Rock the BBQ and the Tie Dye!

sizzlin saucesSummer bbqs are a way to reconnect with family and friends and it’s never been easier to incorporate local products! From local meats to local bbq sauces, local produce to local beverages, find all you need at www.nhmade.com so you can rock the bbq this summer local style! (Seen here is a sauce from Sizzlin Sauces.)

Many of our members also post great summer bbq recipes on their sites and/or facebook pages like this summer chipotle lime chicken pasta salad recipe from the Discerning Palate or this balsamic maple bbq dressing recipe from Ledgetop Sugarhouse. Finish the meal off using this strawberry rhubard cobbler recipe from Apple Hill Farm.

And nothings says summer like tie dye so be sure to pick up a fabulous summer tie dye from the Edge Tie Dye to wear to your summer bbqs!

 

Summer Bucket List (basket)

bike basketHere is your top ten summer bucket list items for 2015 #nhmade style! (we are not sure of any locally made buckets so we used this Peteboro Basket photo instead!)

  1. Visit a local ice cream stand for a delicious homemade ice cream! For the extra adventurous, here is the NH Granite State Dairy Promotion Ice Cream trail map for 2015!
  2. Pick fresh fruit at a local NH MADE member farm stand! Did you know that the NH Department of Agriculture published an informative peak of harvest guide so you will know what to look for? View it here.
  3. Stop by the Stratham Fair at Stratham Hill Park on Route 33 in Stratham on Sunday, July 19th for NH MADE Day and shop at our members booths!
  4. Use local sunscreen and bug repellent products this summer!
  5. Visit our two NH Stores on I-95 in Hampton-filled to the brim with great member products!
  6. Hosting a bbq this summer? Try using all local meats and bbq sauces!
  7. Fill your cooler for the beach with locally made soda.
  8. Experience one of the wine and cheese or chocolate tours!
  9. Seek out our NH MADE Retailers for your gift giving needs this summer.
  10. Shop with ease our e-store from the comfort of your pool deck!

And a bonus bucket list item is to pick up the new 2015-2016 Guide to NH Products and Services at a state welcome center near you for some wonderful places to visit statewide!

 

Step Into Springtime….

…at your local greenhouse! They not only have wonderful seedlings and colorful plantings but many of them also have fun hands-on offerings! If you haven’t visited your local greenhouse this week, might we suggest it! Spider Web Gardens in Tuftonboro has the most wonderful sounding workshops scheduled….seed starting, terrariums for Mom, fairy gardens and more! Be sure to check out their facebook page for all the details. Spring Ledge Farm in New London has a simply wonderful selection of workshops as well (Seed ball one this coming Saturday the 18th!) – Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford has been family owned and operated for 45 years! Roberts Greenhouse in Webster is a color palate! They really are a breath of fresh spring air! Be sure to take a selfie and post it to Instagram with #nhspring so we can add it to our collage!

Ode to Maple

maple_leaf_glasssap houseDid you know the famous NH poet, Robert Frost wrote a poem about a maple tree?

NH’s liquid gold…maple syrup is the flagship NH MADE product for the month of March!

Find maple syrup, maple cream, maple fudge, maple scented candles, maple roasted nuts, maple caramel corn, maple cotton candy, maple candy and more at our NH MADE maple member locations!

If you have not visited a maple farm yet to watch sap being boiled and made into REAL maple syrup, that should go on your bucket list for 2015 🙂

Find a complete line up of maple activities this month at the NH Maple Producers website: http://www.nhmapleproducers.com. Discuss how maple syrup is made, take sugarhouse tours and find delicious maple products to sample and purchase.

Many of our maple producers have recipe links like this one on their sites as well!

February Store Team Member Favorite Product Pick!

Devon’s favorite store item for the month of February is the woodlands design hand painted glassware from Boyd and Doyle in Hancock. The glassware is dishwasher safe (glasses are fired after painting.) These are the perfect addition to your wine glass collection or as a special gift! We have a great supply of 10 designs at our NH Stores in Hampton or you can order them online from our e-store.

NH’s Greatest Winter Fair

The NH MADE Team will be in booth #101, right at the entrance at New Hampshire’s Greatest Winter Fair, The Annual NH Farm & Forest Expo. The Expo runs Friday, February 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, February 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel  on 700 Elm Street in Manchester. At “New Hampshire’s Greatest Winter Fair”, there is always something for everyone! There is an Industry Trade Show with Nearly 100 Exhibitors, Free Educational Workshops Open to the Public, Unique NH Made Products, Kidzone for the Kids, Fuzzy and Furry Animals, Lots of Networking and Much More!Meet The Faces of Agriculture & Forestry in New Hampshire! Come join in on the fun! Complete details at http://www.nhfarmandforestexpo.org.

Blogging ‘Bout Our Board!

NH MADE is very fortunate to have a wonderfully talented board of trustees. We benefit from their expertise and talents daily! We held our annual meeting of the board yesterday at our log cabin offices in Epping. The NH MADE Team presented an overview of our projects, endeavors and promotions in 2014 which included a lively “Did you know…” presentation including facts like;

 

DID YOU KNOW that…we welcomed 121 new members in 2014, from a jewelry maker in Bennington to a Creamery in Contoocook?
DID YOU KNOW that… every logo item we offer members for sale (and for free) is made by a NH MADE service member?
DID YOU KNOW that…The Hampton stores sold 127,900 total items for NH Made Members (1,070 different items from 126 different members)?
DID YOU KNOW that…The International Regional Magazine Association based in Oklahoma held its convention in Portsmouth and ordered an assortment of member’s products for attendees?
DID YOU KNOW that…our NH Tourism Partners brought 50 custom Oxpond Press signs to serve as center pieces on the media tables at Canadian Media  mission in Toronto? (Live Free & Write, Create, Scenic White Mountains, Lucky enough to live in seacoast and Live well/love much/laugh often signs.)
DID YOU KNOW that… we’re up to 5,189 Facebook likes? (Have you liked us yet on Facebook?)

Seen here l-r back row: are board members; Mike Somers-New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association; David Deziel(Treasurer)-Nebesek Marketing and Communications; Maria Letourneau-Public Service of New Hampshire; Kristine Mossey(Chair)- McLeod Bros. Orchards;  Betsy Booth(Vice Chair)-Consultant; Cynthia Harrington-NH Division of Economic Development; Gail McWilliam Jellie(Secretary)-NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food; front row: Jane Lang-NH Farmers Market Association; Susan Bullock-Lakes Region Tourism Association; Diane Souther(Exec  Committee)-Apple Hill Farm and Exec Committee, John Watkins(Exec Committee)-Hutchinson’s Candy & Elements of Taste Store. Additional board members not seen here include: Amy Bassett-NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development; Charlie Burke-NH Farm to Restaurant Connections & Weather Hill Farm; Amy Hall-Granite State Dairy Promotion & NH Cheesemakers Guild and Van McLeod-Commissioner, NH Dept. of Cultural Resources.

NH Store Team Product Pick for January

NH Store team member Catherine Pagano chose cranberry onion jelly from Fennelly Farms as her favorite product for January. Catherine says that the jelly is delicious on pre cooked roasted chicken, pork or on toast. Find this and other fabulous locally made specialty food items and products at our two NH Stores on I-95 north and south in Hampton at the state liquor store exits. catherine w jam

Moonlight Snowshoe Walks….

….got your attention right? Sounds magical doesn’t it? We think so and this is just one of the many uniquely wonderful things you can experience at some of our NH MADE member properties this winter! Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia offers these. All of their winter program descriptions are up on their website:www.prescottfarm.org. You can take a Snowcoach tour on Mount Washington at the Mt Washington Auto Road/Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center in Gorham, details at mt-washington.com. Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in Jefferson offers dog sledding adventures, details at dogslednh.com. Coppal House in Lee offers horse drawn sleigh rides complete with a bon fire and hot cocoa, details at nhcornmaze.com! For some indoor fun, join LaBelle Winery for free monthly readings by Granite State authors from Hobblebush Books, savor artisan cheeses and world-class wine during the reception-details at labellewinerynh.com or spend a relaxing time dining at one of our member restaurants or an overnight stay at a member bed and breakfast or grand hotel!