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Growing Pains: Can Demand For Local Meat Sustain N.H.’s Three New Slaughterhouses?

Ray Conner at Evandale Farm, with goats. Conner is hopeful the state's new slaughterhouses will help her expand her business.

According to the USDA, Americans are producing and eating more locally-raised food every year.  But the market for local meat has trailed behind the market for local produce.  Until recently, reasoning has been that there’s a shortage of local slaughterhouses. But as three slaughterhouses open their doors in NH this year, industry-wide studies show that [...]

Growing Pains: What One N.H. Farmer Is Doing To Make Local Food More Profitable

Cantelmo says having a freezer allows him to over produce during peak season, increasing consistency at his farm stand.

With almost 60 farmers markets across the state, demand for local food is growing. But local farmers still struggle to make a profit growing local food. In fact, about three quarters of all farms in New Hampshire gross less than $10,000 from sales each year. This is the first installment in our summer business series [...]

N.H. Startup Brings Local Shops Into Online Wedding Registry Industry

You know the drill – you get a pretty invitation in the mail with a link to Amazon.com or Bed Bath and Beyond. You sit down on the couch, point, click, type in your credit card digits and wave goodbye to your hard-earned money. But if a couple wants their friends to shop locally, well [...]

Vermont: New Hampshire’s Farm To Plate Test Case

Manchester's Dyn, Inc has a farm to table menu for their employees

Lawmakers in New Hampshire are considering a program that would convene industry, nonprofit and UNH representatives involved in the state’s local food and agriculture industry. The group would be charged with researching and reporting back to the Department of Agriculture. The bill’s sponsors are using Vermont as a model. In fact, New Hampshire’s SB141 is based [...]

Farm-To-Table Proposal Gets Mixed Review At Hearing

A legislative proposal to expand the production and sale of food grown in New Hampshire received a lukewarm reception at a public hearing at the State House this morning. Senate Bill 141 calls for the creation of a farm-to-table program to promote the economic development of New Hampshire’s farming and fishing sectors, while increasing consumers’ [...]

Lawmakers Propose Farm-To-Table Program To Promote Local Agriculture

New Hampshire lawmakers have introduced legislation that aims to expand the market for food grown in the Granite State. Senate Bill 141 would establish a farm-to-table program to help bolster the state’s “food and farm economy” by increasing access to healthy food, promoting jobs and encouraging private and public investment in local agriculture. A public [...]

House Subcommittee Considers Local Beer And Wine Bills

Should New Hampshire put local beers in state liquor stores? Or, should liquor commission revenues fund advertising for local wine and beer makers? These were two of the questions a House Commerce Subcommittee began to discuss Tuesday. But the conversation could end there. That’s because some lawmakers feel the state should consolidate its efforts in [...]

How New Hampshire Is Helping Nanobreweries Revolutionize Craft Beer

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While beer sales have been down, nationally, since the great recession, the craft beer industry has been going strong – growing 15 percent in 2011, according to the American Brewers’ Association. The newest kid on the block in craft beer is the “nanobrewery” – a very small scale commercial brewery that produces fewer than 2,000 [...]

A Closer Look at Brewery Accidents After The Deadly Redhook Explosion

How common are serious accidents at breweries?

The accident that killed Redhook Brewery worker Benjamin Harris shocked New Englanders.  At seven o’clock on a Friday morning, the 26-year old newlywed and father-to-be was doing a routine task at the Portsmouth plant–pumping a plastic keg full of compressed air so that he could clean it. The keg exploded, mortally wounding Harris in the [...]

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