH is seeking presenters for our March 6, 2010 Winter Conference.
are interested in presenting, please send us the following information:
name, Contact info, Workshop Title, Workshop description, Intended
audience. Our workshops are 1.25 hr in length. Presenters receive free
Selection is a committee decision. Contact: James Ramanek, NOFANHWC@operamail.com.
Nigerian Dwarf Goats Available: Buck and a wether available, contact Jill for details at email@example.com.
|Chunky Broccoli Soup
With Rosemary & Dill Flower
From Katrina Hall, She's In the Kitchen Blog
I've been missing broccoli lately. The farmer's markets are loaded with so many
glories of the season, especially berries and fruits, that greens have
taken a back seat. Lots of swiss chard and my own homegrown kale, but
broccoli has gone missing. So today I made a chunky broccoli soup,
loaded with garlic, rosemary, and dill flowers - just what I was
wanting for a light lunch. I also drifted through the garden, picking
herbs and flowers for bouquets and garnishes. The bouquet above has a
little of everything - I didn't even notice that the pea shoots had
mature peapods until I made the bouquet! Good enough - I popped one in
the first cup of soup and nibbled it as I dawdled over lunch.
soup cooks up quickly and is meant to be served at room temperature,
leaving you lots of time for naps and the Sunday paper.
To make enough for 3-4:
2 T. olive oil ( or half butter, half oil)
2 cloves garlic, minced
about 3-4 cups broccoli, chopped, stems separate
1 onion, chopped
2 cups chicken or veggie stock
2 T. fresh rosemary, picked off stem
1 T. fresh dill and dill flowers
freshly cracked pepper
In pot, heat olive oil until hot. Add the garlic and onions and turn down heat to medium. Stir gently, then add the broccoli stems and cook 15 minutes.
Add the stock, broccoli florets, rosemary and dill. Cook covered until the broccoli is just tender. Using an immersion blender, blend soup a bit at a time, stopping when the soup has a thick, chunky texture. Taste and add salt and pepper. Serve with a smile and a daylily!
|Eat Local Month
At the Farmers' Market of Keene
Saturday, August 1, 9am - Noon
Gilbo Ave., Keene
Expand your taste buds' experience; try a new variety of local and in season produce this summer. The Monadnock Localvore Project
will host a Variety Tasting on August 1, 2009 9am - noon at the
Farmers' Market of Keene on Gilbo Avenue. There will be a variety of
free samples bought from farmers' market vendors. If you like what you
taste, you can buy it right from the source. There will be no charge
for samples, however donations are appreciated.
Children's Activities at the Farmers Market of Keene
Saturday, August 1,
9am - Noon
Gilbo Ave., Keene
about our feathered friends and their role on the farm. Egg puzzles,
egg dissection, and a story! Children and their caretakers can
participate in these fun and educational activities. Sponsored by Stonewall Farm.
Farmer's Market Activities For Kids
Tuesdays in August, 10am - 1pm
Farmers' Market of Keene
Learn about ideas for
summer fun that also connect you to local food and farmers in the Monadnock
Region. Tuesdays in August there will be kid's crafts and
activities at the Farmers' Market of Keene. Bring your
family and come down to Gilbo Avenue
to help celebrate New Hampshire Eat Local Month by learning more about ideas
for summer fun that also connect you to local food and farmers in the Monadnock
Region. For more information please contact the Cheshire
County Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext.116 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is sponsored by the Cheshire County Conservation District's
Monadnock Farm and Community Connection Program, The Monadnock Localvore
Project, Stonewall Farm, Hannah Grimes Center, and the Keene Sentinel.
August 7, Film Times Coming Soon!
Colonial Theatre, Keene
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our
nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that
has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our
government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. More at: http://www.foodincmovie.com/about-the-film.php.
Preparing the Harvest: What to Do With It All?
Tuesday, August 16, 6pm
Herban Living Environmental Education Center, Temple
Pickling, freezing, drying-traditional and simple steps to store your food. $5/person, RSVP preferred: 603-878-0459; http://www.herbanlivingbandb.com/SpecEvent.htm.
Eat, Drink, Community
Keene Young Professional Network Coffee and Community
Friday, August 21, 7:30 - 9:30am, Keene
Coffee and Community- Eat, Drink, Community- will feature guest speakers
discussing local CSA's and include a coffee tasting.
This event will be held 7:30-9:00 am. Cost if $5
per person which includes breakfast, coffee and of course community - http://kypncoffeeandcommunity2.eventbrite.com.
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