Category Archives: For Local Food Lovers

Cooks and farmers, a necessary connection

Cooks and farmers, a necessary connection
Remembering when: Jaffrey chef on his lifelong relationship with food
By Aylmer H Given III
Printed in the Monadnock Ledger Transcript, July 15, 2014
Available online here

Chef Aylmer from Summerhill Assisted Living in Peterborough, who is a huge local food and Monadnock Menus supporter, shared this essay with the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. We need to strengthen the connections between cooks and farmers as Aylmer says in order to grow a vibrant local food economy in the Monadnock Region. Thank you Chef Aylmer for your eloquent words and your support of our area farmers and producers! We need more champions like you!

summerhill aylmer and keith

Chef Aylmer (l) and Chef Keith (r) at Summerhill

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteers Needed to Help Grow Monadnock Menus

Passionate about local food and getting more of it on the menu of your favorite restaurants?  We invite you to join us and volunteer for the Monadnock Menus Program!

We need writers, photographers and volunteers to conduct interviews with farmers and restaurant owners.  Contact emerald@cheshireconservation.org for more information.

Monadnock Menus Goals:

  • Identify needs and build relationships between buyers and growers
  • Navigate ordering & delivery issues
  • Raise public awareness to build loyalty to restaurants that serve local dishes

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.

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

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!!