Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Eating, and Buying, Local

I went to Vermont last week to visit my mom who was in the hospital way up in Burlington. As we were preparing to head back south on that extremely long drive on I89, we decided to fuel and eat up first.

Imagine my surprise when we went to a chain restaurant, the Ground Round, and found them involved in a program to buy local produce, meat and bread from Vermont farms. I was stunned. Kenny and Grammy had an amazing looking cheeseburger with local beef, fresh baked bread from a local bakery and Vermont cheddar cheese.

Turns out New Hampshire has a similiar program (Click on NH for info) , though it doesn't look like it's infiltrated any local chains. Most of the Seacoast area restaurants were in Portsmouth, aside from Zampa in Epping, one of my personal favorites.

Feeling inspired?
Check out the Winter Farmer's Market next month at the Congregational Church in Exeter.

Here's the info:

The Congregational Church in Exeter is hosting (with the help of Seacoast Eat Local) a farmers' market to take place on February 9th, from 10am - 2pm at the Church at 21 Front Street in Exeter. 14 farmers and food producers will sell fresh salad greens, dried beans, maple syrup, milk, lamb, beef, chicken, turkey, pork and more! Best parking is available at the Exeter municipal lot across the way on Center Street.

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