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.