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Farmers Markets in New Hampshire bring fresh food to the neighborhood

Farmers markets are gaining popularity everywhere as people recognize the virtue of locally grown food and the value of supporting local farmers and food producers. For people on vacations or short getaways, farmers markets are a wonderful place to see the local food culture, browse seasonal treats, and buy food and local crafts to take back home. Lots of farmers markets offer entertainment, kids activities, and a big welcome to your pet dog. It’s like a half-day visit to a mini-festival.

Colburn Park, 51 North Park Street Lebanon, NH, 03756 Phone: 603-448-5121

This market specializes in a wide range of agricultural products, prepared foods, crafts, breads, vegetables and plants. Local food tastings, community displays, music and entertainment make this market a special community gathering.
2017 Dates and Hours: Summer market is May 19-September 29 on Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. at Colburn Park
Winter Market is November to April; third Saturday of each month, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lebanon Senior Center, 10 Campbell Street.

Main Street Bethlehem, NH Phone: 603-869-9736

Plans for the upcoming market season include lots of starter plants, fresh vegetables, delicious baked goods, scrumptious ready made food, maple syrup, honey, jellies, berries, music, demonstrations and lots more. Market is held rain or shine. Email: davidw@wrenworks.org
Dates and Times: June 17 -October 14 on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Swasey Parkway, off Water Street Exeter, NH Phone:

If you’re a fan of baked goods, maple syrup, plants, vegetables, fruits, crafts, prepared foods, wine, and fresh-cut flowers, you’ll love the Exeter farmers market. Guest vendors and occasional live music are also part of this weekly event.
Dates and Times: May 4- October 26 on Thursdays, 2:15-6 p.m.

Summer: Salem Market Place, 224 North Broadway (Route 28); Winter: Mary Fiske School,14 Main Street Salem, NH Phone:

Vegetables, fruits, flowers and plants, dairy, maple syrup, baked goods, meat, as well as crafts and live entertainment will entertain people of all ages. The market hosts live music by local bands. Programs for kids include Meet a Farmer. Cooking demonstrations, contests and special events help the market celebrate seasonal bounty and community. Rain or shine.
Dates and Times: Year-round on Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; first day at summer location in 2017 is May 7.

10 Old Piscataqua Road (Churchill Rink in Jackson Landing) Durham, NH Phone: 603-659-5322

Aside from the fresh fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, and plants, this market offers baked goods and guest craft vendors. Past vendors include Applecrest Farm Orchards, Buzz Bomb World Spice Blends, Forty Five Market Street Bakery and Cafe, Moriarty's Greenhouse, Nottingham Orchard, Sugarmomma's Maple Farm and Wake Robin Farm.
Dates and Times: June 5-September 25 on Mondays, 2:15-6 p.m.

The green, Downtown Hanover on Main Street Hanover, NH Phone: 603-643-3115

Take home the makings for a fresh, locally-grown meal or grab a snack, straight from the farm to the table. This new agriculturally-focused market will include fresh produce, meats, herbs, cheeses, flowers, plants, dairy, baked goods and locally prepared foods. Enjoy local music, see artful demonstrations by the League of NH Craftsmen, learn about sustainability, visit with neighbors. Email: farmersmarket@hanoverchamber.org  . Free parking on on Wheelock and College streets.
Dates and Times: June 7-October 10 on Wednesdays 3-6 p.m.

Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 550 Central Avenue Dover, NH Phone: 603-692-4511

This lively weekly market features everything from baked goods and vegetables to cut flowers and plants. Past vendors include 45 Market Street Bakery & Cafe, Meadow's Mirth / Berry Hill, Moriarty's Greenhouse, Shagbark Farm, Ramsbotham's Riverview Farm, Sugarmomma's Maple Farm, Wake Robin Farm.SNAP/EBT & debit card transactions available to market customers.
Dates and Times: June 7-September 27 on Wednesdays, 2:15-6 p.m.

St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, 190 Meeting House Road Bedford, NH Phone:

Seasonal and locally grown fruits, vegetables, cheeses, wine, berries, flowers, plants, herbs, soaps, fish, baked goods, breads, specialty coffee, and more.
Dates and Hours: June 16-October 4 on Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m.

Elkins Public Library, 9 Center Road Canterbury, NH Phone:

This market strives to create opportunities for direct exchange between farmers and consumers, advancing the consumer's knowledge of local agriculture and products, and providing farmers with a better understanding of consumer needs. Here you’ll find food, music, crafts and more. Rain or shine.
Dates and Hours: June 7-late September on Wednesdays, 4-6:30 p.m.

Beacon Street East, Laconia City Hall Parking Lot Laconia, NH Phone: 603-267-5326

Here you'll find fresh vegetables, herbs, berries, natural meats, seafood, and delicious farmstead jams and jellies, artisan breads, and a selection of unique handmade crafts. Rain or shine.
Dates and Times: June 124-September 30 on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon

Peterborough Community Center, 25 Elm Street Peterborough, NH Phone: 603-878-6167

Starter plants, cut flowers, bouquets, perennials, vegetables, eggs, raw milk, chicken, goat meat, maple syrup and products, prepared Greek foods, vinegars, baked goods, bread, crafts, knitted sweaters, yarn, fleece, fresh roasted coffee, roasted nuts and ice cream. Music each week. Rain or shine.
Dates and Hours: Year round, Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m.

1 Junkins Avenue, City Hall Parking Lot Portsmouth, NH Phone: 603-659-5322

This market is as eclectic and charming as Portsmouth itself; certified organic produce, vegetables, fruits, cut flowers, meat, baked goods, prepared foods, plants, crafts, wine, cheese, teas, maple syrup, honey, soap and personal care products will all be available. Children’s Day and Senior Day will happen throughout the summer, and live music can be heard weekly.
Dates and Times: May 6-November 4 on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cottage Street, Riverglen House Senior Center parking lot Littleton, NH Phone: 802-473-6071

ALong with plenty of delicious food and drink, this gathering offers live entertainment and demonstrations throughout the season. Rain or shine.
Dates and Times: June 4 - October 8 on Sundays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.