By Sarah Barkhouse
If you thought we were bringing you local before… just watch out! The Monadnock Menus Program is shifting into high gear this spring with its official kick-off starting April 2011! As a part of Phase II, the local-food loving volunteers of the Monadnock Farm and Community Connection (MFCC) Infrastructure committee are taking to the streets to seek out even more food establishments that are committed to using locally grown ingredients in the meals that they serve to you.
Keep a close watch here on our website, www.monadnockmenus.org, for updates on which restaurants in the region have recently signed the Monadnock Menus pledge (see below), as well as stories and photos featuring each of the new restaurant members. And as you climb out of hibernation from the winter and go out this spring looking for a tasty meal, keep your eyes peeled for our brand new Monadnock Menus membership decals that bears our logo with the word ‘MEMBER’ printed below it on the doors or windows of participating restaurants. When you see that decal, you know that you’re not eating at just any restaurant, but one that is a part of the ever increasing strength of the Monadnock region’s local food system as well as devoted to serving their patrons the finest, freshest, local ingredients that the Monadnock region has to offer.
And remember, you can spring into action yourself in many ways by:
- Supporting Monadnock Menus member establishments.
- Filling out and leaving Local Request Cards at restaurants that are not yet members. You can find Local Request Cards for pick up at the following locations:
Keene Farmers’ Market, Stonewall Farm Farmstand, Keene Public Library , and the Keene and Peterborough Chamber of Commerce offices… OR download the Monadnock Menus Request cards and print at home. (See our Resources page)
- Leaving your suggestions for potential Monadnock Menus members on our website.
- Supporting local farmers yourself by visiting a farmers market, a farm stand or joining a CSA .
Let’s work together to get more Local on the Menu!!