Category Archives: Classes

Learn to Cook Local Shrimp!

A shrimp preparation and cooking demonstration workshop for February, 10th will be presented in collaboration with the UNH Thompson School’s culinary arts program.   The link for more information and to register is

Shrimp Local, Eat Local Workshop
February, 10th, 2010
UNH Thompson School culinary Arts Program
Cole Hall Room 219

Come to this event to learn how to cook, peel and store the Northern Shrimp delicacy!  Chefs from the Culinary Program will be demonstrating how to prepare these local gems in a variety of ways for you to taste.  Leave the workshop with recipes and educational materials so you can enjoy shrimp at home!

Volunteers Wanted for Winter Farmer’s Markets!

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


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 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

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.

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 or contact Deb Stevens at 679-5616.

Culinary History Symposium

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

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 by October 19.
For complete calendar:

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.