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Celebrate Local Farms & Food in August

during New Hampshire Eat Local Month

There are many fun and delicious activities happening during the month of August to celebrate the amazing bounty farms provide our communities. Visit to find a calendar of New Hampshire events.

Eleven farmers’ markets in the Upper Valley are partnering with Vital Communities to host scavenger hunts at their markets the week of August 15-21.

The Love Your Farmer Scavenger Hunt takes kids around the market to find, count, taste, and tell us what they love about farms and farmers at the market. Every kid gets a small prize for participating and is entered in to a raffle to win a grand prize when they return their hunt. It’s simple to participate! Visit one of the participating markets near you and find the Scavenger Hunt table to begin your fun and tasty hunt around the vendor tents. Download a poster to share at work or in your community!

Find details about the hunt and which markets are participating.


Observe and learn whole hog butchering! Join Vital Communities and professional butcher, Jeff Withington, for a fun butchering demonstration that includes pork and craft beer sampling. Thursday September 29 from 5:30-7:30 at the Coop Culinary Learning Center.

Summer Lovin’: PYO berries, markets, and grill season are in full swing!

U-pick makes for a delicious family farm adventure.

Strawberries lead the way as berry season hits the Upper Valley.

Hartland berry picking credit Molly d (2)

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2016 FM Flyer
Farmers’ markets = Local food + farms + fun

 Print this handy calendar of Upper Valley farmers’ markets so you don’t miss any.

Grill Season is Here!

Get your grill on with recipes for grilling local veggies AND meat


Where to find fresh & local food!

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!
  • Grilled Napa Cabbage


    Napa cabbage, also known as Chinese cabbage, is a popular vegetable found in CSA shares and at farmers’ markets all around the Upper Valley. Here is an easy and surprisingly delicious way to enjoy this plentiful local food. Grilled Napa Cabbage adapted from Martha Ingredients 3 tablespoons hot mustard 1 tablespoon agave nectar 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 […]

  • Hot Sauce is Cool


    Do you have a handful of shriveled chili peppers at the bottom of last week’s CSA box? And now a new CSA full of more chilies? Make hot sauce and use them up! Late summer and early fall is hot sauce season. Almost all the ingredients you need are available now from Vermont and New Hampshire […]

  • Berries: Delicious, versatile and in season now!

    black raspberries

    Enjoy this new post from RAFFL guest food blogger, Elena Gustavson about how to get the most out of our short berry season. With a short growing season, somewhere between 90 and 120 days, and the variable weather, growing in Vermont can be a challenge. Maybe because of this unpredictable climate where every tomato harvested feels […]

  • Six Steps To An Awesome Dinner Salad


      July is here and so is Everyday Chef’s new theme: the Dinner Salad. As the weather heats up we’ll be here to help you transform a simple side salad into a complex, satisfying meal that will leave you largely out of the kitchen and with more time to enjoy your summer days. Not to […]

Visit our Everyday Chef Blog


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.

Winter Farmers Markets

You can shop & eat local all winter long!

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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

Find Markets Print Calendar

December Markets Poster


winter veggies

On the Edge winter market

raw honey

winter market yarn


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


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 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.