Planting Your Own Garden?

Springledge Farm will be having a "Seed Sowing Workshop, Part II" on April 29th from 10am-2pm.  Another Workshop coming up on Saturday, May 6th will be "Pollinator Seed Sowing" from 11am-1pm.  Springledge Farm is at 37 Main St. in New London, NH.  Call 526-6253 or email to sign up. 

New for 2017! Spring Ledge Farm will be a pickup spot for fresh NH seacoast fish this season. They're partnering with NH Community Seafood who are offering a CSF (Community Supported Fishery) for the season. A great way to have fresh, local fish every week and support the seacoast fishermen in NH.

Spring Ledge is the pickup spot only; in fact Spring Ledge does not make any money off the program. They are simply the pickup location for this area. All the monies go to the NH Community Seafood and the fishermen. The program details, payments, logistics and communication are all handled through NH Community Seafood. Any and all questions should be addressed to them. They have been working with farms as drop-off locations across the state for many years, and they have the experience and knowledge to answer all your questions.

NH Community Seafood will send out emails each week with information on the catch of the week, including recipes and cooking tips. The shares can be 1/2 lb., 1lb. or 2 lbs. and includes shellfish and oysters (in season), but you can opt out of these. It is all very well explained on their website. 

  

 Click here to read about why the program was started and how it benefits the local fishermen.

Sign up is super easy, pickups will be on Saturdays. Check them out on Facebook @NHCommunitySeafood and their website nhcommunityseafood.com.

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NH Maple Sugar Weekend 2017

Don't miss New Hampshire's Maple Sugar Weekend March 25 & 26.  Visit local sugar houses and see how maple syrup is made and have a taste of maple candy.  Visit http://www.nhmapleproducers.com/2016/11/04/2017-maple-weekend/ to find your closest sugar house and hours of operation.  A good time for the whole family!

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Don't Miss Ice Harvest Day!

Muster Field Farm Museum's ice harvest event will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 9am on Kezar Lake until the ice is in.

Volunteers will demonstrate ice cutting by gas-powered saw and finished by hand.  The ice harvest will be loaded by an ice block fulcrum onto wagons and vehicles then hauled to the farm.  The ice house, c.1890, will be fully stacked with block ice for use at summer events.  The Ryder Corner Schoolhouse, c.1810, will be warm and welcoming with hot beverages, homemade baked goods and hot soups.  Antique cars converted into snowmobiles will be on display at the farm, free admission (donations appreciated), rain date 2/12/17. 

For information and directions call 927-4276 or www.musterfieldfarm.com

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Your Guide to Last-Minute Party Planning

You can pull off a last-minute party with ease—when you keep the following in mind.

There’s a special art to throwing a successful last-minute event. It requires a little planning and organization to make it happen with style and ease, but more importantly, throwing a last-second affair (without making yourself crazy!) largely comes down to your ability to let your normal entertaining-at-home etiquette slide. We’re not suggesting that you throw all party-planning ideas out the window; merely that you take a realistic approach to feeding hordes of unexpected guests. Your ability to roll with the punches and adapt to the circumstances will stand you in good stead when it comes to putting your home on the market, too. Unexpected knock from a potential home buyer? No problem!

Here are some tips on pulling off a successful last-second soiree.

Be realistic.

If you have just a few hours (or minutes) before your guests are showing up, your goal is to be ready to welcome them when they arrive—not to be elbow-deep in a complicated recipe for homemade dinner rolls when the doorbell rings. Don’t try to do too much when you don’t have enough time; these kinds of gatherings are meant to be informal and relaxed, so make sure the food and the setting—and you—are, too. Know how quickly you like to work in the kitchen and plan the menu around what you can easily accomplish on short notice. Your guests will know (and appreciate) that you haven’t had much time to prepare.

Don’t apologize for serving take-out food.

It’s the company and atmosphere that are most important. Most guests would far prefer great company and mediocre food than the opposite—and many take-out options are unexpectedly delicious. If nothing else, you can rest assured that your kitchen won’t be filled with dirty pots and pans when your guests arrive. Leftover paper and plastic take-out containers are a cinch to whisk out of sight and straight into the garbage can!

Choose foods that can be made ahead and reheated, or are easy to fix at the last minute.

We’ve all thrown parties where we’ve spent the majority of the time in the kitchen, trying frantically to pull off some dish meant to impress our guests. This is not the party to try that trick. Stick to tried-and-true, easy recipes that don’t require much work to plate and serve. Foods that are designed to be served cold or at room temperature are good choices, as are those that you can make the night (or morning) before. If you can arrange them on a platter or serving dish before they go in the fridge, all the better. And don’t underestimate the value of keeping the ingredients for a quick dip or salsa on hand. Sometimes a quick Romesco dip—made with jarred roasted red peppers—can really save the day.

Don’t be afraid to buy something from the bakery for dessert.

No one will bat an eye if you pull out a cake or tart from the bakery for your party. Feel free to embellish it with fresh fruit, nuts, sprinkles or whipped cream if you like. Or, simply pass a plate of fresh fruit, nuts, and chocolates.

Prep your table in advance.

If possible, set the table the night before the party, and place beverages in the refrigerator to chill overnight. You can also take a buffet-style approach, and stack napkins and silverware in jars for guests to pick up as they go through the serving line.

Strawberry & Brie Bites

 Yield: 12 servings

Servings: 12

Serving Size: 1 skewer

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

To Make Ahead: Hold (without glaze) at room temperature for up to 1 hour or refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

Equipment: 12 appetizer-size skewers or toothpicks

Recipe Description:

Strawberries, Brie cheese, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar come together in this addictive one-bite appetizer recipe.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 12 small fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 3 ounces Brie cheese, cut into 12 small pieces (about 1/2-by-1-inch)
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic glaze (see Tip)

Recipe Steps:

  1. Thread a strawberry, basil leaf and piece of cheese onto each of 12 toothpicks.
  2. Drizzle with balsamic glaze just before serving.

Recipe Tips & Notes:

  • Balsamic glaze is balsamic vinegar that’s cooked until it’s very thick. Look for it with other vinegars in well-stocked supermarkets. Or make it yourself by boiling 1 cup balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until syrupy and reduced to about 1/4 cup, 10 to 14 minutes.

Recipe Nutrition:

Per serving: 28 calories; 2 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 7 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrate; 0 g added sugars; 1 g total sugars; 2 g protein; 0 g fiber; 45 mg sodium; 28 mg potassium.

Source:  Reprinted from www.bhgrelife.com

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Want that Perfect Wreath on Your Door?

Join in the fun at Spring Ledge on Saturday, December 3rd at 10am for a wreath-making workshop and bow-making tutorial.

Learn how to craft a hand-made wreath using fresh balsam brush. Then make your own bow using ribbon offered at the farm. Cost is $18. and includes the instruction, wreath supplies & bow supplies. You'll finish with a beautiful wreath just the right size for your front door. Additional decorations will be available a la carte.

Call 526-6253 to reserve your spot at Spring Ledge Farm, 37 Main St., New London, NH.  

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Enjoy the Arts?

artThe Wilmot Community Association's fourth annual Imagination into Art show will feature more than 15 local artists.  There will be a reception and silent auction on Friday, June 24th from 5-7pm in the WCA's Red Barn.  Meet the artists while you enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres and participate in the silent auction.  Suggested donation is $15/person for the reception and is greatly appreciated.

There will be pottery, sculpture, handmade quilts, metalwork, paintings, photographs, and jewelry.

The show continues Saturday, June 25th from 9-noon.

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Winter Carnival is Coming!

SnowflakeCome join the fun with Winter Carnival 2016, January 27th-30th, New London, NH.  Click here for the schedule of activities:  WinterCarnivalSched_2016

Thanks to all the volunteers, businesses and participants who make this such a success each year.

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Love the Fresh, Fall Air?

PICT1097 (2)Don't miss the Fall Festivals coming up on October 10 and 11.

The Town of Warner will have their annual Foliage Festival with entertainment, carnival rides, fine crafts and more throughout the town.  And don't forget to visit the NH Telephone Museum there with free admission.  For more information, visit www.wfff.org

Mt. Sunapee Resort will also host their annual Fall Foliage Festival and Pig Roast from 11:30-5pm.  There will be pulled pork and chicken, all day games, activities and prizes.  You can also take advantage of the aerial sky ride to the summit, weather permitting.  For more information, visit www.mountsunapee.com

Get out and enjoy the beautiful colors!

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Looking for Some Good Fun and Eats this Weekend?

tomatoes3Take a ride to Spring Ledge Farm this Saturday for their annual Corn Roast, Tomato Tasting and Beef Roast from 1-3pm.  They'll have their fresh-picked sweet corn roasted with herb butters, samples of Star Lake Farm beef (a delicious smoked brisket), Walpole Creamery Ice Creams, Chocolate milk from MacNamara Dairy, Spring Ledge Farm cider donuts, Effie's Oatcakes, Good Loaf baguettes with Vegeteball's Pesto, Garfield's Smoked cheese niblets and many other samples.  $5 donation goes to local food banks.  www.springledgefarm.com

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Happenings at Mt. Sunapee

Mt. Sunapee logo2You have until this Sunday, 8/9, to visit Mt. Sunapee Resort and view the annual League of NH Craftsmen's Fair.  The Fair showcases the work of more than 350 craftspeople's items made by hand. It's the place to see an incredible variety of beautiful, one-of-a-kind craft items that are functional, decorative, and built to last.

And don't forget the Adventure Park at South Peak!  You'll find disc golf, mini-golf, guided canopy tours, an aerial challenge course and more!

Visit their web site and come enjoy the local fun, www.mtsunapee.com

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