August is NH Eat Local Month, and we’ve got 31 days to celebrate! All month long, we can find new ways to support New Hampshire farmers and local agriculture.
3. Grow your own. It’s not too late to plant things like greens, carrots, etc. for the fall, in fact, it’s perfect timing! Limited Space? – grow herbs on your window sills or a sunny spot all year round. List of gardening to-do’s for August (by zone)
4. Share your love of local food. Bring a friend to market, brag about your delicious dinner on facebook/your blog/twitter/in a text. Spread the word and support local agriculture in NH!
5. Pick your own. Peaches, blueberries, and even early season apples as well as vegetables are available to pick yourself. It can be a great way to get a lot of produce for less money, and a fun family or friend outing in a beautiful location. Try NH Dept of Ag Markets & Food (.pdf) listings to find a farm near you.
7. Eat out! Ask about local food options at a local restaurants and stores.
9. Visit a farm.
10. Yes You Can!
12. Learn a new skill. Across the state, there are workshops on everything from canning to raising chickens and a whole lot more. Check out Cooperative Extension, Seacoast Permaculture Meetup, Central Permaculture Meetup, Monadnock Region Permaculture Meetup, and D Acres just for starters. Or, share a skill and teach a friend or neighbor to cook.
13. Find inspiration, check out NH’s local food bloggers.
14. Make it a party. Invite friends and family for an all local bbq or potluck, or a few close friends for a can-apalooza!
16. Eat nothing but locally grown foods for a day, or a week, or the whole month!
17. Cheeeeeese please!
18. Freeze it: Freeze fresh herbs in ice cube trays so you can use them for soups and stocks. Make pesto with fresh basil, garlic and pine nuts and freeze! Keep berries fresh and ready to use in smoothies, pies and toppings all year long. All you need is a baking sheet and plastic freezer bags or jars. Lay berries on sheet and place in freezer, once frozen, scoop berrries into freezer bag or jar.
19. Forage: For novices try finding nearby wild blackberry bushes, alpine blueberries,or greens like dandelions. With help from an expert, forage for mushrooms and medicinal herbs.
21. Spend $10 a week on local food.
25. Glean and donate to a local food pantry.
26. Hold a garden/canning/seed swap, trade what you have lots of for what others are producing.
27. Volunteer your time to a local food organization, food pantry, or school garden.
29. Make it a family affair – bring your kids to the farmers market, invite them to help prep in the kitchen, have them help harvest in the garden.
31. Say “thank you” to a farmer and let them how much you enjoy the fruits of their labor. Learn the story of a farmer near you.
Enjoy eating locally all August long!