Shop Local: Warner Holiday Farmers Market is Dec. 10

The Warner Holiday Farmers Market is coming up… on Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warner Town Hall. Area farmers will have abundant fresh produce, maple syrup, locally produced meat and eggs, baked goods and other delights for the holiday table. The market will host live music and café with coffee…a place to relax between stops on the annual Warner Holiday Shopping Tour.

The market is sponsored by the Warner Farmers Market and the Kearsarge Area Eat Local (KAEL) group. For more information, contact Bob Bower at Kearsarge Gore Farm, phone: 603-456-2319 or email

Photo by Leon Malan: Nancy Brown of Nancy’s Specialty Foods at the Warner
Holiday Farmers Market, 2010.

View and download the event poster (PDF 127 KB) here:

KAEL – Warner Holiday Farmers Market poster Dec 2011

Market on the Green ‘turning into a larger community event’

Market on the Green, Wednesdays 3-6pm, in New London is exploding with families and fun! Tristan Trybulski tries on the personality of a tiger with face painting. Artist Erin McGee Ferrell gives the final touches.

The Market on the Green, a farmers’ market held on the town common in New London, is bustling with activity reminiscent of a country fair.

Loads of families are  coming and enjoying the entertainment, vendor selections and free art activities all sponsored by the Center for the Arts serving the Lake Sunapee Region.

Market on the Green: Wednesdays, 3-6 pm, June 29-September 14

Ausbon Sargent Town Common, Main Street, New London

“Putting together live music, family entertainment, art and local agriculture…it’s a perfect combination,” said Annie Ballin, the Center’s executive director. “We have a great group of vendors. They are a friendly and talented group who enjoy what they do and are happy to share their wares and knowledge.”

Market-goers can get everything they need from prepared foods and meats, baked goods and produce, to specialty handmade gifts from local producers.

Rocky Cannoli of Newport does a steady business with market- goers looking for cookies, cinnamon rolls, and other treats.

“It’s  really turning into a larger community event where people gather to meet and visit with neighbors and friends from all over our region not just New London. The vendors are your neighbors too.”

At Market on the Green you’ll find fresh veggies from Muster Field Farm and Autumn Harvest Farm; baked goods from Rocky Cannoli, Stone Arch Bakery and New London Confections; pickles and jams from Autumn Harvest Farm and Cutting Farm… and more.

One market-goer shops the market each week to get a hot dog from Rocky Cannoli and fresh lemonade from Maine Squeeze, said Ballin, and another regularly buys condiments from Pam Ilg and Deb Coffin, Twin Fields Farm and Moose Country Gourmet. And a visitor from New York was amazed to find the perfect wedding present–a handmade lamp from one of the local potters at the market.

And there’s music and theater, a different act every week, and New London rec department runs games for the kids.

This is the market’s second season and attendance is about 450-500 people each week, many more than last year, according to Ballin.

For a list of products and vendors and 2011 performance schedule, go to:

“We really want people to experience the region…there is so much to do right here. There are 13 towns that encompass the Lake Sunapee Region and people should get to know the benefits of shopping locally and the entertainment and educational opportunities abound!”

For more info about the Center for the Arts, its programs and e-calendar of events, visit:

Photos provided by the Center for the Arts

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Newport Winter Carnival celebrates ‘heritage’ Feb. 9-13

This year’s theme is heritage, a fitting choice for the 2011 Newport Winter Carnival that will be held in Newport, New Hampshire February 9 thru 13. This is the town’s 250th anniversary and its 95th Winter Carnival. It is said to be the oldest town winter carnival in the country.

Local organizers have a full and varied line up of activities planned, traditional favorites and new additions: the queen pageant, breakfasts, a strongman competition, the parade, ice skating on the Common, ski jumping, broom hockey, casino night, music, scavenger hunt, and fireworks…to name a few.

New this year: a farmers’ market…and a mustache contest that hopes to break a Guinness World Record. Continue reading

Kearsarge localvores meet Jan. 5 – newcomers welcome

If you’re interested in meeting up with localvores in the Kearsarge area, here’s your opportunity. The Kearsarge Area Eat Local committee will meet on Wednesday, January 5 at 7 pm at the Pillsbury Free Library in Warner. Newcomers are welcome. Other KAEL activities are also planned for January, February and March. Co-sponsored by local groups and businesses, programs will be held in Warner and, for this month, include :

  • A film screening of “Tapped: The Story of Bottled Water” on Jan. 14
  • A farmer’s presentation by Marc Moran of Hopewell Farm of Newbury on Jan. 20
  • A community potluck supper and contra dance on Jan. 22

Details are available via an earlier Sunapee News article:  KAEL announces January events.

In December, KAEL and Warner Farmers’ Market co-sponsored a holiday farmers’ market that brought together local producers and shoppers. The courtesy photo shows vendors setting up in the lower level of the Warner Town Hall.

Amongst the local food producers in attendance were: Arthur Mountain, Mountain Farm (Sutton); Marc Moran, Hopewell Farm, (Newbury); Dancin’ Apple Farm (Warner); Bob Bower, Kearsarge Gore Farm (Warner); and Larry Pletcher, Vegetable Ranch (Warner); Shawn Michael’s Homemade (Warner); Cutting Farm (W. Springfield); and Three Acre Kitchen (Hopkinton). Small producers and large CSAs were represented.

Kearsarge Area Eat Local announces January events

A community potluck supper and contra dance with Dudley and Jack Laufman and a program featuring Newbury’s  Marc Moran from Hopewell Farm highlight fun and farm-friendly events being held in Warner this January.  The potluck supper and dance will be held at the Warner Town Hall on Saturday, January 22. People are invited to bring a dish and are encouraged to use local ingredients. (See below for more info.)
The Kearsarge Area Eat Local committee supports sustainable agriculture and the local sourcing of food.  Their January meeting and programs, including the community potluck, are open to all. Newcomers are welcome.
  • January 5 – Wednesday – Monthly Kearsarge Area Eat Local meeting, 7 pm, Pillsbury Free Library.
  • January 14 – Friday – The film TAPPED: The Story of Bottled Water 7 pm, Pillsbury Free Library. Donations accepted.
  • January 20 – Thursday – Farmer Presentation by Marc Moran, Hopewell Farm, Newbury: “Fish Farming, Permaculture and Homesteading in the 21st Century” 7 pm, Pillsbury Free Library. Free.
  • January 22 – Saturday – Community Potluck Supper, Warner Town Hall, 6-7:30 pm. Bring a dish to share; local ingredients encouraged. Free. —– At 7:30 pm, contra dance featuring nationally known Two Fiddles, Dudley and Jackie Laufman, from Canterbury, NH. Cost: $7 donation to  musicians.

These events are collaboratively sponsored by local groups, businesses and town entities including KAEL, Warner Area Farmers Market, Pillsbury Free Library, Warner Connects, Warner Time Bank, Warner Energy Committee, and MainStreet Bookends. For more info, call the Pillsbury Free Library at 603-456-2289.

Newport holds holiday farmers market Dec. 19

Here’s another opportunity to shop locally…

The Newport Farmers Market will hold a holiday market at the Newport Opera House this Sunday, December 19 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Rocky “Cannoli” Saccento, president of the farmers market, expects 25 to 30 vendors in attendance. A varied selection of locally made goods will be available including many hand crafts for holiday shoppers. Vendors will be selling prepared foods, canned goods, and breads including Italian and Parmesan cheese bread from Rocky “Cannoli’s” Red Barn Farm Bakery in Newport. Bread from other bakers will also be available.

This is the first holiday market organized by the Newport market, Saccento said. A DJ will be playing holiday music and there will be hot coffee and café seating…so folks can shop, then sit back and relax.

During the season, the popular Newport Farmers Market routinely attracts 40 to 45 vendors and operates June to October, on Friday afternoons on the Newport Town Common.

“Considering the economy, the 2010 season went well,” Saccento said. “More and more people are into buying locally and knowing the people—your friends and neighbors—that grow your produce.”

This Sunday offers the opportunity to shop a local farmer’s market and, considering the season, shop directly from some of the area’s favorite local vendors.

For more information, visit the Newport Farmers Market.

Warner Hosts Holiday Farmers Market Dec. 11

Warner is hosting a holiday farmers market Saturday, December 11 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Warner Town Hall on Main Street. Organized by the Kearsarge Area Eat Local Committee and co-sponsored by the Warner Area Farmers Market, the holiday market will offer a festive array of healthy choices “to fill stomach and stocking,” said Linda Burdick, a volunteer for KAEL.

Download/view the event flyer here: Warner – Eat Local Holiday Farmers Market (pdf 155kb )

The Gift of Healthy Eating

We really wanted to offer a variety of items, said Burdick. There will be eight vendors from Warner and others from Newbury, Sutton, Newport, Bristol, Hopkinton, Springfield and Henniker. Amongst those in attendance will be Hopewell Farm (Newbury), Dancin’ Apple Farm (Warner), Kearsarge Gore Farm (Warner) and Vegetable Ranch (Warner). Small producers and large CSAs will be represented.

For the holiday table there will be local seasonal vegetables (with recipes) and salad greens; fresh bread and baked goods and gluten-free choices; local beef, pork, lamb, chicken and turkey; sauces and marinades; eggs, whole milk and goat cheese; and maple syrup and jams.

Gift selections will include lip balm, skin smoothers and candles; chocolate truffles and cookies; and wreaths, fresh greens and gift baskets.

A café will offer coffee, tea and hot food; music will add to the holiday spirit.

Kearsarge Area Eat Local

Although the Warner Area Farmers Market has been around for years, KAEL formed about six months ago, Burdick said. In September, it organized Warner Eat Local Week with farm tours, an extended farmers market, educational programs, cooking demonstrations, and a community potluck dinner.

“It [the potluck dinner] truly was a community-building event,” Burdick said. “It was very warmly received.”

KAEL supports healthy food and shopping choices, our area  farmers, sustainable systems and the local first economy.

After meeting with local farmers and consumers earlier in the year, KAEL discovered that people want (1) more information about local sourcing and year-round buying and selling opportunities and (2) information and education about how to buy, prep, cook, and preserve locally produced foods.

The group meets at the Pillsbury Free Library (on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm) and welcomes new members, volunteers interested in helping with events and programs.

Other Holiday Events in Warner

On December 11, Warner Village will hold its Fourth Annual Shopping Tour sponsored by local businesses and the Kearsarge Area Chamber of Commerce. There will be horse and carriage rides, displays by local artisans at the Upton Chandler House Museum, a Santa parade and much more. Also, on display at the Warner Town Hall, is the Festival of Trees.

Visit for details and a printable schedule.

A community calendar provided by Pillsbury Free Library also has helpful information.

Green Leaf Peeping

Photo © by Jeff Dean.

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“It’s that time of year when every trip out the door provides a feast for your eyes. Tourism is in full swing and the roads are filled with visitors drinking it all in,” writes Michelle Veasey, manager of a program promoting sustainable practices for the NH Lodging and Restaurant Association.

Veasey, in a newsletter published by the NH Department of Environment Services, warns about climate change and its impact on our foliage season: “Species such as our state tree, the paper birch, as well as red and sugar maples, will not be able to survive in the projected warmer climate. Good enough reason to “green” our own leaf peeping trips, don’t you think?

The message encourages “green” leaf peeping. Consider your carbon footprint and use low-impact ways to take in the seasonal beauty. Save on gas, carpool with friends. Explore the local landscape. In short, drive less, enjoy the colors more.

Another way to help the environment is to support businesses committed to sustainable practices. The lodging and restaurant association program, on-line at, promotes eco-friendly enterprises. Seek them out.

As suggested by KC Wright, editor and publisher of Edible White Mountains, when dining out, “vote with your fork.”  Shop local food stands and farm markets and ask about farm-to-table menu choices. While taking in the local color, one can also help sustain home-grown businesses that produce and sell locally.

According tot he NH Foliage Tracker, the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee area is coming into peak color.

Related websites:

No Sunapee Farmers’ Market This Year

There are 80 farmers’ markets operating across the Granite State, but plans for a market in Sunapee this summer did not bear fruit. A Sunapee farmers’ market is a “no-go” this year, said one local vendor who was looking forward to both selling and buying locally. The insurance requirements for small producers, gardeners and artisans, make it impossible, she added, and for some individuals the cost was going to be $500 required by a town contract.

The market was to open in July and then in August, but now organizers are going to revisit the idea next year.

Sunapee Town Manager Donna Nashawaty confirmed last week that a local farmers’ market in the Old Town Hall is not coming together this year because each vendor needs proof of insurance, which eliminated most people that had signed on. If the vendors form a cooperative, they could secure a group insurance policy, Nashawaty said. Or they might be able to work with an existing non-profit, such as the local Chamber of Commerce.

“The bottom line for a farmers’ market in the OTH is that it would require either professional growers who already carry the insurance or the formation of a non-profit or some sort of corporation who could purchase a policy,” another potential Sunapee vendor said. “As long as it is in a facility requiring general liability insurance, it will not be a financially viable option for people who have a home garden or kitchen.” She’s calling around to see if she can get into another farmers’ market in the area.

The town owns the Old Town Hall and looks at guidelines published by New Hampshire Local Government Center, the town manager said. The Center has a publication, Cultivating a Successful Farmers’ Market that recommends specific insurance coverage.

However, farmers’ markets and towns operate differently, according to one of the Sunapee organizers. “We were caught unaware.” She’s looking towards next year. The town was supportive, she said.

“We will probably have some work to do over the winter if we want to make it happen,” a disappointed local artisan said.

NH Celebrates Eat Local and Farmers’ Markets

Governor John Lynch proclaimed the month of August 2009 as NH Eat Local Month and August 2 -8 as NH Farmers’ Market Week, which coincides with the 10th annual National Farmers’ Market Week, saluting farmers’ markets all across America.

EatLocalNHEach week in August, NH will have a theme, said Mario Capozzoli, Sunapee. Capozzoli, is a member of the statewide organizing committee and is helping to get the word out about eating local and how it can positively impact families and children, communities and businesses.

The second week is all about “Family to the Farm”—visiting a farm stand or farm. It will be followed by “Share the Harvest”—providing food for those in need, and “Looking Ahead”—preserving and storing food for the winter, Capozzoli said.

Capozzoli is known as the “organic guy” on North Road. He gardens organically, harvests and cooks. He’s active in the Locavore movement and volunteers for the Northeast Organic Farming Association. He also writes and publishes–“your portal to an edible life.”

New Hampshire has nearly 80 farmers’ markets operating throughout the state, Capozzoli said. They offer lots of variety, products such as farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, meat and dairy products, baked goods, flowers and more.

The Farm to Table, 100-mile menu that promotes indigenous agriculture and a menu that is seasonal and diverse from local fare, get lots of attention these days. However, Capozzoli is looking at a goal of a zero-mile menu, fare from one’s own community. And, now’s the perfect time, Capozzoli said, to visit and re-discover local produce available at your community farmers’ market.

There are important economic and environmental benefits to eating local and supporting your local farmers’ markets, Capozzoli explained in a phone interview on Friday. It’s also about choice and knowing what one eats. It “brings things back [to where one  has] more control [over one's food] for fresher and more organic produce.”

According to the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, residents and Granite State visitors are showing unprecedented interest in local food. And, August’s month-long celebration will offer great opportunities to feature and enjoy locally grown foods. A special kick off celebration for both NH Eat Local Month and Farmers’ Market Week is being planned, as well. On August 1 at 9 a.m. at the Concord Farmers’ Market,  NH Commissioner of Agriculture, Lorraine Merrill will welcome Governor John Lynch and First Lady, Dr. Susan Lynch to the market, along with many other guests, farmers and shoppers.

For event and activity information, visit:

For info about the NH Farmers’ Market Association, visit:

And, here’s a list (PDF) of farmer’s markets published by the NH Agriculture Department,

Sunapee Farmers Market Re-sets Start Date to August 8

The opening date of the Sunapee farmers market has been moved back to August 8.  Originally scheduled to begin on July 18, the market will still run every Saturday through September from 9:30-12:30 in the Old Town Hall on Main Street. The Old Town Hall is located in Sunapee Harbor village.  Vendors interested in participating may email or phone 603-290-1615 for more information and to sign up.

Sunapee Farmers’ Market Opens July 18

The farmers’ market is coming to Sunapee! Starting July 18 and running through September 26, locally produced products will be sold at a market to be held in the Old Town Hall, at the top of hill on Main Street at Sunapee Harbor. The market will be open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. throughout the season. Vendors are sought for produce, eggs, meat, baked goods and other local products. The cost per table is $10 a week or $85 for the season. Individuals are also needed to monitor the market during the season. This would require opening, closing and being available during open hours. Contact for more information.

Related articles:

Sunapee Old Town Hall Gets OK for a Farmers’ Market (

Is a Farmers’ Market Coming to Sunapee (

Related websites:

NH Farm to Restaurant

Selectmen Agree to Test One-Way Loop at Sunapee Harbor

Sunapee selectmen agreed last night to re-direct vehicular traffic at Sunapee Harbor this summer by implementing a one-way loop that will increase available parking and promote safer pedestrian access in the area. Despite doubts expressed by Selectmen Fred Gallup and Bill Roach, the board agreed unanimously to put the one-way loop to the test.

After an hour of presentations, debate and public comment on the topic, the board voted (5-0) to adopt a clock-wise design starting mid-June. If all goes well, it will way stay in place through Labor Day.

“I don’t think it is going to work,” Gallup said after offering the motion. “The best way to put it to bed is to try it out.”

Selectman Roach said that no one had yet demonstrated a need for the change and it would likely introduce new problems. But he agreed, it was time to put the idea to rest, one way or another.

The one-way loop is expected to be seasonal. Design experts say that it will provide for improved traffic flow and access to the harbor including the old town hall, which houses the town thrift shop and will soon host a new Farmers’ Market.

“We’d like to see if it works,” said Mike Durfor, a member of the Old Town Hall Committtee. The town studied the area through professional services provided by PlanNH in a charrette completed in 2007. The charrette suggested a one-way loop, a counter-clockwise flow.

After debating issues related to vehicular and boat trailer traffic and how the boat queue lines up, the selectmen chose a clockwise pattern that will send travel into the harbor up Main Street past the old town hall. Main Street will be one-way in that area. Then, one will leave the harbor via River Road that will become one-way, as will the High Street Bridge.

After Road Agent Tony Bergeron presented three different traffic options and spoke to the pros and cons of each, Police Chief Dave Cahill followed.

Selectman Charlotte Brown suggested testing the different options before choosing one and wanted to make sure emergency response times would not be slowed for calls in or beyond the harbor area.

“We don’t need to fix something that’s not broken” Artie Osborne said.

The town has seen only two accidents at the harbor in the last seven years, according to the police chief. Neither were “intersection accidents,” said Cahill, who preferred a clock-wise flow because of the layout of the sidewalks.

Some spoke against any change, while others encouraged following through on a recent town meeting vote that approved studying the one-way loop.

Chairman Steve White said, “We owe it to the town, to try it out.”

Communicating to people so they know what to do when they enter the harbor is very important, Selectman Emma Smith said. She encouraged the use of fliers and whatever means possible to get the word out.

Visitors should look for new signs and one-way traffic at Sunapee Harbor starting mid-June.

Sunapee Old Town Hall Gets OK for a Farmers’ Market

old-town-hallThe Sunapee planning board on Thursday gave approval to the use of the main floor of the old town hall on Main Street for retail sales. The Old Town Hall committee will pursue establishing a farmers’ market in the space, day and time to be determined. OTH committee members Kevin Rickard assisted by Dana Ramspott and Michael Durfor made the presentation to the board. The meeting was informative and the board was enthusiastic and supportive, said Barbara Sullivan, Sunapee. Sullivan has been researching the farmers’ market on behalf of the committee. Another change at the old town hall involves the Sunapee Thrift Shop, managed by members of the Sunapee Seniors. The shop plans to move into a renovated, larger space on the opposite side of the building from where it now operates.

In 2008, NH Preservation Alliance recognized the old town hall as an important but endangered historical resource and listed it as one of the state’s Seven to Save. Later in the year, the NH Dept. of Historic Resources added the property to the NH State Register of Historic Places. Appointed in 2006 by the selectmen, the Old Town Hall Committee has been researching the building, its history and future uses. Betsy Katz is the committee chair and Dana Ramspott, vice-chair.

Related article: Is a Farmers’ Market Coming to Suanpee (

Is a Farmers Market Coming to Sunapee

old-town-hallThe Old Town Hall Committee is considering using a portion of the historic building for a farmers market. Yes, indeed! The building is located on Main Street on the banks of the Sugar River in Sunapee Harbor village. Barbara Sullivan, Sunapee, is researching the potential for the town hall committee. Sullivan is talking with vendors and other market organizers in the area. (If interested contact:

As now envisioned, the market would be in the center section of the building with direct access from the sidewalk. A farmer’s market would put to good use the unfinished space of the old livery building, Sullivan said. She thinks it could start small, with perhaps no more than 10 vendors, and operate July into October.

Dana Ramspott, Sunapee, a member of the Committee, is working with the town on the logistics. The committee goes before the planning board in May.

The Old Town Hall currently houses the Sunapee Thrift Shop, of great importance to the town. It will continue to operate in the town-owned building, but will be moving into a larger area (to the left), which previously housed the police department. Improvements to the area are underway.

Members of the OTHC are: Betsy Katz, chairman, Kevin Rickard, Mike Durfor, Jo Hill, Dana Ramspott, Betty Tatlock, Betsy Webb, Tony Bergeron, Ron Garceau and Ellie White.


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