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Local food supper

I have talked about the Peterborough Agricultural Commission in other articles. The commission has worked on organizing what we call a “supper club,” which will have dinners featuring local foods. We will start by just Peterborough foods and will stretch out to other local towns if we can’t find it in Peterborough. Our first dinner was in the planning stages prior to one of our members tragically dying in an automobile accident. Duffy Monahan had agreed to hosting our first ever supper club in her barn. So on Wednesday we will be doing that dinner at Four Winds Farm dairy barn. Tickets can be bought at Steele’s on Main Street in Peterborough.

Make this the year

For some this is preaching to the choir, for others maybe not so much. I was talking with a friend who seemed discouraged about the local food movement versus industrial food. I pointed out that it took us a looooong time to get to the industrial food place and it will probably take us just as long to get out of it. There are more small farms around now than ever before. I may be wrong but I bet almost every town has at least a small grower. I would challenge everyone to make this the year that you find the one in your town and buy from them, or while strolling the aisles at Roy’s pick out the food grown or made locally. When food travels thousands of miles to its destination it loses taste and nutritional value. Once you taste the difference you will be hooked. When you buy local you are also supporting your own local economy, not some far off unknown place. So I say make this the year to make that local purchase and feel empowered.

Greenerborough
was a success

If the turnout both in vendors and attendees was any indicator, then Greenerborough was a success. We had more vendors and many more who wanted to be vendors. May is an extremely busy time for farmers and seeing them at Greenerborough might be the last sighting of some farmers until fall. Gardens are being planted, sheep are being shorn in preparation for going out to pasture, rolling chicken houses are pulled back out into greening up fields. CSA’s are starting up, along with farmers markets. So to all those hard working farmers, thanks for taking the time to attend Greenerborough and making it a successful venture. The speakers who are inspiring others to grow or raise their own food, thanks for sharing your knowledge. And to all those who attended, thank you and I hope you feel inspired!

Ruth Holmes is one of the principal farmers at Sunnyfield Farm, a nonprofit community farm in Peterborough.

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