How to Celebrate NH Eat Local Month

Summer is the perfect time to visit our state's farmers markets

Courtesy of North Conway Farmers Market

Now that summer is in full swing, there’s no better way to celebrate than by getting outside and taking in the foods and flowers of your local farmers market. New Hampshire Eat Local Month and National Farmers Market Week (August 6-12, 2017 ) are both slated for this month, so now’s the time to scope out the state’s market scene and find your new favorite.

To help you out, here are a few of our favorite markets in each corner of the state and what you can expect at each.

Monadnock Region

We recommend: The Farmers’ Market of Keene. A convivial group of volunteers runs this biweekly market. They require all their vendors to be based in Cheshire County or a neighboring county, and, as a Granite State Market Match participant, they offer $10 in matched funds to any patron using food stamps. Expect hyper-local products and live entertainment from New Hampshire musicians.

Where to find it: Gilbo Avenue (off of Main Street)

When to check it out: Tuesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., now through October

For more:

Lakes Region

We recommend: Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market. Operating since 2002, this market focuses as much on agricultural education as it does on fresh fruits and veggies. Through a partnership with Wolfeboro-based Global Awareness Local Action, they offer gardening and homesteading workshops, and even a pedal-powered generator where patrons can hop on a stationary bike and churn themselves fresh smoothies.

Where to find it: South Main Street’s Clark Park, on the grounds of the Wolfeboro Historical Society

When to check it out: Thursdays 12:30-4:30 p.m. through October 5

For more:

Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee

We recommend: Hanover Area Farmers Market. This college town market has one of the most diverse prepared food offerings in the state, with vendors such as SamosaMan, Morenas Latin Cantina and Blank Slate Bubble Tea.

Where to find it: Dartmouth College Green

When to check it out: Wednesdays 3-6 p.m. through October 12

For more: (603) 643-3115;

Merrimack Valley

We recommend: Nashua Farmers Market. After an expansion in 2015, this downtown market is bigger and better than ever with more than 30 vendors. New this year, the market will also feature live music and painting in Bicentennial and Renaissance parks.

Where to find it: 65 Main Street

When to check it out: Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., now through October

For more: (603) 883-5700; Facebook


We recommend: Seacoast Growers Association. This nearly 40-year-old regional organization hosts the mega-popular Portsmouth Farmers Market and the markets in Durham, Dover and Exeter, and has the process down to a science. Type A market-goers will love their website’s interactive maps of each week’s market, where you can check out exactly which of their 100-plus vendors will be in attendance in which town.

  • Exeter Farmers' Market: Thursdays until October 26 at Swasey Parkway
  • Portsmouth Farmers' Market: Saturdays until November 4 at 1 Junkins Avenue
  • Durham Farmers' Market: Mondays until September 25 at Jackson Landing
  • Dover Farmers' Market: Wednesdays until September 27 at the Chamber of Commerce

For more on SGA’s four markets, visit

Northern New Hampshire

We recommend: North Conway Farmers’ Market. The market recently unveiled new posters chosen from a design contest among local 4th through 8th graders, the latest in NCFM’s long engagement with the community. Check out produce and meats as well as handmade gift items and weekly live music.

Where to find it: North Conway Community Center

When to check it out: Saturdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m. through September 19

For more: (603) 817-8316;

More food features you might be interested in

Building a Better Spring Salad

Fields of greens inside a greenhouse and locally infused olive oil.

A Dining Tour of New London

There's something for everyone to love in this small town including restaurants, inns and gift shops.

Experience Maple Sugaring Month in New Hampshire

Find out what's happening in March for sweet, sticky fun for the whole family.

Meet The Brewer: Blasty Bough Brewing Company’s David Stewart

The head brewer at this brand new brewery in Epsom talks about keeping it hyper local.

Have Your Dessert and Drink it Too

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at an Irish brewery with several creative stouts you won't forget.
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. The Last Real Trout Stream
    For the outdoor enthusiast, the farther you travel into the wilderness, the closer you get to home.
  2. A Dining Tour of New London
    There's something for everyone to love in this small town including restaurants, inns and gift...
  3. MLK and New Hampshire
    It was 50 years ago this month that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Tennessee. For...
  4. Have Your Dessert and Drink it Too
    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at an Irish brewery with several creative stouts you won't forget.
  5. The Election Lock of New Hampshire Governors
    Incumbent governors don’t often lose
  6. Discovering Milford
    Don't miss out on the antique (and food) finds in Milford.
  7. The Case of the Incredible Mystery Team
    Can the Granite State take credit for launching actors Donald Glover and Aubrey Plaza (and...
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags