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Waterhouse Restaurant and Bar opens in Peterborough

According to the Monadnock Ledger Transcript this morning, the Waterhouse Restaurant and Bar have now opened their doors and are serving a menu that focus on local food, bistro style.

Read more here… Menus at Waterhouse offers bistro food

Have you eaten there?? Let us know how it is!  Send us some pictures and some local highlights.

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The Inn at East Hill Farm Gets Local on the Menu

By Jess Skinner

From the top of Mt. Monadnock looking South-West, you can catch a glimpse of a farm that has attracted families and farmers to the Monadnock Region since the mid-1800’s.  Since establishing as a farm in 1785 and building the farmhouse and inn in the 1800’s, East Hill Farm has been a family destination hot spot for over a century.

The Inn at East Hill Farm today fills a unique niche in our community.  Visitors come from all over the country to stay at the farm and enjoy the pond, the hiking on nearby trails and the direct farm experience.  Naturalist workshops are offered including a mushroom walk with David Wichland of Wichland Woods Mushrooms, cheese making with Farmer Dave and traditional farm crafts such as candle making.

While at the farm, visitors sit down to as many as three meals a day, all prepared fresh at the farm.  The typical menu ranges from homemade soup to freshly baked bread that melts in your mouth, roast turkey and mashed potatoes.  What’s unique about this menu is that it not only uses some of the products from the farm, but purchases produce and other value-added products from local farms and businesses.

When asked whether the Inn is hoping to shift their menu to include more fresh produce and local items, the owner, Sheri St. Laurent, commented that there are significant efforts being made to buy more local products.  They currently purchase seasonal produce from Tracie’s Community Farm in Fitzwilliam, produce and corn from Coll’s Market in Jaffrey, berries and fruit from Monadnock Berries in Troy, milk from Manning Hill Farm in Winchester, and sausage, hamburger, eggs and ham all come from their own backyard at East Hill Farm.

What is unique about the Inn is that they aren’t just selling meals like many of the Monadnock Menus member restaurants.  They are attracting people to come stay in the Inn andenjoy an authentic, relaxing family vacation- the food is just one element of the visit.

“We have made the commitment to buying local because it feels right. It feels right because it is beneficial to everyone involved.  Consuming as much locally produced anything makes sense” says Sheri when asked why they make the commitment to buying local.  “Its not easy to change the menus for our visitors based on available produce because many people appreciate the regularity of the menu”.  As a resort location, the Inn is trying to think of ways to increase the amount of local food being served to visitors while keeping everyone’s favorite meals on their plates.

One way they hope to go about doing this is by creating a Local Farm Fare dinner one night per week where they focus on the ingredients within the meal and try to source as many of the items within the meal from nearby farms as possible.  Jennifer Murray, Sheri’s sister, who is an integral part to the Inn’s operation and marketing, hopes to post a sign next to the menu in the dining hall with a list of locally sourced items and where they came from, as well as post the local menus online with links to the farmers and businesses.  The Inn hosts a Growers Dinner as a part of the NH Farm to Restaurant program each year, and both Sherri and Jen want to see this type of local food enthusiasm at the farm more often.

One of the challenges to buying locally is simply balancing the cost, but the Inn has found success through attending community events and being a part of local food networks, such as the Monadnock Farm and Community Connection’s Matchmaker Event.  “Network, network, network!” Sherri emphasizes the importance of being a part of events such as the Matchmaker and making an effort to meet with farmers and community members that are acting as food advocates.  They met David Wichland at the Matchmaker, as well as connected with Cheshire Gardens, located in Winchester NH.  They met Tracie of Tracie’s Community Farm at a community forum in Keene and regularly receive updates from the Conservation District about upcoming events and opportunities to connect.

Excitement over local food and farms is increasing in the Monadnock Region and around the United States.  Here in the Monadnock Region, we want to continue making connections between our local farms, food establishments and consumers.  The Inn at East Hill Farm is yet another great example of a family owned business that is not only taking the step to feed their customers high quality, fresh products, but they’re connecting everyone they touch with the source for where it came from.  “If you can, buy in season. Just do it !”

Until next time, keep your eyes out for the Monadnock Menus logo and encourage your local food establishments to “Get Local on the Menus!”

 

When eating out, do you know where your food comes from? Real Time Farms does.

Eat Out With Confidence: Nationwide Launch of Tools That Tell The Story of Every Ingredient

Posted on May 9, 2011 by cararosaen

“There’s Michelin and there’s Zagat. Neither of them tell you where your food is coming from. Real Time Farms does.

Now any eatery (from the hipster food truck to the dorm food menus of your alma mater) can tell the story of the farms and food artisans that supply their menu. Curious how the beef in your favorite dive bar hamburger was raised. Click on “hamburger” and see pictures of the cow in the pasture and read about how the cow was raised. Feeling good about what you are eating just got a whole lot simpler.”

Read more… Real Time Farms blog

Interested in joining the movement to increase transparency about where your food is coming from?  Contact Real Time Farms and become a member!

Here’s how:   Become a Member

10 members and growing!!

Since the beginning of our spring membership drive at the beginning April, 10 restaurants have signed onto the Monadnock Menus project, showing their dedication and support for locally produced food.  Please visit our new ‘Members’ page to see who is ‘Getting Local on the Menu’ and look for the Monadnock Menus decal while you’re out in the region looking for a bite to eat that’s a little bit fresher and from closer to home.

Is your favorite restaurant not on our list of members?  Ask them if they know about our program!  Give them a local request card to let them know you’d like to see more local food on the menu and thank them for making a commitment to supporting more local farms, value-added producers and businesses.

Hope you all are enjoying the first greens of the season!

Hillside Pizza- The Pie’s the Limit!

Story from the ‘Local Chef’ column in the publication Our Local Table Monadnock.

“Think of Swanzey and what comes to mind? The town’s oxen mascots, Monadnock Regional High School, and maybe a covered bridge or two.
How about organic pizza topped with locally grown fresh vegetables (served
in recyclable containers with compostable utensils), handmade by kind and
cheerful people dedicated to their community?

That’s exactly what the new Hillside Pizza, located on Route 32 in front of Arnone’s Family Fun Center, is bringing to the Monadnock Region.”

Read more…Our Local Table Monadnock

Cantine is closing its doors!!

We were all very sad to hear that Cantine Mexican Restaurant in Peterborough, NH are closing their doors THIS Thursday, March 31st.  They were the first formal members of the Monadnock Menus program and were the only member for 2010.  They have been dedicated to supporting local, organic and fresh food since opening and it is sad to see them go.  Swing by to say thanks and enjoy a great, local meal!!

http://www.cantinemex.com/

Monadnock Menus is Springing into Action!

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!!