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December 2013  
It's Not Too Late to Find a Locally Grown Holiday Gift
Sawyer's Artisanal Cheese

Have one (or maybe more!) gifts left to get on your holiday gift-giving list. 

Consider buying a gift grown or made on a New Hampshire Farm. Find gift ideas at a winter farmers market or locally owned business such as a food cooperative.  Some farms even offer their products online.

Have a favorite farm-made gift idea to share? Please email us today and we'll add it to our website.

Book Giveaway

Congratulations to the winner of the book "Homesteading" from last month's raffle.

This month, we're giving away a signed copy of the book New Hampshire: From Farm to Kitchen (Hippocrene Books) by Helen Brody, founder of the NH Farms Network!

Want to enter this raffle?  You just entered by opening this e-newsletter.  We'll select, at random, one winner from our contacts each month.

Find out who the winner is next month -- and which book we're giving away in our January e-newsletter.

If you'd like to purchase a signed copy of "New Hampshire: From Farm to Kitchen" for $12 including postage, simply email helen@nhfarms.net with "Farm to Kitchen" in the subject line.  All proceeds go to New Hampshire Farms Network.

MarketsNext Weekend's Winter Farmers' Markets

Here's just a sampling.  For more, see the full list of Winter Farmers' Markets in New Hampshire.

Saturday, December 21
Rolling Green Nursery Winter Farmers Market: 10am - 2pm, Greenland
Local Growers and Food Artisans will be offering fresh, wholesome, quality food ranging from Pasture Raised Meats, Produce, Small Fruits, Cow & Goats Milk Products including Yogurt & Cheese, Eggs, Honey, Artisan Bread & Cinnamon Rolls, Beer, Wine, Coffee, Tea, Limsa, Maple Products, Ice Cream, Pickles & Preserves, Cold Pressed Canola Oil, Prepared Foods, Baked Goods, Granola, Spice Rubs, Candy, Confections, Maple Hot Sauce, Soup, Ethnic Cuisine, Body Care Products and more.

Farmers' Market of Keene: 10am - 2pm, Keene
There will be plenty of gift ideas for those on your Christmas lists, ranging from jewelry to wine to soaps and lotions.  In addition, here are three gift ideas, available at the Market's Information Booth, that will help support the Farmers' Market of Keene: 
  • A tote bag with the market's logo
  • A market T-shirt, or
  • Buy some tokens with your credit or debit card and give them like a gift certificate to be redeemed for great local food and products from market vendors at any market throughout the year.

Sunday, December 22 

Salem Winter Farmers Market: 10am - 2pm, Salem
Santa Claus will be amongst the vendors at this market! Visitors to the market will also find locally-prepared food, local honey, fresh breads, New Hampshire maple syrup, prepared dishes, fresh breads and delicious baked goods, including gluten-free items. Local artisans offer soaps, lotions, and other creative creations for your holiday giving.

Tilton Winter Farmers' Market: 10am - 2pm, Tilton
Buy fresh greens, tomatoes and seasonal produce, locally produced meats, artisanal cheeses, prepared foods, beer and wine, and delicious baked goods.  This market is open Saturday too! 
CoopWhat Locally Grown Gifts are at the Co-op?

If you can't make it to one of the farmers' markets this week, check out your local co-op.  Let co-op staff know you're looking for locally grown gift ideas.

Here are a few ideas to get you started: 

Concord Food Co-op

Hanover/Lebanon Food Co-ops

Littleton Food Co-op


Monadnock Food Co-op

Know Your Farmers:
Cheshire Garden, Winchester 

Winchester's Cheshire Garden began in 1986 when Patti Powers and her husband, Ralph Legrande, a former chef, purchased a barren piece of land on Burt Hill Road with the goal of transforming it into fertile organic beds and an orchard for the business. Today, Cheshire Garden's preserves, mustards and vinegars are made from organically grown heirloom berries, fruits and herbs.

Patti Powers of Cheshire Garden (on left) and Elisa.
From Farm to Kitchen:
Apple Marmalade 

Make a homemade gift of marmalade using locally grown apples.  It's easy to dress up a jar with ribbons or fabric to make the perfect gift for a loved one.

Try this Recipe: Apple Marmalade
Tis the Season to Shop Local
By Lorraine Merrill, Commissioner
From the Weekly Market Bulletin

Many NH Made products and services can be purchased online, including a number of farm products. Gift choices like Apple Hill Farm pancake mixes and jams with maple syrup from Green Acres Farm or Fuller's Sugarhouse, for example, would make most anyone happy. Winter farmers markets, co-op stores and other independently owned local stores and markets are also good places to hunt for local and regional holiday gifts. Edible gifts and flowering plants are always welcome.
What's the Buzz? 
The most popular post this month on NH Farms Network's Facebook Page.

We're so lucky to have a bumper crop of Winter Farmers' Markets!
Check out what else is buzzing at New Hampshire Farms.

Winter Farmers' Market at Cole Gardens
One More Gift Idea...

If your loved one is a fan of local farms and food, why not get them a membership to an organization that supports both:


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Cooking with the Seasons
Th., Dec. 19, 5:30pm
D Acres, Dorchester

Join Regina from D Acres and prepare a seasonal meal with whole ingredients grown on the farm. You will have the chance to dig through the root cellar to find what's in storage. 
Learn more.