Muster Field Farm Celebrates Harvest Day Oct. 5

The barn at the Muster Field Farm Museum, North Sutton, N.H.

The Pillsbury Barn at the Muster Field Farm Museum, North Sutton, N.H., will host live music by Sferes & White and Click and Jonie Horning on Harvest Day, October 5.

North Sutton, N.H. — Celebrate the summer’s harvest at Muster Field Farm Museum on Harvey Road on Sunday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a time to enjoy the beauty of the farm and reap the benefits of the growing season. This event is free to all.

Special activities include guided tours of the historic Matthew Harvey Homestead and live music by Sferes & White and Click & Jonie Horning in the Pillsbury Barn. There will be hayrides, old-time games, and artist exhibits & demonstrations. A warm meal will be available for purchase in the Pillsbury Barn: homemade soups, fresh bread and cider. Fresh produce will be for sale in the farm stand.

New this year will be a Food Preservation Workshop (1-3 p.m.) presented by UNH Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with Muster Field Farm Museum.

For more information and/or directions, call 603-927-4276 or visit www.musterfieldfarm.com.

June Jam on June 21 at Muster Field Farm Museum

MMCrowdGatheringNorth Sutton, N.H. —  On June 21, Muster Field Farm, on Harvey Road, will host its 12th annual musical fundraiser. This all-volunteer event, musicians included, helps support the historic farm and serves as a venue for the region’s musical talent, both up-and- coming and tried-and-true!

This year’s line-up includes Gary Robinson, Click Horning Band, Neptune’s Car, Decatur Creek, Mo’Combo, and Night Kitchen.

Enjoy burgers, hot dogs, snacks and beverages (proceeds from food sales also benefit the farm), or pack your own picnic and beverages to enjoy.

Gates open at 3:30, music begins at 4:00. Tickets: $15 per person (children 14 and under are free), available on site the day of the event.

Info and directions: 603-927-4276 or www.musterfieldfarm.com.

Celebrate the summer harvest at Muster Field Farm

Musterfield Farm photo

North Sutton, N.H. — Harvest Day at Muster Field Farm Museum celebrates the summer’s harvest. It is a time to enjoy the beauty of the farm and reap the benefits of the growing season.

Harvest Day at Muster Field Farm Museum is on Sunday, October 6, 2013, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Open to all free of charge.

The museum represents the agricultural traditions of rural New Hampshire. Its historic buildings and working farm are located on 250 acres on Harvey Road in North Sutton.

Harvest Day includes guided tours of the Matthew Harvey Homestead (1 to 4 p.m.), live music in the Pillsbury Barn (12 to 3 p.m.), hayrides, storytelling, and old-time games for all to enjoy.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of craft demonstrations: spinning, blacksmithing, basket making, cider making, lace making, rug hooking and more.

A warm meal of homemade soups, fresh bread and cider will be available for purchase in the Pillsbury Barn and fresh produce will be for sale in the farm stand. The apples are delicious and plentiful.

For Info and directions call 603-927-4276 or visit www.musterfieldfarm.com.

Courtesy photo.

Muster Field Farm will celebrate Farm Days

Muster Field sunflowers and barnNorth Sutton, N.H. — Muster Field Farm announcement — The August Farm Days Celebration at Muster Field Farm Museum in North Sutton will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25, 2013.

Enjoy the museum’s largest event of the year, a two-‐day celebration of all things agricultural, historical, and farm-related: blacksmithing, basket making, weaving, rug braiding, square dancing and much more!

Explore an extensive display of antique tractors and trucks while children enjoy free hayrides and homemade ice cream. Cheer on the Grande Parade of antique vehicles each day at 3:00 and take your chances at Cow Flop Bingo on Saturday at 4:00. Don’t miss the famous roast beef supper Saturday from 5-7 p.m. in the Hardy-Pillsbury Barn. Tickets for the supper are $10 for adults and $5 for children, available by reservation (603‐927‐4440), or at the Farm Days information booth.

As always, fresh Muster Field Farm grown vegetables are available in the farm stand.

Farm Days hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. General admission is $5; free for members and for children 6 and under. Information and directions: 603-927-4276 or 603-927-4440, and at http://www.musterfieldfarm.com.

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.

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 http://Kearsargechamber.org for details and a printable schedule.

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