Canadian in Candia

June 5, 2009

Local Events Worth Mentioning

Filed under: Local Food, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Miriam @ 8:01 am

Library

The Manchester Library is selling off some of their old stock on Thursday June 25th, 2009 from 2:30 pm to 6:30pm.

For $5.00, you will receive a paper grocery bag, at the entrance of the Winchell Room. You can fill the bag with as many items that you can fit into the bag from the materials available in the Winchell Room. Additional bags can be purchased at $5.00 per bag.

Farmer’s Markets

State Fairs

The first two fairs of the season are July 22nd – July 26th for the North Haverhill Fair and July 23 – July 26th for the Stratham Fair. Those who want to enter pictures or arts and crafts should get their entries in by July 15th.


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March 31, 2009

Maple Syrup Open House

Filed under: Local Food, Races — Tags: , , , , — Miriam @ 12:49 pm

Maple syrup

On Sunday I bribed my husband into going to the New Hampshire Maple Producers open house with me. We went to Folsom’s Sugar House in Chester. How did I bribe him? Maple Syrup Sundays… YUM.

Ice cream with maple syrup

We listened to the owner talk a little about how he produces the maple syrup but the place was packed so we didn’t stay long. I guess they had a good weekend because they were sold out of bottled syrup and packaged treats by the time we got there.

I did find the steam coming off the boiler to be a fun photography subject. I probably took 10 or 15 pictures of the ceiling. The owners probably thought I was crazy.

Steam to the top of the maple house

I really liked the rustic looking sugar house. It reminded me of stories my grandfather used to tell me about when he was a kid growing up in Gaspesie.
Adam at the sugar house

You may wonder why my husband is dressed so funny. Well it has to do with why I had to bribe him. I got him to agree to stop at the sugar house on our way home from the Eastern States 20-mile Race.

Eastern States 20

He ran 20 miles in the pouring rain along the cold coast on New Hampshire breaking his personal best. It was a little difficult for me to take pictures of him though. Between the wind and the rain I had a hard time keeping my camera safe. It’s usually such a fun race for the spectators because you can hop in your car from beach to beach waiting for your runner to come by. But it was a miserable day, and I wasn’t running around. But I’m so proud of him so I put up with it. I am glad that he finished almost 1/2 hour faster than last year.

Eastern States 20 miler

March 27, 2009

NH Maple Producers Weekend

Filed under: Local Food — Tags: , — Miriam @ 8:16 am

So I’m still waiting for my seeds to get here so I can start more Tomatoes and Eggplants.  I’ve even already filled the peet pods to plant them.

I figure I would remind those in New England that this weekend is the New Hampshire Maple Producers Open House.  You can go to their website to find out what different maple houses are offering. Some are offering tours, serving maple sundays, crafts, wagon rides and other products.  Don’t tell the kids it might be educational.

March 24, 2009

Some New Hampshire Eat Local Links

Filed under: Food, Local Food — Tags: , , — Miriam @ 9:34 pm

Here’s a small collection of links of local resources and blogs for local foods in New Hampshire.  I’ll try to add stuff as I find it.  Let me know if you know of any resources I can ad.

Resources

Blogs

  • Seacoast Eat Local Blog – this one is often posts about events and news in the local food community.
  • Yankee Food – A nice personal blog about some of the food that can be prepared with local foods.

March 19, 2009

Farmer’s Market Tool

Filed under: Local Food — Tags: , , , , , — Miriam @ 12:32 pm

So I’m big into supporting local farmers that practice sustainable agriculture and who treat their meat animals with respect before they become steak, so I try to buy some of my food from local farmer’s markets. My favorite is the Deerfield Farmer’s Market. Last year we got AMAZING strawberries there from a tiny little vendor and I was very impressed with the heirloom turkey I got for thanksgiving from Beausoleil Farm in Deerfield, NH.

Cultivate has a Farmer’s market finder for all over the country. It’s currently missing the Deerfield Market and I’m not sure why that is but it is a great resource for a start to a local food search.

Allow me to go on a brief tangent on Heritage Turkeys now. Over 95% of turkeys are of the same breed, bred for their huge turkey breasts. They are so unhealthy that they cannot even reproduce naturally. I find their flavor uninteresting as well, at least now that I’ve had a delicious full breasted tender heritage breed.

“Simply by virtue of having a flavor, this represented a completely different order of turkey. Now I understood what turkey was like before the triumph of the Broad Breasted White, and why eating turkey had once been considered a great treat”

-Michael Pollan

Heritage Turkey

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