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10 Ways To Celebrate Eat Local Month

August 4, 2017
By: Lindsay Elitharp
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Parmesan Potato Tots from the Bistro at LaBelle Winery, a farm-to-restaurant certified location.

Parmesan Potato Tots from the Bistro at LaBelle Winery, a farm-to-restaurant certified location.

Did you know August is Eat Local Month?

We're big fans of celebrating New Hampshire's local food all year, though it's definitely easier in August when local food is so abundant-and so tasty! Here are ten ways to celebrate Eat Local Month in New Hampshire.

1. Enjoy dinner out at a restaurant that supports local farmers.

Some of our favorite farm-to-restaurant certified restaurants include: The Bistro at LaBelle Winery, Cotton, Martingale Wharf, Blue Moon Evolution, MT's Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, The Foundry, The Grazing Room at Colby Hill Inn, and The Wentworth.

2. Visit a pick-your-own farm.

Blueberries, peaches, and the last of the season's raspberries are ready to harvest. See VisitNH's list of farms here.

3. Drink local wine!

Both Flag Hill Winery & Distillery and LaBelle Winery offer tours and tastings.

LaBelle Winery Chardonnay, produced in Amherst, New Hampshire.

LaBelle Winery Chardonnay, produced in Amherst, New Hampshire.

4. Stay at the Inn at East Hill Farm and experience life on a working farm.

Kids can help collect eggs in the morning, feed the animals, and even milk a cow!

5. Learn some new skills at a cooking class.

Chef Bryan Leary from the Inn at Pleasant Lake offers classes based on demand. LaBelle Winery's popular Winemaker's Kitchen Cooking Series is offering a class devoted to using your harvest bounty on August 16. Colby Hill Inn's August 20 cooking class includes a three-course dinner party with wine pairings (staying the night is recommended).

6. Grab a beer at a local brewery.

Flying Goose Brewpub, Martha's Exchange, Woodstock Brewery, Moat Mountain, Stark Brewing Company, the Portsmouth Brewery, and Sea Dog Brewing are just a few of our favorites.

7. Try a new recipe.

Visit our New Hampshire recipes Pinterest board for inspiration.

8. Forage for local mushrooms with an expert.

Sunday August 27, join the New Hampshire Mushroom Company for their Can You Eat It? class. Classes include an intro to mushrooming, a foray, light mushroom appetizers for lunch, and a farm tour.

A bright yellow Amanita Muscaria- Definitely in the 'do not eat' category.

A bright yellow Amanita Muscaria. Beautiful but in the 'do not eat' category.

9. Share the harvest.

Donate to a local food pantry, or to the New Hampshire Food Bank. $1 donated to the food bank can provide two meals to someone in need.

10. Instagram your local food love!

Tag us in your photos (@nhflavors) or use #nhflavors so we can see how you're celebrating Eat Local Month.

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