Now that summer is in full swing, there’s no better way to celebrate than by getting outside and taking in the produce, baked goods, meat and flowers of your local farmers market. New Hampshire Eats Local Month is happening August 1-31, so we sat down to talk with NH Food Alliance Communications Coordinator Colleen Stewart to learn more about what is going on during the second week.
What do you have on tap for this week?
Colleen: “We’re heading into the second week of NH Eats Local Month with so much eat local buzz! Last week we saw so many amazing farmers market and farm stand hauls shared by local eaters across the state. We even saw how some of the produce and local products found at markets and farm stands turned into some amazing dishes at home.
The editors at NH Magazine selected the four contest entries below as the winners of Week #1 of our NH Eats Local Month Photo Contest. They will receive prizes from NH Gleans, NH Community Seafood, Post and Beam Brewing, and Littleton Food Cooperative. The winners are @meageileen, @ccpowers18, @thehartland and @mfishman7.
This week, we are focusing on another eat local activity— picking or harvesting your own local fruit and vegetables. So much of the Granite State’s bounty is in-season right now and one of the best ways to experience it is getting out into the field and harvesting it yourself. While you’re out there, enter our NH Eats Local Month Photo Contest by snapping a photo of your pick-your-own adventure, post it on Facebook or Instagram, and tag @nheatslocal. Our prizes this week are a bottle of Culinary Sunflower Oil from Coppal House Farm, a standard, 1-year Membership to NOFA-NH, a t-shirt and hat from Sweet Beet Market, and a 5-pound, whole organic, pasture-raised chicken from Templeton Family Organics. Find more information and contest rules here.
Looking for a pick-your-own farm to get your live free and eat local on? Check out the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food’s Harvest-Your-Own Guide as well as NH Eats Local’s Find Local Food Guide. And learn about a few recommended spots around the state below! Be sure to double check websites, social media, and call-in hotlines to confirm hours and other weather-related closures.”
Rosaly’s Garden and Farmstand
63 Elm Hill Rd., Peterborough
10 a.m.-6 p.m., everyday
As the oldest and one of the largest organic farms in the state, Rosaly’s Garden and Farmstand is the Monadnock region hot spot for picking your own berries, herbs and flowers, as well as filling up on the over 120 varieties of freshly harvested organic vegetables at the farmstand.
315 Upper Bay Rd., Sanbornton
8 a.m.-7:30 p.m., everyday
Established in 2010, this small family farm offers a variety of pick-your-own crops including strawberries, raspberries, black raspberries and blueberries. Make sure to visit their self-serve farm stand for freshly harvested vegetables as well.
Dartmouth & Lake Sunapee Region
Bascom Road Blueberry Farm
371 Bascom Rd., Newport
8 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Mondays
This family-owned and operated blueberry farms not only provides a robust season of pick-your-own berries, but also sells blueberry bushes for at-home planting in early spring. Bascom Road has a farm stand that offers fresh produce, chicken eggs, and honey from hives on the farm, as well as a variety of local products including maple syrup and other maple products, meats and cheeses, handmade soaps, cookies and more.
Carter Hill Orchard
73 Carter Hill Rd., Concord
7 a.m.-6 p.m., everyday
This family-owned farm has been an active orchard since the mid-1700s and offers pick-your-own blueberries and peaches, as well as apples in the fall. Visit Carter Hill Orchard for their country store, on-site bakery, hiking trails, and an observation tower with expansive views of the region’s mountains.
650 Province Rd., Strafford
8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays
8 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursdays
8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays
8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays
Located close to the shores of Bow Lake, Berrybog Farm has operated as a pick-your-own blueberry farm for 45 years offering nine varieties of highbush blueberries on seven acres. At their farm stand find honey, homemade pies, muffins, jams and local maple syrup, and a special item this year—45th anniversary apparel and accessories.
Grounding Stone Farm
289 Maple St., Contoocook
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays
11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays
Previously known as Peter Russell’s Organic Blueberry Farm, Kathleen Jacobs and David Miller purchased the farm in 2016 with the intent of keeping the legacy alive. Grounding Stone Farm offers organic pick-your-own blueberries from fields that were planted in 1986. For fresh picked berries, visit their farm stand or pre-order online.