New Hampshire’s farm legacy extends to the very beginning of our state’s history, when farmers from over-crowded areas in southern New England started to move north in search of more open land. While the soil in New Hampshire was not as fertile as they’d hoped, farmers did take root in the state and are still here. And while the country overall has seen a trend toward fewer, bigger farms, new data from show the reverse in New Hampshire and New England: over the past five years, the state’s number of farms has grown 5%, for a total 30% increase over the past decade.
The Nottingham Farmers Market will be the site of a so-called ‘vegetable mandala' today. Traditionally, mandalas are intricate geometric designs used in Buddhist practice. But in Nottingham, visitors will buy or bring their own local produce to a table and artistically arrange their donations to create a large-scale design.
Governor Maggie Hassan will be at the Salem Farmers Market on Sunday, where she will proclaim next week Farmers Market week in New Hampshire.
There are approximately 80 farmers markets in the Granite State.
According to Hassan, the Salem Farmers Market runs a program funded through provide fundraising that allows for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to be accepted for double their value.
The Farmers Market week will run from August 4th through August 10th.
Hassan had also proclaimed August as Eat Local Month in New Hampshire.