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Seacoast Community Eat-In at UNH, 9/12

Seacoast Eat-In

WHAT: 1st Annual Seacoast Community Eat-In

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 pm

WHERE: UNH campus behind Demeritt Hall

MORE INFO: UNH Slow Food

Join UNH Slow Food on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 pm for the first annual Seacoast Community Eat-In.

This potluck event is free and open to the public and will be held on the UNH campus behind Demeritt Hall, just off Main Street in Durham. Bring a favorite dish to share with your friends and neighbors. Please visit the UNH Slow Food website for more details, including directions.

Cooking Classes on Star Island, 9/13-17

Via Cooking on a Star:

Cooking Up History: A Seat at the Islander’s Table

Courtesy Cooking on a Star

Photo courtesy Cooking on a Star

Don’t miss this marvelous culinary adventure! Join Chef Patrice Gerard for an epicurean journey. Enjoy an abundance of edible wisdom and savory fare. The freshest seasonal local ingredients grace our table. The scent of delicious baked goods will sweeten the atmosphere. Our Shoals historian shares lore and legends. Rejuvenate, explore and cook up a memorable experience!

WHEN: Monday–Wednesday, Sept. 13–15, 2010

WHERE: Star Island, 10 miles east of Portsmouth Harbor, one of the Isles of Shoals; sail on the Thomas Laighton out of Portsmouth Harbor

CONTACT & MORE INFO: Email Susan Wallack, (603) 828-3503

Cooking Up Comfort: Goodness and Well-Being from the Kitchen

Appealing and wholesome comfort food is our flavorful focus. Join Chef Patrice Gerard in creating dishes to nourish both body and spirit. Much-loved classics made both delicious and nutritious. The aromas, colors, textures, and taste of familiar ingredients will engage all of our senses as we prepare the recipes. The “demystifying” of how simple components comprise well-made food will increase your sense of competence and confidence in the kitchen. This will be a fun, interactive and delicious experience!

With wellness in mind, using fresh local ingredients we’ll spread our table with regional, seasonal favorites. Enjoy just from the oven treats!

WHEN: Wednesday–Friday, Sept. 15–17, 2010

WHERE: Star Island, 10 miles east of Portsmouth Harbor, one of the Isles of Shoals; sail on the Thomas Laighton out of Portsmouth Harbor

CONTACT & MORE INFO: Email Susan Wallack, (603) 828-3503

One step closer to passing the Child Nutrition Act

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Last year, a big the Slow Food USA was Time for Lunch, a campaign to get good, clean, and fair food into U.S. schools. (Slow Food Seacoast championed Time for Lunch in its 2009 National Day of Action event: preparing and planting salad gardens at Dover High School. Read the recap on our blog!)

Late yesterday, the Senate passed the new Child Nutrition Act. Whether (and how) the revised act will be passed in the House remains to be seen, but read the Slow Food response on the Slow Food USA blog.

Barrington Natural Heritage and Agriculture Fair, 8/28-29

Warren Farm

WHAT: 2nd [Annual?] Barrington Natural Heritage and Agriculture Fair

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, August 28 and 29, 10 am to 4 pm (rain or shine!)

WHERE: Warren Farm, 30 Warren Road, Barrington, NH

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Barrington Natural Heritage and Agriculture Fair website

The 2nd [Annual?] Barrington Natural Heritage and Agriculture Fair will be held on August 28 and 29 from 10 am to 4 pm (rain or shine!) at Warren Farm, a full-time working farm in Barrington, NH.

Start the day with a hayride on a wagon pulled by an old-fashioned mule team from the parking area to the fairground! The Barrington Recreation Department will host family-oriented old-time games, and local farmers will show off their animals and be available to answer your questions. Purchase local goods at the on-site farmer’s market featuring high-end local artisans, maple ice cream and maple cotton candy from Sugarmomma’s Maple Farm, breads and other goodies from Forty-Five Market Street Bakery, breakfast and lunch foods from Figtree Café, fresh fish sandwiches from Seaport Fish, and more. Local musicians will be playing for the crowd on both days.

A few more highlights are scheduled:

  • John Carroll, famed advocate and author of local agriculture, will speak at 12 noon on Saturday.
  • Scott Young will lead nature walks on the 244-acre farm at 1 pm both days. Learn about turtles, frogs, snakes, dragonflies, birds, and more!
  • Beekeeper Amy Antonucci will talk about her work with bees on Sunday.
  • Peter Yarenski and friends will play fiddle music and jam with other local musicians on Sunday.
  • Many educational booths will inspire and propel you towards community sustainability!

The fair organizers need VOLUNTEERS to help before and during the fair (setup, parking) and afterward (cleanup). If you would like to help put on a great local event, contact Heather Warren.

ALSO, Amy Pollard would love to have VOLUNTEERS join her at the Slow Food Seacoast table to talk to fairgoers about good, clean, and fair food. If you can spare an hour or a few, please email Slow Food Seacoast with “I Want to Volunteer” in the subject line.

See you there!

Farm Picnic Recap

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The consensus is that the 4th Annual Slow Food Seacoast Down-on-the-Farm Picnic was a great success! More than 80 people—singles, couples, and families—joined Slow Food Seacoast at Dalton’s Pasture, the Rowells’ homestead in Nottingham, NH, to learn about permaculture, homesteading, and living simply and to enjoy a lovely summer afternoon with like-minded people.

Host canines Finnegan and Sparky greeted each arriving party at the Welcome tent. On Saturday, Peter Rowell had prepared a pot of baked beans and cooked it in a fire pit overnight, so just after 12 noon, he unearthed it with a crowd watching to see whether they were going to be edible. Luckily for us, they were very much so, and they joined the rest of the delicious dishes on the potluck table!

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After lunch, Lauren Chase-Rowell led her largest tour group ever around her farm, introducing them to permaculture principles along the way—how to not disrupt the site’s ecology, work efficiently, and use resources wisely. Next, John Forti led a wild and medicinal edibles walk on the property while Peter simultaneously showed a group his “chicken tractor” designs for keeping his pastured chickens safe in the field.

This event could not have taken place, never mind have been successful, without the planning and communications expertise of the Slow Food Seacoast board: Alison Magill, John Forti, Jenny Isler, Amy Pollard, Erin Jenkins, Pam Angulo, and Laura Spelke. (A few years of farm picnic experience doesn’t hurt!) In addition, the board extends a heartfelt and humongous thank-you to everyone else who helped make the event a success:

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  • Our most gracious and hospitable hosts, Lauren Chase-Rowell and Peter Rowell, who allowed us to march on their mulch, trample their thyme, and cackle with their chickens.
  • All of the Slow Food Seacoast board members, chapter members, and other volunteers who collectively performed as planners, site-scouting crew, event-day signage team, set-up crew, sound engineers, food tent crew, kid’s activities director, event photographer, and clean-up crew.
  • Daryl and Douglas, who staffed the Northeast Organic Farming Association, New Hampshire Chapter (NOFA-NH) table.
  • Jenny Isler, who staffed the Seacoast Community Garden Network (SCGN) table.
  • Heather Fernald, who staffed the Seacoast Eat Local table.
  • Amy Antonucci and Steve Dimond, who staffed the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group table.
  • One of Peter's homemade "chicken tractor" designs.

  • Amy Winans and Dan Winans, who organized the UNH EcoGastronomy table and Italian food tasting.
  • Ali, who helped staff the Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT) heirloom and wild edibles info and tasting table.
  • Michael Sterling—who never appears in photos because he’s always behind the camera!—for taking pictures at the event. Check out our latest Flickr photo sets when you have a chance.
  • Deb Locke of Sugarmomma’s Maple Farm, who donated the cutest and most delicious maple candies as prizes for the children’s activities.
  • Everyone who talked up the event, handed out flyers, forwarded emails, or shared Facebook updates with people who otherwise might not know about Slow Food Seacoast and this wonderful annual event. (Thanks for getting the word out!)
  • All the attendees who dared to venture out of Portsmouth … and drive down 3 miles of sometimes washboard dirt road to get to the property. (Wasn’t it so worth it?)
Scusi, but wasn't tug-o-war supposed to be a children's activity?!

This is tug-o-war!