A Visit to the Merrimack Farmers’ Market

Where can the freshest food be found? Well, at the local farmers’ market and New Hampshire has many farmers’ markets to visit.  Wednesday my little guy and I head out to the Merrimack Farmers’ Market to pick up some dinner and we found some a few fun surprises, too.

Merrimack’s Farmers’ Market is located at 526 Daniel Webster Hwy in front of the Vault Storage building. It’s open Wednesdays from 3pm to 6pm. It doesn’t offer the shade that Bedford does but all of the vendors had nice tents to get you out of the beat summer sun.

As I mentioned in my blog about the Bedford Farmers’ Market, I like to tell you about the fishmonger in this post.  So I’m going to start there. New England Fishmonger’s sells locally caught fresh fish to both the Bedford and Merrimack Farmers’ Markets. Their motto, which I love, is “Don’t buy fish from strangers.”  It’s so perfect for these guys because the second you walk over to their booth you feel like family. My little guy and I decided it was a good night for haddock and when we walked over to purchase, what was the best tasting fish I have ever had (I’ll share the recipe below.), we were greeted by the friendliest gentleman. He told us all about his son who is one of the captains that goes out to catch the fish. He also talked about his triathlon training with his grandson.  What a fun granddad!   We purchased a pound of haddock.  It was so fresh and delicious.  It made a wonderful dinner. For more about New England Fishmongers you can check them out at New England Foshmongers or on Facebook at New England Fishmongers Facebook page.

While at the Merrimack Farmers’ Market I also picked up so fresh collard greens.  Collard greens are always supper tasty with some garlic and bacon. I purchased them from Ledge Top Farm.  Who told me about some potatoes he’ll have for little guy to try later on.  Can’t wait to head back to try them.

Two other fun finds we had at the Merrimack Farmers’ Market were 27 Teas and Sweet Lava hot sauce by Effin Sauce Company.

Tea is my morning drink.  It is my peaceful zen spot.  I sit here sipping it now.  So when I head to my local farmers’ market and find a woman who is starting her own business as a tea mixologist, I’ve gotta check things out. I’m not going to go to much into 27 Teas as I’d actually like to have a whole blog about this company and the wonderful teas and work that is done but needless to say I got tea.  I purchased the Caribbean Green and it was wonderful.  Light, smooth and refreshing.  Definitely had a cool coconut taste.  It was great as hot tea or a slightly sweetened iced tea. As an ice tea, it makes a wonderful hot summer day beverage.  I’m definitely going back to check out some more of the products and learn a little more about the company. So tea drinkers keep your eyes out for more about 27 Teas. For more about 27 Teas check out the website at: 27 Teas and finder it on Facebook at 27 Teas Facebook

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As I mentioned above I found one other amazing find I want to share with you and that’s Sweet Lava produced by Effin Sauces Company.  Hot sauce lovers,  you’ve gotta check this stuff out.  It’s delicious!  I love a good hot sauce and this stuff doesn’t disappoint.  Starts off sweet and then BAM! the heat kicks in.  I’ve put this on my morning eggs, on some corn chips, and mixed it in cream creams and served with crackers.  I’ll be looking for some other tasty recipes to try with this sauce but its got a nice kick.  Find out more about Effin Sauces Company on their Facebook page at Effin Sauces Facebook Page.

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So if your out this Wednesday check out the Merrimack Farmers Market. It’s a great time, with great people and tasty eats!  Bon Appetit!

The recipe I used for the haddock was Italian Haddock.

A Trip to the Bedford Farmers Market

Where is the best place to stop for a great farm to table meal?  How about your local farmers’ market!  Tuesday was a clear beautiful but hot summer day and my little guy and I decided we’d try some local fare. We headed off to the Bedford Farmers’ Market located at 190 Meetinghouse Rd behind St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Bedford, New Hampshire. This was a large sized farmers’ market.  It had several vendors selling produce but it also had a local fish monger (who I’ll discuss more about in my Merrimack Farmers’ Market post) a brewery of beer and hard cider, a craft booth, dairy free frozen treats, fresh pressed olive oil, maple syrup and a food truck. One vendor even mentioned they usually have live music.  I’ll have to go back to check that out.

While we were there we got fresh cherries, blueberries and broccoli to make baby purees. The recipe I used for the blueberry puree is below.  The head of broccoli was so large my husband and I had some with our dinner the next day. We purchased the cherries and blueberries from a farmer called Apple Hill.  They are out of Concord New Hampshire. The fruit was very sweet and tasty. I snacked on them while making my little guy’s purees.  We also acquired broccoli and zucchini from a farm called Rockey Ole Farm also out of Concord.  The veggies were excellent and the folks running the booth were so kind.  They were chatting up my little guy and he was all smile and wiggles in his baby carrier. ❤ Check out Apple Hill Farm at http://www.applehillfarmnh.com/ . Check out Rockey Ole Farm at http://www.rockeyolefarm.com/.

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Another treat as I mentioned above that my husband and I enjoyed was from a local Brewer, Pup’s Cider.  They were selling beer and hard cider.  The hard cider was crisp and dry.  I found it refreshing and a large step away from the commercially produced ciders which can be overly sweet in my opinion. I enjoyed sipping it on the warm evening on our deck with a nice local fish dinner.  My husband had the American Pale Ale.  That was served chilled.  It was refreshing with dinner. It was a bit on the sweeter side but good. More about Pup’s Cider company can be found here http://www.pupscider.com/SHTM/HOME.htm.

Bedford Farmers’ Market was definitely a fun shopping trip for me and my little guy.  There was plenty of shade and lots of nice people out for some local dinner shopping. I can’t wait to go back and grab more goodies! ❤

Check out the Bedford Farmers’ Market and what New Hampshire has to serve up fresh at https://www.bedfordfarmersmarketnh.org/?fbclid=IwAR2mP22tMI6pEpMeNVLaMmyhQ0-5Dd2jpB6DLjxLWaBzNxJ_jEqBBwGJg1A or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BedfordFarmersMarketNH/ .

Blueberry Baby Puree

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint of blueberries
  • 3 cups of water

Directions:

  • Place a sauce pot on your stove and add the water to the pot.
  • Turn the burner on high and add a steaming insert into pot.
  • Wash blueberries. When water is boiling add blueberries to steaming insert.
  • Steam for 5 minutes.
  • Remove berries from insert and place into food processor. Puree till smooth consistency.
  • Divide puree evenly into silicone ice cube tray.
  • place plastic wrap on the top.
  • Freeze over night.
  • Serve completely thawed or frozen in baby fruit pacifier.

To thaw:

  • Thaw by placing in lidded mason jar the night before serving. Ensure completely thawed before serving.

Always supervise baby carefully when they are eating.

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Mine Falls Park: A Great Place for a Nature Walk in the Heart of Nashua

 

I started run 10 years ago.  The decision was made after I had returned from vacation to find my wedding dress no longer fit and I had only a few months to make it work without some serious alterations. I did make it work and was able to get into my dress but what does this have to do with Mine Falls?  Here it is….

While getting out and burning off those extra dinners out, I realized I enjoyed running and want to challenge myself a little more. As the dreaded (not so dreaded any more) 30’s began a fast approach, a friend and I start chatting about completing a 5K.  Now I may have been out getting my run on but completing a 5K sounded a bit daunting. Could I really run 3.1 miles straight without dropping dead?

This is where I discovered couch to 5K, a great training tool for those interested in getting off the couch and earning that runners high! The runner’s high is a free and legal high. It leaves you feeling great without dodgy side effects. So I strapped on my shoes and hit the pavement.

Problem: You can only run around an apartment complex so many times before you are bored out of your skull and in my case lose your motivation.

In steps a coworker with a suggestion, she runs at Mine Falls with friends. Mine Falls is trails and pavement around the Nashua River, covering 325 acres in the heart of Nashua, NH.  It also has recreational fields for soccer, baseball and lacrosse. Now I had to check this place out.

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Mine Falls proved to be an amazing place to run but it was so much more than that. It’s a great place to get out an enjoy the day or nature with your family. I like to put my Little Man in his babywear carrier and take him for little hikes.  I’ve seen families out biking through Mine Falls. Runners get together for group runs. Friends out for fishing and kayaking. Mine Fall offers so many options and its free fun. They even had scheduled park clean up days. Check it out: https://www.nashuanh.gov/491/Mine-Falls-Park. It’s also a great place to walk your dog but remember Nashua has a leash law and Mine Falls doesn’t have a poop fairy so please clean up after your dog.

It offers fun for every season, although in the winter it can get icy. Spring you can see the trees budding, summer you can escape the heat in the shade.  Fall you can see the leaves change.  Winter you can snowshoe or cross country ski through the snowy trails.

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For my fellow runners, there are also several race options through Mine Falls.  Gate City Striders, a local running group, offers a summer series.  You can check it out at http://gatecity.org/mine-falls-trail-series/ . It’s a no frills race through the trails at a great cost. Also the Wolf Hollow Trail race in the fall is a nice 10 miler or relay. You can check it out at http://wolfhollowhalf.com/.  If you’re looking for friends to run with; ladies check out – She Runs This Town, NH or Mom’s Runs This Town on Facebook.  Another option is http://www.fleetfeetnashua.com/events/social-group-runs. You can get fitted for you proper running shoe while at fleet feet.

Mine Falls has 3 regular entry points; one by the Nashua YMCA, one behind the Hannaford’s on Coliseum Avenue (Lincoln Park entrance) and the Whipple Street entrance. There are also 2 boat ramps; One across from the Nashua YMCA and one behind Conway Arena. This is a no wake zone but it is a great area to put your canoes and kayaks in to the Nashua River or the Mill Pond.

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Speaking of the Nashua River, how about a little history about Mine Falls? Mine Falls got its name from when it was allegedly mined in the 1700s for low quality lead on the islands below the falls. The area was later seen as a potential site for textile mills of the 1800s. 3 miles of canal were then dug to create a 36 foot drop at the mills. A gate house was also built and still stands and can be seen in Mine Falls. Mine Falls was designated as part of the Heritage Trail system in 1992, this trail system extends from Massachusetts to Canada.

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Remember Mine Falls is in the city and while you can see wild life such as fish, turtles, snakes, beavers, hedgehogs, and the legendary stories of moose, deer and bears it does have city features as well.  Mine falls has high tension wires running through it. Trails run under a highway overpass.  Trails run along road ways and behind one of Nashua’s High School as well as very close to the Nashua Police Department.

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Some safety reminders to consider before heading out:

  1. Never hike alone and be sure someone always knows where you are going.
  2. Make sure you have a copy of the trail map. If a paper one isn’t offered take a picture of it with your phone (this will also help remind you what entrance you parked at) or print it out before you leave home.
  3. Dress properly and be aware of the weather.
  4. Sunscreen and bug spray are highly recommended.
  5. Carry your cell phone with you.
  6. I recommend carrying water on you too if you can.

I hope you have a chance to get out and see Nashua’s Mine Falls.  Explore New Hampshire! It’s amazing.

 

 

New Hampshire Fun Facts

 

The did you knows about New Hampshire 2019.

New Hampshire’s nickname: The Granite State

New Hampshire’s capital: Concord

Name before statehood: Providence of New Hampshire

Largest City: Manchester

New Hampshire’s state motto: Live Free or Die – A quote from General John Stark “Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils.”

New Hampshire current governor: Chris Sununu – The Governor’s page if you’d like to learn more is https://www.governor.nh.gov

State flower: Purple Lilac

State wild flower: Lady Slipper

State animal: White-tailed Deer

State fruit: Pumpkin

State bird: Purple Finch

State veggie: White Potato

State tree: White Birch

State beverage: Apple Cider

State rock: Granite

State sport: Skiing

State Emblem: Old Man of the Mountain

New Hampshire Firsts:

  1. First state in the primaries.
  2. First state to declare it independence from England. 9th to become a state.
  3. First American in space was from NH.
  4. First Attorney General of the United State was from NH.

Invented in NH:

  1. Alarm clock
  2. Tupperware
  3. Segway
  4. The snow mobile

Products made in NH:

  1. Stonyfield Yogurt
  2. Burdick Mice
  3. Segway
  4. Velcro
  5. The Old Farmer’s Almanac
  6. Globe Fire Suits
  7. Badger Balm
  8. Timberland Boots
  9. Ruger Firearms
  10. New Hampshire Pewter
  11. Mountain T-shirts
  12. Wilcox Industries

Just to name a few! 😉

Famous Historical figures from New Hampshire:

  1. General John Stark – Famous Revolutionary War general in which our state motto comes from.
  2. Daniel Webster – Famous orator and politician.
  3. Robert Frost – A famous poet who wrote about New England’s people and landscapes.  while he was born in San Francisco. He lived for a time in Derry and Franconia.
  4. Sarah Josepha Hale – Author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and led the way on suggesting Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
  5. Christa McAuliffe – A Concord teacher who died in the space shuttle Challenger explosion.
  6. Goody Cole – Only witch ever convicted in NH.
  7. Earl Silas Tupper – Found of Tupperware.
  8. Franklin Pierce – 14th president of the United States.
  9. Eleanor Porter – Author of Pollyanna
  10. Bob Montana – Creator of comic strip “Archie”
  11. Alan B Shephard Jr – First American in space.
  12. Josiah Barlett – NH representative to sign the “Declaration of Independence” and first Governor of New Hampshire

This is just a short list. For more information or more famous historical people from NH check out https://www.nh.gov/almanac/people.htm

Famous Celebrities from New Hampshire:

  1. Dan Brown – Author of the Da Vinci Code
  2. John Irving – Author of Cider House Rules
  3. Triple H – Wrestle
  4. Adam Sandler – actor/ producer
  5. Mandy Moore – Singer/ actress
  6. JD Salinger – Author of Catcher in the Rye
  7. Samuel Bode Miller – Olympic Gold Medal alpine skier.
  8. Jodi Picoult – Author of My Sister’s Keeper

This is just a short list. For more information or more famous people from NH check out https://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/usstates/nhfamous.htm

Famous places in New Hampshire:

  1. Lake Winnipesaukee – This is the largest lake in New Hampshire and the 3rd largest in New England.
  2. Mount Washington – This is a 6000 mountain located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and is known for having the worst weather in the world. Check it out at http://knowbefore.weatherbug.com/2015/01/21/mount-washington-home-worlds-worst-weather/

Famous books set or written in New Hampshire:

  1. Fortune’s Rock by Anita Shreve was set in New Hampshire.
  2. The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving is set and written in New Hampshire.
  3. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious is set near Lake Winnipesaukee.
  4. Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult is set and written in New Hampshire.

These are just a few. I may make a more comprehensive list later. It would be a fun series to read and write about; New Hampshire reading through the year…

Famous movies set or filmed in New Hampshire:

  1. Jumanji with Robin Williams was set and filled in New Hampshire. It was filmed mostly in Keene.
  2. Justice of Mind was filmed in Milford and Merrimack NH.
  3. Before I Sleep with Bonny Wright, Ginny from Harry Potter, was filmed in Franconia, NH.
  4. The Good Son with Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Woods has scenes filmed in NH including the car accident scene and the ice skating scene.
  5. Thinner, a book by Stephen King turned movie, has scenes filmed in Portsmouth, NH.
  6. Labor Day with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin has scenes shot in Salem, NH.

These are just a few of the films that have scenes shot in New Hampshire.

Going Local NH is Back!

cropped-going-local-nh-logo-1.pngIt’s time to give Going Local NH some new steam. It’s back and live again.  Starting today I shall be bringing you a new blog post every other week on what is happening in New Hampshire. The opening post will be a fun fact about New Hampshire post.  After that I’ll be working on a few series. Some of the series I will be bring to you are:

  1. Farm to Table – This is where I’ll be checking out local farmers’ markets and farms. New Hampshire has some amazing farms. It’s not just limited to produce either.  There are some really great pig farms, cattle and bison ranches, and chicken and turkey farms. There are sugar shacks that produce some delicious maple syrup. I know there are Canadian and Vermont Maple syrup snobs but give New Hampshire a try!  It’s really SWEET. 😉 You can even get fresh seafood! From these adventures I’ll pick out some goodies to take home.  With those goodies, I’ll try some recipes and post the tasty results. This won’t be limited to only fun adult meals but some baby purees too.
  2. Drink Around New Hampshire – This series I’ll take you on an inside tour of New Hampshire’s local breweries, wineries, meaderies and distilleries maybe even a few local soda shops and farms that produce juices. This is one of my favorite blogs to do because my husband and I head out with friends and everyone enjoys a great afternoon together over a local beverage. A lot of the local wineries and breweries are family friendly, having pub food and games for the kids. Most of the wineries offer place for the kids to run around outside where the family can enjoy a nice picnic. Cheers!
  3. Family Friendly Short Hikes – I am one for the big hikes with the big views and I will definitely blog about those but I want to start with the hikes that are closer to my heart right now.  I’ve just had a little one and he loves being outside and exploring new things but between feedings, diapers and naps we aren’t ready for big hikes so I’m going to bring you those hikes in New Hampshire that are still adventure packed and have great views but aren’t overwhelming for those of you with littles. This is one feature I love about New Hampshire, you can hike for days, a day or an hour and still enjoy all the beauty New Hampshire has to offer.

These are just a few of the series I plan to write.  I’ll also have blogs about fun parks to venture out to, local heroes (historical and current) to check out and local crafts to enjoys. Please stick around there is more to come!!

If there is something you want me to check out don’t hesitate to point me in the right direction. I love sharing New Hampshire goodies with everyone!

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Beer Soap

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This weekend I made way over to the Made in NH expo. It was fantastic. Lots of great New Hampshire crafters made it out. It had a large variety of options to check out food, wine, photography, baby clothes, ballroom dance lessons and more! I had a great time exploring.
I discovered while I was there, a local artisan who made soap. This may not seem very impressive but the woman made soap products from local brew!! Beveridge Soap Company is a small home based business producing artisan soaps. They use local breweries beers to make soap. I got their Cape Ann Brewing Pumpkin Stout Beer soap for myself and their Dude made with White Birch’s beer. Dude has a clean man smell to it my hub and I love. They aren’t just limited to beer soaps either. They also offer a wine soap from LaBelle and a chocolate soap. Candles and shampoos are also available!
I find this to be a cool man gift! So if you are looking check out:
http://www.soapguildstores.com/BeaverRidgeBathandBody/Default.aspx

Drinking Around New Hampshire – Sweet Baby Winery

Sweet Baby Winery

Tasting New Hampshire’s local drinks has offered me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. People who are passionate about their work, as well as the products and services they provide. One such family, who are excited to share the product they make, is the Eaton Family. They own and operate Sweet Baby Winery.

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Sweet Baby has all the charm anyone would love to find in a local business.  When my husband and I walk into Sweet Baby we were greeted by Lewis Eaton himself. Personally I love this touch in neighboring businesses. It gives one the feeling you are entering a friend’s house for drinks. This is what I found when I visit Sweet Baby. Sweet Baby was hopping with guests trying the deliciously smooth wines offered as well as enjoying wedges of cheese and crackers with their wine. Bob Marley jammed on the iPod in the background and the atmosphere was so easy going, groups who had never met were mingling and chatting about New Hampshire and wine. Not to mention the setup of the room. It’s gorgeous. It’s very clean rustic with handmade tables and comfy couch.

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Let be honest though, a good vibe is great and all but this blog is about wine. So let’s talk about wine. Sweet Baby had a delicious offering of wines available for tasting. All of which I enjoyed but I’m gonna pick out some of my favorites to share with you. Kensington White was a crisp refreshing white wine. This wine would pair really well with relaxing on the porch on a warm summer day. Since summer is coming this delight will be found in my house soon! Sweet Baby’s Marechal Foch is grown right in New Hampshire on the Eaton property in Kensington. It was excellent. It had a really smooth finish unlike most Marechal Foch.  I never thought a wine could have a nutty flavor but Sweet Baby’s Pear wine which is a light semi sweet wine with a fun peanuty finish. Love this wine!! Lastly a wine I can’t pass up when it’s available… Blueberry wine! This wine was wildly blueberry! It was not overly sweet and it had a really smooth finish.

Needless to say I had a great time at Sweet Baby and was definitely impressed. The new building is fantastic.  The tasting room was like a little friendly gathering. As I said it felt like a Saturday afternoon at a friend’s house. Oh and don’t miss out the Eaton children have their own side business at the tasting room, selling fresh eggs. The sign is on the hallway wall as you walk up into the tasting room. Who can pass up fresh eggs!