Monthly Archives: August 2009

Natural Heritage Fair at Warren Farm, Sept. 12

There’s a new fair in town! We’re delighted to note that Warren Farm (site of Slow Food Seacoast’s first-ever Farm Picnic, in 2006) will be thost of the Natural Heritage Agricultural Fair on Saturday, September 12, 2009.

The fair runs 10 AM – 4 PM and includes lots of wonderful offerings:

  • Farmer’s Market with lots of great, fresh, local food
  • Crafts and Specialty items made by local artisans
  • Educational Displays and Information about Agriculture, Land Conservation, Sustainability and Living Local
  • Animals accompanied by their owners who can answer questions about the purpose each animal serves on the farm as well as in our healthy local diets.
  • Musicians, Country Dancing, yummy local food cooked up fresh, Revolutionary War re-enactors in authentic garb, Jr. Militia, Mule Team Rides, and Old Fashioned Storytelling

Help Out! The festival welcomes you as an attendee….or as a volunteer! Volunteers are needed on the afternoon of September 11 for setup,or on the day of the fair for parking and breakdown. To volunteer, please callCharles Tatham at charles.tatham@aphis.usda.gov

Directions to the Fair:

Two miles west of the Lee traffic circle off route 4.
From Lee Circle (where Rt 4 and Rt 125 intersect) head West on Rt 4 for 2 miles. Warren Road is on the Right hand side. The farm is down Warren Road 1/3 rd mile.

Contact for Questions, or to be a Vendor:  nh.ag.fair@live.com, or call Jessica at 603.335.2605

Culinary History Symposium

Enfield Shaker Museum Announces Culinary Symposium
Food for Thought: A Study of the Past Through Food

Place:
Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748

Date & Time:
Saturday, October 24, 2009 • Symposium 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
NH Growers’ Dinner – 6:30 pm (optional)

Description: Food for Thought: A Study of the Past Through Food
An all day symposium with keynote speeches by two nationally known culinary historians.  Each speaker is followed by a panel discussion with local experts.

•  Sandra Oliver discusses: Every Dish Has a Past.  Oliver is formerly publisher of Food History News, and author of Saltwater Foodways: New Englanders and Their Food at Sea.

•  Anne Mendelson discusses:  Back to the Future with Small Scale Dairy Farming Writer and historian, contributing editor to Gourmet magazine, Mendelson’s most recent book is  Milk:  The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages.

• The Symposium ends with a

Reception featuring artisan demonstrations and local cheeses, wines and ciders.

A New Hampshire Growers Dinner follows, featuring Hanover-Lebanon Co-op Food Stores’ Chef Jason Dacier and his staff.
Cost *Symposium: $75 (includes box lunch and reception)
Growers Dinner: $40 symposium registrants; $45museum
members; $50 non-members
Overnight stays: Great Stone Dwelling: $85-$125
* Symposium admission includes one ticket to America’s Kitchens – a traveling exhibit organized by Historic New England and on view at the New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, NH
Reservations: Required for the Symposium, dinner and overnight. Please call 603.632.4346 or e-mail:info@shakermusuem.org by October 19.
For complete calendar: www.newhampshirefarms.net

Cooking Class with Eileen Behan

Join Eileen Behan of For the Love of Food to learn to prepare nutritious food  for your family.  The menu includes breakfast biscuits, quick cooking chili, English muffin chicken, veritable veggies, blueberry cake and roasted grapes.  Eileen will be at the Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School on September 12th from 11 to 1 o’clock  for their lunchtime cooking series.

Click here for more information and to register.

Passport Craft Beer & Culinary World Tour!

Premiere Craft Beer and Food Pairing Culinary Event To Be Held
At Historic Strawbery Banke Museum, Saturday, August 22nd

– Event Is Benefit for Strawbery Banke Museum and New Hampshire Public Television  –

Regional craft beers paired with delicious local culinary creations, served at beautiful, historic Strawbery Banke Museum on the Seacoast – it’s the menu for a very appetizing summer collaboration that will benefit the Museum and New Hampshire Public Television. Presenting…Passport: A Craft Beer & Culinary World Tour, August 22 from 5:30 – 10 PM, featuring over a dozen carefully designed pairing stations at which guests can sample and learn about many of the world’s leading beer styles and the cuisines they complement, presented by numerous Seacoast fine dining establishments.

Special features of the event include a beer aged in barrels made by the Strawbery Banke cooper, “Brewing in NH” author Glenn Knoblock, and the beautiful, historic museum venue. A list of pairings and brewers’ notes, detailed event information and tickets are available at www.nhptv.org/passport.

“This event is an opportunity to showcase Strawbery Banke’s setting, while offering a fundraising opportunity for the museum and NHPTV,” noted Larry Yerdon, president of Strawbery Banke. “For those who enjoy learning about our regional beers and foods, and who appreciate the museum and NHPTV, this is an excellent way to further support both our organizations.”

Supporting brewery partners include: Smuttynose Brewing Company, The Portsmouth Brewery, Allagash, Moat Mountain and Tuckerman brewers. Participating restaurants and food purveyors include Black Trumpet, The Common Man, Popovers on the Square, The Galley Hatch, Four, The Dunaway, Blue Mermaid, Terra Cotta Pasta Co., Philbrick’s Fresh Market, Three Chimneys Inn, Tasty Thai, Lindt Chocolate, North Country Smokehouse and Cabot Cheese. Visit www.nhptv.org/passport for information about our beer and food partners, and the pairings.

About New Hampshire Public Television: NHPTV engages minds, connects communities, and celebrates New Hampshire with programs that entertain, educate and enrich. Beyond its award-winning local and national PBS television programs, New Hampshire Public Television is a leader in education and community outreach. www.nhptv.org

Yes You Can! (Can, That Is)

2945312967_3e6e16b6c1In the coming weeks, Seacoast residents will have several opportunities to learn how to can and preserve the summer’s harvest.

Yes You Can! is a food preservation demonstration that will be provided s at the Exeter Farmers’ Market, Swazey Parkway on Thursday, August 13 from 2:15-6:00 pm and at the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market at City Hall parking lot on Saturday, August 15 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Another presentation is scheduled for the Rye Public Library on Tuesday, August 25 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

The demonstrations are offered free-of-charge and will be provided by Claudia Boozer-Blasco, Extension Educator in Family and Consumer Resources with the UNH Cooperative Extension in Rockingham County.

Participants will learn the most up-to-date techniques for canning fruits and vegetables safely in a water bath canner.  Safe canning techniques will be demonstrated by making tomato salsa.  Proper equipment for canning will be displayed and current recipes by the US Department of Agriculture will be available.

This demonstration is designed for those who are preserving foods for the first time or for those who have been canning for many years. The exhibit and demonstration is open to the public and wheel-chair accessible.

Both the Exeter and Portsmouth Farmers’ Markets are coordinated by the Seacoast Growers Association.  More information can be found at www.seacoastgrowers.org

All programs are FREE (your tax dollars at work!) and open to the public.