A food blog from NHPR news, digital, & programming staff, exploring food & food culture around the state & the New England region. On-air features air Thursdays on All Things Considered and Saturdays during Weekend Edition.
Dartmouth senior Monica Erives is getting a lesson in Gardening Frustrations 101.
One of our main activities today has been trying to find a woodchuck that ate all of our broccoli.
She’s standing next to the row of nibbled vegetables at the Dartmouth Organic Farm. Dressed in jeans, a sturdy brown corduroy jacket, and a forest green baseball cap, Erives looks like a farming veteran. But she’s a newbie.
I grew up in a suburb in the Los Angeles county area, and so this was entirely new to me.
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.
Unlike maple sugaring or beekeeping, wine making is not a typical agricultural pastime in New Hampshire.
But new techniques in viticulture, along with classic Yankee persistence, are making local wine production a larger part of New Hampshire’s agricultural mix.
According to the New Hampshire Winery Association, the state now has 30 wineries, double the number here in 2005. New Hampshire wine is no longer a rarity in local grocery and liquor stores, farmers markets and restaurants.
Has any human being ever taken part in a buffet and not eaten more than he/she intended? The very concept of "all you can eat" stacks the deck against the diner: if you're not interested in stuffing yourself like a twentysomething's hatchback before a cross-country move, you're probably going to order off of the regular menu. Otherwise, saying yes to a buffet means, as Homer Simpson once put it, "bye bye belt!"
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.
By all accounts, New Hampshire is in the midst of a bee-boom: bee classes and clubs are overflowing with new members. And a conference center in Concord that has caught the bug, but had to overcome a unique challenge to keep bees.
In the mid-1800s the United States was home to more than fifteen thousand varieties of apple - two thousand in New England alone. That diversity was pretty much wiped out by the growth of industrial agriculture and today, only a few varieties remain…at least in the supermarket. John Bunker , a man known as the apple whisperer, is on a quest to find, save and preserve long lost types of apples.
According to the USDA, Americans are producing and eating more locally-raised food every year. But the market for local meat has trailed behind the market for local produce. Until recently, reasoning has been that there’s a shortage of local slaughterhouses. But as three slaughterhouses open their doors in NH this year, industry-wide studies show that more slaughterhouses may not be the answer, after all.
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.
Lacto-fermentation has a branding problem. Every person I talked to about this story heard the term, and with visions of rotting milk in their heads, said “hmm… sounds disgusting.”
But if it takes you a little time to get past that initial discomfort, that’s ok with Stephanie Zydenbos-Heino, owner of what’s possibly the only lacto-fermentation business in the state, Micro Mama’s. Her recipes sometimes take six months to finish their work – so she’s used to waiting.
“Also known as Japanese horseradish or mooli, daikon looks like a bigger, uglier, knobbier parsnip and, if its flavor can be likened to anything, it is reminiscent of a finer, less fiery radish.”
- From the cookbookCooking Vegetables.
If you have a CSA subscription, chances are you have found a daikon radish in your share recently. Daikon radishes are a staple in Asian cuisine, the name daikon is actually Japanese for "great root." They're a prolific vegetable and can often grow up to 20" in length with a diameter of 4"! Recently, reporter Josh Rogers was the recipient of a rather large daikon radish, and asked: what do you do with this?
NASCAR may have drawn the biggest crowds in central NH last weekend, but it was far from the only event to attract hardcore fans. The social hall at Laconia's Temple B'nai Israel was packed on Sunday, with people and with food.
“I have matzo ball soup in chicken broth,” says Lynn Goodnough. “We have sweet and sour cabbage soup, and we have borscht, a cold beet soup served with sour cream.”
“We've got pastrami over here, tongue over there, and corned beef over there,” her son, Jordan, adds. “The brisket actually sold out in online pre-orders already.”