Farmers’ Markets By Day of the Week

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This Farmers’ Market Week, be sure to visit one (or more!) of our region’s Farmers’ Market.  There’s one almost every day of the week!

MONDAYS

Fresh Chicks Marketplace:

Monadnock Community Hospital northeast parking lot, Peterborough, Mon., May–Oct., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Vegetables, fruits, flowers/plants, dairy, maple, baked goods, meat, crafts. Rain or shine.

Team Jaffrey Community Farmers Market:

Jaffrey Common, Mon., June-Sept., 3-6 p.m.

Winchester Farmers Market on Main:

Gazebo Area next to the Conant Public Library, Mon., June-Oct., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

TUESDAYS

Farmers’ Market of Keene:

Summer Market is on Gilbo Ave from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will be held Tuesdays and Saturdays through October. SNAP/EBT accepted. The market offers a great selection of vegetables, fruits, dairy products, meat, eggs, preserves, wines, and maple products. Bakers are also present selling breads, cookies, granola, and…

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Monadnock Food Co-op Declares “We Are Still In”

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The Monadnock Food Co-op has declared, “We are still in.” The co-op joins over 1,000 U.S. governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities, declaring their intent to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions. The Co-op joins many businesses nationwide who have signed the agreement, as well as several others who have joined in the Monadnock Region.

Together, these leaders are sending a strong signal to the international community and the 194 other parties to the Paris Agreement about the continued commitment of the United States to ambitious action on climate change. In the aggregate, the signatories are delivering concrete emissions reductions that will help meet America’s emissions pledge under the Paris Agreement.

The Monadnock Food Co-op believes the Paris Agreement is a blueprint for stability, global health and prosperity, and that accelerating the United States’ clean energy transition is an opportunity to create jobs, spur innovation, and promote trade. By declaring that “We are still in,” the signatories are putting the best interests of their constituents, customers, students and communities first while assuring the rest of the world that American leadership on climate change extends well beyond the federal government.

Climate change is already impacting farmers and producers in the Monadnock Region as well as farmers globally, including producers that supply the co-op with consumer favorites like coffee, chocolate and bananas, among others.

“As a retail grocery store, the Monadnock Food Co-op cares deeply about continuing to supply our community with high-quality food, grown as sustainably as possible,” said Michael Faber, the Co-op’s General Manager. “Our Ends Statements, including promoting a healthy, sustainable food system, the support of farmers and producers and a strong, sustainable and improving local economy mandate we must continue to take action to reduce emissions locally and globally.”

To view the full statement, quotes and list of signatories, visit: http://www.wearestillin.com/.

Help Raise a Barn and Bring Wheels to Another Farm

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JUST ONE WEEK LEFT!  The Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock’s inaugural crowdfunding campaigns end April 15, 2017. Check out each farm’s rewards for contributing to their campaign.

Don’t wait: Contribute today!

Archway Farm’s Farm to Table on Wheels

Select your reward on the right side of Archway Farm’s TLC Monadnock Page.

  • 2016-12-28-10-18-53-1024x765$10: Cart Karma
    • Personalized thank you note from the family and an Archway Farm temporary tattoo.
  • $20: Farm Tour
    • An hour long tour of the farm ending in a delicious sausage sampling. Tours are schedule for the last Sunday of each month (May – August) from 10 – 11 am. Good for 1 vehicle, up to 4 people.
  • $25: Jack’s Crackers Exclusive Flavor
    • One bag of Jack’s Crackers, made with fresh, local ingredients from the Keene, NH. Brand new exclusive TLC Monadnock flavor: Bacon & Buttermilk Biscuit (a.k.a. The Fallen Vegan).
  • $30: Kickoff Sausage
    • Get 1 lb of our…

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The Local Crowd Monadnock Night at Monadnock Food Co-op

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The Monadnock Food Co-op will host The Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock Night on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  You’re invited to learn more about TLC Monadnock’s first two crowdfunding campaigns focused on sustainable agriculture:

Both farms will offer free samples and answer questions about their campaigns.

TLC Monadnock launched on March 15, 2017 and raised over to $3,700 from 74 supporters during its first week.  Both campaigns end on April 15, 2017.  You can contribute online to either campaign at monadnocklocal.org/tlclaunch.

“The Co-op is delighted to support the work of The Local Crowd and Monadnock Buy Local.  The work they are doing to support and grow our community and economy is remarkable,” said Megan Megan Straughen, Events, Education & Sustainability Coordinator at Monadnock Food Co-op.  “It’s wonderful to see different types…

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The Local Crowd Monadnock Launches Online on Wednesday

Archway Farm instagramThe Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock will launch online on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at noon with two 30-day campaigns focused on supporting sustainable agriculture:

  • Archway Farm’s “Farm to Table on Wheels” project
  • Stonewall Farm’s “Barn Raising” project

Both campaigns are based in Keene, NH.  Individuals can contribute online to either campaign regardless of where they live, inside or outside of the Monadnock Region.

Each campaign will offer a limited number of rewards to individuals who give at certain financial levels.  For example, Archway Farm offers a Sausage Club to individuals who give $75.  Sausage Club members receive one pound of four different kinds of Archway Farm sausages, each featuring an ingredient from a local farm.  The first sausage is a Cheddar Smoked Bratwurst made with Stonewall Farm cheese.

A kick-off celebration is scheduled at Stonewall Farm on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Local Crowd Monadnock Launch Party includes food samples, children’s activity stations and hayrides. Members of TLC Monadnock’s Leadership Team will attend to answer questions and handout resources.  This event is free and open to the public.

Register today

About The Local Crowd Monadnock

TLC Monadnock is a locally based crowdfunding platform that empowers individuals to support the businesses, organizations and initiatives that grow wealthier and healthier communities in the region.  Crowdfunding, or the practice of raising funds to support a project from a large number of people, is a viable alternative to recruiting businesses from outside the region to boost economic activity.

This project is part of a two-year research study funded by a USDA Small Business Innovation Research grant to gauge this platform’s effectiveness in rural areas.  During its pilot phase, TLC Monadnock will only accept campaign proposals from businesses, organizations or community initiatives based in Keene, Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Swanzey or Winchester.  TLC Monadnock will give preference to campaigns from these communities that align with their respective city or town’s master plan and contribute to a local, green and fair economy.

TLC Monadnock is a collaboration of regional economic development organizations working to cultivate a stronger ecosystem of investors, service providers and local economy champions.  A team of community leaders from Southwest Region Planning Commission, Monadnock Buy Local, New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, Monadnock Economic Development Corporation and Hannah Grimes Center manages this crowdfunding platform.

Discover more details and updates or contact Jen Risley at jen@monadnocklocal.org or 603-499-7950.

Registration Open: Future of Farming Conference

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cornucopia-farming-conference-poster11x19-2017Future of Farming in a Changing World Conference

Creating a Robust, Sustainable & Community Based Food System
March 25, 2017, 9 to 4:30
Monadnock Center for History and Culture
19 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH

  • Growing the next generation of farmers
  • Cutting edge technology solutions to support farmers
  • Models for growing, processing, and distributing sustainably grown food
  • Climate change and its impact on farming
  • Farmland access-matching farmers to farmland

Keynote speaker:  Philip Ackerman-Leist, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, Green Mountain College, VT; farmer, and author of Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable & Secure Food Systems.
Talks and panel discussion include:

  • John VanHoesen, Associate Professor of Geology; Director Natural Resource Management, Director Geology program, Green Mountain College, VT
  • Hannah Bissex and students, Farm to Fork program, Cornucopia Project
  • Ryan Owens, Monadnock Conservancy

Check in: 8 to 8:45am; program begins at 9am (pre-registration suggested as there are only 100…

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Be Part of the Crowd: The Local Crowd Monadnock

fb-cover-photoThe Local Crowd Monadnock is coming — and we invite you to our public launch party on March 18th at Stonewall Farm in Keene.

View Launch Party details and RSVP

What’s The Local Crowd Monadnock?

The Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock is a locally based crowdfunding platform that’s about us — our region, our community — and the goals we’ve created around economic development and prosperity.

Crowdfunding, the practice of sourcing small contributions from a large number of people, is nothing new.  In fact, the Statue of Liberty’s base was funded by crowdfunding in 1885.  Publisher Joseph Pulitzer launched a fundraising campaign in his newspaper and raised $101, 091 from over 160,000 donors.  In today’s world, that would amount to over $2 million!

With the advent of the Internet, the power of crowdfunding has increased exponentially.  TLC Monadnock brings that power to our community.

Once TLC Monadnock launches, you’ll be able to join with your friends and neighbors to support campaigns that inspire you — by giving any amount of money you feel able and moved to give (from $1 on up!).  Some campaigns provide rewards for your support — a thank you gift for funding their project.

TLC Monadnock will officially launch on March 15, 2017 with two campaigns focused on sustainable agriculture: Archway Farm’s “Farm to Table on Wheels” project and Stonewall Farm’s “Barn Raising” project.

Why Sustainable Agriculture?

Supporting sustainable agriculture is a prominent part of Keene’s Comprehensive Master Plan. Here’s a relevant section of the plan: “Local sources and sustainable agricultural practices can provide us with a high-quality, healthy, affordable and secure supply of food. We should continually seek to help local food producers sell their goods directly to consumers… as well as [support] sustainable food-production methods and education opportunities, linking local food with health, economic development, and land-use and climate-change goals.”

TLC Monadnock empowers the crowd to help the City of Keene — and our community — reach our Master Plan goals.

archway-bannerFarm to Table on Wheels

Archway Farm, a small family farm on Arch Street in Keene, raises heritage breed pigs.  “We think pigs are awesome, and there aren’t nearly enough of them in New Hampshire,” said Mark Florenz, owner of Archway Farm. “With the support of our community, we would like to purchase a mobile sausage cart that would allow us to showcase the great tastes of locally grown food directly to our customers.”

Mark hopes to bring Archway Farm products, as well as other local producers’ products (like bread and condiments) to the Farmers’ Market of Keene.  The cart will also be available to come to your home or place of work to provide lunch for small groups.  Learn more about Archway Farm.

girl-with-sheepBarn Raising

The stars of Stonewall Farm’s educational programs — the sheep, alpacas, goats and chickens — need a new and safer barn.  So, Stonewall Farm is having a barn raising, not only to help build the structure, but to fundraise to cover the costs of designing and constructing the barn.

“The new barn will offer interpretive features, encourage visitor interaction with the animals, as well as provide an adequate meeting space for educational programs involving the animals,” shared Julie Davenson, executive director of Stonewall Farm. “For over 27 years, people have been able to use the trails, visit with the animals and learn about agriculture first hand when visiting the farm.”

Discover more about Stonewall Farm.

TLC Monadnock Pilot Project

During its two-year pilot phase, TLC Monadnock will launch campaigns that support businesses, organizations and community initiatives based in Keene, Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Swanzey and Winchester.  If successful, we’ll expand access to enterprises throughout the region.  Any individual can become a supporter (it doesn’t matter where you live) — this limit is only for campaign creators.

TLC Monadnock is a collective effort of the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Region Planning Commission, New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, Monadnock Buy Local, Hannah Grimes Center and Monadnock Economic Development Corporation.

Learn more and sign up for updates from TLC Monadnock.   Join the crowd – The Local Crowd Monadnock!