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

A garlic scape.

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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