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Weekday Farmers’ Markets Open Across Seacoast

From our friends at the Seacoast Growers Association (SGA):

Seacoast Growers Association is pleased to announce the start of its weekday farmers’ markets in Dover, Durham, Exeter, Hampton and Kingston.  In addition to new vendors, this year brings the Exeter market a full two weeks early, and offers a new location with great accessibility in Dover.

The Exeter Farmers’ Market starts May 21st in the Swasey Parkway, off Water Street in downtown Exeter, Thursdays from 2:15 to 6:00 p.m.

The Dover Farmers’ Market starts June 3rd in its new home in the parking lot of the Herbal Path at 835 Central Ave., Wednesdays from 2:15 to 6:00 p.m.

The Durham Farmers’ Market starts June 1st in the parking lot of Durham Bike on Pettee Brook Lane in the downtown loop.

The Hampton Farmer’s Market starts June 2nd in the Sacred Heart School parking lot, across from the post office just north of Route 101, Tuesdays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The Kingston Farmer’s Market also starts June 2nd and is located “on the plains” across from the fire station on Main Street / Route 111, Tuesdays from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m.

SGA’s weekly Saturday market in Portsmouth opened the first week of May.  It is held in the City Hall parking lot on Junkins Ave., from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

While maintaining an agricultural focus, SGA farmers’ markets also are proud to offer fresh seafood and quality prepared foods such as jams, cookie dough, honey mead, and blended teas.  Our skilled artisans also present some of the finest crafts on the Seacoast, ranging from woven reed baskets, pottery and leather work to goat milk soap, herbal medicine, jewelry and Chinese brush paintings.

All SGA markets are open rain or shine and offer the “SGA Guarantee”: Our products are grown and made by our own vendors here on the Seacoast.

Now in its 33rd year, Seacoast Growers’ Association is a state-registered nonprofit organization representing 57 local independent businesses.  SGA works closely with Seacoat Eat Local, Seacoast Local and Slow Food Seacoast, all of whom can be found every Saturday at the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market Information Booth. Volunteer Local Food Advocates are also welcome to join this local food movement; free training is provided.

Our monthly e-newsletter provides special recipes and updates on what foods and flowers are in season.  To sign up or for more information on any of our programs or markets, including maps to all six locations and a full list of vendors, visit

New Exhibit at the NH Farm Museum in Milton

Contact:  Kathleen Shea, 652-7840 for more info

Visit our new exhibit on farm women and work in the Barn and the Farmhouse ell.  Tour the historic Jones farmhouse and meet several roleplayers portraying the different generations of women who lived on the farm.  Learn to make butter and join us for tea and cake on the porch.  The exhibit will run through mid-October.  $6 adult, $3 child, members free.

Workshop for NH Landowners, Gardeners and Landscapers

At RiverRun Bookstore on Monday, May 18 at 7 pm: a free workshop on New Ideas for Preserving Nature: Useful Tips for NH Landowners, Gardeners, and Landscapers

With rural areas fast disappearing in the Northeast, it seems the only way to preserve our identity as a place where people, plants, and animals can share the land is to integrate the landscapes around our homes, communities, and work spaces with the natural world. What does that mean and how do you do it?

And what about landscaping’s far-reaching effects on water quality? No matter where you live in New Hampshire, the actions you take make a difference. Why? Because we all live in a watershed, where water drains into a lake, river, wetland, or coastal estuary. How do we protect that natural resource?

Take some time to “sit at the feet” of experts who will share what they’ve learned—and taught—over many years. Mary Tebo, a community forestry educator, and Lauren Chase-Rowell, a landscape design expert, will present information from two books they’ve co-authored with other experts: Landscaping at the Water’s Edge: An Ecological Approach and Integrated Landscaping: Following Nature’s Lead, both published by the UNH Cooperative Extension.

You will learn

  • How to establish landscapes that look and feel as if they belong
  • To integrate natural principles into beautifu, functional landscapes
  • To create landscapes that sustain themselves with minimum cost, energy, and effort.
  • To think in terms of plant systems, rather than mere collections of individual plants.
  • How to use and apply plant-system models designed for challenging conditions
  • Where to find alternatives to invasive species.
  • How to create landscapes that benefit wildlife, both above and below ground.

RiverRun Bookstore is located at 20 Congress Street in downtown Portsmouth. For more information on the event, visit or call (603) 431-2100. The event is free and open to the public.

Nature’s Wonders Cooking Class

Join Nature’s Wonders for their first cooking class for adults.  Clariza Simo will be the guest chef–learn some great Latin cooking!

WHAT: Teach and eat (an intimate cooking experience). Come learn to make a tasty gourmet meal. You will enjoy yummy bellinis while learning a wonderful and easy recipe. After the lesson is complete you get to eat the treat–think of it as an educational brunch!

WHERE: Nature’s Wonders Amazing Kitchen at 550 Brackett Rd in Rye, New Hampshire

WHEN: May 16th at 10:30, May 17th at 12:00

COST: $28 (includes lesson plus food and drink)

Space is limited so reserve your spot now!!!  Contact or (603) 436-6756

From our Friends at Seacoast Eat Local…

Portsmouth Farmers’ Market Tours will be available on Saturday, May 9, in conjunction with the Sustainability Fair at the Middle School. Volunteers will meet tour-goers at the fairgrounds and lead them up the hill to the market, where they’ll receive a personalized tour, introductions to the vendors, and tips on how to choose and purchase items at a farmers’ market. There is no charge, and tours are expected to last 45 minutes. They will be conducted every half-hour from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Map of the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market location

The Backyard Farming Series at the Madbury Public Library - free and open to the public.  For more info contact the Madbury Public Library, 9 Town Hall Road, Madbury, NH 03823, 603-743-1400,

“Bees: Getting started in backyard honeybee-keeping”, presented by Amy Antonucci, April 29 at 7pm

“From Seed to Farm stand”, presented by Jill Leavenworth, May 6 at 7pm

“Chickens in your backyard, eggs in the basket!”, presented by Peter Leavenworth, May 20 at 7pm

“Build a root cellar in your own basement”, presented by Craig Stephan, May 27 at 7pm

Thistleridge Farm in Dover has chicks for sale: broilers, NH reds, white leghorns, Red Silkies, Aracanas, Buff Brahmas, and Barred Rock X. They also have fertile eggs for hatching, chicken, duck, goose and quail, and rent incubators with eggs included! If you’re looking for more ready-to-eat food, they have eggs: goose, chicken, quail, turkey and duck.  For more information call Sherri at 603-740-9332

Home Cheesemaking: Ricotta & Mozzarella

Learn to make your own unprocessed, local cheese right at home. Through a lecture and demonstrations, this introduction to home cheesemaking will get you started on making ricotta and mozzarella and may include yogurt and goat cheese if time allows. Basic equipment and procedures will be covered. This one-night workshop by Debra Kam and Lenore Smith will be held on Tuesday, May 19, from 6–8:30 p.m. Course fee is $30. Supplies included. To register, call Joyce at the adult ed office at 775-8457 or stop by the office 8:30 AM -3:00 PM M-F at 30 Linden Street (old Exeter High School), entrance D, room 137.

Nourishing Your Family From the Inside Out: Earth-friendly Cooking and Wellness Classes

Location: Attrezzi European Marketplace, 78 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH
Slow Foods, Fast Dinner: Quick Meals (Monday May 18, 7-9pm)
Super Nourishing Spring Greens! (Monday June 8, 7-9pm)
$40 for each class, materials included
Tracey Miller is a certified health & wellness counselor from Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  She helps individuals and families eat healthier through personal coaching, nutrition education and cooking classes. Kate Donald is an organic vegetable farmer, and advocate for local, sustainable agriculture. She works with Seacoast Eat Local to help consumers connect with local farmers and locally produced foods.
To register, please RSVP to, 603-380-1080 or, 603-580-5364

- Sara Zoe Patterson, on behalf of Seacoast Eat Local