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Summer market madness
Local farmers markets kick off their summer seasons

05/24/18



 By Matt Ingersoll

mingersoll@hippopress.com
 
Summer farmers markets are setting up shop across southern New Hampshire. Some have already opened for the season, while others will kick off within the next several weeks.
While some markets are year-round and others are opening seasonally, President Karen Steuer of the Bedford Farmers Market said summer farmers markets are great to get some locally grown items that are in their peak growing season during this time of year, such as strawberries, blueberries, peaches, greens, tomatoes, corn and more.
“In the summertime, it’s all fresh veggies and fruits like strawberries, blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers, things like that,” Steuer said, “whereas in the winter you’ll primarily see root veggies like onions, carrots and squashes. … Everything is grown right here in New Hampshire too, so it’s a great way to support your neighbors.”
Several of the markets also feature fresh eggs, cheeses, breads, jams, jellies, and meats, plus live music, craft vendors, cooking demonstrations, activities for kids, beer, wine and mead tastings and more. Check out the markets’ websites and Facebook pages for more details and for other special happenings.
 
• Amherst Farm and Craft Market is held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. year-round at Amherst Garden Center (305 Route 101, Amherst). The market features locally made products such as meats, dairy, fresh eggs, greens, gourmet baked goods, jams, jellies, and more, plus live music and craft beers. Visit facebook.com/amherstfarmandcraftmarket.
• Antique Alley Regional Farmers Market will be held every Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., June 22 through Sept. 7, at 442 First New Hampshire Turnpike (Route 4) in Northwood. Visit facebook.com/antiquealleyregionalfarmersmarket.
• Barnstead Farmers Market will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, June 9 through Oct. 6, at Maple Street Church (96 Maple St., Center Barnstead). Several local food and craft vendors are often featured. Visit barnsteadfarmersmarket.club.
• Bedford Farmers Market returns to St. Elizabeth Seton Church (190 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford) every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m., from June 12 through Oct. 9. Visit bedfordfarmersmarket.org.
• Canterbury Community Farmers Market will be held every Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m., June 6 through Oct. 3, in the parking area and field next to Elkins Public Library (9 Center Road). This year’s market will feature more than 20 local vendors, plus live music every week, children’s activities and more, plus demonstrations throughout the summer. On July 4, the market will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and will also hold a larger market with extra vendors from Aug. 1. Visit ccfma.net.
• Concord Farmers Market is being held at its usual location next to the Statehouse on Capitol Street, every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The market began its 2018 season on May 5 and will continue through October. Visit concordfarmersmarket.com.
• Contoocook Farmers Market holds its summer markets at the Contoocook Railway Depot (896 Main St., Contoocook) every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, June 2 through Oct. 27. Visit facebook.com/contoocookfarmersmarket or email tookymarket@live.com.
• Derry Homegrown Farm and Artisan Market will be held at 1 W. Broadway in Derry every Wednesday, from 3 to 7 p.m., June 6 through September. In addition to locally sourced vegetables, eggs, cheeses, breads and sweets, the market features beer, wine and mead tastings, artist demonstrations, live music, children’s activities and more. Visit derryhomegrown.org.
• Dover Farmers Market will be held every Wednesday from 2:15 to 6 p.m., June 6 through Oct. 3, at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot (550 Central Ave.). Visit seacoastgrowers.org/dover-farmers-market.
• Durham Farmers Market will be held every Monday from 2:15 to 6 p.m., June 4 through Oct. 1 (no market on Sept. 3 for Labor Day), at Jackson Landing Park (10 Old Piscataqua Road, Durham). Visit seacoastgrowers.org/durham-farmers-market.
• Exeter Farmers Market is being held every Thursday from 2:15 to 6 p.m., now through Oct. 25, at Swasey Parkway. Visit seacoastgrowers.org/exeter-farmers-market.
• Franklin Farmers Market will be held every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m., June 26 through August, at Bessie Rowell Community Center (12 Rowell Drive, Franklin). Visit facebook.com/franklinlocalmarket.
• Fresh Chicks Local Outdoor Market is held every Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the northeast parking lot of Monadnock Community Hospital (452 Old Street Road, Peterborough). The market began on May 7 and will continue to run through October. Find them on Facebook or email freshchicksmarket@gmail.com.
• Gilford Farmers Market will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, June 16 through Sept. 29, at The Benjamin Rowe House (88 Belknap Road, Gilford). Visit facebook.com/gilfordfarmersmarket.
• Hillsborough Farmers Market returns to Butler Park (West Main Street, Hillsborough) every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, June 2 through Sept. 15. Visit hillsboroughpride.org/farmersmarket.html.
• Laconia Farmers Market will be held every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon, June 23 through Sept. 29, in the parking lot of Laconia City Hall (45 Beacon St. East). Visit laconiafarmersmarket.com.
• Lee Farmers Market will be every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m., May 31 through September at the corner of Mast and Recycling Center roads in Lee. Visit facebook.com/leefarmersmarket.
 





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