Riley Etheridge Performs Thursday Night May 6th at The Stone Church

Riley Etheridge and his all star band play The Stone Church Thursday night, May 6th at 8 p.m.

Riley is generating buzz after recently completing a West Coast tour with Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident), and his large group of talented musicians - guitarist Shane Theirot (Neville Brothers /Boz Scaggs), Dan Dugmore (James Taylor/Linda Ronstadt), Mickey Rapheal (Willie Nelson), and New Orleans jazz pianist/composer Larry Sieberth, among others.  See the video below of his interview and performance at KRKC Radio in California.

He has spent over 20 years performing and recording in Southern Louisiana; he has deep roots in Southern and alternative country music and currently resides in NYC. He has just released his newest album, Things I Used to Know (audio), to rave reviews.

Check out Riley on Facebook here and on MySpace here.


Farm Women, Farm Work at Stone School Museum Monday 4/26

A lecture on Farm Women, Farm Work will be presented Monday tomorrow night on April 26th at the Stone School Museum at 7 p.m. by the director of the New Hampshire Farm Museum, Kathleen Shea.  This lecture is free and open to the public and is the second in the series sponsored by the Newmarket Historical Society.

Farm women are the heart of the farm. They cook, clean, raise and sell their crops, help with the chores, do the bookkeeping, and somehow manage to raise the family too.
The New Hampshire Farm Museum consists of two adjoining farmsteads on Plummer's Ridge in Milton, New Hampshire.  The historic Jones Farm and the Plummer Homestead were passed down in the same families for two centuries.  Today the properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and consist of 50 acres of field and forest, a working farm, historic houses and barns, a blacksmith shop, a shoe shop and exhibits on agriculture and rural life.
The Newmarket Historical Society meets on the fourth Monday of the month, March through October, at 7 p.m. at the Stone School Museum. An informative lecture is scheduled for each meeting and all are free and open to the public.

The Stone School Museum is located high upon Zion's Hill (Granite Street), and is open every Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m., June through August, or by appointment. For more information call 659-7420 or 247-3375.


New England Footwear Outlet Opens Today for Business in the Mills

The New England Footwear Factory Outlet is now open for business weekly on Wednesdays 12 to 6, Thursdays 12 to 7, and Fridays 12 to 6. This new shoe store in town occupies  the newly renovated space in the Mill Building at 55 Main Street in suite 281.
New England Footwear was established to disrupt the market by leveraging innovation, challenging conventional thinking and meeting real human needs in non-obvious ways.  Their unique shoe brand is GoLite.  Check out their products here

For more information, email here or call 292-6584.


Bee Thankful Farm at Newmarket Farmers' Market Tomorrow 4/17

Bee Thankful Farm will be present at the Newmarket Farmers' Market at the Stone Church tomorrow, Saturday April 17th offering fresh greens to market goers.

Nick Karakoudas is the farmer and his Bee Thankful Farm is located in Deerfield.  He uses a high tunnel (a solely-solar greenhouse) now in full production mode, enabling them to offer longer growing seasons. Careful crop selection, planting dates, and crop protection within the tunnel are required to keep plants alive and growing out of season.   Check out the crops grown at Bee Thankful Farm here.
They are currently in the process of putting in an orchard for dwarf apple, peach and pear trees. They come into production quickly. Another field is being planted to blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. A chicken coop is still in the works.  Free-ranging chickens will be providing farm fresh eggs.

Bee Thankful Farm offers CSA shares.  Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) provides a direct link between a local farmer and citizens who are interested in purchasing a regular supply of fresh produce.
"Each season, members purchase a share of the crops before they are planted. Think of it as a subscription. This allows the farmer to pay for growing expenses in advance, making the whole endeavor financially possible for him in today’s economy.  Each week, CSA members are assured of receiving an equal share of that week's harvest." 

For more information, email Nick Karakoudas or call (603) 660-0115.


Musicians Playing at Newmarket Farmers' Market Saturday 4/17

Two musicians will be performing at the Newmarket Farmers' Market at the Stone Church this Saturday April 17th.  Drew Szeliga will perform the first half of the market and Andrea Szirbik will be performing the second half of the market.  
Drew Szeliga is a native of Newmarket, NH. He has been playing music recreationally for 9 years. He is a self-taught guitarist and has more recently started writing his own songs. Drew successfully completed the 2009 RPM Challenge by writing and recording his own album, “Fathers and Sons.”  Listen to Drew's songs here.  See Drew on facebook.

Andrea Szirbik has been singing since she started walking. She sang in choruses and choirs from elementary school through highschool, as well as playing lead roles in many musical theater productions. In college she began playing guitar and writing her own songs. She performs mainly in New Hampshire and is working on her first album, which will be dedicated to her cousin's memory and will be available this summer. View Andrea singing above in the video.

The musicians performing at the Newmarket Farmers' Market donate their time and talent to this community event in support of good music and healthy food.


Life is Sweet Baking Company at Newmarket Farmers' Market 4/17

Life is Sweet Baking Company will be offering an array of products including breads, pastries, cookie bars, loaf cakes and several gluten free products to market goers this Saturday April 17th at the Newmarket Farmers' Market. 

This company is spearheaded by Martha Bogart who is a recent graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. She is a one woman show in South Hampton and a lover of all things sweet and tasty.  

Her baked goods and breads are made from as many organic and local ingredients as possible, including eggs from her own backyard chickens. Life is Sweet products are made with only unbleached, un-bromated flour.  All ingredients are chosen with great care.  Martha is a big believer that the food we eat plays a major role in our health. 
Every ingredient will be completely organic or very low spray.  Her ingredient list includes flour from King Arthur's in Vermont, eggs from her backyard, butter from Kate's of Maine, milk and some pastry flour at the end of this growing season from Brookford Farm, apples from Cider Hill Farm and Apple Annies, and berries from Moynahan Farm (up the street from us). 

Martha's baked creations include:Plain Croissants, Chocolate Croissants, Cinnamon or Chocolate Babka, Vanilla Bean Loaf Cake, Chocolate Quinoa Loaf Cake (GF), Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Bars, Toffee Almond Bars, Lemon Bars, Raspberry Bars (GF), Blueberry or Apple Streusel, Pie Assortment when fruit is in season, French Boule, Baguette, 100 % whole wheatbread, Cheddar Bread, Rosemary Olive Bread, English Muffins, and Herb Batter Bread.

Life is Sweet Baking Company will be present at the April 17th, June 26th and July 31st Newmarket Farmers' Markets.

For more information, email Life is Sweet.


Grand Opening of New England Footwear Factory Outlet Friday 4/16

The New England Footwear Factory Outlet is holding a Grand Opening this Friday April 16th from 4 to 7 p.m. in the newly renovated space in the Mill Building at 55 Main Street in suite 281.  All are welcome to try on the shoes and admire the space.

New England Footwear was established to disrupt the market by leveraging innovation, challenging conventional thinking and meeting real human needs in non-obvious ways.  See the video above.
This company was founded by “product guys” and “shoe dogs”, with roots that began at Nike during the formative years of the performance footwear industry.  The brand is GoLite.  Their process begins with consumer observations. "We observe with our eyes, capture consumer needs with high speed film, analyze our data with state of the art equipment and base all of our conclusions in facts, not myths."
"Once we know the facts, and have identified real human needs, we create a problem statement that boils consumer needs down to the one most important problem we must find a solution to. We believe a problem well stated is often a problem half solved.

"We brainstorm and mock up solutions, and then test our concepts to see if they solve the problem. Once we have a solution in concept form, we can apply it to real shoes and deliver them to you."

For more information, email here.


Laurel Hills Jams & Jellies at the Newmarket Farmers' Market 4/17

Laurel Hills Jams & Jellies will be joining the Newmarket Farmers' Market on April 17th, May 15th and May 22nd offering artisanal, award winning wine jellies and fruit jams to market goers.  Asian Pair Jelly, Black Mission Fig Jam, and Chardonnay Wine Jelly just some of these Laurel Hill delectables.

The name "Laurel Hill" originates from the area of Bedford, NH, where Sue Stretch resides on Birchwood Circle. Laurel Hill is named on the topographical map of Bedford. The magnificent evergreen flowering shrub, Mountain Laurel, with its white flowers, blossoms around June 15th and surrounds her home where she produces her unique wine jellies and fruit jams. 

Creating homemade jams and jellies of exceptional quality is not difficult, according to Sue.  It does require patience, attention to detail, the necessary utensils, and use of only the best ingredients available. Making one’s own preserves ensures total control over the quality of ingredients used, as well as ensuring that there are no hidden extras, such as artificial colors or flavorings. 
Sue says she uses the best fruits and wines available to produce the outstanding flavors.
Jams and jellies share two things in common. They are each made with fruit (or wine) that is preserved with sugar and pectin, and they are all jellied or set to a greater or lesser degree.
Jellies are made from a clear liquid. The fruits (such as apples, crabapples, peaches, pears, grapes,) are steamed to make the clear juice, and then processed into a translucent spread.  Jams are made with the fruit in them. The fruits (such as strawberries) are crushed or chopped and cooked with sugar to create a preserve. Wine jellies are merely wine, sugar, and pectin.
Pectin is a water soluble substance that is found in the tissues of all fruits. Pectin is a natural thickening and jelling agent. It is what makes the jams and jellies jell, explains Sue.
Laurel Hills unique wine jellies are made with Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Vin Rose, Pink Champagne, White Champagne, White Zinfandel, Rhine, Riesling, Port, and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Check out the recipes such as Colorful Cranberry Compote with Port Wine using the Laurel Hill products.  Laurel Hill’s Strawberry Jam was top pick of the five jams tasted in the July 2007 issue of NH Magazine.
Call Sue at 603-472-5388 for more information.  Click on all underlined words to open windows to websites for more information.
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