Monthly Archives: February 2009

Nourishing Your Family From the Inside Out

Kate Donald and Tracey Miller announce a wonderful new series on food and family!

Nourishing Your Family From the Inside Out
A series of Earth-friendly Cooking and Wellness Classes
Winter/Spring Series March 23, April 20, May 18, 2009
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Are You too Refined? (Monday, March 23)
The standard American diet is filled with highly processed foods. Let’s face it, we all love our sweets and breads. But are you addicted to carbs? Come and learn about the effect of sugar and highly processed food on your body. You’ll also learn new recipes for healthy, but tasty snacks, how to prepare whole grains, nuts and beans to make them more digestible, and tips for stocking your pantry and freezer to save bountiful summer foods for the winter.

Slow Foods, Fast Dinner (Monday, April 20)

Want to make healthy dinners but don’t have the time? Learn how to prepare some quick and easy nutrient-dense meals and soups using homemade stocks. You’ll also learn how grassfed meats from local farms provide more nutrients than “supermarket” meats, and how to find local sources of high quality meat and poultry.

Super Nourishing Spring Greens! (Monday, May 18)

Leafy green vegetables such as arugula, spinach and kale help cleanse and detox the body after a long winter. Come learn about the health advantages of fresh organic spring greens and how to choose and prepare them. Confused about local farming techniques and what “certified organic” means? We’ll talk about the national
organic standards, other farming practices, and what questions to ask your local farmers so you know what you’re buying. You’ll learn some simple ways to prepare spring greens as well as healthy homemade dressings.

Tracey Miller is a certified health & wellness counselor from Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She helps individuals and families eat healthier through personal coaching, nutrition education and cooking classes.
Kate Donald is an organic vegetable farmer, and advocate for local, sustainable agriculture. She works with Seacoast
Eat Local to help consumers connect with local farmers and locally produced foods.

Location: 8 Wendell Drive, Brentwood, NH 03833
(Just outside Exeter, and only a few minutes from Route 125)
Fee: $40 per class, or $100 for all three if you pay up front.
RSVP to, 603-380-1080 or, 603-580-5364

Cider? I Hardly Know Her!

Get to know some incredible NH cider at the next Portsmouth Brewery Winter Social, Thursday, March 12.

This special Cider Social features the award-winning traditional ciders of New Hampshire’s Farnum Hill Cidery, pressed from apple varieties with longstanding notice for terrific flavor in ciders.

Join Tod, Chef Rob and Brian Goodwin of Farnum Hill Cidery third 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:
Rosemary Apple Puffs.
Farnum Hill Semi-dry Cider

Arugula and Boggy Meadow Fiddlehead Tomme Salad
Farnum Hill Farmhouse Cider

Braised Spanish Porketta and Stewed Lentils and Tomatoes with Fried Taleggio
Farnum Hill Kingston Black Reserve Cider

Apple Crisp and Cinnamon Cookies
Farnum Hill French Martinis

Upcoming Events at UNH

March 2: Food Film Series – King Corn

7:00 p.m., MUB Theater II. Film will be followed by an informal discussion led by Dan Winans, Faculty Coordinator of the Dual Major in EcoGastronomy. Free for UNH students, $3 for non-students.

April 1: Mark Winne: Closing the Food Gap

Mark Winne is the author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty. Though a land of opportunity and great fortune for some, we have never been a nation able to fully confront, let alone resolve, our social and economic inequalities and disparities. Food, like air and water, is a basic necessity, but stands as a glaring example of how the gap between this country’s “haves” and “have-nots” remains deep and wide. This program is co-sponsored by the UNH Office of Sustainability, the Discovery Program, and the Dual Major in EcoGastronomy. MUB Theater II, 4:00 PM, free and open to the public.

A Feast of Farms for CSA Event Feb. 14

The farm participants at Saturday’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair have confirmed their attendance! Come down to meet representatives from a dozen area farms offering CSA programs. Get information about their share plans and meet farmers and members of local CSAs at the fair, which runs 10 AM – 1 PM in the Levenson Room, Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH. Drop in any time during those hours and stay as long as you like!

Andy’s Greens, York, ME
Wildroot Farm , Kennebunk, ME
Touching Earth Farm, Kittery, ME
Brookford Farm, Rollinsford, NH
Heron Pond Farm, S. Hampton, NH
Two Toad Farm , Lebanon, ME
Back River Farm, Dover, NH
Stone Wall Farm, Madbury, NH
Meadow’s Mirth, Stratham, NH
Sustainable Farm Products / Nelson Farm, Strafford, NH
Wake Robin Farm, Stratham, NH
Willow Pond Community Farm, Brentwood, NH

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) allows customers to buy shares in one season’s crops at a local farm. In return, customers receive fresh, locally grown produce once a week during the growing season. By providing mutual support, the growers and customers make the farm part of the community. Share-holders cover anticipated costs of the operation of the farm. In return they receive a portion of the farm’s crops through the growing season. Farmers and share-holders share in the risks of farming (such as poor yields due to inclement weather or pests) allowing the farmer greater financial stability. By investing, literally, in local agriculture, consumers can directly support the presence of small, local farms on the Seacoast.