Meet one of the originators of New Hampshire Maple Weekend

By on Mar 23, 2017 in Food To Do, Stories | 0 comments

On Thursday morning, I drove into Barbara and Don Lassonde’s driveway to see Barbara tacking a poster to the side of the sugar house. It was only appropriate that the man depicted in the poster, wearing a green full-body jumpsuit and pouring sap into an evaporator, looked an awful lot like Don. He’s married to the woman who helped begin the advertised event – the Kearsarge Maple Festival – as well as the statewide New Hampshire Maple Weekend. The Lassondes began sugaring in 1972 at their Fisherville Road house in Concord as a hobby – they had a maple tree in the yard, Barbara told me, and both wanted to do it after seeing their New England relatives sugar. “My uncle had 1,500 buckets,” Don said. “Can you imagine washing those at the end of the season?” Once they began their own operation, Don said it was handy that they lived near a fire station. “If we had too much smoke from the...

Kiwiberries in Concord

By on Sep 22, 2016 in Food To Do | 0 comments

Curious Concord farmers market goers can try some unusual fruit this Saturday. The University of New Hampshire’s kiwiberry research team will be set up in the New Hampshire Savings Bank parking lot along with the other vendors, and they are giving out free tastings 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 24. The kiwiberries, bred as an economically viable crop for small farmers in the north country, are smooth skinned, grape-sized, tropical tasting and easy to eat. “Just pop them in your mouth,” the kiwiberry team advises. Plant breeder Iago Hale has been experimenting with the fruit since 2013 at New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station’s Woodman Horticultural Research Farm. The berries themselves have been growing in New England backyards for 140 years, though this is the first research project of its kind. Little commercial production exists for the fruit. Concord...

The Farmers Dinner

By on Jun 27, 2016 in Food To Do | 0 comments

The nation’s oldest continuing CSA, located right here in New Hampshire, wants to buy the land it has been leasing since 1986. You can help – and eat food in the process – in a little over a month. The nonprofit farm to table event coordinator “The Farmers Dinner” is holding a special charity dinner for the Temple-Wilton Community Farm on August 6 in Frye Field, which is located at the High Mowing Waldorf high school in Wilton. The money raised will go towards the Temple-Wilton Community Farm “Purchase the Four Corners Farm” project. Temple-Wilton Community Farm has been doing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for three decades, and during all that time, they’ve leased 68 of their 200-plus acres of land. Now, that land, along with the buildings and historic farmhouse on it, is for sale. The farm is trying to raise $108,000 in gifts...

Go and eat at Intown Concord’s Market Days!

By on Jun 22, 2016 in Food To Do | 0 comments

In case you missed Megan Doyle’s Downtown column this week (or haven’t driven past Main Street lately), Market Days begins tomorrow, and with it, comes A LOT of food – 36 vendors, in fact. Among them are sweet classics like Arnie’s Ice Cream and Granite State Candy Shoppe, local establishments like The Barley House and Gyro House, our bison friends from Warner – Yankee Farmers Market – and many, many more. The full list can be found at http://intownconcord.org/events/market-days/market-days-vendors. Market Days runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. For some ethnic food taste testing, go to the Statehouse lawn from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, where the 10th annual Multicultural Festival will be. Somali meat pies, Rwandan foods, dishes from Katmandu Bazaar, and other samplings cooked by New Americans will be...

Learn about cows, cows & cows

By on Apr 21, 2016 in Food To Do | 0 comments

Steve Taylor, a Meriden dairy farmer, former state agriculture commissioner, journalist, editor and founding executive director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council, will be giving a talk in Meredith on Tuesday, April 26th. The lecture, “Cows and Communities: How the Lowly Bovine Has Nurtured New Hampshire Through Four Centuries,” will begin at 6 p.m. at the Meredith Public Library on 91 Main Street. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Humanities Council and the Friends of Meredith Public Library. To learn more about the talk, view a summary on Taylor’s...

Get a taste of Henniker beer at The Foundry

By on Apr 20, 2016 in Food To Do | 0 comments

If you like Henniker Brewing Company beer but want to stick to the city, you’re in luck: the local brewery is pairing with The Foundry Restaurant for a beer dinner April 28th. The Foundry, located in Manchester, is the largest Farm to Table certified restaurant in New Hampshire. Taste five of their courses, paired with a mix of different beers: 1st Course Scallops Ceveche Charred Serrano chilies, cilantro pesto, candied macadamia nuts and grilled red onions Paired with Gentleman Farmer- Hoppy Saison 2nd Course House Cured Ham Rhubarb mustard, bourbon rye, maple sherry reduction Paired with Ora- Belgian Tripel 3rd Course Arugula Salad Lemon vinaigrette, hay smoked melon and Miles & Miles “feta” Paired with Miles & Miles- Dry Hopped Pale Ale 4th Course Robie Farms Roast Brisket Mole Tuckaway Farms hopi blue grits and sautéed dandelion greens Paired with The Roast- Coffee...