Monthly Archives: October 2009

Volunteers Wanted for Winter Farmer’s Markets!

From our friends at Seacoast Eat Local comes the following request. We hope you can take part!

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The Portsmouth Farmers’ Market is open through November 7 and the Kennebunk Market will be open through November 14, and indoor winter farmers’ markets are coming soon!

Seacoast Eat Local has organized a total of 11 winter farmers’ markets for the 2009-10 season, ensuring you can buy local food from your farmers all winter long. The first market is just three weeks away, on November 21 at the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford from 10am-2pm.

We’re looking for volunteers!

Volunteers play an important role during our winter farmers’ markets. From helping unload and carry foods, to making sure the customers coming in know about the next markets and have answers to their questions, to clean up, volunteers make sure the markets are the best possible for farmers and customers.

Some of the volunteer roles include:

Coming before the market to help unload and carry products for vendors. (2 hours before the market)
Staying during the market to help with information booth activities, fundraiser table sales of books and totebags, food donations etc. (1 or 2-hour shifts during the market)
Arriving near the end of the market to help carry goods back out, sweep, and tidy up. (2 hours after the market)
Driving food donations to a food pantry drop off spot after the market. (1 hour after the market)

In addition to these jobs, we’re also looking for a volunteer who might want to take on a larger, organizing role. We’d like to set up a simple area for families to take a break and relax with their kids and we’re looking for someone who has a vision for what that might look like, to be implemented with volunteer support.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Erin Ehlers at erin@yogaonthehillkittery.com. Mention the date(s) that you are available, and preferred volunteer role if you have one.

Market dates/locations: (All markets are Saturdays with hours of 10am-2pm)

November 21 – Wentworth Greenhouses, 141 Rollins Rd, Rollinsford, NH
December 5 – Wentworth Greenhouses
December 12 – Exeter High School, 1 Blue Hawk Drive, Exeter, NH
December 19 – Wentworth Greenhouses
January 9 – Exeter
January 23 –
Wentworth Greenhouses
February 13 – Exeter
February 27 –
Wentworth Greenhouses
March 13 – Exeter
March 27 –
Wentworth Greenhouses
April 10 – Exeter

No matter your availability to volunteer, we hope to see you at the markets!

Sara Zoe Patterson, on behalf of Seacoast Eat Local
sarazoe@seacoasteatlocal.org
blog.seacoasteatlocal.org
www.seacoasteatlocal.org

Seacoast Eat Local welcomes donations in support of the winter farmers’ markets. Your donation supports the growth of these markets, enabling a more sustainable, self-reliant food system in our region. Donate online via PayPal, or contact us to send a donation by mail.

UNH Gourment Dinner…with Mollie Katzen!

Author Mollie Katzen Joins University of New Hampshire

for a Simply Southern Experience

Hospitality Management students prepare to showcase fundamentals learned at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics through Gourmet Dinners

Durham, NH, October 25, 2009- Mollie Katzen, award winning author of the famed Moosewood Cookbook, embraces the work of University of New Hampshire (UNH) hospitality management students for Simply Southern, a Gourmet Dinner to be held November 20th and 21st, 2009. The theme reflects the regional distinction as well as the simple, warm pleasure of fine food and drink, hospitality and good company. Mollie’s newest book get cooking. will be available for sale and a book signing will take place during the cocktail hour from 6 to 7 o’clock in the evening.

Mollie Katzen’s visit to UNH combines the Gourmet Dinners, a campus lunch cooking session with University Dining and book signing. She is also a new member of the EcoGastronomy advisory board—the first dual major of its kind offered in the country.

The students enrolled in the Advanced Food and Beverage Management course embrace the challenge of creating a fine dining, nonprofit venture. The time-honored Gourmet Dinners, dating back twenty-five years or more, give students a glimpse of what is to come after graduation, as they take full responsibility for budgeting, service standards, marketing, sustainable practices and ethics surrounding a high-end event. And the students are expected to develop a theme and menu that will capture guest interest within a targeted demographic.

Six of approximately 20 students are chosen for executive leadership and the remaining become mid-level management. The preparatory experience smoothes the transition as students rise to upper management in hotels, inns, food establishments or other hospitality positions. The executive and management teams dedicate an immense amount of time, nearly 15 hours a week outside the classroom—often difficult for a full-time student.

Simply Southern, The Heart of Hospitality will feature six courses of southern-inspired dishes with local ingredients as available, while capturing the excitement surrounding Mollie Katzen’s visit to UNH.

The dinner will take place at Stillings, 20 Ballard Drive, Durham, NH, on November 20, beginning with a cocktail hour and book signing at 6 o’clock and dinner to follow. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at www.wsbe.unh.edu/gourmetdinner .

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The Department of Hospitality Management at UNH combines business fundamentals as well as classes geared toward the service industry sector. Hands-on education proves to be a strong and integral part of the experiential and academic curriculum.

Workshop: Marketing Strategies for Farm Produce

10+ Marketing Strategies & Tips to Consider When Selling Farm Produce”  Workshop

Are you looking at potential farm markets for next season? Or  are you wondering how to juggle different markets in one season? To tackle these questions, the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, Rockingham County,  has organized a day-long workshop “10+ Marketing Strategies & Tips to Consider When Selling Farm Produce” . Specialists, a panel of growers from New England and industry professionals will discuss different aspects and types of markets, branding, pricing, profitable crops as well as crop and revenue insurance.The workshop is scheduled for Monday, November 2, 2009 from 8:30 am till 3:30 pm at the Rockingham County Nursing Home Auditorium in Brentwood (William Sturtevant Way – off North Road) in New Hampshire.

Speakers are Richard Bonnano (Pleasant Valley Garden, Methhuen, MA), Josh Jennings (Meadow’s Mirth, Stratham, NH), John Moulton (Moulton Farm, Meredith, NH) and Bill & Anna Spiller (Spiller Farm U-Pick, Wells, Maine). Michelle Chambers from “Red Tomato” will talk about the importance of branding to engage and empower customers. Pricing farm products and cost of production will also be presented. Michael Sciabarrasi, Extension  Professor, Business Management Specialist

UNH Cooperative and David Tuttles from Tuttle Farm in Wells, Maine, will also be speakers. The Pros and Cons of Crop Insurance will also be discussed.

Who should attend: Anyone exploring new markets or adding new ones to their existing one such as selling at Open Air Farmers Markets, Winter Farmers Markets, Community Supported Agriculture, Pick-Your-Own,Restaurants, Supermarkets, Institutions, Farmstands..

Registration before October 26 is  $15 per person and includes lunch. Late registration is $20. This workshop has been made possible with the support  from the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA).Download a flier with details from  http://www.extension.unh.edu/ or contact Deb Stevens at 679-5616.

Seacoast Sustainability Summit Nov. 7

On Saturday, November 7, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Seacoast Summit on Sustainability: Greening our Communities will be held at the Portsmouth Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH.

The conference is being presented by Creating a Peaceful World by Sustaining our Future, a community group. All concerned citizens are invited to attend, become more informed about environmental issues of sustainability facing the seacoast community, learn how to take action, green our communities, and become prepared to sustain ourselves in the future, given the realities of climate change.

Dr. Tom Kelly, Director of Sustainability Programs at the University of New Hampshire, will be the opening speaker. Nine workshops will follow, in three tracks: Food, school nutrition, and sustainability, Town and state Activities and Planning, and Educating and Promoting Environmental Wisdom in Faith Communities. Panelists will include local sustainability leaders, in the towns of Barnstead, Dover, Durham, Epping, Exeter, Lee, Northwood, Barrington, Portsmouth, and Rochester.

The summit is sponsored by the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Dover Friends Meeting. Participating faith communities include: Interfaith Sustainability Team, Durham Community Church, Exeter Congregational Church, Dover Congregational Church, Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Unitarian Universalist South Church, and the Exeter Unitarian Universalist Church. A vegetarian meal will be served; workshops will be 75 to 90 minutes each, and there will be a short wrap-up session at 4:15 p.m. This Seacoast Summit is free to all.

Dr. Phyllis Killam-Abell, one of the founders and the coordinator of Creating a Peaceful World by Sustaining Our Future says, “Working toward sustainability is essential to preserve and respect the earth’s resources. Climate change, water shortages, poverty and diminishing supplies of oil and other commodities demand sustainable policies on the part of government and the private sector.” She describes “sustainability” as “the use of a resource in such a manner that it is not depleted or permanently damaged.”

Sponsors include the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Dover Friends Meeting, The Interfaith Sustainability Team, the Green Sanctuary Committee of the Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the Seacoast African American Cultural Center (SAACC), Seacoast Peace Response, the Seacoast NAACP.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Killiam-Abell, 603-580-1934, or Ms. Heidi Porter, 207-384-0048. For four years Creating A Peaceful World by Sustaining our Future weekly has offered speakers, films, readings and discussion on sustainability issues on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m., at Friends Meeting House, 141 Central Ave., Dover.