Monthly Archives: January 2009

CSA Fair Returns!

Ready to think about all things green and springlike? Get in early on planning for the growing season’s harvest at the 2nd Annual Slow Food Seacoast CSA Fair. Slow Food Seacoast will be hosting farms from the area at the Levenson Room, Portsmouth Public Library, on Saturday, February 14, 2009 from 10am-1pm. The public will have the opportunity to meet farms, ask questions about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and get information about buying shares in a local farm’s crops for the 2009 summer/fall season. Admission is free.

Portsmouth Public Library, Levenson Room
175 Parrot Ave,
Portsmouth, NH
Saturday, February 14, 2009
10:00am – 1:00pm ( free admission)

A New Venue for Buying Fresh Seafood Direct from New Hampshire Fishermen

By Charlie French and Ken LaValley

Residents of New Hampshire’s seacoast region can now purchase locally and sustainably-caught shrimp and lobster direct from local fishermen at the Winter Farmers’ Markets. With shrimp and lobster prices at near 20-year lows, this is just the boost that local fishermen need.

New Hampshire’s rich history in commercial fishing has helped to shape the state’s character and sense of community. In fact, commercial fishing has been a vital component of the state’s economy for over two centuries and has grown to a multi-million dollar industry in New Hampshire employing approximately 100 commercial fishermen. Equally important, recent economic studies based on National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) data suggests that New Hampshire’s seafood industry has lead to the creation of approximately 250 jobs in other sectors including food processing, tourism, restaurants, boatyards, etc.

However, the seafood industry is at a critical juncture that will determine its future viability. On the one hand, fishing regulations aimed at protecting declining fish stocks have made it difficult for commercial fishermen to turn a profit. Couple this with rock-bottom prices for shrimp and lobster, commercial fishermen worry that their livelihood is in jeopardy.

The question is; how can the shrimp and lobster industries sustain the resource and increase profits from fish sales? The answer may lie in establishing direct markets for local and sustainably-caught seafood.

This winter, the Yankee Seafood Co-op, based out of Seabrook, New Hampshire, will begin selling shrimp and lobster direct to consumers at Winter Farmers’ Markets sponsored by Seacoast Eat Local. As Bob Campbell, Manager of the co-op explains, the idea is to build stronger links between the commercial fishermen and local fresh markets and area restaurants. And what better venue than a farmers’ market where a variety of locally produced foods can be purchased.

If you are interested in purchasing locally-caught seafood, below are the dates and locations of upcoming farmers markets where pre-packaged shrimp will be available in the Seacoast:
• Saturday, February 7th from 10am-2pm at 21 Front Street, Exeter, New Hampshire
• Saturday, Saturday, March 7, 10am-2pm at Stratham Town Hall, Stratham, New Hampshire

More information about these winter farmers’ markets is available at www.seacoasteatlocal.org

Farmer to Consumer Workshop

Wendy Berry of Lasting Legacy Farm has put together a workshop focused on helping food consumers learn from farmers – with tips on using farm products more efficiently and even producing some of your own food. The workshop will be held Saturday, January 24, 2009, from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, at McIntosh Atlantic Culinary Academy in Dover, NH. Below is the workshop and discussion agenda. The cost to attend, including lunch, is a very affordable $20. Please sign up at the Seacoast Eat Local website.

~Workshops~

Learn how to grow organic seedlings
Understand heritage breed poultry
Learn the advantages of raw milk and make yogurt
How to utilize underutilized pieces of meat

~Lunch~

Sandwiches, soups, beverages, dessert

~Farmers and Consumers Discussion~

Bring your questions to the farmers and learn more about where your food is coming from.

Workshops provided by:

Charlie Reid, Stone Wall Farm

Luke Mahoney, Brookford Farm

Joe Marquette, Yellow House Farm

Wendy Berry, Lasting Legacy Farm

Fish Stories


We’re all concerned about finding ways to support the Seacoast’s local fishing industry while maintaining the health of the oceans and keeping resources around for future generations to enjoy. To help gather information on this important issue, NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension are conducting a seafood consumer survey on sustainable-harvest seafood resources. Please visit the survey website to take a short survey on sustainable fisheries and seafood preferences. Your responses will be a big help to developing solutions for the Seacoast’s fishers and seafood lovers.

Brewery Newsery

The Portsmouth Brewery is offering a series of winter socials, and the next one is on Wednesday, January 21. It’ll be a delicious night of beer & chocolate, co-Hosted By Susan Tuveson of Cacao Chocolates of Kittery, Maine.

Join Tod, Chef Rob and Susan this Wednesday for our second Social of the season. The cost is $30 per person including, tax and gratuity. For reservations, please call 603-431-1115. Payment is required in advance and space is limited.

The Menu:
Arugula Salad with Crispy Shaved Onion, Balsamic Tradizionale, and Susan’s White Chocolate Gorgonzola Truffle with Curried Walnut.
Beer selection: Portsmouth Brewery Tripel

Milk Chocolate Risotto with Smoked Pork, Star Anise and Parmesan Crisps
Beer selection: Portsmouth Brewery Imperial Pils

Duck Confit Beggar’s Purse – Confit Duck Leg, Cocoa & Toasted Black Sesame in a Dark Cocoa Crepe with Soy Ginger Sauce
Beer selection: Portsmouth Brewery Holidaze Porter

Espresso Dusted Elk with Dried Cherry Molé.
Beer selection: Portsmouth Brewery Flanders Sour Red

Dark Chocolate & Marscapone Ravioli with Hazelnut Butter.
Beer selection: Portsmouth Brewery Black Cat Stout.

And on January 28th, a Farnum Hill Cider Social will be held to celebrate NH Wine and Beer Week. Tickets are $30 per person and the event includes a four-course tasting menu with ciders, and complimentary Portsmouth Brewery beer goblets; reservations are limited. Please contact the Brewery at 603-431-1115 or Corrie Martin at 603-252-0737 to make your reservation.

Also save the date for the next tapping of Kate the Great Imperial Stout, on Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:14 PM. And check the Brewery’s website for the Literary Contest that could win you a case of Kate!