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Farmers and vendors get ready for the 2016 season. Courtesy photo.




Summer market season

Here’s a list of the state’s farmers markets that already announced their opening dates for the 2016 season. Keep an eye on nhfma.net and agriculture.nh.gov for updates about a market near you.
Salem (Salem Market Place, 224 N. Broadway, salemnhfarmersmarket.org) Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting on May 1.
Exeter (Swasey Parkway, seacoastgrowers.org/exeter-farmers-market) Thursday from 2:15 to 6 p.m. starting on May 5.
Portsmouth (1 Junkins Ave, seacoastgrowers.org/portsmouth-farmers-market) Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting on May 7.
Concord (Capitol Street, concordfarmersmarket.com) Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon starting on May 7. 
Lancaster (Centennial Park, facebook.com/lancasternhfarmersmarket) Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon starting on May 21.
Rolling Green Nursery (64 Breakfast Hill Road, rollinggreennursery.com) Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting on May 29.
Dover (550 Central Ave., seacoastgrowers.org/dover-farmers-market) Wednesday from 2:15 to 6 p.m. starting on June 1.
Hillsborough (Butler Park, West Main St., hillsboroughpride.org) Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon starting on June 4.
Durham (Jackson Landing, 10 Old Piscataqua Road, seacoastgrowers.org/durham-farmers-market) Monday from 2:15 to 6 p.m. starting on June 6.
Hampton Falls (Town Common, junction of Routes 1 and 88, hamptonfallsfarmersmarket.com) Monday from 2 to 6 p.m. starting on June 6.
Canterbury Community (Between Elkins Public Library and Town Hall, ccfma.net) Wednesday from 4 to 8:30 p.m. starting on June 8.
New Boston (Town Common, 7 Meetinghouse Hill Road, facebook.com/NewBostonFarmersMarket) Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting on June 11.
Bedford (St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, 190 Meetinghouse Road, bedfordfarmersmarket.org) Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. starting on June 14.
Merrimack (526 Daniel Webster Hwy., merrimacknh.gov/farmers-market) Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. starting on June 15. 
Laconia Main St. Marketplace (Between Main and Pleasant streets, find them on Facebook) Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. starting on June 16.
Manchester Community Market (Victory Park, Concord St., manchestercommunitymarket.org ) Thursday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. starting on June 16.
Nashua (Main Street Bridge, including Bicentennial Park and Pearson Ave. lot, downtownnashua.org) Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting on June 19.
Rye (580 Washington Road, town.rye.nh.us) Wednesday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. starting on June 22. 
Wilmot (Wilmot Flat Town Green, off Rte. 11, Kearsarge Valley Road/Village Road, wilmotfarmersmarket.com) Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon starting on June 25. 




News from the markets
Looking ahead to the 2016 farmers market season

04/14/16
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 The warm winter and cold start to April seem to have had little impact on getting the 2016 farmers market season under way.

There are 64 summer farmers markets anticipated this year, according to Wendy Stevens, New Hampshire Farmers Market Association president. She noted a handful of new features that regulars can expect, like a new nonprofit table offering free kids activities in Bedford and new vendors at the Seacoast Growers’ Association markets (Portsmouth, Durham, Dover, Exeter), including a seamstress and people who sell fried empanadas, coffee and tea.
Perhaps the biggest change to New Hampshire’s farmers market makeup rests on the fate of SB306, a bill that would allow beer and wine vendors to offer samples at farmers markets. The bill passed the Senate and is currently in committee with the House. 
“People have already been selling wine and beer at markets for a number of years, but this new legislation will allow them to sample, and it seems like it’s been a good fit,” Gail McWilliam Jellie, director of the Division of Agricultural Development for the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, said. 
Stevens said the potential new legislation could be both exciting for markets hoping to engage new patrons yet also daunting due to the regulations that would need to be added. 
“The vendor who wants to offer samples has to get [permission] from the city or town and so it depends on what each city requires,” Stevens said. “So markets will have to adjust rules accordingly.”
Stevens is also managing a new market this year, the Manchester Community Market, which is taking over from the previous market held in downtown Manchester. Still operating on the same day and time, instead of setting up on Concord Street it will now be held in Victory Park. Several board members from the market’s predecessor are on board as well as vendors, so though it’s a new market entity, folks can expect a lot of familiar faces.
“New Hampshire Community Seafood used to deliver fish CSAs; this year they’re going to have retail seafood, new kids’ activites and storytellers, new music,” Stevens said. 
The Manchester Community Market will also collaborate with the NH Food Bank to bring monthly chef demos that show kids how to make tasty and healthy food with a “veggie of the day.” Other markets will also feature interactive activities, music and games.
“Farmers markets are an important community event wherever they’re held because neighbors get to come and talk, it’s a social atmosphere,” Stevens said. “The more farmers markets network with local organizations the more it does become a community event.” 





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