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4:29 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Pathogen Hits N.H. Basil, Putting Pesto In Peril

Dimond Hill Farm lost its basil crop to downy mildew.
Credit Michael Samuels

Basil has been one of the big draws all summer at Dimond Hill Farm in Concord. 

“We give a sprig away for every customer who buys something,” says Yianna Coliandris, who works at the farmstand.

“Everyone was enjoying that, and it was absolutely thriving. It was beautiful, beautiful basil, and it tasted and smelled absolutely wonderful.”

But now customers will have to find basil elsewhere.

“This was the basil,” says Jane Presby, surveying a tenth of an acre of empty soil.

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Foodstuffs
5:33 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Blueberry Season Promises Picking, Pies, Possibilities

Blueberries ripening on the bushes at Apple Hill Farm.
Credit Michael Samuels

 

The blueberries are ripe and ready to pick at Apple Hill Farm in Concord.

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Foodstuffs
4:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

After The Shortage, Limes Return In Time For Midsummer Cocktails

Lemons, not limes, go into the Blueberry Basil Mojito at Cotton.
Credit Brian Smestad, courtesy of Blue Tree LLC

A Mexican lime shortage had some NH bar owners worried. 

Margaritas, mojitos, gin and tonics... when you think of summer drinks, there's probably a lime in the picture. But up until a few weeks ago, this summer looked pretty grim – at least lime-wise.

“We were paying $50 a case to begin with,” says Jim Derosiers, “and then they jumped up to $150 a case and $175 a case.”

Desrosiers is the bar manager at Poco's Bow Street Cantina in Portsmouth. Every week, Poco's goes through about 15 cases of 250 limes each.

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Foodstuffs
8:59 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

A Sixpack Of Coffee At Your Cookout?

CQ's coffee out of a Guinness tap.
Credit Michael Samuels

 

A Bedford coffee roaster offers a different kind of buzz.

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NH News
6:55 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Tech, Environmentalism And Agriculture Converge For iFARM

For iFARM 2014, all 250 acres of Tuckaway Farm have WiFi.
Credit Michael Samuels

 

A big part of farming and conservation is finding creative solutions on a budget.

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Foodstuffs
6:32 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Asparagus Rewards Patience

Asparagus ready to harvest at Coppal House Farm
Credit Michael Samuels

 

Winter has finally left New Hampshire, and locavores can get their hands on a spring favorite.

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NH News
7:31 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Thousands Flock To Sheep & Wool Festival

Waiting to be sheared at the Sheep and Wool Festival
Credit Michael Samuels

 

Fiber-bearing animals, and the next generation of shepherds, are the focus of the 38th annual event.

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Foodstuffs
2:54 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

At UNH Dairy Bar, Education In The Salad

The Dairy Bar at the University of New Hampshire
Credit Michael Samuels

 

An on-campus eatery makes sustainability a learning experience.

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Foodstuffs
7:25 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Candy, Cashews & Continuity: 100 Years At Marelli's

Marelli's Market
Credit Michael Samuels

 

Marelli's Market in Hampton celebrates its centenary with a new book and a museum exhibit.

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Foodstuffs
7:43 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Room For A Deer-Farming Boom

European red deer at Bonnie Brae Farms.
Credit Michael Samuels

 

Raising venison is one of the fastest-growing agricultural industries in the country, but that growth has yet to reach NH.

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NH News
5:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

New Technologies Make Winter Easier For Amputees

Jason Lalla competes without a prosthesis
Credit courtesy of Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics

 

For amputees who use prosthetic limbs, winter weather can pose a range of challenges.

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NH News
4:08 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Bedford Coffee Ranked Fifth In US

CQ's junior roaster releases the beans into the cooling drum at just the right time.
Credit Michael Samuels

 

Some predict we're on the verge of a 'coffee revolution' here in NH, and a small Bedford-based roaster is leading the charge.

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NH News
1:13 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Firewood Warms Buyers And Sellers

Credit Michael Samuels

  Winter is almost here, and for those who heat their homes with wood, that means firing up the stove.

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NH News
12:31 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

A Nice Place To Live, But Wouldn't Want To Work Here

New Hampshire is a small state with a small job market, leading some 80,000 Granite Staters to commute to work south of the border.

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NH News
4:27 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Celebrating The Dead With Chiles And Chocolate

Chiles en nogada, with a chocolate twist
Credit Michael Samuels

The Day of the Dead is celebrated from October 31st through November 2nd, from Latin America – and especially Mexico – to New Hampshire.

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