Enjoy the Local Bounty during NH Eat Local Month

Visit the Farmers’ Market, Join a Virtual Scavenger Hunt, and Eat Local this August

Get your appetite ready—August is New Hampshire Eat Local Month, a month-long celebration of local food and New Hampshire farmers and producers!

Visit your farmers’ market, enjoy the local bounty and share your love of local farms and food—and get a chance to win prizes—by joining the NH Eat Local Virtual Scavenger Hunt, a month long Instagram contest. Weekly themed hunts, including ‘who is your farmer,’ ‘where do you shop,’ ‘what’s on your plate’ and ‘what’s in your community,’ challenge you to post where you engage with local food in your community. Prizes include $100 gift certificates to a farmers’ market, and a food co-op, and a $25 gift certificate to NH Made. A grand prize winner will enjoy an overnight for two at the Colby Hill Inn in Henniker and $50 credit at their farm-to-table restaurant, the Grazing Room!

“New Hampshire residents and visitors, alike, are showing unprecedented interest in local food, and this month-long celebration offers a great opportunity to feature New Hampshire grown foods and farms,” said Gail McWilliam Jellie from the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food.

Throughout the month of August 70 partners throughout the state will highlighting  New Hampshire’s bounty of local foods. This month, visit a New Hampshire farmers’ market and see what the buzz is all about! Find events happening around you on the NH Eat Local events page. Farmers’ markets are still the truly local shopping center, filled with farmers selling the freshest products, plus community activities including children’s programs, adult education, music and arts, and food trucks and restaurants selling ready-to-eat meals. Many markets accept SNAP EBT benefits and double them with Granite State Market Match, making fresh produce cheaper for families on a limited income. New Hampshire Eat Local Month also coincides with National Farmers’ Market Week from August 5-11, honoring farmers’ markets all across America.

Hartland berry picking credit Molly d (2)  Woodstock Market 2015 credit Molly Drummond (2)  IMG_1127

“Farmers’ Markets were vital to the rebirth of local small farms 20 years ago, and now that local food labels are everywhere, they are still the place to find real, local food and talk to the farmers about how it was grown,” said Beth Roy, Valley Food & Farm program manager. “Markets are for everyone, and we encourage people from all walks of life to enjoy these community events.” A complete schedule of the Upper Valley’s 20 farmers’ markets, along with a guide to finding local food, is available at VitalCommunities.org.

Promotion of this year’s NH Eat Local Month is in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, Monadnock Buy Local, Seacoast Eat Local, NH Made and NH Food Alliance.

Learn more at www.nheatlocal.org.

photos: Molly Drummond