Free Movie at the Newmarket Public Library Saturday February 7th

The Newmarket Public Library is showing a free movie Saturday afternoon February 7th at 1:30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.  Seating begins at 1 p.m.

This movie program is made possible by the generous donation of the Newmarket Business Association to the Newmarket Public Library.  The money was used to purchase audio visual equipment for the movie programs.

For information on the film being shown, click here on Newmarket Public Library or call at 659-5311. 

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Shrimp Workshop at UNH on 2/10 - Learn to Cook, Peel & Store

Learn how to cook, peel and store northern shrimp at the Shrimp Local, Eat Local Workshop on Wednesday, February 10th, from 6 to 8 p.m. for $10. Chefs from the culinary program at the University of New Hampshire Thompson School Culinary Arts Program will be demonstrating how to prepare locally caught shrimp in several different ways.  

Those attending this event will also have the pleasure of tasting these prepared shrimp, and returning home with recipes and educational materials.  To register for this shrimp event, click here.  For more information, contact Ken La Valley at 603-862-4343 or email Ken:

Newmarket Farmers' Market goers had the opportunity at January's market to buy shrimp from the Yankee Fisherman's Cooperative.  Five neighbors each bought five or ten pound bags of shrimp then brought their prepared shrimp to a Shrimp Throwdown party to taste each recipe.

Market patron,  Heather Beaulieu, writes about Yankee Fisherman's Cooperative on her blog, Simple Butta, where she describes her adventure preparing fresh, local shrimp with her family after attending the market.  

"Ten pound bags of shrimp for $16.99? Should I tell these poor kids that they messed up their sign and are about to get robbed? My curiosity peeked, I approached their set up and asked if that was truly the price? Shocker! Yes! The yard saley, cheapskate in me asked "So after they are cleaned, about how much shrimp meat is that?" Half, was the answer. So we are looking at $3.39 per pound of edible shrimp. Not just edible, but local. Not the kind that looks really good in the seafood case, but makes you feel queasy when you think about the "Farm Raised" conditions they came from in Thailand."

To show interest for the opportunity to buy local shrimp at the Newmarket Farmers' Market in February, click here

For more information, email Jill Leavenworth, market coordinator.


Green Wedding Giveaway - Prize to be Announced February 10th - Vote

Green Wedding Giveaway is a contest sponsored by Clay Hill Farm in York, Maine that challenges couples on the verge of a major life commitment to explore the parallel of a commitment to each other and a commitment to the earth.  See the video above.

Kevin Hanley and Lisa Sabella won a spot in the top 5 finalists with a photo journal entry about who they are, how they live, what’s important to them, and what they saw and experienced during cross-country travels in their bus powered by recycled vegetable oil. From local food to composting, earth ships to wind turbines, they found all shades of green across the country.  Kevin and Lisa are patrons of the Newmarket Farmers' Market. 

Winners will be decided by popular vote at grand prize winners will be announced on February 10th.
Clay Hill Farm became the first restaurant in the country to be certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary.  This is the second year they have sponsored the Green Wedding Giveaway. 

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Local Singer ~Amy Petty ~ Performs in New York City February 7th

Amy Petty of New Hampshire and resident of the Seacoast region will be performing at The Bitter End on Bleeker Street in New York City on Sunday Februrary 7th.  This will be her debut performace in NYC.

Amy has donated her time and talent to perform for market goers during the Newmarket Farmers' Market at the Stone Church on a couple market days and most recently last Saturday.  Here she graced the winter market with her compelling vocals (audio). She also recently played at Club Passim in Boston. 

Mystery Keeps You (audio) is Amy's debut album "produced and engineered by musical powerhouse Jacob Detering (Bonnie Raitt), and featuring spectacular performances by R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow, Peter Mayer), Eric Grossman (Ks Choice), and others" on the Red Pill label.

"There is balladry here, awesome percussion, fantastic lyrical development and wonderful vocal management. An album to be had by one and all," according to a review in Maverick Magazine.

Listen here at MySpace to Amy's music.  For more information, contact Amy.

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After Hours Gathering 1/26 for Community Group Members & Public

All are welcome to attend the After Hours gathering hosted by the Durham and Newmarket Business Associations and the Exeter Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday January 26th from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Riverworks Restaurant & Tavern  in Newmarket.  They are welcoming and encouraging people to join together for introductions and exchanges.

Members will pay $10 and guests will pay $15 for hearty appetizers and one beverage.  Additional cash bar will be available. 
RSVP to Rod Bowles the President of the Newmarket Business Association by Tuesday, January 19th at

This gathering is partially underwritten by the Durham and Newmarket Business Associations and Exeter Chamber of Commerce.

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"Winter Song" by Local New Hampshire Poet, Don Kimball

Winter Song

I see an arctic lake
below my window,
some great white whale
articulated by
winter’s dying light.
But I know
it can’t be so; there is
no arctic swell
this far south,
just an old man’s North
Pole overheated;
my neighbor’s acre pond
all frozen over;
no fishy smell of salt,
except what salt
a prudent man applies
to black ice on asphalt;
no scattered rocks
or seashells
to scallop an icy shore. None
of that bony flotsam
to glean. Still, I dream
an arctic sea,
enticing me, beyond
these barren trees,
the sweep of arctic winds
and heaps of frozen snow.

by Don Kimball


Yankee Fisherman's Coop at Newmarket Farmers' Market 1/16

Yankee Fisherman's Cooperative will be offering fresh shrimp and lobster at the Newmarket Farmers' Market this Saturday January 16th from 9 to 1 at the Stone Church.  This coop was founded in 1990 and consists of over 60 members - ground fishermen (catching cod, Pollock, haddock, flounder, etc.), lobstermen, tuna fishermen and shrimpers. 

Their boats have access to some of the most productive fishing areas in the Gulf of Maine.  These boats are all day boats, leaving in the morning to go fishing and returning to port each evening with their catch to assure fish freshness.  

These Yankee fisherman take pride in their fresh product and they are proud to carry on a New Hampshire commercial fishing tradition that spans back nearly four hundred years.  A fisherman can easily catch up to 7,000 pounds of shrimp in one trip within three miles of the NH coast, according to The Wire article Not So Shrimpy Fish.  However, low worldwide shrimp prices and the availability of preprocessed shrimp from Canada make it difficult for local fishermen to compete. 

This year the fisherman are using new gear technology developed by Pingguo He of the UNH Cooperative Extension to sort the shrimp. This dual-grate system first directs the shrimp through the new size-sorting grid allowing smaller shrimp to stay in the water and continue reproducing for another year and then the count per pound is reduced eliminating any by catch - allowing them to catch larger, and more desirable shrimp.  Up to 15 active NH fishing vessels have been using this new gear since December.

Check out the shrimp subscription program.  Here are some shrimp recipes and instructions on how to peel and prepare fresh shrimp.  For more information, email here or call 603-474-9850.

Support the New Hampshire fishing industry by buying local and fresh at this Saturday's Newmarket Farmers' Market.


Fleur De Sel the Caviar of Salt at the Newmarket Farmers' Market 1/16

Fleur de Sel or The Flower of Salt will be present only at the next Newmarket Farmers' Market on Saturday January 16th at the Stone Church from 9 to 1.  This gourmet salt is harvested off the French Island of Isle de Re near the city of La Rochelle.  This salt is appreciated for being rich in tradition, taste, iodine and mineral content.

"The earliest English settlers of the seacoast NH region appreciated the value of salt and they knew that the best salt was made by the French.  In the first half of the 17th Century, they enlisted the help of two Frenchman who sailed into the Piscataqua to help local settlers learn the art of harvesting salt from the ocean."

Today Catherine Marchais Erickson brings the centuries-old French tradition of salt making back to seacoast NH with her premium Fleur de Sel or the Flower of Salt known as the caviar of salt, is hand harvested from the Atlantic Ocean by her brother, Mathieu.  Their new company is formed on centuries of tradition and the love for good and healthy food.

Fleur de Sel is still harvested by hand, just as it was done in the middle ages. Outside of picturesque walled seaport villages on the French Island of Isle de Re, a series of pools evaporates seawater until the light and pure white Fleur de Sel floats to the surface. 

The Fleur de Sel is then skimmed off the pool's mirror surface with nets, placed on wooden racks, dried in the sun and made ready for discriminating tastes and tables throughout the world. The sauniers have been guardians of this rare landscape for centuries.  They actively participate in maintaining the natural richness of the salt marshes.

The Fleur de Sel will enhance any dish, from a gourmet specialty to a plate of French fries, says Catherine.  For more information, email here.


"When I Think of Winter" by Local NH Poet, John-Michael Albert

When I think of Winter


When I think if winter
I think of peace.
The birth and bloom of noisy spring,
The summer’s heat, the autumn’s ring;
I think of peace:
The way the snow falls over night
And blankets all in sound and sight.
O, When I think of winter
(When I think of you)
I think of peace.


When I think of winter
I think of warmth:
Of coats and scarves and hats and gloves,
Of clouds of breath and shiv’ring doves;
I think of warmth:
To be secure within my home,
To be with friends or all alone.
O, When I think of winter
(When I think of you)
I think of warmth.


When I think of winter
I think of love:
Of pairs of skaters at the rink
With steaming choc’late milk to drink;
I think of love:
The mixed up pain of gain and loss,
The bills and beds, the gold and dross.
O, When I think of winter
(When I think of you)
I think of love.

When last year’s gifts all droop and die
And I, alone, am left as witness
To the wonder, to the terror, to the ‘Why?’.
O, When I think of winter,
When I think of winter:
I think of you.

by John-Michael Albert


The Big Bean Cafe Earns the Gold Plate from Billy Costa of TV Diner

The Big Bean Cafe here in Newmarket at 118 Main Street was reviewed by the TV Diner and given a Gold Plate for their food fare. See the video below.  
The owners, Jack O'Sullivan and Sara Tebbetts, have been serving breakfast here five years this June. 
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