Category Archives: Seacoast Local

“Earth’s Best Story” authors in Portsmouth, 5/18

Via Seacoast Local and RiverRun Bookstore:

Seacoast Local and RiverRun Bookstore present Ron and Arnie Koss, authors of The Earth’s Best Story: A Bittersweet Tale of Twin Brothers Who Sparked an Organic Revolution, in the next lecture of the Making the Connection speaker series on Tuesday, May 18.

The Koss brothers founded Earth’s Best Baby Foods, the first nationally distributed organic foods company, 25 years ago. They describe their book as a how-to of entrepreneurship lessons. At the event, they will talk about ideas, reality, and success in the context of creating a bright and sustainable future.

Earths Best Baby Food

WHAT: Ron and Arnie Koss talk about The Earth’s Best Story: A Bittersweet Tale of Twin Brothers Who Sparked an Organic Revolution at RiverRun Bookstore

WHEN: Tuesday, May 18, at 7 pm

WHERE: RiverRun Bookstore, 20 Congress St., Portsmouth, NH (603-431-2100) and webcast LIVE at!

MORE INFO: Visit the RiverRun website for details about the event. Learn more about the book on the Chelsea Green website.

Seacoast Local‘s  Making the Connection series, co-produced by RiverRun Bookstore, serves as a catalyst for continuing education, community connections, and sustainable change for Seacoast residents.

Summer Markets Opening This Weekend!

The first summer farmers’ markets of the season usually feature early spring greens and locally grown plants to decorate your flower beds, create a vegetable garden, and add color to your life after a long winter. Other food and nonfood products will be available, too. Come see what they have to offer.

Farmer Dave's carrots

Farmer Dave's carrots, courtesy Seacoast Eat Local

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Heron Pond Farm Radish

Meadow's Mirth turnips, courtesy Seacoast Eat Local

Want to know which vendors are scheduled to be at the market, check a venue address, or get directions? Go straight to the source!

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Holiday Goodness at Winter Farmers Market Dec 5

From Seacoast Eat Local:

Fresh salad greens, spinach, and lettuce … carrots, parsnips, onions, and potatoes … locally raised meats, locally caught fish, locally made jams, jellies, breads, and teas  … New Hampshire grown Christmas trees, wreaths, poinsettias, and kissing balls — these are just some of the products that will be for sale this Saturday, December 5th from 10am-2pm at our next Winter Farmers’ Market indoors at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford! Wentworth Greenhouses is located at 141 Rollins Road, a mile past Red’s Shoe Barn of Dover. You can find a full list of participating vendors and the products they will be selling at

Eat Local – Shop Local!
December brings on the Christmas shopping season for many. While you are picking up meats, cheeses, milk, bread, and a bountiful variety of vegetables for yourself and your family, you can also begin your holiday shopping!

  • Home decorating: Wentworth Greenhouses will have New Hampshire grown Christmas trees, their own gorgeous pointsettias, wreaths, kissing balls, bows, and greenery. In addition, they have greenhouses full of beautiful houseplants ready for giving as gifts.
  • Local foods make great gifts! Maple syrup, teas, jams + jellies, prepared sauces, wines, granola are all welcome gifts. Think: co-workers, your child’s teacher, holiday gift exchanges, etc.
  • The gift of time for yourself: prepared, ready to heat and eat foods you can feel good about and that taste great! Kellie Brook Farm and Riverslea Farm both offer prepared foods made from their own farm-raised meats including stews, potpies, and shepherd’s pie. Also available: chowders, soups, and curries. Be Sweet offers frozen cookie doughs, perfect for holiday baking!
  • Not sure what to buy someone? We have gift certificates! Available at the information table, you can buy gift certificates to the winter farmers’ markets in $5 increments.  We’ll also have an assortment of regional foods not otherwise available at the market including organic sunflower oil and apple cider vinegar from Maine, alongside gardening, food preparation, and food storage books from Chelsea Green publishers of Vermont, and tote bags to put everything in! Proceeds from these sales support the winter farmers markets.

But wait, there’s more!

  • The New Hampshire Food Bank will be on hand to provide information about their programs and collect food donations; please consider buying a few extra potatoes, carrots, or a loaf of bread so that our neighbors in need can share in our local bounty in this season.
  • We’ll have live music and a place to relax and enjoy some tea and a snack.
  • Seacoast Eat Local will be holding a raffle to support the winter markets — 3 prize tote bags will be raffled off in time for pick up at the December 19 market. The prize baskets are filled to the brim with fantastic goods and include a subscription to Edible White Mountains, a Green Alliance membership, gift certificates to Water Street Bookstore, a gift certificate to Yellow House Farm’s Chicken or Seed Saving Class, a cooking class with Tracey Miller, 1/2 pint of maple syrup and maple candy from Sugarmomma’s Maple Farm, homespun yarn from misshawklet, gift certificates to both Seacoast Growers’ Association summer farmers’ markets and Seacoast Eat Local winter farmers’ markets, gift certificates to 45 Market Street Bakery, an apron from Popper’s Sausage Kitchen, a gift certificate to Divine Cafe & Grill, granola and gift certificates for Borealis Breads, and 3 pounds of delicious organic onions from Meadow’s Mirth Farm! Raffle tickets will be continue to be on sale at the December 5 and December 12 markets.
  • The market is open until 2pm - If you have something else to do in the morning, want a relaxed morning, or just want to avoid the crowds, feel free to come later! Our vendors are well prepared for a large number of customers and will appreciate your business whenever you can get there!
  • Volunteer! We’re still looking for a few more volunteers to help set up, provide information during the market, or clean up afterward. Volunteers come for one or two hour shifts, and play a key role in ensuring the success of the markets! Email if you would like to volunteer.

It’s Buy Local Week on the Seacoast. Our friends at Seacoast Local have been organizing and promoting a wide variety of opportunities to shift your spending locally, including buying local food! Read all about their other ideas and events for buying local art, toys, and more >

Help spread the word! Forward this email, post a message on your blog/website/facebook profile, invite a friend to come with you to the market this Saturday – the more the merrier!

For more information, maps and driving directions, visit Please note, when coming from the west, Google maps incorrectly lists Shady Lane as a through street near Wentworth Douglass Hospital.

We hope you’ll join us on December 5th as it is going to be another amazing farmers’ market, with an abundance of locally grown and raised foods that you can feel great about buying as you’ll be supporting local farms and agriculture while enjoying safe, healthful, and delicious food!

- Sara Zoe Patterson, on behalf of Seacoast Eat Local
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Transforming Our Local Food System

Seacoast Local has a special workshop coming up on Wednesday, Aug. 5 that you’re invited to attend. It’s with June Holley (founder of ACEnet) and she’s going to help us assess our local food economy and help us to identify our next steps to make it even stronger.

Our local food system already has many great components, but we know there is room to grow broader and deeper. We’re delighted to have June help us with building this network. In particular, she’s interested in helping us identify our resources, discover what the missing links might be, and how we can make our local food enterprises grow, and be more profitable, for all of us, from farms and fishing boats to processors, markets, restaurants and distributors.

All local food leaders and resource agencies are invited to participate in this event. I hope you can attend, and please feel free to forward this to colleagues who may be interested.

Seacoast Local has organized this interactive workshop to increase the percentage of local food produced, sold and eaten in NH and across New England, as part of our mission to strengthen our local economy. We are bringing leaders in this movement together to create opportunities and solutions.

Please call 603-766-1775 with any questions about this workshop, then register!

Transforming Our Local Food System: Seacoast Local Workshop with Special Guest Leader June Holley
Workshop on Transforming Our Local Food System
Join fellow local food and enterprise leaders in an interactive workshop.
Seacoast Local

We encourage Seacoast residents to “think local first” to create a stronger economy, community and environment for all. We want to increase the percentage of local food eaten on the Seacoast by shifting 10% of the food we eat from non-local to local.

Workshop Leader:
June Holley
June was the outstanding keynote speaker at the 2009 BALLE Conference where she articulately made the case for transforming our local food systems and prescribed dynamic strategies that local leaders can embrace.
Wednesday, August 5, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


9:00      Welcome and Introduction
9:15      Speed Networking: What is the one thing you feel could really make a difference in our local food system?
9:30      Story of ACENet
10:00    Buzz in small groups
10:10    What does a healthy local food system look like?
10:30    Break
Specific strategies for transformation
12:00    How will we communicate and work together?
12:15    Review next steps and close
Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave. Parking available on site.
Email registration to Karen Marzloff at
$20 suggested contribution- we would like as many people as possible to attend, and don’t want cost to be a limiting factor. However, if you can contribute, we appreciate your support of this event.
Make checks payable to Seacoast Local and mail to:

Seacoast Local
PO Box 1459
Portsmouth, NH 03802

June Holley Biography

June has been weaving economic and community networks for almost 20 years. Back then, she discovered complexity science and became intrigued with the phenomenon of transformation. How could communities change in ways that would make them good places for everyone?

WIth others in Appalachian Ohio, she began a stream of experimentation to discover how to encourage many more people to start and then expand businesses. With these entrepreneurs, she mobilized dozens of area organizations to collaborate and create an environment that would help these businesses innovate and work together.

After twenty years as executive director of the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (, she stepped down to devote her energies to helping communities around the globe form Smart Networks by training and supporting Network Weavers. She helps clients use Smart Network Analyzer social network mapping software to understand and enhance their networks.

Her recent Smart Networks projects have involved communities, regions, statewide collaborations, healthcare and hospital systems, national learning and innovation networks, and large corporations.

Clients include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the United Nations, the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, the Ohio University Voinovich Center, Kaiser Permanente, the Plexus Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Millennium Project, Interaction Institute for Social Change, the Veterans Administration, FAIMER, the Center for Working Families and many others.

She is available as a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, network mentor or consultant on Network Weaving projects. She often partners on social network analysis projects with Valdis Krebs (, Jack Ricchiuto ( and the Plexus Institute (, an organization committed to the application of complexity science to help people create healthier communities.

Visit her blog at

We look forward to you joining us–email your registration to Karen Marzloff at

Woody Tasch brings “Slow Money” to the Seacoast


Woody Tasch, author of Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered, will be speaking at RiverRun Bookstore on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m., as part of Seacoast Local’s “Making the Connection” speaker series, co-produced with RiverRun Bookstore.

“Think about it: A hundred thousand Americans providing millions of dollars a year for investment in local food systems. Is it typical philanthropy? No. Is it investing as we’ve come to know it? No. Is it achievable? Yes.”

So says Woody Tasch, who works at the intersection of venture capital and slow money. He is chairman emeritus of Investors’ Circle, a nonprofit network of angel investors, venture capitalists, foundations, and family offices that, since 1992, has facilitated the flow of $130 million to 200 early-stage companies and venture funds dedicated to sustainability. Now, he is president of the newly formed NGO Slow Money. As part of the larger Slow Movement sweeping the cultures of food, travel, cities, and schools, Slow Money proponents seek investments and returns at the pace of sustainable business development. Click here for more information about his new book, Slow Money, and plan to join us on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7  pm.