Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Hot pepper jelly wins!

A note from Dagne Goodwin of Amelia Mae's -

My pepper jellies were put in a taste test in NH Magazine and we got first place! My flavor: Golden Hot Pepper Jelly. This has golden bell peppers, hot thai peppers and garlic......yummy!

I can't wait for the market, hurry spring!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Great news for organic dairy farmers and consumers!

Here is a good synopsis of the latest news about rules for organic dairy.

The new rule requires:

Cows must be grazed on pasture for the entire growing season, no less than 120 days per year
Cows must be allowed outdoors year-round except when the weather or their health makes it impossible
Grazing/grass must make up at least 30% of a cow's diet

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Good news for small farms

From Yellow House Farm:

We have wonderful news! The National Animal Identification System, a.k.a. NAIS, is being abandoned by the USDA because you spoke out!!!!

It is not that animal identification is going away completely. Indeed, they are going to move toward a new tailored program that follows interstate moving of animals. Insofar as this will not affect the vast majority of small-scale, i.e. locally focused, producers, the general threat that NAIS represented to the small-scale farmer is alleviated. The potentially devastating threat that NAIS represented to farms that safeguard heritage animals was utterly horrific. This is, indeed, wonderful news for the continued existence and promotion of traditional farm animals. Here's the New York Times article: link

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Announcing schedule for 2010

Here's the proposed schedule for 2010.

Summer Markets will be held in the same location, on Thursday afternoons - 3:00 - 6:30pm
The summer season will begin a little earlier this year on May 27th and will run through October 7th.

Fall Markets will be held indoors (location to be determined) on Saturdays 9:00 am - 1:00pm
The indoor markets will run October 23rd through November 20th.