The Hippo


Jun 17, 2019








Vito Jano of Northwood Naturals. Ryan Lessard photo.

Weekly market schedule

Durham from 2:15 to 6 p.m. at Jackson Landing, 10 Old Piscataqua Road. See
Penacook from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Rolfe Farm, 11 Penacook St. Visit or find Penacook Village Farmers Market on Facebook.
Hampton Falls from 2 to 6 p.m. at Hampton Falls Common, Junction of Rt. 1 and 88. Visit
Mainstreet Warner from 3 to 6 p.m. at MainStreet Bookends and Jim Mitchell Community Park, 16 E. Main St. Visit or find MainStreet Warner Evening Farmers Market on Facebook.
Greenland from 3 to 6 p.m. at Remembrance Park, Post Road, Rte 151. Visit
Bedford from 3 to 6 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, 190 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford. Visit
Franklin from 3 to 6 p.m. at Franklin Regional Hospital, 15 Aiken Ave., Franklin. Visit
Canterbury from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the parking area and field next to Elkins Public Library, 9 Center Road. See
Derry from 3 to 6 p.m. at downtown Derry, 1 West Broadway. See or
Dover from 2:15 to 6 p.m. at Dover Chamber of Commerce parking lot, corner of Central and Sixth streets. See
Exeter from 2:15 to 6 p.m. at Swasey Parkway, off Water Street. See
Laconia Main Street Outdoor Marketplace from 3 to 6 p.m. at Main Street Center Parking Lot, between Main and Pleasant streets. Find them on Facebook.
Henniker from 4 to 7 p.m. at Henniker Community Park, 57 Main St. See
Lee from 3 to 6 p.m. at the old fire station, corner of Route 155 and Recycling Road. See
Manchester from 3 to 6:30 p.m. next to Victory Park, Concord Street. Visit or find Manchester Farmers’ Market on Facebook.
Wolfeboro from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Clark Park, 233 South Main St. (Rt 28). Visit
Laconia from 8 a.m. to noon at Laconia City Hall parking lot, Beacon Street East. Visit or
Portsmouth from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall, 1 Junkins Ave. See
Concord from 8:30 a.m. to noon in downtown Concord, next to the State House, Capitol Street. See
Contoocook from 9 a.m. to noon at Contoocook Train Depot, 896 Main St. Find them on Facebook.
Hillsborough from 9 a.m. to noon at Butler Park, West Main Street. See
Newmarket from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Newmarket Jr/Sr High School, 213 S. Main St. Find Newmarket Farmers Market on Facebook.
Warner from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Warner Town Hall, 5 E. Main St. Find Warner Area Farmer’s Market on Facebook.
New Boston from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Town Common, 7 Meetinghouse Hill Road. Visit or
Milford from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Granite Town Plaza, Elm St., Route 101A. See or find Milford Farmers Market of NH on Facebook.
Nottingham from 1 to 4 p.m. at Blaisdell Memorial Library, 129 Stage Road. Find Nottingham Farmers’ Market on Facebook.
Salem from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Salem Market Place, 224 North Broadway. Visit
Main Street Bridge Nashua from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Nashua (Pearson Avenue parking lot), Main St. Visit or find the Nashua Farmers’ Market on Facebook.

Non-foods for thought
Markets offer crafts, flowers and more

By Ryan Lessard

 There are a lot of products that you can’t eat or drink at your local farmers market. Some of them are made with natural plant and animal ingredients from local farms and homesteads; others are of a more artistic variety.

Paul Shea of Great American Downtown, who runs the Nashua Farmers Market, says it has undergone a transformation, turning this year into a much larger and more inclusive market beyond just berries, tubers and leafy greens.
“This year is a very exciting year for the market. We are going from six to eight vendors all the way up to as many as 21 vendors. So we are taking on a lot of new vendors,” Shea said.
One of these vendors is “That Button and Plant Lady,” Gail Somers Sun.
“She makes original clothing, jewelry, bags,” Shea said. “And most of those products incorporate buttons or beads.”
Another vendor is David Johnson of the French Hill neighborhood of Nashua. His company is called “50 Buick Rooster” and he is known for his birdhouses.
“He comes right on down to the bridge on Sundays with fantastic birdhouses that are handmade,” Shea said.
Johnson also sells planters and potted plants, flowers and edible plants.
“I know that he has some succulents. He has some hanging baskets. He also has planters you might put out on your doorstep with a variety of flowers,” Shea said.
Later in the season, when it gets cooler out, Shea says more crafty vendors like Holly Klump of south Nashua will begin selling their goods.
“[She] makes hand-spun yarn, homemade books, fiber art, ceramics and watercolor,” Shea said. “Throughout the summer, we’re looking forward to incorporating live art, live painting demonstrations. There is live music at the market, weather permitting. Also, we are very much looking to expand our ‘arts in the market’ program.”
He encourages any local artists to reach out to Great American Downtown if they are interested in participating.
The farmers market in Nashua will feature Symphony New Hampshire in August and September, selling a picture book titled N is for Nashua and giving away free CDs of their music.
Perhaps the most unusual non-food item sold at the Nashua Farmers Market will be solar power. Shea says the home solar installer SolarCity will have a vendor table.
“For every customer from the market that goes solar, they will donate $250 to Great American Downtown for our programming,” Shea said. “They have a referral program so we are … subscribed to that referral program. … I think, in this instance, it’s a unique arrangement. I don’t know that they do that elsewhere.”
SolarCity will have a booth with information and displays with a sample photovoltaic roof panel.
A number of small businesses are producing skin care products in their homes or farmhouses and selling them at farmers markets. These include Hemlock Springs Soaps out of Lyndeborough and Northwood Naturals out of Northwood.
“Hemlock Springs Soaps will be joining us with some bath and skin care soaps, lotions and other personal care products,” Shea said.
He said Hemlock’s soaps are made from small batches in an old New England farmhouse and the company markets its products as being made using sustainable ingredients.
“Their soap is primarily goat’s milk soaps,” Shea said. “They have soaps with names like dazzleberry, almond oats, sexy man soap and Hampton Beach soap, as well as blackberry sage tea soap.”
Vito Jano is a sales representative for Northwood Naturals. He mans a table at the Manchester Farmers Market.
“We basically pride ourselves on being all-natural,” Jano said. “We don’t use any chemicals or parabens.”
He said most of the products he sells are made from coconut oil. Some use safflower oil, rice bran oil and goat’s milk.
“With our goat’s milk soap — it has real goat’s milk in it — we get the goats from a neighbor down the road. We buy the milk from them,” Jano said. “Some of the other base ingredients, we use natural honey from a local [beekeeper].”
Jano sells products for treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin, dry skin and poison ivy rashes.
“It helps to cure and heal it, especially over time,” Jano said. “The more you keep using it, the better it gets.”
Jano said they are in the process of making a medicinal lotion for poison ivy dubbed “Ivy League.”
“Less than a week ago, I got poison ivy and I usually have to go to the hospital to get steroids,” Jano said. “I used the Ivy League and I never had to go to the hospital. It worked very, very well.”
Northwood Naturals makes lip balm, liquid hand soap, soap bars and deodorants as well. The deodorant is called “Pit Stop,” which is a reference to NASCAR.
“We try to come up with catchy names and try to catch people’s eye,” Jano said.
The soaps and lotions come in many scents. Jano is a personal fan of almond, pearberry and vanilla spice. Other popular options include cranberry, Maine blueberry, New England shores, New Hampshire lilac, peppermint and watermelon.
“Kids love the watermelon,” Jano said. “I cannot keep that in stock when it comes to the kids.”
Both Northwood Naturals and Hemlock Springs Soaps can also be found in the Bedford Farmers Market.
As seen in the July 9, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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