Valley Farm Fresh

Taste the Valley.
Enjoy fresh food. Cook a local meal.
Find where your food comes from.

Berry Season is Here!

Hartland berry picking credit Molly d (2)

Strawberries mark the beginning of the
Upper Valley berry season and visiting a farm for U-pick is
a fun farm adventure the entire family will enjoy.

Find recipes and storage techniques for your berry haul at Everyday Chef.
Find U-Pick Farms

How You Can Connect with Local Food & Farms

Shop at Summer Markets and Farmstands!

Elderberries to endive, pork to poblanos, cheddar to chives …and so much more. All brought to you by our hard-working Upper Valley farmers and found at farmers markets and farmstands all summer long!

Click the links below to see a map of area markets and farmstands or use the button on to the left to print out an Upper Valley farmers’ market calendar for easy reference all season long.

Find the farmers market or farmstand near you and Eat Valley Farm Fresh!

Everyday Chef

Cooking with Upper Valley fresh grown foods is fun & delicious!
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  • Spring Salad Made From Anything

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    I made this colorful crunchy salad on the fly on Memorial Day when the grocery stores were closed for the holiday and my parents, siblings, and out-of-town cousin were on their way over for dinner. I wanted a salad but only had asparagus, broccolini, scallions, and radishes from Cedar Circle Farm plus a few carrots in the fridge […]

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  • Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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    Apples often steal the crisp scene in the fall. But berry crisps as just as good and make for a quick, but impressive summer dessert any evening. And that’s especially true with this technique. Like the other strawberry and rhubarb recipes this week, I give you another cheat recipe. If you’ve already made your batch […]

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  • Grilled Asparagus

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    Late spring and early summer is when you’ll find asparagus in its prime. And that means now. With an unique flavor and texture unlike much else – except perhaps fiddleheads – you don’t want to miss out on its relatively short growing season. For many, the grill takes the reigns as the prime cooking tool […]

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CSA Sign Up Time!

Photo Evan Kay

CSAs or farmshares are a great way to support your local farm while feeding your family fresh local produce. As a CSA or farmshare member, you purchase a subscription in the winter or spring for a weekly share of the growing season’s harvest at a reduced price.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which is a collaborative farm model where the farmer and the customer (member) share in the risks and rewards. CSA members help pay for supplies at the beginning of the season and the farmer provides delicious food for the share members during the growing season, generally May-October.

On farm CSA pick ups often include a pick-your-own component (flowers, herbs) and make a fun family outing.  Farm visits make for a perfect opportunity to share the deliciousness of locally grown food and the beauty of our working landscape with your family. If time is tight, workplace or off-farm CSA delivery is an option offered by many farms making eating fresh and local foods convenient and affordable.

Photo credit Evan Kay

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Valley Farm Fresh is heading to the kitchen this summer!

Valley Farm Fresh will be putting on cooking demonstrations at Upper Valley farms and farmers’ markets this summer. Learn new ways to use our region’s bounty of farm fresh food where you do your local food shopping. Sign up for our newsletter for updates about when we’ll be cooking local in your area.

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This summer: Hone your skills in the kitchen! Learn to use local meats and vegetables with ease. Maximize flavor, impress your guests, and pick up unique skills with these classes:

 

Local Meat for an Impressive Flavor: Farm Tour and Tasting Events in May & August

Loving Local in the Kitchen: “Date Night” hands-on classes in June & September

Burning up the Grill: Intensive skill sessions on cooking with heat in June & October

 

Winter
Markets

Find Markets

On the Edge winter market

One more month of
winter farmers’ markets!

Fresh greens, dairy, storage crops, meats, preserves, baked goods, and dried beans are just some of the locally grown foods you can find at a winter market.

April 2 – Woodstock Winter Farmers’ Market

April 9 – Norwich Winter Market

April 16 – Lebanon Winter Market

April 23 – Norwich Winter Market

Flavors of the Valley

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Save the date for the 15th annual celebration
of local foods in the Upper Valley.
Sunday April 10, 11am-3pm, Hartford High School.

Meet farmers and food vendors from across the region, and sample their finest home-grown culinary creations at our premier tasting expo.

Where to find fresh & local food!

Winter Farmers Markets

You can shop & eat local all winter long!

Print Calendar

Make December Valley Farm Fresh Month with your family!

Make your family holiday special by visiting a December winter farmers’ market.  Bring the kids to enjoy a free activity, and they can also help choose local foods for your table or easy gifts for the season. Greens, carrots, jams, honey, wreaths, yogurt, pies, meat, ice cream, hats, bowls, and cookies are just some of the farm products you can find at the December winter markets. Every market will have a kids activity, staffed by community members and local organizations- kids can enjoy holiday crafts, scavenger hunts, and natural history at markets around the Upper Valley.

Send over $5 at a December market and enter to win a $50 gift certificate to a future farmers’ market by visiting the Vital Communities raffle table.

Find the winter market calendar and more here.

Find Your
Market

Find Markets Print Calendar

December Markets Poster

 

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On the Edge winter market

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December 3 –  Feast & Field Market, Barnard,  5-7:30
Card making craft table, community dinner, live music, market raffle, kombucha, meat, ice cream, cheese, and more

December 5 – Woodstock Winter Farmers’ Market, 10-1
Make veggie print cards with Change the World Kids, market raffle, maple syrup, breads, and more

December 12
New London Holiday Market, 9-3
Gift bag crafting, market raffle, cafe with pulled pork and beans, gifts, and more
Norwich Holiday Market, 10-2
Bean scavenger hunt, produce, wreaths, cheese, meats, preserves, yogurt, soaps, lotions, and more

December 17 –  Feast & Field Market, Barnard, 5-7:30
Card making craft table, community dinner, live music, market raffle, kombucha, meat, ice cream, cheese, and more

December 18
Hartland Winter Market, 4-7
Lantern making craft, produce (including fresh tomatoes!), sweet treats, cider, meats, and more
Bellows Falls Market, 4-6:30
Nature Museum of Grafton kids’ activities, gifts, fresh produce, meats, and more

December 19
Lebanon Winter Market, 10-1
Kids’ craft table, live music, fresh produce, preserves, meats, eggs, syrup, and more
 Norwich Winter Market, 10-1
Bean scavenger hunt, produce, wreaths, cheese, meats, preserves, yogurt, soaps, lotions, and more
Woodstock Winter Farmers’ Market, 10-1
Make veggie print cards with Change the World Kids, market raffle, maple syrup, breads, and more

January 2 – Woodstock Winter  Market, Feast & Field Market

January 9 – Norwich Winter Market

January 14 –  Feast & Field Market, Barnard

January 16 – Lebanon Winter Market

January 23 – Norwich Winter Market

January 30 – New London MarketFeast & Field Market, Barnard

February 6 – Woodstock Winter Farmers’ Market

February 11 – Feast & Field Market, Barnard

February 13 – Norwich Winter Market

February 20 – Lebanon Winter Market

February 27 – Norwich Winter Market, Feast & Field, Barnard

March 5 – Woodstock Winter Farmers’ Market

March 12 – Norwich Winter Market

March 19 – Lebanon Winter Market

March 26 – Norwich Winter Market

April 2 – Woodstock Winter Farmers’ Market

April 9 – Norwich Winter Market

April 16 – Lebanon Winter Market

April 23 – Norwich Winter Market

Vital Communities Program News

Staff

Becka Warren

Valley Food & Farm Manager

Food & Farm

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Food & Farm

— Becka Warren, Valley Food & Farm Manager

Becka began her farm-related career at the age of 16 on Idyll Acres Dairy in Grafton, Vt., with the vital job of keeping the barn corners clear where the tractor couldn't reach. Now, at Valley Food & Farm since 2012, she fosters relationships that keep agriculture a daily part of community life in the Upper Valley. She works with current and future farmers, businesses, schools, and partners across Vermont and New Hampshire to build connections that support farm viability and keep our landscapes working. Becka believes that real connections to our farmers make us happy and builds projects that can take advantage of that simple premise, whether that means introducing workplaces to farm-fresh delivery, facilitating peer-to-peer learning among farm staff, or helping schools use farms as learning resources. She lived in Seattle for many years, where she worked for the Washington State University Small Farms Program, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Seattle Tilth, and area vegetable farms. Becka is also a writer, founding and writing Ask Umbra at gristmagazine.com until 2009. She holds a BA from Brown University and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her family.



Beth Roy

Farm to School Program Coordinator

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Food & Farm

— Beth Roy, Farm to School Program Coordinator

Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 15 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vt. Beth is also on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association (VSTA) and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP), a coalition of dozens of individuals and organizations promoting sustainability and environmental education in Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her husband and two children. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.



Nancy LaRowe

Valley Food & Farm Coordinator

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Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Valley Food & Farm Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Valley Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and Upper Valley farms. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs Hogwash Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm in Norwich, Vt., that focuses on heritage breed animals. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market, a member of the Vermont Swine Advisory Group and the Norwich Planning Commission, and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and, of course, bacon.