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 5-11, 2018 ) 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.
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: keenefarmersmarket.com
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 4
For more: wolfeboroareafarmersmarket.com
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 from 3-6 p.m. from June 6 to October 17
For more: (603) 643-3115; hanoverfarmersmarket.org
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., June 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, 2:15-6 p.m. from May 3 until October 25 at Swasey Parkway
- Portsmouth Farmers' Market: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. from May 5 until November 3 at 1 Junkins Avenue
- Durham Farmers' Market: Mondays, 2:15-6 p.m. from June 4 until October 1 at Jackson Landing
- Dover Farmers' Market: Wednesdays, 2:15-6 p.m. from June 6 until October 3 at the Chamber of Commerce
For more on SGA’s four markets, visit seacoastgrowers.org.
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
For more: (603) 817-8316; Facebook