NH Food Alliance News
The NH Food Alliance blog highlights the fascinating and diverse happenings throughout the Granite State food system. Read on for information and inspiration!
Action Teams are hard at work on innovative, collaborative projects that will support and enhance farm, fish, and food enterprise viability in New Hampshire. On April 27, the co-chairs of our action teams met with the Process and Backbone Teams to discuss progress, share information, explore synergies, and brainstorm about challenges.
Bear’s head, oysters, and chestnuts sauteéd with just a bit of butter, salt and pepper: sampling these delicious mushrooms was a highlight of last month’s spring network gathering at the NH Mushroom Company in Tamworth. Over 30 people joined us for an entertaining and eye-opening tour with Eric and Stephanie at their production facility in Tamworth. We learned about the entire production process, from inoculation to harvest, and observed the fruiting habits of five different mushroom species. Eric pointed out that NH Mushroom Co.
Expanding access to locally produced food benefits both NH consumers and producers who have new customers for their products. For example, the Granite State Market Match program allows SNAP (food stamp) customers to double the value of their benefits at participating farmers markets. Not only does Granite State Market Match provide low-income residents access to affordable, healthy, local foods, it also brings economic benefits to the participating vendors/farmers, and host communities. As one participating farmer describes it, “we benefit financially, the customers benefit financially, and we all are happier and healthier.”
Over 100 community members, students, and state officials gathered in the Huddleston Ballroom on February 22nd to celebrate a maple syrup, an integral piece of New Hampshire’s identity. The pancake breakfast and discussion aimed to highlight the effects that climate change is having on the maple industry. The event was co-sponsored by the UNH Sustainability Institute, League of Conservation Voters, The Union of Concerned Scientists, National Health Services Corps, Mom’s Clean Air Force, Environment New Hampshire, and NH Sierra Club.
The holiday season is around the corner and you are likely brainstorming unique gift ideas for your family and friends. The NH Food Alliance Backbone team also has struggled with this in the past, though we have come to a simple solution: Support your local farmers, fishermen, and food businesses! We have been compiling some resources for gift ideas, and welcome suggestions from the broader network. Please visit our Facebook page, like it, and tell us about your favorite places to buy local food products.