MCCD Local Foods Initiative

MCCD Local Foods Initiative

The Merrimack County Conservation District is involved in a number of local food projects throughout the county, actively working to improve access to local, nutritious foods.

If you are interested in acquiring fresh, local foods straight from the source take a look at our Capital Area Local Food Guide for information on where to find farms and producers in the area!


NH Gleans

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What is gleaning? 

Gleaning is the act of collecting excess food from area farms, farmers’ markets and gardens and donating it to local charitable organizations. MCCD participates in NH Gleans- a statewide network of groups working to increase the availability of fresh and local produce to those in need.

How we do it:

Gleaning coordinators connect with NH farms and make arrangements to conduct farm and farmers’ market pick-ups, as well as assisting the farmers in the direct harvest of their crops. Produce is then distributed to those in need throughout the community.

Who we reach:

MCCD donates gleaned items to a variety of food pantries throughout Merrimack County, along with soup kitchens, homeless shelters, community suppers and schools. MCCD is committed to reinforce the importance of a healthy diet, fostering “locavorism” across all socio-economic lines, and continuing to increase accessibility of fresh foods throughout our communities.

 

* If interested in volunteering with either program, please contact MCCD at (603) 975-0110 or localfood@merrimackccd.org.

We appreciate your support!

SNAP/EBT at Farmers’ Markets 

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What we do:

MCCD assists summer and winter farmers’ markets in accepting Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) and Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) funds, also known as Food Stamps.

How we do it:

MCCD hosts a booth on site where customers using SNAP/EBT, credit, or debit cards receive wooden tokens to use at the vendors. This service goes beyond increasing accessability for customers. Just as importantly, it helps our local producers through diversifying the methods of payment they can accept, thus increasing sales. Further, the entire community benefits, as more dollars stay local and community connections are strengthened.

Granite State Market Match

What is it?

Granite State Market Match is a statewide incentive program aimed at making healthy eating more affordable, and it is used in conjunction with the SNAP/EBT token program at farmers’ markets (see previous section). Granite State Market Match doubles SNAP dollars, providing SNAP beneficiaries greater means to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.

 


You can find us year-round at farmers’ markets in Merrimack County, where you can shop with Credit, Debit, or EBT!

DOUBLE YOUR SNAP DOLLARS AT THESE MARKETS with Granite State Market Match:

Canterbury Community Farmers’ Market

 June-October, Wednesdays, 4-6:30 pm

Elkins Library, 9 Center Rd. Canterbury, NH

Click HERE for more information!

Concord Farmers’ Market

May-October, Saturdays 8:30-12

Capitol Street, Downtown Concord, NH

Click HERE for more information!

Contoocook Farmers’ Markets

June-October, Saturdays 9-12

Train Depot, Contoocook, NH

Click HERE for more information!

 

Franklin Farmers’ Market

 July-September, Tuesdays, 3-6

Franklin Regional Hospital, 15 Aiken St.

Franklin, NH

Click HERE for more information!

 

Henniker Community Market

Summer: June-October, Thursdays, 4-7pm

Henniker Community Center Park

57 Main St. Henniker, NH

Click HERE for more information!

      Pembroke Community Farmers’ Market

Wednesdays, 4:30-7pm

311 Pembroke St, North Pembroke, NH

Click HERE for more information!

 

Penacook Farmers’ Market

June-August, Mondays 4-6:30

95-97 Village St, Penacook, NH

Click HERE for more information!

Salisbury Farmers’ Market

July-September, Fridays, 3-6pm.

The Barn Store, 96 Old Turnpike.

Click HERE for more information!

 

Warner Area Farmers’ Market

 May-October, Saturdays 9-1pm

5 East Main St. Warner, NH

Click HERE for more information!

Wilmot Farmers’ Market

June-September, Saturdays 9-12

Wilmot Flat Town Green, next to Town Offices on Kearsarge Valley Rd. Wilmot, NH

Click HERE for more information!