Michael Samuels

Contributor
Foodstuffs
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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NH News
9:11 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Learning To Love The Spiny Dogfish

Fishermen process dogfish at sea for the CSF
Credit Josh Wiersma

 

The spiny dogfish is a conservation success story, going from worryingly low levels to incredible abundance. The new challenge is getting people to eat them.


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NH News
5:43 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

NH Department Of Agriculture Celebrates 100 Years

Credit Michael Samuels

The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

 

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NH News
7:26 am
Sat October 19, 2013

The Rise Of Public School Rowing

One of the largest rowing events in the world --The Head of the Charles Regatta – takes place in Boston this weekend. Public high schoolers from Concord and Bedford will be among the rowers.

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NH News
4:51 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Orchards Compete For A Slice Of The 'Pick Your Own' Pie

Pick-your-own is increasingly where the money is for New Hampshire orchards
Credit She Shimmers via Flickr Creative Commons

Fall in New Hampshire means fairs, foliage – and getting out to one of the state's 300-odd apple orchards to pick your own. Elaine Starkey is out at Butternut Farm in Farmington, with her sons and grandkids, to do just that.

"They usually have donuts, but we got here a little late."

'Pick Your Own Apples' now means not just picking the fruit, but also hay rides, corn mazes, petting animals, And enjoying other seasonal products, like cider, pies, and yes, donuts. 

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NH News
3:53 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

N.H. Gleaners Redistribute Local Food

Gershfields glean tomatoes at Hungry Bear Farm
Credit Michael Samuels

In the fields, at farmer's markets, in food pantries and schools, gleaners are proving there's plenty of local fruits and vegetables to go around.

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Foodstuffs
11:28 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Getting Corn While We Can

Piney Woods Farm
Michael Samuels

Now is the time for fresh, local corn, and farm stands are doing a brisk business as summer comes to an end.

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Foodstuffs
1:30 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Community Helps Build New Brewery In Dover

Michael Samuels

Eight years ago, Josh Henry's wife got him a home brewing kit, and he and his friend Dave Boynton made a batch of Imperial Brown Ale.

They labeled the batch “7th Settlement,” in honor of the Dover-Portsmouth area's status as the seventh permanent European settlement in America.

For plenty of home brewers the story would end there.

But Boynton happens to be the director of Seacoast Local, an organization that promotes local food and local business, and Henry is a construction contractor who's really into beer, and pretty sick of construction.

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Foodstuffs
5:23 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Farm Goes All In On Heirlooms

River Round Heritage Farm
Credit Courtesy of Alex Dowst

At farmer's markets, co-ops, and small local farms, heirloom tomatoes are becoming more common. They're older tomato breeds – some very old – that haven't been hybridized or genetically modified, and with seeds that can actually be planted to grow new tomatoes. A pair of young New Hampshire farmers wants to raise awareness that heirloom doesn't just mean tomatoes, and they've started what they say is the state's only all-heritage farm, River Round Heirloom, to prove it.

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