Eat Local!
Join a CSA. Shop at a farmstand (virtual or real).
Find grocery market schedules.
Order take-out and support a restaurant.
Locate school meal drop sites.
Food in the Upper Valley.

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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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


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!

Cook Local Everyday

Cooking with Upper Valley fresh grown foods is fun & delicious!
  • Mastering Perfect Spinach

    When my friend Justin opened a restaurant in Maine, I fixated on his strategy to train kitchen staff: cooks would learn the best one or two ways to prepare each vegetable, so they’d be optimally equipped to deal on the fly with unpredictable supplies of local vegetables and a daily changing menu. Let’s try this […]

  • Grilled Asparagus

    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 […]

  • Parsnip and Carrot Muffins

    By now carrot, parsnip and other root crop supplies are winding down for the spring. But before we say goodbye, why not use them in one creative, less obvious method? These muffins make a healthy breakfast option that could adapted to include additional nutritional benefits with ingredients such as ground flax seeds and golden raisins. […]

  • Chard, Beet & Orange Salad

    I’m a big fan of salads that aren’t just plain old salads. Not that there’s anything wrong with those, of course. But salads don’t all have to be a big bowl of lettuce. Maybe you can already figure that out from some of the other recipes I’ve posted. Raw or cooked. Hot or cold. Really, […]

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U-pick makes for a delicious family farm adventure.

Fall is apple, raspberry, and  pumpkin picking time in the Upper Valley.

Find pick-your-own farms in the Valley Food & Farm Guide!



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

Learn More

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!

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.

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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

Food & Farm Coordinator

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Food & Farm

— Becka Warren, Food & Farm Coordinator

Part of Vital Communities' Food & Farm team since 2012, Becka 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 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, Vermont, with her family.

Beth Roy

Food & Farm Manager

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Valley Quest, Food & Farm

— Beth Roy, Food & Farm Manager

Beth leads Vital Communities' Food & Farm team, including its Upper Valley Farm to School programming, and also oversees Valley Quest. Before joining Vital Communities, Beth worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 17 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. She previously served on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs, 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, and serves on the Hartland School Board. 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.

Doreen Guillette

Assistant to the Executive Director, Flavors Coordinator

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Food & Farm

— Doreen Guillette, Assistant to the Executive Director, Flavors Coordinator

Doreen Guillette joined Vital Communities in January 2020 as the Flavors of the Valley Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Director, with many years of administrative and management experience at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, self-employment, and volunteering. An Upper Valley native, Doreen spends most of her time and energy caring for her mini-farm and a large family in Norwich. She is a strong advocate for local community and is president of the Beaver Meadow Chapel, Trustee of the Beaver Meadow Schoolhouse, and Co-Chair of the West Norwich Community Resilience Organization. Doreen enjoys hiking, kayaking, writing poetry, nature photography, and cooking meals that come from her own land.

Nancy LaRowe

Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

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Local First, Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and economy. 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 a pasture-based cattle farm in Norwich. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and visiting farmers' markets.

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