The 2014 Locavore Index again ranks New Hampshire's local food system as one of the strongest in the country, rating third behind Vermont and Maine.
Martin Langeveld of Strolling of the Heifers, the Vermont organization which produces the Locavore Index, talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about how New Hampshire's food system is growing and changing.
The traditional thanksgiving feast includes turkey, potatoes, cranberries and of course, pie. Some of the foodies from NHPR’s newsroom traveled around the state to find more on the local producers and traditions of holiday fixings.
Thanks to Shannon Dooling, Emily Corwin, Sam Evans-Brown and Todd Bookman for these stories, which first aired last November.
Most of our Thanksgiving tables will be filled with turkeys, carrots and cranberries that have traveled from all over the country – and even the world – before making their way to our forks. But at a recent Thanksgiving celebration organized by Slow Food Seacoast, ingredients in every dish were harvested no more than 25 miles away. To see how one goes about shopping for an all-local Thanksgiving menu, we headed to a winter farmers’ market.
The indoor farmers’ market in Rollinsford feels bigger than a football field, and is teeming with vendors and buyers.
Increasing demand for local food has led farmers to seek capital: funds with which to start or grow their businesses. In most industries, an increase in demand from consumers spells profits, so banks and other lenders will pull out their checkbooks. But farming is a little different. In New England, farmers aren’t actually likely to make much money. This isn’t new: farmers have always relied on farm credit co-ops and the federal government for loans to grow their businesses.
With almost 60 farmers markets across the state, demand for local food is growing. But local farmers still struggle to make a profit growing local food. In fact, about three quarters of all farms in New Hampshire gross less than $10,000 from sales each year. Seacoast Reporter Emily Corwin takes an in-depth look at New Hampshire's agriculture community in her five-part series, Growing Pains.
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.
The recently opened Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene has just won a national startup of the year award from the Food Co-op Initiative. The Co-op opened for business April 3 with a Grand opening weekend in June.
For the last three months shoppers like Allison Aldrich have been picking up farmer produced foods at the Monadnock Food Co-op.
With almost 60 farmers markets across the state, demand for local food is growing. But local farmers still struggle to make a profit growing local food. In fact, about three quarters of all farms in New Hampshire gross less than $10,000 from sales each year.
This is the first installment in our summer business series investigating how a changing market place is affecting New Hampshire farmers.
Backyard chicken raising is one of the fastest-growing facets of the local food movement. Cities and towns have been reforming land-use and health policies to accommodate raising chickens…a hobby many picked up after the 2010 outbreak of salmonella that led to the recall of 500 million eggs.
Hundreds of first-time beekeepers across the state are anxiously awaiting their first shipment of honey bees this week. NHPR’s Ryan Lessard reports on the growing popularity of the hobby and what it could mean for the pollinating insects’ struggle for survival.