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_____________________ It’s L oca l! Issue 11 • Winter 2012/13



INSIDE: Local Beer & Wine • Pulling Together at Plowshare Farm Talking Turkey with Ted Walski Cut Your Own Christmas Tree • Winter Recipes • Winter Farmers’ Markets

Wholesome Fruit Beautiful Weddings G Special Events G Lodging


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____________________ Contents Features

Raise Your Glass … to Local Beer & Wine Pulling Together at Plowshare Farm Let’s Talk Turkey

15 18 20

COLUMNS Publishers’ Note: Yes,Virginia,There is Local Food in Winter 6 Readers Write 6 Table Talk: News from Around the Region 8 Ask a Farmer 11 Future Farmer: Luke Whiton 12 Made Here: Hot Juan’s Salsa 13 Local Bookshelf: Call of the Land 29 The Back Page Backyard: On Top of Old Smoky ... Pizza? 30

IN-SEASON RECIPES Roasted Winter Vegetables with Rosemary Portuguese Kale Soup Carrot Cake


22 22 22 28

DIRECTORIES Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Farm Directory Farmers’ Markets

10 24 26

on the cover: The Potato Barn in Winter, by Josiah Beer Watercolor, 15” x 11” Josiah Beer, a retired teacher of English, journalism and photography, has turned to the world of art in retirement. Joe works in watercolor, photography and acrylics. His products range from paintings to note cards to painted craft objects. Beer’s works are shown in the Walpole Artisan Co-operative, a gallery in downtown Walpole featuring 17 area artists who work in wood, fabrics, glass, pottery, jewelry and metal. Beer and his wife Mary live in Walpole, where they have been since 1975.

Photos (clockwise from top): Sunrise by Steve Holmes Photography; Steven Robbins and Mame Odette of Poocham Hill Winery by Al Karevy; turkeys by Steve Hickoff; carrot cake by Katrina Hall; draft horses courtesy Stonewall Farm; Josiah Beer, courtesy the artist; onions by Jodi Genest.

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Publishers’ Note

Yes, Virginia, There is Local Food in Winter

But, is it really that outlandish that we can sustain ourselves through the winter eating local foods? It is not a matter of if we can eat local food year-round. Native Americans in this region did it — and our colonial forefathers and mothers learned how to do it (albeit after a few disastrous winters). But can we do it now? The answer is: Yes. And you have the choice to eat as much local food as you’d like. For starters, our local farms continue supplying food all winter long — just take a look at the thriving winter farmers’ markets in our region (see page 26 for a complete list). I, for one, enjoy making stews from the cornucopia of root vegetables available at these markets. Meat and milk are available all year-round, not to mention cheese, yogurt and other value added products farmers make. Yes, it is easy to go to the supermarket and get whatever you fancy whenever you want — from summer strawberries to spring greens. And, it’s truly wonderful that we have this kind of abundance that just a few generations ago may have seemed miraculous. But to me, it seems just as miraculous, like a gift, to be able to eat something nutritious and delicious — grown right here — while the ground is frozen solid, and snow is falling all around us. — Marcia Passos Duffy



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ating local food in the winter, in New England, has somewhat of a PR problem. Some might quip that eating a 100 percent local diet in the winter is a good way to lose weight — alarmingly fast.


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Publishers Marcia Passos Duffy Jodi Genest Editorial EDITOR: Marcia Passos Duffy COPY EDITOR: Donna Moxley PROOFREADER: Carol Urofsky Contributing Writers: Virginia Carter, Katherine P. Cox, Jillian Garcia, Katrina Hall, Becky Karush, Melanie Plenda, Jeanne Prevett Sable, Andrea Chickering Sawyer, Susan Weaver, Willard Williams DESIGN CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jodi Genest CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS: Josiah Beer, Mary Iselin CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Amy Benedict, Jillian Garcia, Jodi Genest, Mei Genest, Katrina Hall, Steve Holmes, Al Karevy, Michael Moore, Kimberly Peck ADVERTISING PRODUCTION: Margo Hrubec, Ron Wasko Advertising sales Jeanne Morin (603) 345-5737 distribution coordinator Jeffry N. Littleton

Jodi Genest

Readers Write

Dear Monadnock Table, I’m a big fan of Monadnock Table — always beautiful to thumb through and savor — and always makes me feel connected locally! Sharon Fantl Events Manager, Redfern Arts Center Keene State College Keene

T Dear Monadnock Table, All of the stories are phenomenal. Thank you for doing the magazine and putting your hardest work into it. Stay warm! Mei Genest (Jodi’s daughter), age 10 Keene

Monadnock Table welcomes letters to our “Readers Write” column. Please send your comments to or to Monadnock Table, P.O. Box 1504, Keene, NH 03431. Please include your full name and town in your correspondence. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.


Contact Us: Monadnock Table, LLC, PO Box 1504, Keene, NH 03431,,,(603) 357-8761,(603) 358-6954 Follow us on Facebook & Twitter. Monadnock Table Advisory Board: Jacqueline Caserta, The Inn at Valley Farms; Amanda Costello, Cheshire County Conservation District; Russ Fiorey, Crescendo Acres Farm; Kate O’Connor, Keene State College. Monadnock Table is published quarterly by Monadnock Table, LLC and distributed throughout the Monadnock Region of southwestern New Hampshire. Monadnock Table, LLC supports our local farmers and food producers and aims to connect them with Monadnock Region consumers. Our goal is to inform the Monadnock community about the art and science of growing, preparing, cooking and storing local foods, to highlight local farms and food events, and to promote local foods and products. Copyright © 2012 Monadnock Table, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this periodical may be reproduced without written consent. The publishers assume no responsibility for any mistakes in advertisements or editorial. Statements/opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect or represent those of the publishers or editor. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, Monadnock Table, LLC and Monadnock Table disclaim all responsibility for omissions or errors. “Monadnock Table” is printed on Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) Certified Mixed Credit paper manufactured with renewable energy (92% from biomass). For more information, visit FSC’s website at Printed by Tiger Press, an FSC-Certified printer in East Longmeadow, Mass.,

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Table Talk

food and farm news from the region and beyond

WALPOLE — Easy ordering? Check. One invoice? Check. Delivered all on one truck? You got it. What was once the biggest obstacles to getting local farm products into local institutions now have a streamlined solution in the Monadnock Region. Monadnock Menus, a program of the Cheshire County Conservation District, has teamed up with Harvest to Market ( — a Fitzwilliam-based online platform that connects farmers with customers — to launch an aggregation and delivery service to link local farms with institutional buyers. The program recently received a $32,160 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for this new effort. Monadnock Menus is using the money to contract with Westminster Organics of Vermont to distribute local farm products to various Monadnock Region institutions.

Its first customers include the Monadnock Regional School District, the Cheshire County Department of Corrections, Maplewood Nursing Home, and Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services’ Meals on Wheels program. “Not many farms are selling to institutional markets in our area,” says Amanda Costello, district manager for the Cheshire County Conservation District. “This aggregation in distribution allows them to expand their market.” The Monadnock Menus program is modeled after the Windham Farm & Food Network of Vermont, which has been using the Harvest to Market site to successfully distribute local food to local institutions for the past four years, says Costello.

The Harvest to Market website allows institutional buyers to sign on, search by product type and buy needed items from a variety of local farms. The appeal of the program is that buyers get only one invoice (even if purchasing from many farms) and get the products all at the same time on a set delivery date. “All the barriers to buying local farm products that we have been hearing from institutions are eliminated,” says Costello. “It streamlines the entire process.” At the moment, there is one delivery day per week — Wednesday — in Cheshire County only. Institutional buyers can put in their order by the 8 a.m. Monday deadline for Wednesday delivery. At the moment, the program is limited to Keene, Walpole and surrounding towns. “We are trying to start small, but to get good at it,” says Costello. But the hope is that it will catch on, and help many local farms. “Our area has such large buyers,” says Costello. “If (these buyers) shift to buying local farm products it would create a huge impact on the local farm economy.” To learn more visit: www.harvesttomarket. com/farmers-market/Monadnock-Menus or contact Sharlene Beaudry, coordinator, Monadnock Menus, 603-756-2988, ext. 115. — MPD

Photos: courtesy Cheshire County Conservation District

Monadnock Menus Distributing Local Food to Local Institutions

KEENE — Farmers know that growing and harvesting requires a certain “finesse.” And on February 13, 2013, some local farmers will get to show off their farming graces during a dance performance at Keene State College’s Redfern Arts Center. This unusual dance piece, called “Niicugni (Listen),” is choreographed by Alaskaborn Emily Johnson, a visiting artist to the Redfern. The dance speaks to the “sense of place” by including community group members in the performance, says Sharon Fantl, the Redfern Arts Center’s events manager. There will be a total of 40 people from five different groups or communities, including the farming community. “We selected farmers as one of the participating groups because we know that food and farms are important to the Monadnock Region,” says Fantl. Other groups will include librarians, archivists and athletes. Farmers will meet with Johnson to find a common movement that suggests farming. During the live performance, farmers and other community groups will come on stage and perform a movement or gesture that represents their work. “The piece is really about our identity as a community,” notes Fantl. For ticket information visit: — MPD

Send your Table Talk news to: Marcia Passos Duffy, Please put “Table Talk” in the subject line. 8

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Photo: courtesy Keene State College

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Q: Can I continue to free range my chickens through the winter? If so, how can I make sure they have enough to eat?

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When there is snow on the ground my chickens don’t want to go outside. So, I get out a snow shovel and make a “play area” for them. I put out leaves, hay, straw or bedding so they have something to scratch around in. Like many farm animals, chickens need extra food during cold weather to keep their “internal furnace” going — I feed them layer pellets and some whole or cracked corn. Contrary to what some folks think, chickens do not need a heated house — but they do need a dry, draft-free shelter and clean unfrozen water.

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Q: What are the varieties of grapes that are best suited to the Monadnock Region? I’ve tried growing grapes, but the plants never bore fruit. A: From Virginia Carter, Walpole Mountain View Winery, Walpole:

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You can grind dried mushrooms and make your own protein-rich seasoning. And they’re local! Photos (top to bottom): Dreamstime, Jodi Genest

Without knowing the variety you planted, I’d offer that the reason they didn’t bear fruit may have nothing to do with the variety, but, instead, your soil composition. Something as minor as the trace element boron controls fruit set.You can get a soil test from your local cooperative extension office to pinpoint any deficiencies in your soil. Make sure you are pruning correctly for fruit instead of foliage.Your plants should also have full sun and good drainage. For best results, try growing coldhardy varieties suited for this area. For wine-making try Frontenac (red), Frontenac Gris (white), La Crescent (white) and Marquette (red). For seedless table grapes (table, jam, juice, raisins) try Somerset Seedless, Canadice and Reliance. T

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uke Whiton is not your typical farm kid. He didn’t grow up on a farm. He was never part of 4-H. Instead, he got the farming bug when he was accepted at a summer internship program run by the Hooper Institute in Walpole. The Hooper Institute ( is a Town of Walpole educational program that serves the town’s youth from kindergarten through 12th grade. The Institute, Teens in the funded by a trust fund and property left to the town Hooper Institute’s by George L. Hooper, summer internship offers school scholarships, internships and other program have programs in the fields of agriculture, forestry, botany, the opportunity soils and environmental to work at local science. farms. Whiton participated in the summer work internship program for high school students for the past four summers; participating teens have a choice of working at a local livestock farm, orchard, vineyard, produce farm or landscaping business. This past summer Whiton spent his internship at Crescent Farm in Walpole, a dairy farm owned by the Sawyer family and home to 300 Jerseys. This was Whiton’s first exposure to the dairy industry and he says he enjoyed working with the animals and running the machinery. Some of his work included milking and taking care of the young stock. “I really enjoyed working with the cattle, and hope to learn more about running equipment and managing crops,” says Whiton. Even though his internship is over he plans to continue working after school at the farm. After he graduates from high school, Whiton plans to pursue a degree in agriculture or dairy science and is currently looking into schools that offer these programs. T

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is a staple in Colima, Mexico where Juan Chavira of Keene was born. “I started making it because my wife and kids, who are not from Mexico, would eat similar salsa when visiting my sisters (in Mexico). I began using a basic recipe and it evolved from there,” says Chavira, who has been perfecting his salsa recipe for 15 years. What started out as homemade salsa quickly became a special treat coveted by friends and family. When Chavira’s wife Sarah, who runs a daycare, began giving the salsa away as gifts to teachers and parents, the feedback was overwhelming, he says: Teachers would joke about wanting to get one of the four Chavira children into their classrooms — just so they could get salsa as a teacher’s gift. Encouraged by this enthusiasm, the Chaviras are now selling the salsa locally. Hot Juan’s Authentic All Natural Smoky Salsa — produced at the Neighbor Made Kitchen, a commercial kitchen on Dunbar Street in Keene — is for sale at the Park Avenue Deli & Market in Keene. The couple is looking for other locations to sell the salsa and hope to sell it online as well. Made with only four main ingredients and no preservatives, the salsa has an authentic Mexican smoky/spicy taste with a lasting savory flavor. The Chaviras produce the salsa using both fresh and local ingredients. “I am happy to provide a product that is truly authentic and different than the salsas that are currently available,” says Chavira. “But the best part about making our salsa is that I do it with my family.” For more information about Hot Juan’s Authentic All Natural Smoky Salsa, contact Juan and Sarah Chavira at T

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to Local Beer and Wine by Katherine P. Cox | Photographs by Al Karevy


welve years ago, when Virginia Carter looked out across the hillsides of her new home in Walpole — with spectacular mountain views across the valley to Vermont — “it struck me that it was a good spot for a vineyard,” she says. But, in New Hampshire? When you think “wine,” California springs to mind, or perhaps Italy and France, Australia or South America. Places with moderate climates kind to grapes — not the frigid temperatures of New Hampshire. But, Carter says, “the land spoke to me.” And her instincts were right. Today her Walpole Mountain View wines have gained respect as more and more people are trying locally produced wines and discovering that they are quite good; to date her wines have won 14 national and international medals.

Walpole Mountain View New varieties of cold Winery is one of just two climate grapes have wineries in the Monadnock Region. The newest, Poocham changed the face of Hill Winery in Westmoreland, the New Hampshire just opened in September. Both wineries owe their wine grape wine market. growing success to scientists at the University of Minnesota, who have developed new cold climate varieties of wine grapes that thrive in the blustery hills of New Hampshire. Those new varieties of cold climate grapes, says Carter, have changed the face of the New Hampshire wine market.

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Carter now produces two dozen varieties of wines, from dry to semi-dry to sweet dessert wines, which can all be sampled in the tasting room at her winery on Barnett Hill in Walpole; the wines are also sold in a variety of local shops, including the Hannah Grimes Marketplace in Keene. Hannah Grimes Marketplace manager Denise Meadows says the store sells four New Hampshire wines, but that Walpole Mountain View wines are the most popular. “It’s as local as you can get,” she says, explaining the strong sales. “People are becoming more aware of New Hampshire wines and seeing their quality,” says Meadows, adding that visitors to the store recognize the wines from visiting the wineries. People are “adding ‘visiting wineries’ as things to do when they come to the region,” Meadows says. It’s not just wine lovers who are looking for a local taste. Beer drinkers are also looking for more local brew, says Zack Cooper, co-owner of Brewtopia on Washington Street in Keene, who says that the craft beer industry has grown by 20 percent over the past few years. The store sells more than 900 beers from all over the world, but the beer that’s produced closest to home is what draws a lot of customers to his store, which also offers equipment and ingredients for those interested in making their own brew. While Brewtopia does not sell any craft beer made in the Monadnock Region (Elm City Brewing Company of Keene is the only local beer producer, and only sells its beer on its premises), all of the nine breweries in the state are represented at the store, as well as beer made across the river in Brattleboro at McNeill’s Brewery. Cooper says one of the reasons he started the store was to sell beer made in New Hampshire. “I wanted to get brands that I knew to be good but not readily available,” he says. Tourists to the state want to try a brew made in New Hampshire. And area customers “definitely prefer to buy local over other brands,” Cooper says. Catering to local tastes Elm City Brewing Company at the Colony Mill Marketplace has been catering to local tastes since it opened in 1995. Before the advent of craft breweries, “all we had to choose from was one 16

Local wine and beer cater to local tastes. Photos (l to r) Debra Rivest, Elm City Brewing Steven Robbins and Mame Odette, Poocham Hill Winery.

style — light pilsner. Now, lots of different styles are being made,” says owner Debra Rivest. “People are excited about trying new styles,” and some “pretty good brews” are being produced nationwide. “I’m glad to be a part of it,” she says. Because Elm City People are getting is not in a large manuspace, the beer a better product when facturing brewed there is for it’s locally sourced, and restaurant consumption only, except for halfbeer is no different. gallon “growler” containers that patrons can get “to go.” It’s a seven-barrel brewery, and the brewers make 214 gallons of beer twice a week. There are eight to 10 of their beers on tap every day, and the local favorite is, of course, the Keene Kolsch, although “our hoppy beers have a huge following,” says Rivest. Her personal favorite is Monadnock Mountain Pale Ale. In addition to the usual lineup of

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Wine and Spirits in the Granite State


Company; Virginia Carter, Walpole Mountain View Winery; Zack Cooper, Brewtopia;

beers on tap at the brew pub, Elm City brews popular seasonal beers. “The market has grown,” Rivest says. “When we first opened, people had never heard of craft brewed beer. There’s a huge difference from when we opened and now,” she says. Rivest believes that people get a better product when it’s locally sourced, and beer is no different. Home brew: can’t get more local than that The market for brew-your-own is also strong and growing, says Cooper of Brewtopia. On an early fall day Nathan Potter of Jaffrey stopped in Brewtopia to get ingredients for a batch he was planning to brew. He says he’s just getting into making his own, partly as a hobby and partly because it’s a lot cheaper to make your own than to buy it. “It’s good beer that’s way cheaper and you have lots more control over the final product,” Potter says. It costs roughly $35 to brew 48 to 50 bottles of beer. Cooper agrees. “You can never buy beer as cheaply as you can make it,” he says. T Katherine P. Cox is a freelance writer who has lived and gardened in the Monadnock Region for 30 years.

here are about 20 wineries in New Hampshire and most are open to visitors. The New Hampshire Winery Association’s website,, has a complete list and a map with locations. The New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet in Keene has a New Hampshire section that has helped promote wines made in the state, although there are no Monadnock Region wines represented yet. “We have lots of people who come in and ask for New Hampshire wines and spirits,” says manager Chris Russell. The New Hampshire section has grown to include about 30 items, he says, among them wines from Candia Vineyards in Candia, LaBelle Winery in Amherst, wines and spirits from Flag Hill Winery & Distillery, cider from Silver Mountain Ciders in Lempster, and mead from Moonlight Meadery in Londonderry. “There’s a big resurgence in traditionally made ciders with heirloom apples,” adds Zack Cooper of Brewtopia, who carries New Hampshire-made ciders at his store. “We have one of the most renowned cideries here in New Hampshire — Farnum Hill in Lebanon,” he says. Other cider producers in the state include Crooked Tree Ciders in Whitefield. In addition to ciders, mead — made from fermented honey — is gaining in popularity. “It’s the oldest fermented beverage on earth,” Cooper says. In addition to Moonlight Meadery, the Sap House Meadery in Center Ossippee also makes traditional mead. Local spirits are harder to find in the area, but Flag Hill Winery & Distillery in Lee produces distilled spirits that are “a high-quality product,” according to Russell at the state liquor store in Keene. Flag Hill distillery has been open since 2004 and produces General John Stark Vodka, Karner Blue Gin and White Mountain Moonshine (a white whiskey) in addition to their extensive line of wines, brandy, port and liqueurs. At Custom Spirits in Chester, visitors can create their own flavored spirits by combining their choices of flavors with gin, vodka, rum, tequila, whiskey and liqueurs.

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Pulling Together at Plowshare Farm By Becky Karush


Meaningful work The Plowshare Farm community was founded in 1989 when concerned citizens bought 200 agricultural acres in Greenfield that were under the threat of development. The group donated the land to Donat Bay and his family, who ran a small lifesharing initiative 18

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at their home in t first, nearby Temple. Plowshare They moved to Farm in Plowshare and Greenfield appears planted the seeds of still as a pond at the community that dawn. A few cars exists today. Bay has cluster in a small served as president parking lot, and the of the organization central building, for the past 23 called “the Agora,” years. sits quiet and dusty “One of our core blue. Then two men beliefs is the walk past, one fast importance of and one slow, meaningful work,” carrying shovels and says Bay as he rakes. A small boy strides quickly rides by on a bicycle across the farm. with an old New “So our work Hampshire license Plowshare Farm is a “lifesharing community” where families integrate people with special needs into their running an organic plate affixed to the homes and lives. Pictured, residents help prepare lunch. farm, stacking wood front. A young to heat our buildings, preparing food … we do it in a way that woman in a bright blue T-shirt carries a bin of beets, fresh dirt allows each person to participate fully,” he says. clinging to the rootlets, to the Agora’s kitchen, where six people in For example, everyone uses hand tools in farming, which slows aprons are preparing lunch. the work down and breaks it into parts that different people can There are people working in the greenhouses just behind the do, and each part is important, he says. “That makes the work real, Agora, people learning blacksmithing skills at the forge down the and it makes it joyful.” hill, people caring for children, people studying the best way to repair a rain-damaged wall. Pride in farm work Almost all of these people live here. Together, everyone is “People take pride in what they do,” adds Molly Park, a staff sharing the work and the joy of life on this farm. member who is working on guiding the preservation of the summer’s harvest for the winter. “They take on the identity of A lifesharing community farmer, or chef or craftsman. It’s a real part of who they are.” “Plowshare is a ‘lifesharing’ community,” says Kimberly Dorn, And, all the work the residents, summer camp attendees and director and administrator. Lifesharing is a term used for a living volunteers do on the farm has created a self-sufficient community: situation where families integrate people with special needs into All the vegetables, meat, milk and firewood come right from the their homes and their lives — lifesharing communities exist across land. At the blacksmith shop, residents learn to make their own the U.S. and Europe. Residents of Plowshare Farm share all aspects nails for woodworking projects and glazes for pottery work. of the social and cultural life of a family. In this warm and nurtur “Here, special-needs people create the opportunity to keep ing family setting, individual needs are met, and challenges faced these old skills, these handcrafts and farming techniques, alive,” says together. Dorn. “It’s not just a one-way therapeutic benefit for them. It’s a “Residents with a variety of disabilities or other mental, circle, human beings side-by-side, and the whole community and physical or emotional challenges live alongside staff in an extended the culture benefit.” T family environment,” says Dorn. All 37 of the people who live at Plowshare Farm create a home together that strives — in the Becky Karush is a freelance writer who lives in Swanzey with her anthroposophical tradition of Rudolf Steiner — “to help people husband, Bob, her new son, Gus, and 17 chickens. find meaningful work and self-respect.”


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Let’s Talk Turkey by Melanie Plenda


Reintroducing turkeys Pre-settlement, the region was replete with turkeys. “The last (turkeys) were seen in New England about the 1840s and ‘50s,” says Walski. “They were gone not long after the Revolutionary War, because most of New England was two-thirds to three-fourths cleared.” The first effort to reintroduce the species came in 1968, when biologists in West Virginia needed some fisher cats, a natural enemy to porcupines, to keep the state’s porcupine population in check. They made a trade: 30 New Hampshire fisher cats for 31 West Virginia turkeys. The turkeys were released in Rockingham County near Pawtuckaway State Park. But the project was an utter failure, says Walski. “We had the two worst winters of the century … and they weren’t as hearty a strain,” Walski says. “They didn’t make it.”

Ted Walski holds a wild turkey taxidermy display outside the NH Fish and Game Office in Keene. Note:The NH Fish and Game keeps taxidermy displays of

native animals that have died of natural causes or road accidents for educational purposes.

Turkeys released in Walpole Walski was hired by Fish and Game in 1972 and placed in charge of the turkey reintroduction project. In 1975, officials with Fish and Game once again found themselves with 25 turkeys, this time a heartier stock from New York. Walski decided where they were going to go. He understood, that in addition to brutal winters, the first turkeys didn’t make it because Rockingham County was not predominately farmland. Turkeys — which once fed on the now extinct native chestnuts — are ground feeders. Once the snow got deep in the winter, they would starve to death. However, if the turkeys were released near dairy farms, they would have plenty of corn wastage from manure piles spread in the winter. The Connecticut Valley had the majority of the state’s dairy farms so Walski released turkeys in Walpole. Keeping a turkey vigil In those early years Walski slept in barns overnight, just to keep an eye on the turkeys. “I (spent) a lot of extra hours tracking them in the snow to see what they were eating,” he says. His tireless effort paid off: By 1978, the flock of 25 had turned into 400 and Walski was transplanting turkeys to other parts of the state. Walski even convinced some dairy farmers to leave out winter corn to keep turkeys fed. To this day, many still do. Despite the loss of dairy farms over the years, Walski says the popularity of the common backyard bird feeders has helped sustain the stock. “See, I was in the Army before (Fish and Game),” he says, “ ... and you know I had acquaintances and friends that didn’t come back from Vietnam and so I figured I contributed something worthwhile to society by helping restore a major species.” Walski made the last turkey transplant in March 1995. Since then his job has been mostly managing the hunting seasons, the turkey census and helping out with the management of other native species. As for the future of the New Hampshire turkey? “I think the turkeys are here to stay,” Walski says. T Melanie Plenda is a freelance journalist living in Alstead.


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ed Walski talks turkey. And he should. For nearly 40 years, he’s studied them, lived with them — and saved them. He loves them. “Well, those are my girls and boys,” says Walski, a New Hampshire Fish and Game Department biologist. Though turkeys are native to New England, by the mid-1800s they were extinct. Through Walski’s efforts, turkeys now roam every corner of the state, including a healthy population in the Monadnock Region. Since 1975 Walski has led the charge in bringing this species back to New Hampshire; and the population has grown to an estimated 45,000 turkeys throughout the 10 counties. Ted Walski “was the biologist who reintroduced turkeys to New Hampshire,” says Fish and Game bear project leader Andrew Timmins, who had worked with Walski since 1995. “He’s just one of those biologists that is respected by both other biologists and his constituents … he’s really dedicated to what he does.”

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Winter Recipes By Katrina Hall

This is a lovely side dish that can be made with a variety of root vegetables and cabbage. 4 cups vegetables (red skinned potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, leeks, cabbages and radishes) 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/4 cup olive oil (do not use extra virgin) 1-2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, stripped from stems Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Three or four 4-inch sprigs of fresh rosemary (for garnish) Local ingredients available in the winter: potatoes, onions, leeks, cabbage, radishes, butter Cut potatoes and onions into 2-inch chunks or crescents, and leeks into 4-inch pieces. Quarter and core cabbage, then cut quarters in half, crosswise. Trim radishes. Place vegetables in a large bowl and set aside. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a small saucepan warm butter, olive oil and rosemary leaves. Pour over vegetables and toss gently. Set aside for 15 minutes. Arrange vegetables on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer and pour oil mixture on top. Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper and place in oven. Bake 30 minutes, stirring vegetables midway through. Remove from oven when vegetables are fork-tender and slightly browned. Spoon onto a platter, garnish with rosemary and serve immediately.

Portuguese Kale Soup I grew up on the tip of Cape Cod, an area with a large Portuguese population, many of whom were part of the vibrant local fishing fleet. When we weren’t eating fish, we were 22

eating this warming, delicious soup, loaded with home-grown kale. It’s the perfect winter supper!

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1-2 cloves of garlic, pressed 3 cups (about 1 lb.) Portuguese linguiça, cut into 1-inch chunks 4-5 medium red skinned potatoes, skin on, cut into large chunks A generous pinch of red pepper flakes 3 cups chicken stock 3 cups water 2 cups diced canned plum tomatoes with juices 6+ cups packed kale leaves, torn, stems discarded 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1 can cannellini or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 3 tablespoons good quality salsa (your choice of spiciness) 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, optional Salt and pepper to taste Local ingredients available in the winter: onion, garlic, linguiça, potatoes, canned tomatoes, kale, dried thyme, salsa, butter In a large pot heat olive oil. Add onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring. Add next five ingredients. Simmer until the potatoes are tender — about 25 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, kale, thyme and beans and cook 20 minutes. Stir in salsa and optional butter then remove from heat and serve.

Carrot Cake

A moist and not-too-sweet cake with (or without) a tangy cream cheese frosting. Perfect for lunchboxes, birthdays, snow days and treat days! 2 large eggs 1 cup sugar

1/2 cup canola or light olive oil 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups carrots, finely grated

Local ingredients available in the winter: eggs, carrots Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square pan. Press in a long sheet of waxed paper, allowing edges to hang over pan. Spray paper with nonstick cooking spray. In medium bowl beat eggs, sugar, oil and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients, stirring to incorporate. Add carrots and fold under. Scrape mixture into prepared pan. Bake 35-45 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. Place on cooling rack for 30 minutes. Run a dull knife around pan edges, pull gently on wax paper “handles” and remove cake from pan to cooling rack. Top with cream cheese frosting (recipe below) or serve plain.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 large (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature 1 stick unsalted butter, softened 1 medium lemon, juiced 1 box (16 oz.) confectioners’ sugar Beat cream cheese and butter together until lump free. Add lemon juice and sugar and mix until smooth. Pipe onto top of cake with a pastry bag fitted a rose tip or simply smooth on cake with a knife. T

Katrina Hall, who founded the Hancock Farmers’ Market in 1990, formerly worked as a chef, herbalist and baker. In 2008, she started a food blog, “She’s in the Kitchen,” where her passion for cooking, photography and food has finally found a home.

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Mary Iselin, a professional oil painter, works from her studio ( at Earth Haven Farm, in Marlborough, where she and her husband raise Romney sheep and Beefalo cattle. Iselin is also on the faculty at Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough. Her work is available at Monadnock Fine Art Gallery at Anthony Toepfer’s Jewelry in Keene, as well as at other fine galleries.

The 1780 Farm (818) 929-2901, CSA, Farmstand, PYO; Chicken, Herbs, Meat (Beef, Pork), Vegetables. Dublin Dana Farm Honey, Vegetables, Farmer John’s Plot 289-5927, CSA, Farmstand; Eggs, Pickles, Turkey, Vegetables. Morning Star Maple Sugar House 563-9218, Maple Syrup & Products. Oxbow Farm 563-7991, Chicken, Eggs, Meat Birds, Fitzwilliam Boulder Meadow Farm 585-3461, Llamas, Sheep, Wool Processing, Damon Farm 585-7228, Cheese, Cream, Milk (Raw), Ice Cream, Yogurt. Patchwork Southdowns 585-9814, Meat (Sheep), Wool. Tracie’s Community Farm 209-1851, CSA, Farmstand; Cheese, Eggs, Fruit, Plants (Flower, Herb), Vegetables, Webb Hill Farm 585-3442, Herbs, Vegetables (Starter Plants). Francestown Green Ledge Farm 547-3454, Chicken, Meat (Grass-Fed Beef*), Lost Village Farm 547-3509, Meat (Grass-Fed Beef).

Rocky Meadow Farm 547-6464, Meat (Grass-Fed Beef). Gilsum Bee Tree Farm & The New Hampshire Honey Bee 354-8019, Beekeeping Supplies, Honey, Ridge View Farm 352-9044, Plants (Bedding, Seedlings), Vegetables, Greenfield Pamomile Fine Handmade Soaps 547-2198, Herbal Soaps, Spring Pond Farm 547-2964, Farm Tours, Farm Shop; Alpacas (Registered Huacaya Breeder), Garments (Hand-Knit), Yarn. Greenville Darling Hill Community Farm 878-3130, CSA; Eggs, Herbs*, Vegetables*. Washburn’s Windy Hill Orchard 878-2101, PYO (Apples & Pumpkins); Fruit, Vegetables. Hancock Amor Fati Farm & Mill CSA; Eggs, Vegetables*, Brimstone Hollow Farm 525-3070, Felt, Fleeces (NH-Made Romney), Meat (Lamb), Roving (Natural & Hand-Dyed), Yarn (Handspun). Hand Drawn Farm 933-0179, CSA, Vegetables*. Longview Forest Products 525-3566, Maple Syrup.

Mountain View Farm 525-8005, Maple Syrup, Products (NH-Made), Vegetables. Norway Hill Orchard 525-4912, PYO; Apples. Harrisville Farwell Farm 209-1544, Turkey, Meat (Beef, Pork). Mayfair Farm 827-6925, Chicken, Meat (Beef, Lamb, Pork), Turkey,

Mayfair Farm • 827-3925 Self Serve Farm Store Open Daily Catering & Farm Dinners; Artisanal Sausage; Eggs, Meat & Poultry; Prepared Food & Pastry.

Railroad Express Sugar House 827-3245 (call first), Maple Syrup & Products. Wellscroft Farm and Wellscroft Fence Systems, LLC 827-3464, Eggs, Meat (Lamb & Goat). Hillsborough Bit O’Heaven Fiber Farm 464-4392, Roving (Hand-Painted), Wool (Alpaca, Angora & Mohair), Yarns (Handspun). Clark Summit Alpacas 464-2910, Open Farm Days; Handmade Items, Roving, Yarn, Rosewood Farm 464-2590, Farmstand; Vegetables,

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Acworth Acworth Village Gardens 835-7986, Eggs, Vegetables. Blueberry Acres 835-2259, PYO; Blueberries. Knight Farm 835-9077, Beef, Cheese, Pork, Yogurt. Squatters Farm 970-560-2574, Eggs, Vegetables. Two Girls Farm Beef, Chicken, Eggs, Garlic, Pork, Alstead Alstead Center Farm 835-2937, CSA, Bascom Maple Farm 835-6361, Maple Syrup & Products, Beryl Mountain View Farm 835-2246, Farm Campsites; Grass-fed Beefalo Freezer Meat & Sides, Honey, Comstock Family Farm 835-6182, Farmstand, PYO; Fruits, Vegetables, Days Natural Family Farm 209-9133, Chicken, Duck, Eggs, Meat (Goat, Rabbit). Dustin’s Sugarhouse 835-6070, Maple Syrup & Products. Flying Cloud Dairy 835-2519, Cream* & Milk* (Raw). Kercewich Farm 835-2520, Cream & Milk (Raw), Maple Syrup & Products, Meat (Grass-Fed Beefalo, Lamb & Pork), Turkey, Yogurt (Raw). Merrymeeting Farm 313-6059, Chicken, Eggs, Meat (Beef). Sanctuary’s Alpaca Farm 756-3410, Alpacas, Fiber, Sunset Farm 835-6210, Flowers (Cut), Vegetables. Village Roots CSA 477-5533, Herbs, Vegetables. Antrim Brimstone Woods at Liberty Farm 588-6539, Eggs, Goat Milk Products, Meat (Chicken, Pork). Hidden Hill Farm Alpacas 588-3320, Alpacas, Breeding Stock, Tenney Farm 588-2020, Eggs, Fruit, Vegetables, Windfall Farm 588-3296, Farm Shop; Eggs (Free-Range), Fleeces, Flowers (Cut), Turkeys*, Vegetables, Yarn, bennington Back Mountain Beefalo Farm 289-6846, Meat (Beef, Pork),Turkey. Chesterfield Hubner Farm 363-4675, Meat (Beef).

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Painted Shadow Farm 446-3944, Chicken, Fiber, Turkey. Ruffled Feathers Farm 446-9474, Chicken, Eggs, Herbs, Meat (Pork, Rabbit), Maple Syrup, Plants (Vegetable Starts). Mason Barrett Hill Farm 878-4022, Fruit, Vegetables, Milford Butternut Farm 673-2963, Plants (Bedding, Herb), Vegetables, Fitch’s Corner Farmstand Eggs, Meat (Beef, Pork), Milk, Holland Farm 673-0667, Farmstand; Eggs, Goat Products (Cheese, Milk & Soap), Vegetables, Lull Farm 673-3119, Berries, Eggs, Vegetables, McLeod Bros. Orchards 673-3544, Apples, Pumpkins, Vegetables, Miracle Acres Farm 673-9077, Honey, Maple Syrup, Trombly Gardens at Sunny Prairie Farm 673-0647, CSA, Farmstand; Eggs, Fruit, Meat (Beef, Pork), Vegetables, Nelson Elemental Designs Fiber Arts 847-9763, Fleece, Lambs, Roving, Sheep (Romney),Yarn (Handspun and Cheshire Sheep).

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Nelson, NH • 603-847-9763 Romney sheep/lambs, fleece/roving. Locally spun Cheshire Sheep Yarn in dyed & natural colors. Knitting kits, handspun yarns, handmade items. Felted blankets, sheepskins. Hidden Birch Farm 827-2950, Chicken, Eggs, Meat (Goat), Turkey, Holland Homestead Farm 827-3025, Goat Products (Cheese, Milk, Bath & Soap Items). New Ipswich Amazing Flower Farm 878-9876, Fruit, Plants (Annuals, Perennials, Starter Vegetables). Cargill Farm 769-7114, Fruits, Vegetables. Sleeping Monk Farm Alpacas LLC 878-2183, Alpacas, Batts, Fleeces (Raw), Products (Felted Sheets, Finished Goods), Roving, Yarn, Smith’s Berries 878-1719, PYO (Blueberries). Winter’s Summer Home Farm 291-0459, CSA; Vegetables. Peterborough Dancing Dog Farm Milk (Goat), Far Sight Farm 924-4333, Chickens (Pasture-Raised). Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm 924-3850, CSA, Tours First Sunday of the month, 2-4 pm,

Rosaly’s Garden & Farmstand 924-3303, Farmstand, PYO; Fruit*, Herbs*, Vegetables*, Sunnyfield Farm 924-4436, Chicken, Eggs, Meat (Beef, Lamb, Pork), Milk, Vegetables, RICHMOND Ewe Mountain View 239-8008, Bunnies (Angora), Eggs, Fleeces. Rindge Fairmont Farm 899-5445, Fleece. Fieldstone Farm 899-6009, Maple Syrup. Sunflower Field Farm 899-2817, Maple Syrup & Products. White’s Farm Stand 899-5000, Farmstand; Maple Syrup & Products, Vegetables. Sharon Alpacas of Kilblaan Farm 924-6113, Alpacas, Fiber, Spofford Double R Alpacas Farm Store; Alpaca Breeding and Sales, Stoddard Pitcher Mountain Blueberries 446-3655, PYO (Wild Blueberries). Pitcher Mountain CSA 446-7094, CSA; Vegetables, Pitcher Mountain Farm 446-3350, Chicken, Eggs, Meat (Beef). ShearLuck Farm 847-9708, Meat (Lamb), Wool. Sullivan Bo-Riggs Cattle Company 352-9920, Meat (Beef, Lamb). Hollow Oak Farm 847-3417, Meat (Beef, Lamb), Vegetables, Wool (Felting Supplies, Rovings, Yarn). Moon Meadows Farm 847-3291, Meat (Boar, Goat), Surry Crescendo Acres 352-9380, Farm Store; Maple Syrup & Products, Surry’s Wild & Woolly Farm 352-7193, Eggs. Swanzey Imagine That HONEY! 381-1717, Honey.

Stowell’s 352-8059, Custom Meat Services (Curing, Slaughtering, Smoking, Wrapping), Meat (Beef, Pork). Temple Autumn Hill Farm 878-0802, Fruit*, Vegetables*. Ben’s Sugar Shack 562-6595, Maple Syrup & Products. Connolly Brothers Dairy Farm 924-5002, Eggs, Ice Cream, Meat (Beef), Milk. Fiber Dreams Farm 396-9136, Dyes, Fiber (Batts, Felt, Roving, Yarn), Rabbits (Angora), Sheep. Herban Living Farm 878-0459, Chicken, Eggs, Herbs, Meat (Beef), Vegetables, New Field Farm 878-2063, Blueberries, Vegetables, Nomadic Farms 547-5389, CSA. Temple Mountain Beef 878-4290, Meat (Beef). Troy East Hill Farm 242-6495, Chicken, Honey, Meat (Beef, Lamb, Pork), Monadnock Berries 242-6417, PYO; Fruit, Vegetables, Tri-Well Farm 313-3264, Cheese (Artisan Goat Milk), Goat Milk (Raw), Walpole Abenaki Springs Farm 445-2147, CSA; Chicken, Fruit*, Meat (Pork), Turkey, Vegetables*, Alyson’s Orchard 756-9800, Farmstand, Fruit, PYO, Boggy Meadow Farm 756-3300, Cheese, Brookfield Farm 445-5104, Meat (Grass-Fed Beef*, Goat, Lamb), Milk*. Crescent Farm 756-4049, Meat (Beef, Pork). Fletcher Farm 756-4230, Hay*, Milk*.

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Western View Farm 464-3015, Meat (Freezer Lambs), Roving & Yarn (Shetland). Winter Hill Farm Store 428-7379, Farm Store; Dairy Products, Flowers, Honey, Meats, Maple Syrup, Jaffrey Boutwell Sugar House 532-7621, Maple Syrup. Coll’s Farm Market & Deli 532-7540, CSA; Eggs, Maple Syrup & Products, Vegetables. Hijinks Farm 562-5775, Farmstand; Eggs*, Fruit*, Honey, Maple Syrup, Vegetables*, Monadnock Sugar House Maple Syrup & Products, Wild Star Farm 532-2434, Meat (Rabbit), Vegetables. Keene Borden Maple Tree Farm 352-6466, PYO Blueberries, Maple Syrup & Products. Green Wagon Farm Farmstand; Honey, Maple Syrup & Products, Vegetables. Maple Lane Farm 352-2329, PYO (Apples); Fruit, Maple Syrup & Products, Vegetables. Mt. Caesar Alpacas 355-3555, Farm Store; Clothing, Fiber, Yarn, Stone Crop Hollow Urban Farm 352-6152, Eggs, Meat (Rabbit). Stonewall Farm 357-7278, CSA, Farmstand, PYO; Cheese, Eggs, Maple Syrup & Products, Meat (Beef), Vegetables, Whippie Farm 352-4868, Eggs. Wichland Woods 357-2758, Mushrooms, Langdon Clark’s Sugar House/Valley View Bison 835-6863, Maple Syrup, Meat (Bison). Shorts Sugar House 835-2909, Maple Syrup & Products. LYNDEBOROUGH Fox Den Farm 554-5596, Eggs, Starter Plants (Herb, Vegetable), Vegetables. Paradise Farm 345-0860, PYO (Fruit); Berries, Eggs, Honey, Milk (Goat), Meat (Grass-fed Beef, Pork) Marlborough Earth Haven Farm 876-4036, Hay, Fleeces (Romney), Meat (Grass-Fed Beef & Beefalo, Lamb). Gap Mountain Goats 439-0083, Meat (Chicken, Duck, Goat, Pork), Phoenix Farm 876-4562, Eggs (Chicken, Duck), Meat (Pasture-Raised Chickens, Lamb, Pork), Webber Sugar House 876-4554, Maple Syrup & Products. Marlow Hodge Podge Farm 446-7917, Chicken, Eggs, Honey, Turkey.

Farmers’ Markets Winter 2012/2013


Holiday Market Brick Vestry Building (Main St.) Saturdays, Nov. 7, 24; Dec. 1, 8, 15 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)


Winter Market Colony Mill Marketplace (near Elm City Restaurant & Brewery entrance) Saturdays (2nd & 4th of the month), Nov. 10-Apr. 27 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Facebook: The Farmers’ Market of Keene


Winter Market Milford Town Hall Saturdays (most 1st & 3rd of the month), Oct. 20-Apr. 6 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) Facebook: Milford NH Farmers’ Market


Winchester Black Cat Honey 392-0008, Bee Products, Honey, Cheshire Garden 239-4173, Fruit (Jams, Jellies), Country Critters Farm 831-0534, Cheese (Aged & Fresh), Milk (Farmstead Goat), Full Measure Farm 239-4006, Meat (Whole Lamb), Fiber (Cotswold). Manning Hill Farm 239-4397, Farm Store; Eggs, Hay, Meat (Beef, Chicken, Pork), Milk, Maple Syrup, My Old Farm Pure Maple Syrup 239-6751, Maple Syrup. Picadilly Farm 239-8718, CSA; Eggs, Meat (Lamb, Pork), Vegetables*, Way Back Farm 355-0818, Meat (Grass-Fed Beef). Monadnock Table’s farm directory listings are free. Promote your seasonal offerings with a highlighted listing for $49. To purchase, send us an email at

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Winter Market Peterborough Community Center Wednesdays, Oct. 17-Apr. 24 (3-6 p.m.) Facebook: Peterborough NH Farmers’ Market Winter Edition


Winter Market Washington Town Hall Saturdays, Jan. 5-Apr. 27 (9 a.m.-noon) Facebook: Meetinghouse Farmers’ Market


Holiday Market Temple Town Hall Sundays (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Oct. 21-Dec. 23 Facebook: Temple Farmers’ Market


Thanksgiving, Holiday & Winter Markets Walpole Town Hall Thanksgiving Market: Saturday, Nov. 17 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) Holiday Market: Saturday, Dec. 15 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Winter Market: 3rd Saturday of the month, Jan. 19-Apr. 20 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) Facebook: Walpole Farmers’ Market

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Edgefield Farm 399-9975, Meat (Whole Lamb), Fertile Fields Farm 399-7772, CSA; Herbs*, Vegetables*, High Hopes Farm 399-4305, PYO (Blueberries & Raspberries), Hillside Springs Farm 399-7288, CSA; Fruit, Vegetables, Long Ridge Farm 313-8393, CVM/Romeldale Breeding Stock, Fleece (Raw), Rovings, Yarn, Milkweed Farm 209-8676, Vegetables. Old Ciderpress Farm 399-7210, PYO (Apples); Apples, Chestnuts, Heirloom Cider. Stuart & John’s Sugar House 399-7778, Maple Syrup & Products, Wilton Bee Fields Farm 654-1097, CSA, Medicinal Garden; Eggs, Herbs, Vegetables, Hungry Bear Farm 654-6626, CSA-Vegetables, Herbs, Nomadic Farms 547-5389, CSA; Vegetables.

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Homestead Farms 756-4800, PYO (Berries), Farmstand ; Maple Syrup, Plants (Bedding), Vegetables, Milkhouse at Great Brook Farm 756-4358, 313-8808, Cheese, Eggs, Honey, Maple Syrup, Meat (Beef, Pork), Milk (Raw). Old Drewsville Farm 380-8386, Cut Flowers, Herbs, Seedlings. Walpole Creamery 445-5700, Ice Cream, Walpole Mountain View Winery at Barnett Hill Vineyard 756-3948, Tastings, Tours; Wine,

Walpole Valley Farms 756-2805, Chickens (Pastured), Eggs, Maple Syrup, Meat (100% GrassFed Beef, Pork), Turkeys (Pastured),Vegetables, Washington All Good Farm 495-0520, Farmstand, PYO (Blueberries); Maple Syrup, Vegetables, Eccardt Farm 495-3157, Farm Store; Meat (Beef, Pork, Veal), Milk. Lovell Mountain Farm & Gardens 495-0055, Eggs, Herbs, Plants (Starter Vegetables), Mirage Alpacas 495-3435, Alpacas, Goats, Sheep, West Chesterfield Kizazo Farm 256-6764, Chicken, Eggs, Vegetables. Lily Brook Farm 256-3238, Cream (Raw), Eggs, Meat (Beef, Chicken, Pork, Turkey), Milk (Raw). Westmoreland Brick Oven Farm 399-7721, Chicken, Meat (Beef), Vegetables,

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Winter Calendar December 2012 1 Sat. (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) Old Fashioned Christmas, downtown Hillsborough.

1 Sat. (8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) Milford Annual Craft Fair, Milford. 4 Tues. (6 p.m.) Cheshire County Conservation District Annual Meeting, The Inn at East Hill Farm, Troy. RVSP at 603-756-2988, ext. 116. 7 Fri. (6-8:30 p.m.) 8 Sat. (9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)

The Orchard School Winter Crafts Fair, Walpole Town Hall, Walpole.

8 Sat. (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) 8th Annual Currier & Ives

Cookie Tour, inns throughout the Monadnock Region. $10 per person.

15 Sat. (9-11:30 a.m.) Annual Bake Sale (also selling local jellies, jams and pickles), in front of the Walpole Post Office, Walpole. 802-463-3153.

15 Sat. (9 a.m-3 p.m.) Christmas on the Farm, The Inn at East Hill Farm, Troy. Visit for prices.

15 Sat. (5-7 p.m.) to 24 Mon. (2-4 p.m.) Labyrinth of Lights, upstairs ball-

room of Hastings Memorial Parish House, Walpole.

February 2013 9 Sat. (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) Frozen Farm Festival, Stonewall Farm, Keene.

9 Sat. (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) 12th Annual

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14 Thurs. (6 p.m.) Valentine’s Day Din-

ner, The Inn at East Hill Farm, Troy. Visit for prices.

25 Mon. (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) Winter Family Farm Day, The Inn at East Hill Farm, Troy. Visit for prices.

Ongoing Winter Events Mondays: Monday Night Contra Dancing (8-10:30 p.m.) Nelson Town Hall, Nelson.

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First Sunday of the Month: What is Co-housing? (2-4 p.m.) Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm, Peterborough.


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By Willard Williams Co-owner, The Toadstool Bookshops The Call of the Land: An Agrarian Primer for the 21st Century by Steven McFadden (Norlights Press)


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f you have ever felt alone and at a loss in your passion for the land and overwhelmed by the enormous task of our human impact, you need Steven McFadden’s book, The Call of the Land. In it, you’ll find a reassuring affirmation that many, many good people and organizations are responding to the call of the land in innovative and effective ways. Using a call and response method, his book documents the movement toward an agrarianism that recognizes the need for food production that sustains the land. In an early chapter, “Citizen Response,” McFadden points to the major cumulative effect individual actions can have to become a public solution, noting that the World War II Victory Gardens produced more than 40 percent of the vegetables consumed in the country at that time. For those who are already home gardeners and backyard livestock raisers, the book points to methods, organizations and resource centers that offer help and support. The chapter “Community Responses” provides plentiful and imaginative examples. Consider Portland, Oregon’s fruit tree project, which maps the locations and harvests the crops of the city’s trees. In this chapter, McFadden also talks about the now ubiquitous CSA (community supported agriculture), a concept that took root in this country that was created right here, in the Monadnock Region, by Wilton resident Trauger Groh and his family. “Digital Response” outlines the numerous listservs that are sharing information online and websites that facilitate networking among farms and between farmers and consumers. Twenty-five pages of additional websites, an extensive bibliography and a complete index make this a genuinely useful source book. But most fascinating, reassuring and inspirational in this book are the pages and pages of short descriptions of individuals, organizations, resource centers, food projects and cooperatives that are working on scales large and tiny to give us healthy food and a repaired environment. Our thanks go to Steven McFadden for presenting their prolific responses in this thought provoking book. T

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The Back Page Backyard

On Top of Old Smoky…Pizza? By Jeanne Prevett Sable


utdoor cooking season may be over, but now’s the perfect time to fire up the backyard smoker and cure homemade sausage, ham, bacon or even fish the old-fashioned way. And how about some home-baked bread or pizza to (literally) top it off? We visited John and Karin Asseng at Ruffled Feathers Farm in Marlow to learn about their uniquely designed clay oven that can do both.The couple run a small farm raising pigs, rabbits and chickens for meat.They also make their own honey and maple syrup. But the smoker is used to preserve their locally raised meat for their own consumption. Your oven is beautiful, John. But I’ve never seen one like it before. It’s actually two separate entities — a cold smoker on the bottom with a pizza oven on top. The combo was my idea. I hadn’t seen it before either.

What is cold smoking?

How does the pizza oven on top work? You get it raging hot for a couple hours, pull the coals out, clean it out with a rag and put the pizza in. Last time it stayed 400 degrees for half an hour.

What’s the whole thing made of? We started with old chimney bricks dug from our property — maybe from a house from the 1700s that burned. The outside is made from one part potter’s clay, four parts sand, packed tightly over plain sand in the shape you want. When the clay dries, you pull the sand out. Then you put on a 4-inch insulating layer of sawdust and clay slip (watered down clay). For the next layer we use the same four-to-one mix as before with part rabbit manure and a layer of chicken blood for stickiness.

Uhhh, interesting … John: Rabbits are poor digesters, so (the manure) has lots of fiber. Karin: A lot of these plaster recipes are old. They figured out the enzymes in the blood and everything.

forged nails and made the hinges out of pipe and rod. The trickiest part of the whole thing was getting the firebox to support the weight of the pizza oven, which is about 300 pounds. I used sheet metal and did all the welding and concrete work myself.

That’s a lot. Did you have any help? Yes. Our 10-year-old son, Nate, helped tremendously.

Who does the cooking? John: Karin does 99.99 percent of it. Karin: We use the smoker to preserve our own meats we raise and make — sausages, hams, bacon and thicker cuts of meat — for our own table. T

I like the decorative wooden patterns on the face of the pizza oven and the antiquelooking lower oven door.

Jeanne Prevett Sable is a writer, musician and author of Seed Keepers of Crescentville. She lives in Fitzwilliam.

The designs are the ends of 6-inch cordwood splits set into a layer of cob. The door is 16-gauge sheet metal on the inside with roughcut lumber milled at our own sawmill. I used

The Back Page Backyard is a peek at what our neighbors are growing and raising in the Monadnock Region. Have an idea for this page? Email us:

Photos: Michael Moore

You need cold smoke to preserve meats. The process sometimes takes weeks. This hole in the bottom of the oven has a pipe that goes down 3 feet (into the ground) and comes out into this stone-lined pit several feet away. You build a hardwood fire in the pit and let it die out and smolder. As it cools down it delivers thin, wispy smoke — as cool as 60 degrees, which travels up into the stove, then out the back into an 8-foot stack. Anything over 120 to 130 degrees is considered hot. There are also


racks in the firebox and three controls to adjust the draft for barbecuing.


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