August is a time to dig in and celebrate the bounty of locally grown (and brewed!) food and drink that our farmers, producers, chefs and markets serve up to us. New Hampshire Eat Local Month happens each August and our state is ripe with events and promotions to mark the month. NH Eat Local Month also coincides with National Farmers’ Market Week, honoring farmers’ markets all across America.
To inspire you to eat more locally grown, raised and made foods, we launched a month-long online scavenger hunt. Challenge yourself weekly to the NH Eat Local Hunt for your chance to win locally inspired prizes, like a gift certificate to a farmers’ market near you and an overnight at the Colby Hill Inn in Henniker. Find all the details on our website and follow along with the hunt on Instagram.
My New Hampshire Eat Local Mont event pick: Go to the Monadnock Farm Tour, where multiple farms will open up their barn doors and gates to you and your family on Saturday, August 25 from 11am – 4pm. Hosted by Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition, the tour includes a pig training demos, beer garden, Instagram scavenger hunt for kids and cow milking. The cost is $5 per person or $10 per car.
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, New Hampshire Food Alliance and over 70 other partners. Find more information at www.nheatlocal.org.
Jen Risley is a co-founder of Monadnock Buy Local, a regional network of citizens, businesses and organizations that promotes the positive economic and community benefits of spending dollars locally, while supporting programs and policies that forward a local, green and fair economy.