Newmarket Farmers' Market Saturday December 18th

The Newmarket Farmers' Market is offering fresh and local foods for your holiday meals from 9 to 1 on Saturday December 18th inside The Stone Church.  Warmth and music will surround market goers while choosing garlic, potatoes, winter squash, Swiss chard, Gilfeather turnips, daikon, dried beans or perhaps a holiday ham.

Fresh local beef, chicken, lamb and pork will also be offered for holiday meals.  Bread, pastries, pies, eggs, syrup, and honey too, along with floral arrangements, body scrubs, homemade holiday candles and goats milk soap.

Two new vendors will be present - New Brew and NH20.  New Brew will be bringing non alcoholic malted beverages served warm.  Coffee infused, naturally sweet and earthy, and chocolate cinnamon will be offered.  NH20 is crystal clear water harvested on the 282 acre Sunny Slope Farm in Alton.  This product was awarded best of NH for 2010.

The winter Newmarket Farmers' Markets are held every third Saturday through April.


Sweet Melissa Pies at Newmarket Farmers' Market Saturday 11/20

Sweet Melissa Kitchen Pies will be offered at the opening of the first of the winter Newmarket Farmers' Markets in the second season this Saturday on November 20th from 9 to 1.

Melissa Clifford of Madbury began baking her pies for others in 2008 when she took special orders for the holidays.  She is now offering the same to market goers.  Her pies can be pre-ordered for pick up at this Saturday's market if Melissa's contacted by November 18th.  Pies can also be pre-ordered for Thanksgiving by the 20th.  For ordering and more information email Melissa here or call her at 603-490-0860.

All pies will be offered for $15 at the market on Saturday.  Melissa creates a  variety of luscious pies that include Fudgy Turtle Pie (a rich chocolate filling with toasted pecans topped with a caramel drizzle in a flaky, crispy crust); Pecan Pie (a classic filling of crunchy pecans with a sweet gooey filling in a flaky, crispy crust); Old Fashioned Apple Pie (a classic combination of sweet local apples piled high with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg in a flaky, crispy crust); Apple Cranberry Crisp Pie (a delicious combination of sweet and tart - local apples and juicy cranberries with an oatmeal crisp topping in a flaky, crispy crust); and Maple Walnut Pumpkin Pie (a maple walnut streusel tops a silky smooth pumpkin filling in a flaky crispy crust).

The winter Newmarket Farmers' Markets will be held every 3rd Saturday November through May inside The Stone Church on Zion Hill overlooking Main Street.

Flint Corn with Antique Sheller at Newmarket Farmers Market 9/25

Flint corn from the Wild Miller Gardens will be ground into corn meal at the Newmarket Farmers' Market this Saturday, September 25th using an antique corn sheller from the Newmarket Historical Society.  This history laden corn meal will be offered to market goers freshly ground and ready for cooking.

Flint corn is zea mays indurata known as Indian corn or calico corn and the same species of maize.  This corn is as hard as flint because each kernel has a hard outer layer to protect the soft endosperm.  Flint corn has a low water content so it is more resistant to freezing than other vegetables. 
Native Americans in New England and in the Great Plains cultivated this hardy corn.  Flint corn was the only Vermont crop to survive the infamous Year Without a Summer in 1816 when snow fell in June and killing frosts descended throughout the summer months. New Englanders and specifically Newmarket Farmers' Market patrons can now appreciate this hardy corn in such savory concoctions as Corn Pancakes a la Floriani and Creamy Polenta.  

Joel Miller will use the antique sheller to shell the corn he grew on his farm and produce corn meal on demand at the market from 9 to 1.  He and his wife Annalisa are staples of the market and the first vendor to populate the roster of the market.  They are sought after for their knowledge, amiability and fresh produce, garlic and pork.
The Newmarket Farmers' Market is now in its second season with markets open every Saturday through October 9th nestled in the space between The Stone Church and the historical Stone School on Zion Hill.

Tim Gurshin at Newmarket Farmers' Market Saturday 8/21

Tim Gurshin will be performing at the Newmarket Farmers Market this Saturday morning August 21st from 9 to 11.  Market patrons will be treated to the sounds of this accomplished singer, songwriter and acoustical guitarist who has recorded four cds with Songs Along the Highway being his most recent recording in 2010.  Tim has performed solo for many years throughout New England and in Nashville.  

"I have been working at writing songs ever since I can remember trying to figure out how a radio worked.  It is a never ending quest to catch magic," says Tim.  "My songs are based on lyrics with impact delivered by compelling music in the tradition of Kris Kritofferson, Tim Hardin and Bob Dylan.  Lyrically, my songs often deal with both struggle and perserverance and the inevitable ambiguity of any move you make.  Musically, I strive to create a solid melody and get it across with passion, while making it at least appear to be simple."

Tim plays the guitar in a variety of tunings, flatpick and finger style, and he often adds melodic or blues style harmonica.  See Tim in perform Three Women at the Tupelo Music Hall in the video below.
Two documentary films have featured his music, one being the movie Mayflower.  Tim wrote and performed the theme song for this documentary about student anti-war activities on the campus of the University of New Hampshire in 1970.

Tim's upcoming performances include Hermanos on August 28th in Concord, NH and the Keene Music Festival on September 4th.  Email Tim Gurshin for more information.

Olde Home Day with Oyster Fest & Beer Garden, Newmarket Farmer's Market, Art Exhibit - Saturday 8/14

Join the festivities this Saturday on Main Street closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. where live music will be heard resonating from the bandstand accompanying all the offerings of the day from pancakes to oysters.  This event is Old Home Day presenting new elements to include the Oyster Tent & Beer Garden and the Newmarket Farmers' Market along with the Main Street Block Party and Faces of Newmarket art exhibit.

The festivities begin with an early morning Pancake Breakfast running from 7 to 9 for $7 at the Community Church at 137 Main Street.  The proceeds will be contributed to the Newmarket Food Pantry.   The Lamprey Health Care 5K Race begins at 8 a.m. at the Newmarket Community Center on 1 Terrace Drive.  The $25 registration fee contributes to the Reach Out and Read Program.

Local vendors displaying their wares will be strung along Main Street adjacent to the bandstand where live music will begin at 10 a.m. to kick off the Main Street Block Party.  The Oyster Tent & Beer Garden will open with a $5 admission fee at Schanda Park on Water Street on the bank of the Lamprey River down the hill from the Community Church where fresh oysters harvested from Great Bay and hand crafted beers will be offered for festival enjoyment.
While exploring the new elements of Old Home Day, browse the Newmarket Farmers' Market from 9 to 1 on Zion Hill nestled in the lot between the historic buildings, The Stone Church and the Stone School
The market, now in its second season, has become a weekly staple where local farmers offer fresh and organic food choices to the community.  Seacoast musicians donate their time and talent to perform live for market goers as market goers gather food items for the week.
Art vendors will be present this Saturday selling their creations to raise money for a new roof on the Stone School which houses the Stone School Museum operated by the Newmarket Historical Society.

Those wishing to use laptops, netbooks or phones to connect to the internet may now do so in downtown Newmarket where WiFi access is available to all.  To commemorate this availability, an unveiling event will be held at 1 p.m. at the bandstand.

Faces of Newmarket exhibit opens with an open house and artist reception from 12 to 4 at Ampers& Studio in Rivermoor landing, lower lever.  This exhibit features a collection of portraitures in both oil and charcoal by local artist Lindsay Bezich, a UNH fine arts graduate.  Sponsored by Lamprey Arts & Culture Alliance, this exhibit runs through September 2nd. Contact Kim Foss at 659-6823 for specific hours. Admission is free, donations are accepted.

Contact Adam Schroadter for more information on Olde Home Day and contact Jill Leavenworth for more information on the Newmarket Farmers' Market.

Olde Home Day is sponsored by Zes Studio, The Stone Church and the town of Newmarket

Photos by Brian Folsom.


South Brook Farm at Newmarket Farmers Market Saturday 7/24

New to the Newmarket Farmers Market is South Brook Farm of Greenland offering eggs from free range poultry, farm grown vegetables and farm raised lamb to market goers this Saturday from 9 to 1Eric and Kellye Berg decided several years ago to have more control over the food they consumed as a family so they became involved in their own food production.

The Bergs originally relied on the book The Vegetable Gardener’s BIBLE by Edward C Smith.  Over time, they learned about companion planting to reduce the need of chemical pesticides, and composting farming waste to reduce the need for chemical fertilizers.  "What we found happening was a nice harmony between raising animals and vegetables."

"We began with the purchase of 6 chicks from the feed store and now are raising pork lamb and poultry and vegetable in abundance!"
This year they made a commitment to winter farming and will be raising meat and eggs year round, offering surplus at a farmers market. They consider themselves micro farmers producing plenty in a small space with the utilization of some organic farming concepts. "Hopefully with this boutique farming we can offer a very nice product."

"We raise both Southdown and Katahdin sheep. They are mainly pasture raised with a small amount of grain as a food supplement. We’ve just purchased 3 fully organic foundation ewes to begin our Katahdin flock and look forward to following in the footstep of the breeder we’ve purchased them from.
"Our flock of hens mainly consist of the heritage New Hampshire breed for it dual purpose qualities.  They range on a half acre of grass with access to shelter and space. They are excellent layers and yet carry good meat qualities for a natural bird. Our goal is to have a flock that is reproducing in a natural setting as the hens are encouraged to hatch out and raise their young.

"This year we’ve decided to add a new breed to the farm. With the purchase of French Wheaton Marans we hope to add some fun and interest in the egg colors that we be available for purchase early next spring. Our vegetable gardens incorporate the use of farm created compost and companion planting. Everything on our farm is raised under the philosophy of being good stewards to our animals and land. We feed our animals healthy diets and give them lots of green space to grow and thrive."

For more information on South Brook Farm, email the Bergs or call them at 603-591-3584.


Andrea Szirbik & Chris Guzikowski Perform at Farmers' Market 7/17

Every Saturday musicians volunteer their time and talent at the Newmarket Farmers' Market providing tunes for market patrons to shop by.  Tomorrow on Saturday July 17th from 9 to 1 Andrea Szirbik and Chris Guzikowski will be performing in the outdoor cafe and coffee bar area at the entrance to the Stone Church
Andrea Szirbik has been singing since she started walking. Her performances in choruses and musical theater led her to songwriting. She is currently working on her first album, which will be dedicated to her cousin's memory. In the meantime, you can catch her live in the Seacoast area or contact her via facebook.
Chris Guzikowski grew up in a house always filled with music, to which he was always singing along. Musical theatre in high school and learning guitar in college eventually led to writing his own songs and performing them for whomever might be kind enough to listen. Chris has been playing around the Seacoast for a few years now and hopes to have his first album out sometime in 2010.


Wild Miller Gardens at Newmarket Farmers' Market Every Saturday

This time of year is garlic harvesting for Wild Miller Gardens in Lee.  Garlic is one of their main and favorite crops.  And, Newmarket Farmers Market patrons will be offered this garlic along with pastured pork, eggs, and fresh produce every Saturday from 9 to 1 in the parking lot between the Stone Church and the Stone School. 

Joel and Annalisa Miller were the first vendor to commit and grace the Newmarket Farmers' Market in its first season last year.  Their passion and knowledge of their food products is a main draw to the market.
Wild Miller Gardens is located on the historic Randall Farm in Lee.  The Randall Farm is a 1700s homestead that had remained with the same family until 2003. The Cox family of the adjacent farm, Tuckaway Farm, saved this farm from development by putting most of the land under a conservation easement.  Presently, four generations of family are living on this land working and dreaming alongside each other, say the Millers.  The Randall Farm has not been worked in over 40 years.  They are excited to care for the soils again and bring the whole working farm back to life.
The Millers are offering a Farmers Market Discount Program or CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).   They offer an opportunity to purchase credit for their produce, eggs, pork, fruit and garlic to be spent at the farmer's market.  So an up front fee of $300 is paid at the beginning of the summer season and $330 credit is available to spend on their fresh products at the farmers' market.  

For more information, email Joel or Annalisa or call 603-988-4658.

Deep Fry'd Blues Plays Saturday 7/10 on Main in the Bandstand

Deep Fry'd Blues is a power trio plus singer from the Seacoast NH area. The 3rd annual Main Street Music Series is featuring the lively performance of Deep Fry'd Blues this Saturday July 10th 11 to 2 pm in the bandstand on Main.

Every Saturday through Labor Day musicians are performing outside at the War Memorial Pavilion otherwise referred to as the Main Street Bandstand.

Deep Fry'd Blues band consists of these musicians:

Blind Dan Fishbein, drummer and bandleader, a fixture on the music scene for 20 years, has played with, Present Position, Carmen and the Country Drifters, Tony O and the Tornadoes, and Still Breathin, as well as many other bands.

Watchdog Scot Weinstein, on lead guitar and vocals, has played for over 30 years in many bands, including Merlin, Carmen and the Country Drifters, Still Breathin, Chris Bonoli and False Advertising.

Cosmic Ray Sykes on the bass hails from Pittsburgh Pa. and has played with Elfonzo Funk, Star Flash, KD and The Dimensions, The Blues Party, Hello Detroit, Blues Bound, Tony O and the Tornadoes, Blue collar Blues, Mark Choate and Persuaded and has backed up artists Chris Duarte, Mighty Sam McClane, Shirley Lewis, Parker Wheeler and Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson.

BCat Belinda Wolff on lead vocals, the baby of the group, has only been at it for 14 years, playing with Gypsy Rain, Mojo and the Commotions and of course, Deep Fry'd Blues.
Together, they've been cooking on the Seacoast since 1998. For more information, contact BCat.

The Main Street Music Series is sponsored by Lamprey Arts & Culture Alliance(LACA) and the Newmarket Business Association.

From 11 to 2 on Saturdays music resonates down Main as errands are run and breakfast is eaten. For more information about performances, contact Leif, the music series coordinator.


Candia Vineyards at Newmarket Farmers' Market Saturday July 10th

The Newmarket Farmers' Market offers market goers a choice of wines from local vineyards weekly.  Each Saturday a local winery will be present with a selection of wines to your fresh food choices.  This week Candia Vineyards will debut at the market with their selection of romantic wines.

Candia Vineyards is a boutique winery located in Candia on some of the earliest farmed land in New Hampshire.  This winery produces fine table wines made from grapes. New Hampshire's first Frontenac, La Crosse, Noiret and Diamond varietals have been hand picked to thrive in the local climate.  
Candia wines have won many national and international competitions due to their meticulous matching the grapes to the local growing conditions combined with their carefully developed processes for hand crafting the wines, says Bob Dabrowski, the Winemaker.  "Our goal is to produce the best quality grapes and wine that captures the lure of rural New Hampshire and the romance of enjoying wines with your special guests."

For more information on tours and tastings, email Bob or call 867-9751.

The Newmarket Farmers' Market is held every Saturday through October 9th from 9 to 1 on Zion Hill in the parking lot between the Stone Church and the Stone School.


Shop the Newmarket Farmers' Market this Saturday July 3rd!

Gather your healthy food stuff  for your July 4th weekend cookouts at the Newmarket Farmers' Market this Saturday July 3rd from 9 to 1 nestled in the parking space between the Stone Church and the Stone School on Zion Hill.

Natural grass fed beef, chicken and pork will be available from Hurd Farm for weekend grilling.  Market goers may shop for gourmet mushrooms, kale, spinach, snow peas and shell peas, turnips, radishes, swiss chard, rhubarb and garlic scapes and other fresh offerings from Wild Miller Gardens, Hollister Family Farm and Healthy Home Harvest.

Andrea Szirbik and Cameron Gray will be performing live music in the outdoor cafe where pastries chosen from Sunflour Baking and bagels from Michael's Fresh Bagels can be enjoyed along with coffee from Red Rover Coffee Roasting.

The Newmarket Farmers' Market is held every Saturday through October 9th from 9 to 1.  For more information, contact Jill Leavenworth, market manager.
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