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By Farmer Kim, Oxbow Farm

I know, I know, the title of this post sounds a little strange coming from me and everything that I stand for here at Oxbow Farm, but alas, everything has it’s pitfalls and nothing and no one is perfect — not even this farmer.

Now I am not saying that the problem is big, it is rather small actually and can be fixed, I believe, over time.

strawberries blown upThe problem is supply.

When it comes to finding fresh local fruit and vegetables it can be really difficult. For example you can’t find juicy strawberries in November or crisp apples in February.  Now don’t get me wrong, there are farmers out there who have mastered the art of food storage and growing fresh salad greens in greenhouses so there are *some* to be found, but there is just not enough to meet the demand.

chickens in snowI am guilty of not having enough product at times too. Some weeks my eggs that are sold at two retail locations sell out so quickly I have to deliver again that same week. It is my responsibility to provide my product. Sometimes, however I don’t have the supply to meet the demand. In the winter, the chickens are using up all of their energy to keep warm and so they have less energy to produce eggs.

When it comes to fresh local meat, family farmers can only raise, and process a certain number of animals each season or each year. Sometimes the meat in the store freezer is gone before another animal can go to be processed. On a side note, I can only imagine that the availability of processing times will decrease during the upcoming summer months due to the fact that one of our local slaughtering houses tragically burned down right around the New Year.

Personally, if I could somehow organically create a new breed of pig that consisted of only bacon and ham, I would be a millionaire. There is only so much of these that can be taken from a pig but they are the most sought after items when selling my pigs by the cut. Unfortunately, when the product is gone, someone gets left out, having to wait until we have more to sell.

So, it really pays to do your homework and find out just which farmers carry which products. Monadnock Buy Local has a great directory to help find local farms and products and it is a great place to get contact info and phone numbers. Don’t be shy to call a farm and see if they have the products that you are looking for. We had people call us this fall asking if we were raising turkeys for Thanksgiving. We were not, but we gladly directed them to other local farms who were. I would rather see that a customer receive the product they were looking for, then be extremely competitive with surrounding farms. More importantly, that customer is shopping locally and that is the whole point to begin with.

This past summer we were at the local Farmer's Market selling our eggs, pork and famous cinnamon baked donuts. Existing farmers need to take notice of what is in demand and adjust their farm’s products to meet that demand (without sacrificing their own goals for the farm). Farmers have to step up to the plate and honor the agreements that they make with retailers for their products as well. There are lots of new farmers starting their own agribusinesses and they will fill voids where necessary and that can only improve the quantity of local food.

Oxbow Farm is a small, family-operated farm, located in the shadow of Mt. Monadnock in Dublin, NH.

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The Toadstool Bookshops hope you will join them in celebrating a new tradition:
CIDER MONDAY on DECEMBER 2, 2013

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Heard enough about Cyber Monday? – that Monday after Thanksgiving when everyone is said to start their online Christmas shopping and the news is filled with reports of how many billions were spent at websites, and no doubt, resulting in another giant jump in sales. Well enough of that!

Shift Your Shopping and join the Toadstool Bookshops for Cider Monday! Cider… made from squished micro soft apple products. Delicious! Stop in for a free cup, maybe a snack, see some real people and have a good time checking out what’s in our stores. It’s sure to be a heartwarming experience.  We can promise no crashing websites, our “servers” won’t be overloaded and we bet they will even smile at you!

Cider Monday – soon to overshadow Cyber Monday as THE shopping event of the year. You read it here. If you have a store we hope you too will celebrate Cider Monday (here’s a Cider Monday poster you can print and hang up). If not, do stop in, and thanks for shopping locally.

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Originally published in the Monadnock Shopper News (MBL Media Sponsor)

Mayor Kendall Lane proclaims July 1 – 7 Independents Week for the City of Keene.  What does that mean to you? As you celebrate America’s independence, take time to recognize and celebrate the independent and locally owned businesses throughout our region.  Recognize their spirit of entrepreneurism, individuality, uniqueness, and character, the ways they give back to community with their time, talent, goods and services and how their offerings fulfill our community’s needs.

Let’s also celebrate the independence of all of us: our ability to think and act independently and embrace our part in shaping the future of the Monadnock Region.  “Changing the way our economy operates starts with a single person,” states Michelle Long from the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.  “It starts with you.”

Here’s one way to celebrate and flex your independence: Take the Indie Challenge! From July 1-7, try fulfilling all of your needs at locally owned and independent businesses.  Sign on to the Indie Challenge at monadnocklocal.org/indie-challenge.  Be sure to keep us posted on how it’s going – email us at monadnockbuylocal@gmail.com.  If you get stumped, use our 1,919 Facebook Fans (and your friends and neighbors) to help you brainstorm possibilities at Facebook.com/MonadnockBuyLocal.

While you’re waiting for this year’s Monadnock Buy Local Guide, use our online Buy Local Directory to succeed in the Indie Challenge. Search by business type, town or keywords to sort through close to 200 independent enterprises at monadnockbuylocal.wildapricot.org/Directory.

Some great events and offerings are also happening during Independents Week.  Kids, ages 6-12, can create their own handmade storybooks or learn cartooning at Summer Art Camp at the Peterborough Art Academy, July 1 – 5.  See the entire Summer Art Camp schedule at peterboroughartacademy.com.

An event for all ages is the twelfth annual 4 on the 4th Road Race in Keene on July 4th. Walk or run your way to the finish line while supporting a great non-profit, Pathways for Keene.  Register at http://www.tlaorg.org/pathways.

On July 7, Walpole Valley Farms will host a farm tour. Meet farmers Chris & Caitlin Caserta and their animals, and discover how this amazing pasture-based farm works. Enjoy a free bowl of Walpole Creamery ice cream at the end of tour.  Learn more at http://www.walpolevalleyfarms.com/events.

Another way to be an “Indie” and support your favorite independent businesses year-round is to become a citizen member of Monadnock Buy Local.  For $25, you’ll help us meet our mission and receive an “I Support Monadnock Buy Local” sticker to display proudly.  Become a Citizen Member at http://monadnocklocal.org/join-us or mail your check to MBL, 25 Roxbury Street – Suite B, Keene NH 03431.

“Independents Week is a time to reflect on the importance of economic democracy and community self-determination by celebrating the nation’s locally owned independent businesses and the stake each citizen has in shaping their hometown’s future,” said Jennifer Rockne, from the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA).

Let’s celebrate our independence and independents together!

Monadnock Buy Local is a proud member of AMIBA, the organization behind Independents Week.  AMIBA is part of a growing national movement of communities rallying to support their independent businesses, take control of their local economies, and reverse the trend of chains and big boxes displacing locally-owned businesses: http://www.amiba.net.

Monadnock Buy Local is a network of locally-owned and independent businesses and organizations working together to encourage more people to “think local first” to help our communities & local economy grow: www.monadnocklocal.org.

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cashmob_jaffreyNH-1Monadnock Cash Mobs
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 , 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
At MindFull Books & Ephemera and Coll’s Farmstand, Jaffrey, NH

 What Are Cash Mobs? (From Cash Mob Website)
The concept is simple: with $10 – 20 in hand, members of a community come together to shop at a locally owned establishment to support a specific local business and the area’s economy. Learn more at http://www.cashmob.com/

From PRI: ‘Cash Mobs’ Profit Locally Owned Stores
A new phenomenon, called “Cash Mobs,” is spreading across the country, changing the way people view local businesses. Similar to flash mobs, Cash Mobs organize customers to spend money at struggling locally owned businesses to support their community.

We chose one of our cash mob locations for bittersweet reason.  We’re saying goodbye to MindFull Books & Ephemera, a much loved business in downtown Jaffrey. We want to send owners John Sepe and Martha Dawson off with a wave of community support, helping them transition to whatever is next for this amazing community-minded duo!

From John & Martha of MindFull Books & Ephemera:
With great regret and sorrow Martha and I must inform all of our dear friends in the community of the closing of MindFull Books & Ephemera and The Listening Room in Jaffrey at the end of this year with our New Year’s Day Psychic Faire. This also means that we will be moving out of our apartment above the shop as well.

As we all know, these are very challenging economic times, and despite all that we have done to continue to grow (We’ve been having our best year since we opened!) the difficult times over the past four years have caught up with us. We now need help to move on. It is our desire to stay in Jaffrey or Monadnock Region and continue to hold our over 200 music, metaphysical, and other events in a new location(s).

Second Cash Mob location announced Friday Morning!

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2013 Shift Your Shopping/Plaid Friday/Small Business Saturday Specials

Here are just some of the specials Monadnock Buy Local Members are offering this holiday season. Members – have a special you’d like us to post?  Email us.

PLAID FRIDAY SPECIALS:

  • Cheshire Horse – Everything in the store will be on sale! Save 10%-20% on all items in stock. From 6AM-9AM, save an additional 10% off your purchase; View other Plaid Friday Sale items
  • The Colonial Theatre – Get a $75 gift certificate for $60; $100 for $75; $150 for $110 and $200 for $145
  • Deep Roots Massage & Reiki - Discounts on massage gift certificates
  • Hannah Grimes Marketplace Free tastings and sampling all day
  • The Herb Barn - Visit (no purchase necessary) for a chance to win an original Douglas Toy Teddy Bear that is 42 inches from top of head to bottom of feet. Current value is around $100.00 It will make a great Christmas gift!
  • Inn at Valley Farms – Anyone in plaid gets one of their famous homemade cookies
  • Joseph’s Coat - 10% discount to anyone wearing plaid
  • Life is Sweet Candy Store - Receive 10% off all gift cards
  • Mayfair Farm – Spend $100 or more in the farm store and get 10% off. Includes everything in the store — gifts, hat boxes, baked goods, meats
  • MB Massage Studio – Purchase a 1-hour or 90-minute massage gift card for someone on your holiday list and you’ll be gifted a $10 gift card to the Monadnock Food Co-op
  • Monadnock Food Co-op - Wear plaid and get a honey stick from NH Honey Bee and a $2 off coupon for any locally grown or made item in the store
  • One Stop Country Pet Supply Inc - 20% off selection of NH & VT made products; plus other specials
  • Ruggles & Hunt – Come with a friend and shop; leave your gifts to be wrapped (for free) while you have a free hot drink from Burdick’s Chocolate (total purchase of gifts must exceed $40)
  • Steele’s Stationers - wear plaid here and you will get a 10% discount on your purchase (some exception apply)
  • Sunflowers Restaurant – Bring in a canned item for the Jaffrey Food Pantry and receive a free coffee or non-alcohol fountain soda with your dinner
  • Syd’s Carpet & Snooze Room – Plaid Friday Super Sale
  • Ted’s Shoe & Sport Wear plaid and get 10% off your purchase.
  • The Toadstool Bookshops - 20% off fifteen indie picks from the year’s best books
  • Toy City - 20% off almost everything
  • T-ShirtQuarters at Video Headquarters: 20% off all Plaid Friday orders
  • Underneath It All – Take $10 off when you buy any of our pajamas, nightgowns or robes, Chantelle bras and Lysse Shapewear pants & leggings
  • Walpole Mountain View Winery – $1 off tasting glasses (which includes your complimentary wine samples) and 5% off wine, cheese, and cracker purchases for anyone wearing plaid on Plaid Friday
  • Whistler’s Cottage - Small gift to shoppers wearing plaid
  • Your Kitchen Store – 7am-9am 30% off one item; 9am-Noon 25% off one item; Noon-5pm 20% off one item*
    *excludes electrics and other Plaid Friday Specials; With each purchase, enter to win 2 seats to the Your Kitchen Store Cooking Class of your choice

SHIFT YOUR SHOPPING FOR GOOD SPECIALS:

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY SPECIALS:

CIDER MONDAY SPECIALS:

THROUGHOUT THE 2013 SHIFT YOUR SHOPPING SEASON:

  • The Colonial Theatre – Get a $75 gift certificate for $60; $100 for $75; $150 for $110 and $200 for $145
  • Ruggles & Hunt – Come with a friend and shop; leave your gifts to be wrapped (for free) while you have a free hot drink from Burdick’s Chocolate (total purchase of gifts must exceed $40)
  • The Toadstool Bookshops - 20% off fifteen indie picks from the year’s best books
  • Underneath It All – Take $10 off when you buy any of our pajamas, nightgowns or robes, Chantelle bras and Lysse Shapewear pants & leggings

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Shift Your Shopping Campaign Launches in November

Monadnock Buy Local, a network working to build a strong local economy in southwestern New Hampshire, announces its participation in the Shift Your Shopping campaign.  The 2012 campaign is the third annual effort across the region to revitalize the New England economy by encouraging local shopping for the holiday season.

Supported by the New England Local Business Forum, the campaign engages over 15 Buy Local organizations and Independent Business Alliances throughout New England.  These networks, collectively, represent over 3,400 local and independent businesses and communities with populations exceeding 6 million residents.

“The New England economy could use a boost,” said Jen Risley, Monadnock Buy Local’s Program Manager.  “That’s why we’re asking everyone to shift their holiday shopping to locally owned and independent businesses, local artists and craftspeople.  Doing so will stimulate the local economy and help support job growth in our community.”

Numerous studies show that buying from local businesses keeps a significantly higher portion of money re-circulating in our community, up to four times of what is retained when dollars are spent at national chains.  According to the National Retail Federation, individuals will spend, on average, approximately $750 on holiday related shopping this year.  In the Monadnock Region, that could mean up to $75 million in spending, creating a local stimulus for our economy, building jobs and strengthening local businesses.

Across New England, networks will offer events, promote the campaign with their members via social and traditional media and much more.  Locally, Monadnock Buy Local will kick off the Shift Your Shopping campaign on November 23rd, urging citizens to take back the day after Thanksgiving by celebrating Plaid Friday – an alternative to the Black Friday consumer frenzy.  Citizens will wear plaid to show their support for locally-owned businesses. View Plaid Friday details.

With the buzz about ‘local’, growing every day, this year’s Shift Your Shopping campaign seeks to take yet another step towards a truly sustainable regional and local economy in the Monadnock Region, New England and beyond.

View Shift Your Shopping details.

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Originally published in the Monadnock Shopper News (MBL Media Sponsor)

Agriculture, art, transportation, health – our region has a wealth of initiatives strengthening parts of our Local Living Economy.  Now these separate initiatives are coming together around common goals such as building good local jobs, enhancing our quality of life and strengthening our local economy.  We’re Fixing the Future in the Monadnock Region!

How can we spur more collaboration and engage more of our community in this work?  Join us as we explore that question and find inspiration in the film Fixing the Future on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at The Colonial Theatre in Keene.  Tickets are $8.50 for adults ($6.50 for students & seniors) and includes a reception with appetizers from Free Range Chick CateringA limited number of free tickets are available to people with low incomes – please contact us for details.

In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio (of National Public Radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits locations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. “When Fixing the Future first aired on PBS as a television special, our team soon heard from communities around the country,” shared Brancaccio. “They wanted to know how they could nurture their own local economies in some of the ways they had in the show. Could, for instance, larger-scale cooperatives address social problems closer to their home? Can we re-think community banking where we live? What happens when businesses and residents band together to focus on improving livelihoods locally?”  His answer to their questions: bring your community together to watch this film and spur collective action.

An on-screen discussion panel will follow the film featuring Bill McKibben: Author, environmentalist, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College; Majora Carter: Peabody Award winning broadcaster & Urban Revitalization Strategist; Mike Brady: CEO, Greyston Bakery & social entrepreneur; and David Brancaccio: Host, NOW on PBS.

Fixing the Future features five sustainable models that create jobs, build community and strengthen the local economy: community banks, local business alliances, local currency, time banks and worker cooperatives. While the initiatives featured in the film are found in other states, some of these models are alive and well here in the Monadnock Region.  Let’s take a look:

While community banks hold one-fifth of all bank assets, they give out close to three-fifths of all small business loans. Two community banks in our region are also Monadnock Buy Local members, the Savings Bank of Walpole and Cheshire County Federal Credit Union.  Find out more about community banks at www.icba.org/golocal.

Local Business Alliances are active throughout New Hampshire, and in our region it’s Monadnock Buy Local that’s organizing our “Think Local First/Buy Local” Campaign to encourage local purchasing.  MBL, along with the Colonial Theatre, are proud to host this Fixing the Future event: http://monadnocklocal.org.

Time banks and service exchanges bring together individuals, organizations and businesses to help meet each other’s needs in one-to-one exchanges or in group projects – without cash exchanging hands. The Grapevine’s People’s Service Exchange connects people with a skill to people who need that skill.  Currently they list over 350 services: http://pse-nh.org.

The Monadnock Food Co-op is a consumer cooperative, owned by its members.  Many of the people who will shop for fresh, local and organic food at the Co-op will also own the store.  Right now, over one-thousand Monadnock residents cooperatively own the Monadnock Food Co-op, providing the capital to launch this new business in April 2013: http://monadnockfood.coop.

Thank you to our Fixing the Future in the Monadnock Region event hosts & sponsors which include Badger, City of Keene Cities for Climate Protection Committee, E2 Culture & Facilitated Change, The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center, Hannah Grimes Center, Keene Young Professionals Network, Monadnock Conservancy, Monadnock Food Co-op, Monadnock Regional Transportation Association, Monadnock Rideshare, Monadnock Sustainability Network, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Sunflowers Restaurant, Transition Keene Task Force and Vision 2020.  Purchase tickets and stay updated at http://monadnocklocal.org/fixing-the-future.

The Keene’s Comprehensive Master Plan states, “The community wants to balance its traditional economic sectors with new opportunities, such as green technology and sustainable manufacturing with a focus on local ownership. Community members want new businesses in Keene that support the community’s goals for social, financial and environmental responsibility.”  Want to help make this happen?  Join us in Fixing the Future in the Monadnock Region.  Let’s develop these new opportunities – together.

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Originally published in the Monadnock Shopper News (MBL Media Sponsor)

August is New Hampshire Eat Local Month – the perfect time to shine a light on local food, farms and our entire Monadnock Region local food system.

First let’s take a quick step back and define what a local food system.  Think of it as all the pieces needed to bring local food from the farm to your plate: the soil, farm labor, transportation to distribute these goods to markets, and the list continues.  These pieces come together to form our local food system.

How does a healthy local food system bolster our local economy?  While there aren’t yet comprehensive studies for the Monadnock Region, there are impressive findings from other states that quantify farms’ effects on local economies.

In 2011, the Capital City Public Market in Boise, Idaho spurred $4.5 million in economic activity in their local economy. Sales of local food by farmers in northeast Iowa increased from less than $10,000 in 2006 to over $2 million in 2010, creating 26 new jobs.  Mississippi farmers’ markets have a total economic impact of $1.6 million, including 15.88 part-time jobs, $213,720 in wages and $16,000 in state and local taxes.

Farms that sell their produce locally also create more jobs.  A 2011 Economic Research Service report found that farms selling at local and regional markets have 13 full-time workers for every $1 million in revenue. Farms not selling locally, however, employed only 3 full-time workers per $1 million in revenue.

When farmers come together to form farmers’ markets they multiply their effect on the local economy by attracting more sales to neighboring businesses.  In 2010, a study of the Easton Farmers Market in Pennsylvania found that 70% of farmers’ market customers also shopped at downtown businesses, attracting an extra $26,000 of sales each week.  Discover more about farmers’ markets as economic engines.

Now let’s turn to the Monadnock Region.  There are numerous businesses, organizations and initiatives working to strengthen our local food system.

Starting with the land, The Monadnock Conservancy & Land for Good are working to make more farmland available to farmers through farm transfers, agricultural easements and other programs.

Helping to move food from the farm to your plate is Harvest to Market, an online local food ordering system where individuals can pre-order products and pick them up a participating market.  The Cheshire County Conservation District’s Market pilot project connects schools and other institutions in the Monadnock region with local farms and fresh produce.

The life of local produce is extended by processing it into jams, sauces and other value-added products.  Neighbor Made provides a shared-use commercial kitchen in Keene’s Railroad Square to help develop and market these products.

There’s a medley of groups educating both young and old on how to grow local food: The Cornucopia Project, Orchard School, Transition Keene, Early Sprouts Program, Federick Hooper Institute, The Sustainability Project, Stonewall Farm and Keene Community Garden Connection – plus many individual schools.

The quarterly Monadnock Table Magazine does a beautiful job of highlighting the farms and farmers who grow our local food, while the Monadnock Localvores offer a variety of workshops from April to October, and their monthly newsletter helps you find (and inspires you to eat) more local food.

Educating farmers is also an important component of our local food system, and the Cheshire County Conservation District, Hannah Grimes Center, UNH Cooperative Extension, and Small & Beginner Farmers of Cheshire County provide such training, plus other resources, to farmers.

There are many places to purchase local food in our region, both fresh and processed, from Farmers’ Market & Farm Stands, to grocery stores such as the Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Blueberry Fields, Nature’s Green Grocers and the Monadnock Food Co-op (coming in 2013).

To gather and support all these pieces into a more sustainable system, the Monadnock Farm & Community Connection is evolving into a coalition that engages volunteers and organizations to work together to implement effective programs, projects and policies.

There’s a wonderful website that summaries Cheshire County’s Food System at http://cheshirecountyfoodsystem.weebly.com; but there are many more working to bring more local food to our plates.  Know of one not mentioned above?  Contact us at monadnockbuylocal@gmail.com.   Together let’s work to build a stronger local food system – and a stronger local living economy in the process.

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Originally published in the Monadnock Shopper News (MBL Media Sponsor)

Before you head out to purchase food to grill, flags to hang and cold ones to crack open for your Fourth of July celebrations, take a moment to consider that July 1 – 7 is also Independents Week.  That’s right, it’s IndepenDENTS Week!

What’s Independents Week?  “It’s a time to reflect on the importance of economic democracy and community self-determination by celebrating the nation’s locally-owned, independent businesses and the stake each citizen has in shaping their hometown’s future,” says Jennifer Rockne, Director of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA).

Let’s celebrate our local independent businesses and how they give back to our community: their spirit of entrepreneurism, individuality, uniqueness, and character, the ways they give back to community with their time, talent, goods and services and how their offerings fulfill our community’s needs.  Let’s also recognize the independence of all of us: our ability to think and act independently and embrace our part in shaping the future of the Monadnock Region.

Here’s one way to celebrate Independents Week and jump right into shaping our community’s future: Take the Indie Challenge! From July 1-7, try fulfilling all of your needs at locally-owned independent businesses.  Sign on to the Indie Challenge today.  Be sure to keep us posted on how it’s going – email us at monadnockbuylocal@gmail.com.  If you get stumped, be sure to use our 1,443 Facebook Fans to help you brainstorm ideas. {As of today, 40 Monadnock Region citizens have joined the Indie Challenge!}

Which locally-owned businesses near you have what you need to stock your July 4th gatherings?  To get you started, here are some ideas from Monadnock Buy Local Members:

Purchase locally-grown meat to grill at the Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Walpole Valley Farms (their Farm Store is open on Wednesdays & Saturdays) & Mayfair Farm (find them at the Farmers’ Market of Keene on Tuesdays & Saturdays).   Pick up growlers of locally-brewed beer from Elm City Brewery.  Need American flagsEdmunds Hardware has flags and much more.

Some great events and offerings are also happening during Independents Week.  On July 4, the eleventh annual 4 on the 4th Road Race takes place in Keene. Walk or run your way to the finish line and know that you’re also supporting a great non-profit, Pathways for Keene.  Register at http://www.tlaorg.org/pathways.

On July 7, Walpole Valley Farms will host a Farm Tour. Meet farmers Chris & Caitlin Caserta and their animals, and discover how this amazing pasture-based farm works. Enjoy a free bowl of Walpole Creamery ice cream at the end of tour.  Learn more at http://www.walpolevalleyfarms.com/events.

Also on Saturday is the Peterborough Fireworks Show which includes food booths by local non-profits and live entertainment. Bring your admission bracelet to Joseph’s Coat before July 15th and receive 10% off your total purchase.  More firework show details are at http://tinyurl.com/Josephs7.

If your relatives are coming to town, or you are in dire need of a “staycation”, the Jack Daniels Motor Inn offers a Picnic and a Play Get-away Package in collaboration with two other independent businesses – the Peterborough Players and Nature’s Green Grocer.  This package features a specially crafted gourmet picnic dinner from Nature’s Green Grocer, two tickets to a Peterborough Players production and one night’s lodging at the Jack Daniels Motor Inn.

Another way to be an “Indie” and support your favorite independent businesses year-round is to become a Citizen Member of Monadnock Buy Local.  For $25, you’ll help us meet our mission, be listed as a citizen member on our website and receive an “I Support Monadnock Buy Local” sticker to display proudly.  Become a Citizen Member at http://monadnocklocal.org/join-us or mail your check to MBL, 25 Roxbury Street – Suite C, Keene NH 03431.

How you choose to celebrate, keep Independents Week in mind – and think local first!

Hearts and Stripes Petit Four birthday cakes in celebration of our nation from Sunflowers Restaurant

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