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Monadnock Localvore E-Newsletter
July 2010

Featured Localvore Events
Taste Testing
Monadnock Localvores
Saturday, July 10
Farmers' Market of Keene

Try out new varieties of local and in-season produce in a taste testing extravaganza at the Farmers' Market of Keene. If you like what you taste you can buy it right from the source. No charge for samples but donations appreciated.  For more information, contact monadnocklocalvore@gmail.com  or call 603-756-2988 ext.116.

Yard to Garden
Backyard Gardening Workshop

Monadnock Localvores
Sunday, July 11, 2-4pm

Rob & Sandy Hamm, garden enthusiasts, will offer a tour of their Keene yard that includes raised garden beds, edible perennials, chickens, rainwater catchment, compost, and more all in a 0.23 acre lot!  Rob is a Master Gardener, so bring your questions.   All will share tools and resources that have helped them grow their own 'Yarden of Eating'.

This workshop is open to 10 participants, so please register early.  Sliding scale fee is $5-10; but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. To register: email monadnocklocalvore@gmail.com  or call 603-756-2988 ext.116. Directions to the workshop will follow your registration.

Click to view a full 2010 schedule of Monadnock Localvore Events.
Topic of the Month: Preserving Fruit
By Jan Sevene, Monadnock Localvore Project

Savoring the Taste of Summer

Summer is officially here, and promising blossoms are readying to bear a succession of abundant fruit that will continue throughout the summer and into fall. The pure, sweet taste of fresh-picked strawberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, or apples, makes us wonder - is there anything better? Perhaps not, but there is a next best thing (some will insist the best) to savoring that taste of fresh fruit long after it is harvested-it is preserved fruit.

Canned or frozen, plain or a cooked mixture of varied, intense tastes and textures, they are all delicious. At most local farmers' markets vendors offer excellent fruit preserves. Made locally from the best of the harvest, examples include Dancing Bear Peach or Auggie's Black Current preserves (available from Cheshire Garden, Winchester, NH). Check locally for savory conserves such as rhubarb or a spicy plum chutney, both bases for fantastic appetizers, or simply to compliment any main dish. And imagine strawberry compote, ladled over homemade crepes for breakfast.


Have an abundance of your own fruit or would like to purchase fruit from local farmers to try your hand at preserving your bounty, but are not sure where to start? There is help. Attend a workshop, check with your local farmers for suggestions on ways to preserve their fruit, or visit your nearest UNH Cooperative Extension Service.

Whichever route you take, be sure to include local seasonal fruits. And keep in mind; beyond the pleasure of spreading those special fruit preserves on your toast at your kitchen table, you can also share them as excellent gifts for family and friends, so that year-round everyone can savor the incredible tastes of summer.

Local Sources:

Hancock Farmers' Market    
Behind the town Church                                
47 Main Street
Hancock, NH  03449
Leslie Hartwell, Market Master
Phone: 603-525-3172
Saturdays from 9 a.m. - noon

Hillsborough Pride Farmers Market
Butler Park, West Main and Central streets
Hillsborough, NH  03244
Phone: 603-464-4640
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon

Keene Farmers' Market
Gilbo Avenue Parking Lot off Main St.
Keene, NH 03431
Phone: 603-209-8676
Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Peterborough Farmers' Market
Depot Square
Peterborough, NH
Phone: 878-6167
Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m. through October

Temple Farmers' Market
Summer Town Common; winter Old Town Hall (beginning Oct. 17)
Route 45
Temple, NH
603- 878-0802
Every Sunday  10 a.m. - 1 p.m., rain or shine through Dec. 19

UNH Cooperative Extension Service
800 Park Ave.
Keene, NH 03431
603-352-4550 or Fax 603-358-0494
Localvore Classifieds*

New Website Seeks Feedback:
Walpole Valley Farms announced its brand new website: http://www.WalpoleValleyFarms.com. Take a look and let them know what's missing and if there is anything you would like to see added. Along with the new website is a new Farm Blog. This is something that they have been working on for a few months as we plan to share our thoughts and events relating to farming & community. Check back often for updates.

Herb Plants, Veggies and Local Products for Sale: Visit the self-serve farm stand for vegetable and herb plants and farm store in the barn at Tracie's Community Farm in Fitzwilliam for vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheese, Orchard Hill Bread and cookies, honey, jam, maple syrup, Badger Balm, Good Forest Soap, With Good Reasons Granola and more.  Open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.  Tracie's Community Farm, 72 Jaffrey Rd, in Fitzwilliam, right off of rt 12, http://www.traciesfarm.com, 603-209-1851 for directions and more info.

*The Hannah Grimes Center is posting these classifieds as a service to readers and does not imply endorsement.  Add your own classified ad: Send a 20-30 word description of your service or product that is directly supporting entrepreneurs to jen@hannahgrimes.com.  Make sure to include the best way to contact you.
Monadnock Region Events

July Crop Mob

Monadnock Farm & Community Connection
Saturday, July 24, 10am-1pm
Tracie's Community Farm, Fitzwilliam

Come help with the farm's garlic harvest.  Please bring: Sun/bug protection, water bottle, garden gloves (if you wish), and a potluck dish to share.  RSVP here.

Farm Tour
Thursday, July 3, 10am
Walpole Valley Farms, Walpole

A highly educational tour of our 105-acre family owned and operated pasture based farm. Visit our animals, see our"chicken tractors" and "egg mobile" in action, view our historic three-story post and beam barn, learn about intensive rotational grazing, tour our no till vegetable garden, and more. Come with your camera and your questions. Learn how real food is grown! Reservations required.Visit Walpole Valley Farms website  for more information.

Keene Green Drinks Topic of the Night:
Monadnock Menus
Monadnock Sustainability Network
Monday, July 5, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Cobblestone Ale House, Keene

Our topic for July is Monadnock Menus: Getting Local on the Menus.  Come meet Jess Skinner and the MFCC Infrastructure Committee and learn about a grassroots effort, Monadnock Menus, to get the word out to restaurants that we want more local food served in our community!  They will have some Monadnock Menus cards fresh off the press with a new logo and a fun way YOU can help get local on the menu.

The Meeting School Farm Getaway

Monday - Wednesday, July 12-25
The Meeting School, Rindge

Do you want to experience life on a farm this summer? Enjoy an alternative vacation at The Meeting School. Stay on campus and work alongside faculty in the garden to help maintain the school's physical plant, care for animals, pick (and eat!) berries, and make hay. The cost is a nominal sliding-scale donation. To register, contact summer getaway coordinator Zane Knoy at 603-669-0449.

Sweet Corn Celebration
Barrett Hill Farm

Saturday, July 17, 1-3 pm
Barrett Hill Farm Stand, Mason

Corn to eat, games, educational activities. (603) 878-4022 or email leclair@worldpath.net.

Temple Barn Tour
Temple Historical Society

Saturday, July 31

Tour nine beautiful barns-working farms, historic treasures, inspiring architecture. Tour guides available at each site. Sheep shearing demonstrations, wool crafts, pony rides, farmers' market and more. Proceeds support the many projects of the Temple Historical Society. Admission $15 ($20 at the gate).

Backyard Chickens Workshop
Monadnock Localvores

Sunday, August 1, 2 - 4 pm

Want to learn the basics of raising your own backyard chickens? You'll learn how to choose the best breed for you and your family, chick care, space and shelter requirements, and more. The workshop is limited to fifteen participants, so please register early. Sliding scale fee: $5 to $10. To reserve a spot email: monadnocklocalvore@gmail.com.

Growing, Identifying & Using Culinary
Medicinal Mushrooms

Sunday, August 1, 10 am-4 pm
Wichland Woods, Nelson

A look at basic identification, habitat and wild harvesting practices. Potluck lunch with Wichland Woods mushrooms. All participants go home with a small bag inoculated with mycelium to grow mushrooms. Brought to you by the NOFA NH Herbal Network. $40 for NOFA -NH Members, $50 for Non-Members. Contact Maria Noel Groves at (603) 268-0548 or nhhn@nofanh.org.

News & Resources

Tigress in a Jam Blog - Jam Round-Up
Posted at

Scroll down this blog entry to see a variety of recipes for strawberries, cherries, blueberries and beyond!

Make Your Own Fruit Juice From Berries
Posted at
Mother Earth News
By Barbara Pleasant, July 2008

Any canning book will tell you how to turn potent little berries into jam, but most have nothing to say about canning raspberry, blueberry or blackberry juice. You can find instructions for canning berry syrup  or grape juice, but information is slim on making juice from berries. Go figure! Slightly sweetened berry juice over ice with a sprig of mint is exactly what your body wants on a hot day. Try it once, and you'll see.

Where can you go to pick your own fruit?
Browse this list for pick-your-own farms by county.

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Become a member of the Monadnock Community Market Co-op!

Send completed Membership Applications & checks to:
Monadnock Community Market
P.O. Box 38
Keene, NH 03431

Questions?  Visit MCM's Website or email:MonadnockCommunityMarket@gmail.com.

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