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New Hampshire Eat Local Month is a statewide celebration throughout August to support local food and to highlight our amazing New Hampshire farmers and producers! There are programs all month long at farmers’ markets, co-op food stores, nonprofits, restaurants and specialty food stores. There is even a scavenger hunt on Instagram (#nheatlocalhunt) where you can win some tasty prizes from gifts cards to an overnight stay at a local inn.
This is the perfect time to explore the food makers in your region. The NH Made Member Directory contains hundreds of local food producers, living and working here in New Hampshire. A favorite of ours is Beaver Pond Farm, one of the oldest continuously run family farms in the Granite State. “We preserve the unique history of our area and have offered the community a great place to count on for local food products raised in a sustainable and responsible way” says Becky and Ben Nelson from Newport, NH. “It is important to know where and how your food is grown, and we offer that for our customers. Giving folks a chance to meet one of our goats or enjoy a quiet day in the sunshine picking raspberries is a value beyond measure.”
You don’t have to go far to find local food. Pick a few fresh vegetables from your own backyard garden and with a secret ingredient or two, you have a home cooked meal that will spark new conversations around the table. Rub Me Tender Spice Rubs from Bedford, NH does all the work for you, blending unique combinations of spices that instantly enhance beef, chicken, pork, fish, and vegetables. Chef Tina Caruana incorporates coffee and teas into her spice rubs and has wonderful recipes on her website, including Earl Grey Rub Roasted Vegetables and Green Tea & Mint Roasted Potatoes.
If you love grilling, we encourage you to explore the world of NH Made sauces. Doug’s Best Batch makes BBQ sauces and salsa, which you can find at fairs and festivals around New Hampshire, including the upcoming Deerfield Fair the last week of September. Be sure to stop by the NH Made building! If you have a taste for adventure, you’ll want to check out Explorer Food and Travel, which makes a line of Asian inspired sauces and dressings. These culinary delights are created by Chef Uraiwan (Srisuksai) Danaisawasdi, affectionately known as “Ooh”, who came to the Lakes Region from Thailand as an exchange student. Ooh is also the owner, manager and working chef of Lemongrass Restaurant in Moultonborough.
Sometimes finding local food involves hitting the trail – The NH Ice Cream Trail. This foodie adventure is produced by Granite State Dairy Promotion and features about 50 ice cream scoop shops. Two NH Made members that make their own ice cream include Walpole Creamery and Memories Ice Cream. Both have seasonal favorites from fresh-picked Strawberry to Maple Cream. They’ve also churned out more than a few head-turning flavors, including Caramel Cashew Chip, Fijan Ginger, and Honey Lavender.
To learn more about local food, visit the NH Eat Local Month website. You’ll find a list of events as well as statewide resources to find local food producers in your area. For more inspiration, visit NH Harvest of the Month. They’ve selected a food theme for each month and are working with schools and restaurants to increase access and demand for local food all year long.
Each July, the American Independence Museum hosts the American Independence Festival to celebrate the arrival and reading of the Declaration of Independence to the citizens of Exeter, New Hampshire. The event encompasses the entire museum campus, Water Street, and Swasey Parkway. Militia, colonial artisans, local makers, and local food purveyors are part of the dynamic event that brings over 4,000 visitors to Exeter.
The Museum is accepting applications from local makers, businesses, and non-profits interested in having a vendor booth during the event. The museum is focused on celebrating the talents and creativity of local makers from New Hampshire, northern Massachusetts and southern Maine. Particular focus will be paid to those vendors from the greater Exeter and Seacoast area of New Hampshire.
What: American Independence Museum’s American Independence Festival
Where: Water Street between Spring Street and Center Street in Exeter, New Hampshire
When: Saturday, July 11, 2020; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Contact: Victoria Su, Director of Engagement, email@example.com
Summer is here and whether you are planning a beach getaway or you just want to kick back and relax in your living room, we have the best summer activity for the whole family. It’s time to break out the books and catch up on some reading. Here’s a highlight of a few of our amazing NH Made members to get you excited about reading this summer.
K.M. Doherty is an award-winning author of the Thomas Holland Series. Thomas Holland and the Prophecy of Elfhaven is a mystical fantasy that has become extremely popular with kids and adults alike. Follow Tom through his magical journey and see if he is able to save a world that depends on him or if he inadvertently brings about its destruction. There is a second installment to this series that you can also check out called Thomas Holland in the Realm of the Ogres.
Laurel A. Smith has written a number of wonderful children’s books: The Quest for Quinnie, Pinboy, Hip Hopper the Hip Hop Grasshopper, and Miss Olivia goes to Bolivia. These books are all geared toward younger audiences from preschool to fourth grade. Laurel’s books will bring children through many journeys while also teaching them a thing or two. Her memoir My Parents Told Me to NEVER Put Anything into Writing, Oops! is recommended reading for all and is filled with wit and humor while also touching on some heartfelt moments. This book gives you over forty funny tales of being a child, raising children, and surviving the elements of life.
Our next author, Kathy Brodsky, is a psychotherapist, poet, and nationally award-winning author. She has a number of picture books (including one in Spanish), as well as a book for adults in print. All children’s books include hand-painted illustrations, recurring characters, and important life lessons and messages all in clever rhyming verses. Kathy takes you through her stories and at the end leaves room for great discussion and learning opportunities.
Last but certainly not least, Mitchell Comics gives a mix for all ages of retro action, adventure, and educational comics. The ZOMBIE SUB series is ten issues long and gives the reader an action-packed mysterious and thrilling read. Another fabulous read is the UFOs Over Exeter which follows the true story of one of the most famous and well documented UFO cases in history and takes place right in New Hampshire.
With summer here, reading is an incredible way to create memories with your family and these local, hand-picked authors are sure to help you create more.
Valentine’s Day is a delightfully, whimsical holiday! There are the grand, romantic gestures from shy, yet adoring husbands, handmade kids’ cards that become lifetime keepsakes and unexpected “Galentine’s Day” rituals with your closest girlfriends. Here are some of our favorite finds from NH Made members to help you make the most of the moment!
Every woman loves flowers, but not all bouquets are created equal. Working with a local florist, you can design an arrangement that truly fits the personality and style of the woman you love. Pick a mood (sensual, mysterious or playful) and your neighborhood florist can create an arrangement to make sparks fly just like this one from Cymbidium Floral.
New Hampshire is also home to many amazing jewelry artisans. Avoid the big box jewelry stores and give your significant other a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted piece. Little River Designs makes gorgeous statement necklaces inspired by the outdoor excursions of the artist, Lynn Graham. She created this one from purple jasper, bronzite and amethyst. Lynn’s jewelry style is “laid back with a surprise at every twist” just like the river the company is named after.
If you’re looking for a personalized gift, we recommend a picture necklace from Amy’s Sweet Pea Jewelry Design. You can customize it by choosing charms that symbolize passion points or evoke a favorite memory. Create a wearable love story with hearts, music and roses.
You can also make music this Valentine’s Day by surprising your mate with a new set of speakers. Did you know you can find locally make speakers made right here in New Hampshire? HUMAN Speakers builds speakers for music enthusiasts who demand the best in sound quality. They offer a range of different cabinet finishes and sizes, from bookshelf models to portable automotive speakers and home theater systems.
To set the mood, there is nothing quite as romantic as a glass of mead. This honey wine is more popular than ever and new adventurous flavor combinations are being created right here in New Hampshire with fruit and spices. Moonlight Meadery touts “romance in every glass” with its flights of fun, award-winning wines including: Desire, Kisses, Moon Dance, Smolder and Flirt.
Valentine’s Day is also the time to get in touch with your creative side and grab your best friends for a night out – Canvas Roadshow to the rescue! Enjoy one of their “Paint and Sip” events and rediscover your inner artist.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching so if one of these ideas didn’t strike your fancy, please visit our NH Made Member Directory to explore our hundreds of NH Made members. You’re sure to fall in love with one of them or at the very least, find a retail shop to flirt with until spring arrives!
We’re in the home stretch of the holiday season and with so much to do, we could all use a few suggestions on how to gift thoughtfully this season. The New Hampshire Union Leader has identified 50+ fabulous finds from local artisans and small businesses. Whether you’re shopping for teachers, caregivers, spouses or the neighbor who has your back all year long, this guide highlights works of art, clothing, foods, and experiences from New Hampshire that will help you show your appreciation to those you care about. When you give locally, it’s like giving twice! Small businesses are more likely to give back to charitable causes and each dollar you spend at one returns 3 times more money to your local community than a dollar spent at a chain store. #shiftyourshopping
Browse the Union Leader Gift Guide by clicking on the pages below. You’ll also have a chance to read more about a few of the NH Made members creating these gifts. Meet Qline Design (a furniture maker inspired by James Bond), UnderTheLeaf Designs (a mother-daughter duo showing how art can make a difference in our everyday lives), and Cymbidium Floral (a designer shattering conventions about floral design).
For more unique gift ideas and information about how NH Made can help you shop local this holiday, visit our “Shift Your Shopping” holiday page.
The New Hampshire Union Leader holiday series continues with the release of their Holiday Planner. You’ll find a wide assortment of gift ideas (for humans and pets) and examples of independent shops that support local makers. If you’ve committed to joining in our Shift Your Shopping campaign and are striving to shift 10% of your holiday shopping to local businesses this season, this Holiday Planner is a wonderful place to start. The Union Leader has gone behind the scenes with some of our members, including Sunapee GraniteWorks, Good Paws Bakery, The Red EFT Custom Hiking Sticks, Black Maple Glen, and Pop of Color, to learn what inspires their work and their connection to New Hampshire. Soap infused with maple syrup, Harry Potter style wands, jewelry made from local granite, and stylish decor to brighten your home – you’ll find all this and more made right here in NH!
For additional ideas on ways to give thoughtfully this season, pick up the Union Leader’s Christmas Gift Guide on December 6th and check out the NH Made Member Directory. Happy Holidays!
Every year The Union Leader partners with NH Made to showcase New Hampshire holiday traditions. The first segment in this three-part series is called Home for the Holidays. You’ll find ideas for making memories with your family, new places to visit, farms for selecting the perfect tree and events to ring in the season all across the state. NH Made members are also featured from makers of specialty jams and Christmas ornaments to artisanal woodworkers.
Pick up the Union Leader Holiday Planner (Nov 29th) and Christmas Gift Guide (Dec 6th)!
NH Made recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a members’ cruise and locally-sourced dinner aboard the M/S Mount Washington. NH Made was founded in 1997, and today, 20 years later, works with more than 700 members and supports small independent businesses throughout the state, with strong assistance from our partners, the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, the NH Division of Travel & Tourism Development, and the NH Liquor Commission.
Many members contributed to a dinner created by Chef Kevin Fisk, including North Country Smokehouse, Yankee Farmer’s Market, Cucina Aurora, Jack’s Crackers, Better than Average, Fuller’s Sugarhouse, Camp Mix, Nuts over Fish & Chutney House and the Woodstock Inn Brewery. The silent auction raised more than $3000, thanks to contributions from 61 NH Made members from all around New Hampshire. Other festivities included a beverage tasting hosted by Coffin Cellars Winery, Winnipesaukee Winery and Tamworth Distillery, music by the Stratham-based Kenny Brothers Band, and special recognition from Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who, as governor, was instrumental in helping NH Made in its founding days.
Shown cutting the cake in our official anniversary photo are (left) Gail McWilliam-Jellie, Director of the Division of Agricultural Development at the NH Department of Agriculture, who was involved in the founding of the organization and still serves on our board, and (right) Kristine Mossey, current chairperson of NH Made and owner of McLeod Bros. Orchards in Milford. Looking on are fellow board members (from left to right) Mary Macdonald of Genuine Local in Meredith, Diane Souther of Apple Hill Farm in Concord, Betsy Booth of Wolfeboro, Susan Bullock of Tilton, Cindy Harrington of the NH Division of Economic Development, John Watkins of Seabrook, Mike Somers of the NH Lodging & Restaurant Association, Amy Bassett of the NH Division of Travel & Tourism Development and co-owner of Gould Hill Farm in Hopkinton, and Dawn Mahoney of Amherst Label in Milford.
NH Made is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen NH’s economy by increasing the awareness of and demand for NH-made goods and services. The 20th anniversary event was made possible by presenting sponsor Fuller’s Sugarhouse of Lancaster; media sponsor New Hampshire PBS; radio & entertainment sponsor The River Radio Network; dessert sponsor Zeb’s General Store of North Conway; and table sponsors Amherst Label of Milford; Apple Hill Farm of Concord; Farm Credit East of Bedford; McLeod Bros. Orchards of Milford; NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food; NH Division of Travel & Tourism Development; Parcel Room of Portsmouth; and Wolfeboro, the Jewel of Lake Winnipesaukee.
The week between Christmas and New Year’s is wonderfully hectic – visits from friends and family, delicious holiday meals and thoughtful gifts to share. These magical gatherings have their own tastes and smells, transporting us to our childhood and helping us to reconnect with the important people in our lives. For many of us in New Hampshire, it’s the taste and smell of maple that brings us home.
A touch of maple syrup can take a dish from good to fabulous. A casserole recipe that is always a crowd-pleaser is Maple Bacon Mac & Cheese from Fuller’s Sugarhouse. This savory, sweet, cheesy combination is the ultimate comfort food for the holidays. While selecting a grade of maple syrup is often a matter of personal preference, it’s best to use “Grade A – Dark Robust Taste” maple syrup (formerly known as Grade B) in cooking. You’ll enjoy a rich maple flavor that complements the smokiness of the bacon. For the cheese, we recommend an aged cheddar, such as Cabot Artisan Reserve Cheddar from The Cabot Creamery Cooperative. Many small New Hampshire family dairy farms supply milk to Cabot, which has achieved B Corporation Certification for its environmental and socially responsible practices. You can find many local sources of maple syrup, cheddar and bacon just by searching our NH Made Member Directory.
For a healthy breakfast or afternoon treat, check out Maple Nut Kitchen, which makes granola sweetened only with maple syrup. All thirteen flavors are handmade in a dedicated gluten free facility, using only the best ingredients. They also come in pouches so they’re the perfect snack for long road trips in the car to visit grandparents and cousins.
Stepping out of the kitchen, you can layer scents throughout your home with candles and room fresheners. NH Made member, KKE Candles and Gifts, makes Maple Cream, Maple Hot Toddy and many other whimsical scents to set the perfect mood for your guests. They’ll think you baked all day!
Another way to make your guests feel welcome this week is to refresh your bedrooms and bathrooms with new linens, lotions and soaps. Visit a gift shop in your neighborhood to find local products that can help you create the feeling of a New Hampshire getaway. Look out for Misty Hill Farm Goat’s Milk Lotion in New Hampshire Maple scent. Many stores now carry a wide assortment of sample sized lotions, shampoos and soaps so you can create a small take-home gift for your guests to remind them of their holiday with you.
Wishing You a Merry Maple Holiday and a Happy New Year!
Each year, The New Hampshire Union Leader and NH Made partner together to help you shop local during the holidays. In the November 30th print edition, The Union Leader published their annual Holiday Planner featuring over 60 NH Made members and events going on around the state. On December 7th, they also released their Christmas Gift Guide. These guides profile jewelry and wood artisans, glass artists, specialty food companies, toy makers, pet treat producers, gift basket sources and more. Many of them have online stores so you can shop from anywhere. We hope these guides make your holiday shopping experiences more joyful and that you’ll discover some new finds that you’ll want to support all year long.
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