Warner hosts cooking demos: Eat Fresh with the Market Chef

The Warner Area Farmers Market has scheduled outdoor cooking demonstrations Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The series — “Eat Fresh with the Market Chef” — focuses on local foods in season and continues for most Saturdays until October 13, 2012. The farmers market is held on the Town Hall lawn, 9 to noon.

Presenters include chefs from:

  • local restaurants
  • presenters from local organic farms
  • a market that features NH made food products and
  • the UNH cooperative extension office.

“We have an amazing line-up with a variety of topics,” said Suzanne Bohman,  manager of the Warner Area Farmers Market.

Topics include summer salads and salsa, family menus using fresh ingredients, healthy cooking, mozzarella cheese from local milk, and tamales using local corn.

There is something for everyone—from the gourmet foodie to the busy mom wanting a simple but healthy meal. Our presenters will focus on fresh ingredients put together in creative ways. In most demos, recipes will be available and samples will be given away. – Suzanne Bohman from the Warner Area Farmers Market

For more info and schedule updates, check Facebook or email: suzbohman@gmail.com.

>>> Download/view the event poster (197KB): Eat Local Eat Fresh with the Market Chef.

The series is a result of the Warner Area Farmers Market participating in a project funded by the Capital Area Wellness Coalition, a collaborative volunteer organization in Concord dedicated to creating a healthier community.

The goal of the Healthy Foods Subcommittee in 2012 is to increase community access to healthy locally produced food.

This project has been supported by Kearsarge Area Eat Local (KAEL), a group of volunteers dedicated to increasing accessibility to local foods by cultivating relationships between farmers, growers and consumers and by the Warner Area Farmers Market, a source of fresh local products since 1974.

New Lyme Disease Cookbook Provides ‘Recipes for Repair’

For Laura Piazza, Sunapee, learning to live with a chronic health condition—Lyme disease—has opened a new chapter in her life, that of being a cookbook author and publisher. With help from her mother, Gail Piazza, Laura has just published Recipes for Repair: A Lyme Disease Cookbook, now available from Peconic Publishing, Sunapee.

The book includes 151 recipes designed to help anyone feel better through healthier eating, explains Laura. It is especially helpful for people with Lyme disease and other ailments, as it supports an anti-inflammation diet developed by Kenneth B. Singleton, MD, MPH.

Laura became familiar with Dr. Singleton’s work and his 2008 book The Lyme Disease Solution when researching her own chronic Lyme disease. The results inspired Laura, a professional photographer and graphic designer, and Gail, a home economics consultant with a master’s degree from NYU in Food and Nutrition, to combine talents and propose a companion cookbook to Dr. Singleton.

Laura Piazza, Sunapee, and her mother, Gail Piazza, the authors of Recipes for Repair: A Lyme Disease Cookbook.

The idea resulted in Recipes for Repair: A Lyme Disease Cookbook, a collection of recipes that use all-natural whole foods and provide for nutritional and delicious meals that everyone can enjoy. Many vegetarian, low-sugar, and gluten-, dairy- and egg-free recipes are included.

A personal journey

Although Laura’s diagnosis of Lyme disease was confirmed only two years ago, she has lived with the unpredictable disease for more than fifteen years. She first experienced symptoms in 1993, when a freshman in college. Several years later, after college, she was re-infected and had another severe bout that landed her in the emergency room with a 105-degree fever and aches and pains. This time around, she found a tiny tick on her body. However, she received limited treatment.

Laura’s personal journey led her to search out Lyme-literate doctors and practitioners and to learn all she could about this tick-borne, inflammatory disease. She also joined a support group in Manchester where she found encouragement and inspiration.

Now 35, Laura has learned to live with chronic Lyme disease. Continue reading

Greatgrandmother.org Writes About Hunger

“Our neighbors are hungry,” writes Mario Capozzoli of Sunapee, editor of greatgrandmother.org. “The face of hunger in the United States is all around us—no longer just the traditional socio-economically challenged rural and inner city families.  This past year, more than 17 million American households, including a large number of working poor and the recently-fully-employed, or 14.6% of every household, had difficulty putting food on the table at times during the year.”

Based on the recently released US Department of Agriculture’s Hunger Report for 2008, Capozzoli gives some percentages…families experiencing food insecurity. North Dakota’s average is 6.9% vs. Mississippi’s average of 17%. And the numbers on the east coast look like this:

  • New Hampshire = 8.5%
  • Massachusetts = 8.3%
  • Vermont = 12.1%
  • Maine = 13.7%
  • Rhode Island = 11.7%
  • New York = 11.3%
  • Connecticut = 11.0%

Read Capozzoli’s article posted on greatgrandmother.org.

The USDA report shows:

“The prevalence of food insecurity varied considerably among household types. Some groups with rates of food insecurity much higher than the national average (14.6 percent) were:

  • Households with incomes below the official poverty line—$21,834 for a family of four in 2008—(42.2 percent).
  • Households with children, headed by a single woman (37.2 percent).”

One can read the USDA report and view the charts and findings on-line.

SunapeeNews.com will publish later today an article about the Newport Food Pantry. It serves 10 towns in eastern Sullivan County.

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Kearsarge Cooperative Grocer Announces Grand Opening

Coop in New LondonA new grocer has come to New London. The Kearsarge Cooperative Grocer, a satellite of the Concord Cooperative Market, started to welcome customers last week in what they called a “soft opening.” And today the new store announced a grand opening celebration on August 7, 8 and 9 during Hospital Days.

The Co-op offers natural, organic and local foods as well as holistic home, health and body care products. The store is open 9:30 am – 6:00 pm daily and is open to the public, regardless of membership.

“It’s been an exciting whirlwind this past week, meeting lots of great people and making even more new friends!” said employee Zoe Skibbie.

Locals may recall the 14 Carrots Co-op, which closed earlier this year due to financial difficulties. For the past five months, the store has been in transition and the building renovated.

“The community is very excited to have us here, and we are doing all we can to get in the items that they want and need,” said Christy Carafa, store manager.

The August 7, 8, and 9 store event will include free samples, product giveaways and raffles. The Co-op will also take part in New London Hospital Day with a 40 foot farm-theme float and a booth at the Market on the Green.

For store info, call 603-526-6650 or visit on-line, the Kearsarge Cooperative Grocer.

GG.org Publishes Recipes and Local Food Info

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Greatgrandmother.org, an online source for local food sources and more, has a “whole foods” section with recipes by gg.org publisher Mario Capozolli, Sunapee. “Garlic scapes are growing in our region,” writes gg.org. The website also provides information about Local Harvest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and fresh produce growing and available in Sunapee, Upper Valley, and greater Concord area. For more information, visit: greatgrandmother.org

Related article: Around the Kitchen Table with Greatgrandmother.org – SunapeeNews.com

Kearsarge Coop Grocer to Open in New London

The Concord Co-op will soon open a sister store at the former 14 Carrots store location at 52 Newport Road, New London. It will be called the Kearsarge Cooperative Grocer.

“This ties in with our mission to provide more people with natural, organic, local, and environmentally sound choices,” Concord Co-op General Manager Paula Harris said.

Earlier in the year, the local co-operative 14 Carrots had to close its doors for financial reasons. It approached the Concord Coop about coming to New London, and after studying the opportunity, the Concord Co-op board approved the opening of a satellite store.

“Right now, the landlord is graciously renovating the building to meet the needs of your new Co-op. The 2,000 square-foot store will offer a wide variety of products similar to our Concord store. Upstairs, we’ll have offices and space for classes. We hope to develop another group of Wellness Educators in that area to provide more free holistic lectures and workshops,” Harris said.

We look forward to connecting with local businesses, vendors, and the higher education community to better serve the area. This is a great opportunity to bring our successful cooperative to a new area and bridge our health-conscious, progressive communities, just like two peas in a pod! – Paula Harris, Concord Co-op

Local Winery Gives Tours and Tastings

From Sunacom.com, Gayle Hedrington reports on a local winery: “All wines produced by family owned and operated Silver Mountain Winery are  sulphate-free. Owners Steve and Cindy Miner buy apples, raspberries, black cherries and honey from New England farmers and use only fresh fruit for their wines. Visitors are welcome for tours and tastings Thursday through Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sundays 11am-4pm.” Read more at Sunacom.com

Zadwiga’s Spiced Pear Muffins

Zadwiga’s Spiced Pear Muffins is a recipe from Rhonda from Sunapee who replied to a call for recipes to start a good-food exchange, the sharing of information about healthy menu choices and sustainable agriculture.

While on the subject of good food, check out greatgrandmother.org, a new and growing website launched locally from Sunapee, NH 03782! The talent behind greatgrandmother.org is the “organic farm guy” Mario Capozolli assisted by Sharon Thielicke and photographer Gary Summerton, all from Sunapee.

Back to the kitchen… Continue reading

Flavors of the Valley April 21

Attention consumers, gardeners, chefs and wholesale and retail buyers: Flavors of the Valley will be held on Tuesday, April 21 at the Hartford High School , White River Junction, VT.  The event is described as “a premier tasting, informational and buying event for locally grown foods. Dozens of local farmers and chefs answer questions about their food and farm products, including meats, produce, maple, dairy, baked goods, and prepared foods.” Admission: $7. Children age 6 and under, free.

Plant the Seeds. Share the Harvest.

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By Catherine Bushueff

As the snow melts away, green shoots can be found sprouting in the warmest and sunniest spots around the Sunapee area. Also, other “green” buds are developing, activities that revolve around: Community, sustainability and food. This parallels what is happening across the country.

Recently (March 15), Sixty Minutes (CBS) aired a segment with food legend Alice Waters, the founder of the world-famous restaurant Chez Panisse. She is also known for her vision and advocacy of sustainable agriculture.

“I have been talking nonstop about the symbolism of an edible landscape at the White House. I think it says everything about stewardship of the land and about the nourishment of a nation,” Waters said.

First Lady Michelle Obama with the help of young people broke ground on the White House grounds on Friday for a vegetable garden. They will also add a beehive. Hooray! Continue reading

From Cooking Up A Story: The Use of Birdhouses

CookingUpAStory.com writes about people, food and sustainable living, stories of universal interest. A report this week includes a video of  Jon Bansen, a third-generation farmer from Oregon. Organic dairy farmer Bansen talks about his use of bird houses to foster a healthy bird population, which naturally helps manage the fly population. The story also offers instructions on how to make your own bird house. Visit: Bird Houses: Using Nature to Control a Farm Pest.

Cooking Up A Story is part of a Local Food Sustainable Network, a “growing body of independent alliances designed to encourage a deeper understanding of the important issues involving food and sustainability that effects people throughout the world.”  Goals include improving food quality and strengthening/supporting local economies, critical to a healthy community.

Have a NH local harvest story? Click on Comment (below) or email SunapeeNews@gmail.com

Related websites:

Local Harvest – Real food, real farmers, real community

Local Harvest – Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Concord, NH

NH Farm to School

Farm Share at Springledge Farm, New London, NH

Sunapee Group Discusses Menu for the Future

Thirteen community members sliced into a hot-topic last week, when session one of a six-week discussion group met at Sunapee Abbott Library to explore food, sustainability and community. Conversation circled around local food options (or the lack thereof) and the individual food choices people make based on upbringing and ethnicity, lifestyle and personal and global health concerns.

Menu for the Future is the title of the course. It attracted full enrollment.
The group took 90 minutes and discussed “What’s Eating America” after reading short writings by Zoe  Bradbury, Daniel Duane,  Michael Pollan, R. W. Apple, Jr., Sue Browning, Aleria Jensen and Wendell Berry.

Menu for the Future is one of eight courses provided by the Northwest Earth Institute and distributed regionally via the Vermont Earth Institute, which is very active in the Upper Valley.

Private and public groups sponsor local courses. To learn more about sponsoring a program in your home, place of work or community, call (802) 881-2039 or e -mail: vt.earth.institute@gmail.com.

For more information about Abbott Library services and programs, visit: Abbott Library.

If you’re interested in community farming/gardening or have a local story to tell, please use the Reply box below.

Related article: It’s About Earth Friendly Living, Living Lighter and Better (Sunapee News).

“Local First” Food and Farming

Whether you’re in Oregon or New Hampshire, local farming is at best a challenge. However, people increasingly talk about how they want to get produce from area farmers’ markets and produce locally more of the food they eat.

Sunapee News has been following: Cooking Up a Story.  It posts daily and talks about food, people and sustainable living. Check it out.

25% of all Oregon farmland will be up for grabs over the next decade, the future of Oregon’s family farmers may hang in the balance. According to the latest 2007 Census of Agriculture, the average age of local farmers is 57.5 years, slightly older than the national average. – Cooking Up a Story

Closer to home, UNH provides farm facts and sustainable horticulture info at: http://horticulture.unh.edu

Even closer to home, Menu for the Future, a discussion course begins March 12 at in Sunapee at Abbott Library. For more information, call the library, 603-763-5513.

To share your food (or farming) stories and ideas, just stir up a reply below.

Sunapee’s Abbott Library Sponsors “Menu for the Future”

vei_menuFood impacts our lives and environment in so many ways, on a multitude of levels. Yet, few people take the time to weigh questions such as: “Where is my food coming from?” and “What are the implications of my food choices?”

In response to a growing need to consider the larger implications of our food choices and understand food’s relationship to sustainability, Abbott Library and the Vermont Earth Institute are offering a discussion group: Menu for the Future.

The first session will be on Thursday, March 12th from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Abbott Library. For more information and to register, contact Abbott Library at 603-763-5513. The course is free; course books are available on loan from the library.  Space is limited. Continue reading

Sunapee food pantry seeks donations and other announcements

Civic Announcements: The Sunapee Food Pantry seeks donations. A list of current needs is posted on the Town of Sunapee website. And, a reminder, summer Town Meeting is August 18 at 7 PM at the Sunapee Middle High School (music room), North Road. What’s on the agenda? Other Activities: Sunday, August 17 is Love Your Lakes Day at Sunapee Harbor with the Annual Antique Boat Parade and Display. For more info, Continue reading

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