Thursday, June 6, 2013

It pays to join this June -
Win a CSA share from Fresh Start Farms!

Purchase a member-owner share in the month of June and you are entered to win a summer CSA share (valued at $325) from Fresh Start Farms!

As a CSA member, you will receive one box of fresh, local produce a week delivered to one of their pick up locations - including Manchester, Portsmouth and Derry.

Fresh Start Farms is a collective of refugee and immigrant farmers who are participating in the New American Sustainable Agriculture Program.  These growers sell produce wholesale and through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share program.

Last week on WMUR Cooks Corner we showed how to make a delicious Fresh Tomato Bruschetta over arugula salad and garlic crostini with fresh herbs and arugula from Fresh Start Farms!  Here is the recipe:
Fresh Tomato Bruschetta over arugula salad and garlic crostini

4 large LOCAL ripe tomatoes
3 cloves LOCAL garlic, minced
¼ cup fresh LOCAL parsley chopped
¼ cup fresh LOCAL basil chopped
Sea Salt and Pepper - freshly ground
3 Tablespoons Cucina Aurora Roasted Garlic Olive Oil 
Hearty LOCAL Italian bread cut into 6 half inch slices
2 cups fresh LOCAL arugula
Romano Cheese grated (optional)- Imported from Italy
Note: if these ingredients can't be found locally, choose Organic and enjoy the pure taste of real food.

1. Brush each side of sliced bread with Cucina Aurora Roasted Garlic Olive Oil. Broil on high for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove from broiler when golden brown.
2. In a medium bowl toss arugula with 1 tablespoon of Roasted Garlic Olive Oil until evenly coated. Set aside.
3. Chop the tomatoes into small cubes and combine them in a large bowl with minced garlic, chopped herbs, salt and pepper. Toss with the remaining Roasted Garlic Olive Oil. Arrange the crostini on a serving dish and layer each one with arugula then a generous topping of the herbed tomato mixture. Top with Romano cheese if desired. Serve immediately or chill for up to an hour before serving.

Friday, April 12, 2013

It's a GREAT month to become a MEMBER-OWNER!

All new member-owners who join in April will be entered into a drawing for a summer share from Middle Branch Farm's CSA (community-supported agriculture)!   Interested in 16 weeks of local, organically grown produce?  Middle Branch Farm is located in New Boston, but you can pick up your weekly share in Manchester, Nashua or Londonderry. 

If you have been thinking of buying your equitable share of the coop ($100 per household) - do it by midnight on April 30th so you don't miss out on this opportunity!

Middle Branch Farm has continued the tradition of a diversified, sustainable family farm originally established by the Colburn family in the 1700s. All of their products are raised and grown utilizing sustainable organic farming practices. The rapidly vanishing rural landscapes of open fields and wooded tracts is best preserved through sustainable family farms. Middle Branch Farm members share their commitment to open space preservation and sustainable, organic farming practices. Learn more about Middle Branch Farm at

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Volunteers - our greatest asset

The Manchester Food Co-op has been volunteer run and operated since it's inception in Fall of 2009.  Our member owner base is well over 600 members, yet only about 20 people volunteer on a regular basis.  What can you do?  Here are a few ideas:
  • Craft Manchester Food Co-op branded items for us to give away at events
  • Bring food to our events for volunteer staff and guests
  • Host a home cooking demo
  • Staff one of our really fun events
  • Get us speaking opportunities at clubs and businesses
  • Write articles like blog posts, e-mails, and press releases
  • Join one of our committees!  We are currently recruiting for people with marketing, legal, finance and development, community outreach and planning experience and/or interest
Please check our events page!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Food Day 2012, A Huge Success!

Thanks to all our volunteers and participants who made Food Day such a success!   We spread awareness about this important new national holiday, and had loads of fun while doing it....

YMCA Sampling and Educational Table


Tasting and Film Screening at Royal Palace Ballroom Academy

Susan of Herb an Chicks Farm


 Diane of Craquelins


Sue of Laurel Hill Jams & Jellies

Tina of Tomina's Cookie Dough
Claudia of CQ Coffee Roasters                        
Moonlight Meadery certificate winner!                                         
Without a photo, but simply unforgettable was Jeremy from Great Harvest, who provided samples of his delicious bread.  All sweetened varieties of bread made with honey, not refined sugar!  The line was always long and we neglected to break in to snap a pic....
Thanks again to all the local businesses who supported this event!!!  We plan to have more of these types of events, where we connect the community with local makers of all kinds....   If you attended please tell us your thoughts about this format!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Celebrate Food Day, Wed. October 24th

The second annual Food Day has been proclaimed a holiday in the city of Manchester by Mayor Gatsas!

The Manchester Food Co-op is happy to be the sponsor of Food Day, as this national initiative mirrors our local initiative.  Healthy, sustainable, fair, REAL food!

FOOD DAY Events:  Wednesday, October 24th

YMCA Manchester 6-10am
30 Mechanic Street
Healthy Food Tasting and Information Table.  Come by for a quick snack and learn more about Food Day.

UNH Brown Bag Lecture Series, 12-1pm
UNH Manchester, 400 Commercial Street, Manchester.  Room 358 on the third floor.
Steve Freeman and Heather Avella, Treasurer and Vice President of the MFC, will share the values and health benefits of buying local foods and the impact on our local economy. .


Open House and Film Screening, 6-8 p.m.
Royal Palace Ballroom Academy (in their new location), 373 South Willow Street, Suite D2 (in Shaw's Plaza above UPS), Manchester. 
Come sample local fare and talk with the hands that make it!   Participating businesses include Great Harvest Bread Company, Craquelins, Benedikt Farm, CQ Coffee Roasters, Herb an' Chick Farm, Stonyfield, Laurel Hill Jams & Jellies, Cabot Creamery, and Tomina's.

We'll also watch a series of short films from Nourish," each followed with discussion.  Donations of non-perishables will be collected for the NH Food Bank. Refreshments and sampling of local fare will be offered when doors open at 6 p.m and throughout. The film screening and discussion will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Each guest will be eligible to win two drawings:
$100 Gift Certificate to Royal Palace Ballroom Academy
Romance Package to Moonlight Meadery (includes tasting, keepsake glasses and money back on purchase).


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"Accidental Herbalist" Food Demo and Film Screening

We enjoyed fresh marinara, local breads and dipping oils as we learned a thing or two (or twenty...) about growing herbs!  Also watched select scenes from the documentaries "As We Sow" and "Farmlandia."


 A few of you have asked for Nancy's yummy marinara recipe:
Any and all tomatoes.
Blanch them, remove skins, squeeze out seeds.
Cut up and stew them in a pot.
Mash them up with a hand masher to the desired consistency.
Spices and herbs: I make a blend that I call Bohemian Blend (oregano, sage, parsley, basil), garlic
Optional: wine and/or parmesan or romano cheese. The cheese thickens the sauce with flavor
Simmer for hours till it gets thick.
If you are short on fresh tomatoes, then canned ones that are crushed or whole will work. Tomato paste can be used if it is just too watery.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Want to know how to grow and cook with this?

Manchester Food Co-op member Nancy Brome (aka the "Accidental Herbalist") will tell you how!  Join us for a herb discussion, where she'll share her marinara sauce recipe made with fresh herbs (and we'll eat it, of course!). 

Also to be revealed is the "compost sausage" method of homemade fertilizer.  Gardeners, great way to save some money next year...

Lastly we'll view a short film, the "As We Sow" documentary.

Accidental Herbalist Food Demo and "As We Sow" Film Screening

Tuesday, Sept. 25th, 6-8pm

Unitarian Universalist Church, 669 Union Street, Manchester NH 03104

Reserve your spot here!