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Greenerborough at the 7-year mark

Local food a highlight of this year’s event

PETERBOROUGH — Alpacas, goats and cattle will return to the open field behind the Peterborough Town House, the patio in front of the building will ring with music, and booths for farmers, potters, ice cream and cheese vendors will line both sides of Grove Street during the seventh annual Greenerborough celebration on May 3.

Billed as “part home show, part tech fair, part farmer’s market, and a fun-filled festival,” Greenerborough is a joint effort of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and Peterborough Grange #35.

The chamber is recruiting exhibitors who will have booths inside either the Town House or in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture. The grange is lining up exhibitors and vendors for the outside exhibits.

“The motto of Greenerborough is ‘Motivate, communicate and educate.’ This has always been a grassroots effort,” said Jack Burnett of Peterborough, the former executive director of the chamber who is serving as a volunteer co-chair for the event. “We’ll have everything from green funerals to energy-efficient windows and blinds and doors to solar products.”

Ron Lucas of Greenfield and Kath Allen of Peterborough, who have the old-fashioned title of co-lecturers at the Peterborough Grange, also see education as one of the grange’s prime goals at the event.

“We really want to put local agriculture in the forefront,” Lucas said. “We reincarnated the grange here about four years ago and we’ve taken on the agricultural side of Greenerborough, while the chamber focuses on the commercial. It really dovetails well.”

Allen said exhibitors on Grove Street will include local farmers selling produce and talking about their farms, as well as people offering samples and selling jams, mustard, maple sugar and syrup and goat cheese.

Locally produced food will also be for sale for lunches and snacks throughout the day.

“We’re presenting food at its best in the Monadnock region,” Allen said. “It will be all organic. We’ll have grass-fed beef, local vegetables, wood-fired pizza.”

The grange will have a table where information about genetically modified organisms and their impact on the food supply will be available. Local organizations, including the Cornucopia Project, the Wapack Trail Association, the Monadnock Conservancy and the Girl Scouts will also have booths to highlight the work they do.

New Hampshire State Grange Master Jim Tetreault, will be at the Peterborough Grange tent during the day.

Allen and Lucas said at least three farmers will be at the demonstration area behind the Town House, where children and adults will have a chance to see and learn about various farm animals.

Burnett said the Peterborough Music Company will be coordinating entertainment on the Town House patio, with various musical groups performing throughout the day.

The chamber also appreciates the support of the main event sponsor, Nature’s Green Grocer, and the gold sponsor, Monadnock Paper Mill, according to Burnett.

“They really get the meaning of the word ‘green.’ It’s a cause that’s important to them,” he said.

The downtown event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free. Lucas said he’s hoping for a beautiful sunny spring Saturday, but Greenerborough will go on, rain or shine.

Grove Street will be closed to traffic from Main Street to School Street for the event.

Burnett said the town’s Police Department and other town officials have been very supportive of Greenerborough over the past seven years.

“If we didn’t have the highest level of help, Greenerborough wouldn’t be happening,” he said.

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