Farmer's market season is in full bloom here on the Seacoast! There's nothing like walking by such delicious, fresh fruits and vegetables. We're so lucky to live in an area with many working farms, most of which are open throughout the season if you were looking to get more in touch with nature and pick your own produce. It's a great trip with kids - they can taste fresh fruits, explore textures of different plants, and smell all of the wonderful smells and hear the wonderful noises a working farm has to offer. Also, tractors! (if your kids are as into vehicles as my boys, you know that's a magical word)
Here is a list of local farmer's markets and times, as well as working farms if you wanted to visit - they are great trips any time of the week!
Seacoast Farmer's Markets:
- Portsmouth - Saturdays 8am - 1pm at the City Hall Parking Lot, 1 Junkins Ave.
- Dover - Wednesdays 2:15pm - 6pm at Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, corner of Central and Sixth streets
- Exeter - Thursdays 2:15pm - 6pm at Swasey Parkway off Water St.
- Durham - Mondays 2:15pm - 6pm in Jackson Landing, 10 Old Piscataqua Rd.
For more details about which vendors will be at any particular location, check out the Seacoast Grower's Association website at http://seacoasteatlocal.org/calendar/
As for farms to visit with the kiddos, there are plenty! Here's a listing of all of the local ones.
- Emery Farms in Durham - http://www.emeryfarm.com/things-we-grow.html. They have animals as well for the kids to see and touch.
- Hickory Hill Farm in Dover - http://hickoryhillfarm.org/cm/pages/htm/home.htm
- *We just went here and had a great time. They get lots of mom points for having their parking lot right next to the berry patch. I didn't have to worry about lugging around a toddler, an infant, purse/bags, and floppy containers of strawberries. Note: there's no big sign to the farm and it's easy to miss - just follow the strawberry signs!
- Tender Crop Farm in Dover - http://www.tendercropfarm.com/ I think everyone in the seacoast loves Tendercrop! They have a lovely little country store and lots of local, fresh produce and meat. There's also a great picnic area and some farm animals for the kids to enjoy. Be sure to call ahead if you're interested in pick-your-own to confirm their selections.
- Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls, NH - http://www.applecrest.com/pick-your-own.php They have a great blurb about their growing practices!
Hope you can make it to any or many of these great places to eat some local, healthy food. There are so many reasons to eat locally, but one of my favorites is sun-warmed, juicy strawberries...