Monadnock Localvore E-Newsletter
Spring 2015

Spirits, Cider, Brew & Wine TOUR
Monadnock Region: North to South

Farnum Hill Ciders  at Poverty Lane Orchards                           
98 Poverty Lane, Lebanon NH - 603-448-1511   Stephen Wood and Louisa Spencer, Proprietors.  Orchard made ciders from real cider apples. The best made ciders in America. Growler Day, most Thursdays through winter, spring & summer, 12-6 in the cider room.

Silver Mountain Ciders -
223 South Road, Lempster, NH 603-447-2026 - Owners; Steve Miner and his wife Cindy Brzezinski. Tasting Hours Thursday-Sunday 11-5, Monday -Wednesday by appointment. Fruit wines and hard apple cider available.

Walpole Mountain View Winery at Barnett Hill Vineyard, LLC    114 Barnett Hill Road, Walpole NH 603-756-3948

Grape grower and winemaker - Virginia Carter and family: Paul, Nick and Mariah. A prime mission with each vintage is to create a wide variety of wine styles from our unique grapes in order to appeal to the novice wine drinker as well as the most sophisticated palate. Offering varietals and blends, reds, whites, blushes, and roses, ranging from the driest of dry wines through dessert "late harvest" sweet.  Summer hours: May 15th - September Fridays 4-7, Sat & Sun 12-6. Winter Hours: 10/3-12/20 Fri. by appointment, Sat & Sun 12-5.

Belgian Mare Brewery 

207 Gilsum Mine Road, East Alstead, NH - 603-504-5370. 
Tim Roettiger, owner and brewer.  A  small wood-fired brewery specializing in bottle conditioned traditional ales. Tim feels that what he brews and how he brews it are equally important.  Summer hours: Friday 3-7 pm, Sat & Sun   2-7 pm. 

Poocham Winery

226 Poocham Road, Westmoreland, NH 603-399-4496
Owners and Winemakers: Steve Robbins and Mame O'Dette. Good grapes make good wine. They choose the best grapes for their land and carefully attend to each vine. The vineyard is small that pruning, mid-season care, and harvesting is all done by hand. They personally monitor the sugar and acidity of each variety of grape to determine the optimum time for picking, then those grapes are hand picked and the wine making begins. Tasting Room Hours September 6th through November 30th  Sat. and Sun. from 11 -  5,   private tastings by appointment. 

Copper Canon Distillery - Chesterfield, NH - Coming Soon!
Premium whiskey and rum distillery with a gift shop. Cousins Blake Amacker and Chris Arnold are following their dream and dedication to the art of spirits. 

222 West Street, Keene NH 603-355-3335. Owner Debra Rivest, Brewer Benjamin Mullett. L ocated in the beautifully restored Colony Mill Marketplace, Elm City has been serving fresh food and handcrafted beers since 1995. An area favorite, as well as a seasonal must for travelers. Hours: M-Th 11:30 - 11 PM, Fri & Sat 11:30  - Midnight, Sun 11:30  -  9 PM

Winchester, NH - Opening Fall 2015
With a plan to source as much of their ingredients as possible from other local Cheshire County farms Rob and cousin ? will be offering Ashuelot Vodka, Clark & Chesterfield Whiskey, Monadnock Moonshine and Roxbury Mud (there's a story behind that name). Tasting & Tours will be available.

766 W Swanzey Road, Swanzey, NH 603-355-3955. Owners and winemakers Leslie and Paul Cameron. Offering oodles of wine varieties: Beach, Berry, Dessert and Vintage wines. Hours: Open year round: Tues & Wed 11-5, Thurs & Fri 11-6, Sat 11-8 and Sun 12-4. Private Group Tastings available by request. Original artwork by area artists and live music round out your tasting experience.


Next TOUR  -  Bacon!

The Monadnock Region has SO much to offer. Join us, as we look to put together simple, tasty Localvore tours of the region. Forward your suggested topics or tours via emailFacebook , and Twitter.  

Featured Events and Notices:


2015 Made in NH Expo

Friday April 17th - Sunday April 19th at the Radisson Hotel/Center of NH Expo Center 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101. The Made In NH "Try It & Buy It" Expo is the only Expo that showcases the wide variety of quality products and services made right here in the Granite State. Now in its 20th year, the Expo offers exhibitors a great opportunity to meet thousands of buyers. Visit them on Facebook

Maple Weekend - March 28th-29th

The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association is hosting the 20th Annual Maple Weekend on March 28 - 29, 2015. Join the fun at a local sugar house! Sugar makers statewide will open their doors inviting the public to share in the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring. Stop by and talk to the producers. They will be happy to share with you how their operation works. Many offer free samples of fresh syrup, as well as samples of maple candies and confections, coffee and doughnuts. Some locations have pancake breakfasts, petting farms or horse-drawn rides. Experience the centuries-old craft and taste why pure New Hampshire maple syrup has long been a delicious harbinger of spring. Share in the excitement of the sweetest time of the year. You'll be happy you did!


Monadnock Region Maple Producers with open houses

Ben's Sugar Shack - 562-6595   Temple

Brookview Sugarhouse  -  654-7961   Wilton
Clark's Sugar House -  835-6863  Langdon
Connolly Sugar House924-5002   Temple
Dublin School Sugar Shack563-8584   Dublin
Fieldstone Farm Sugarhouse899-6009   Rindge
Four Saps Sugar Shack - 714-4503   Lyndeborough
Grassy Brook Maple Products
 - 446-3324   Marlow
Hunt's Sugar House 
- 478-5568   Hillsboro
LongView Forest Products -  525-3566   Hancock
Mill Brook Sugar House -   399-4470  Westmoreland
Morningstar Maple -  563-9218   Dublin
Old Pound Road Sugar House - 588-3272   Antrim
Parker's Maple Barn878-2308   Mason
Rainer's Sugar House - 547-2108   Greenfield
Somero Maple Farm - 878-2025 - New Ipswich

Friday March 20th - Sunday March 29th throughout the greater Peterborough area. A week long restaurant event where you can try a 2 course lunch or a 3 course dinner a different restaurant every night for a fixed price. For more information: 603-547-8323

Stonewall Farm Adult Education - Fees apply

Sunday, March 22, 10 AM to 12 PM

Intro to Honeybees & Local Pollinators


Sunday, March 29, 10 AM to 12 PM

Cheese Making - Vinegar & Oil Tasting

"Symphony of the Soil" Film Showing
Thu, April 23, 7pm - 9pm,  Putnam Theater at Keene State College
Filmed on four continents, and featuring impassioned scientists, farmers, and foodies, this award-winning film artfully examines the complex, dynamic nature of soil. Following the film, Dr. Rachel Thiet - soil ecologist and professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England - will be on hand for an informal Q&A session. For more information, contact Brett Amy Thelen at or (603) 358-2065. Co-sponsored by the Harris Center for Conservation Education, the Monadnock Conservancy, and the Keene State College Film Society.



Mushroom and Wheat Berry Pilaf


Recipe - A mash-up of Alton Brown and Bon Appetit

Photograph by Elizabeth Jaime




Wheat Berries  -  Nitty Gritty Grain Co.

Mushrooms  - Wichland Woods

Shallots, Garlic -  Stonewall Farm,  Tracie's Community Farm

                                Farmer's Market

1            tablespoon olive oil

2            large shallots

1 1/2    teaspoons salt

5            garlic cloves, minced

1            tablespoon butter (or more olive oil)

1 lb       mushrooms, sliced

1            tablespoon soy sauce

1/4       cup red wine

1/4       cup chicken broth or 1/4 cup vegetable broth

1 1/2    cups wheat berries, cooked 

               (see below for basic instructions)

1/2       teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

1/2       teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

1            teaspoon lemon zest


1.   Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over low heat. Add 

       onions and saute until soft, about 10 minutes.

2.  Add garlic and continue to saute until fragrant, about 1 


3.  Add the butter or additional oil, and let melt.

4.  Add mushrooms and soy sauce, increase the heat to 

      medium and continue cooking until mushrooms     

      release their liquid, about 5 to 10 minutes.

5.  Add wine and broth and simmer until wine begins to 

      evaporate, about 5 minutes.

6.  Add all remaining ingredients (Cooked rice and cooked 

      wheat berries through lemon zest) and heat through.

7.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.


     optional - top with plain Greek yogurt.


Serves 4-6


Basic Cooked Wheat Berries


1 cup        wheat berries, well washed

2 -2 1/2   cups water or 2 -2 1/2 cups broth. 

                    (most the time I only need 2 cups so  watch



  1. Place washed berries in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook shaking the pan for around 3 to 5 minutes. Till they start to pop. Being careful not to over cook or burn.
  2. Stove top: Combine water and wheat in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until all the water is absorbed and grain is soft and chewy, approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Slow Cooker: Combine water and wheat in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.


The Monadnock Travel Council welcomes the 2015 NH Travel Council Governor's Conference on Tourism

May 4&5 the Monadnock Region will host 150+ visitors from across New Hampshire and New England for this conference. All aspects of the menus for the 2 day conference will feature locally grown, raised or produced foods from the Region. If you would like to have your products included in this event please contact 
Denise Meadows  603-209-4248

Specifically looking for: salad greens, whole chicken, pork, potatoes, crackers, asparagus, cabbage, greens, bread, eggs, milk, sausage, granola, vegetables and such. 

Picadilly Farm is now hiring summer and full season field crew!         Call or check or website for details., 603-239-8718. 

Fresh Chicks Outdoor Local Market - Peterborough

Looking for vendors to join this year. They are a fun and relaxed market with wonderful vendors AND customers. If you're looking for a venue to add to your schedule, contact them through the link above.

Need Egg Cartons?

Hannah Grimes Marketplace regularly has empty eggs cartons that are available for FREE to those that need/want them.  Please contact the Marketplace at 603-352-6862 if you can use gently recycled egg cartons for re-use. 


FREE Trees

Two Red Pine trees. Approx. 7ft tall - in need of a new home. Adopter will be responsible for removing the trees from the ground. To adopt or have questions, please contact Donna Weldon at donna@hannahgrimes or 352-5063

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