You know your town best – that’s why Monadnock Buy Local is asking you to help us place this year’s Buy Local Guides in all the right spots.

We need your help identifying and placing Monadnock Buy Local Guides in prime locations – places in your town where community gathers.  Contact us today to volunteer and become a Buy Local Champ!


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It’s Farmers’ Market Week! Be sure to visit at least one market this week:

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Harrisville Farmers’ Market:Behind the Harrisville General Store, downtown Harrisville, Fri., June 26– Aug. 28,  5:30-7 p.m. Vegetables, fruits, maple, cut flowers, root beer, honey, plants, eggs, chicken, lamb, pork, beef, sausage, bread, pickles, jams, soaps, lotions, beeswax candles, knit goods, prepared foods. Live music each week. Rain or shine. 827-3245, Facebook Page.

The Farmers’ Market of Keene: Gilbo Ave., downtown, Tues. & Sat., May-Oct., 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. Vegetables, fruits, flowers/plants, dairy, baked goods, meat. Music and children’s activities. SNAP/EBT accepted. Rain or shine. .keenefarmersmarket@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/keenefarmers.

Fresh Chicks Outdoor Marketplace: Monadnock Community Hospital grounds, Peterborough, Mon., May – Oct., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Vegetables, fruits, flowers/plants, dairy, maple, baked goods, meat, lobster, honey, goat cheese, alpine cheese, ice cream, Thai food, crafts. Weekly music. Rain or shine. 924-1913,roseofsharon@localnet.com; Facebook Page.

Peterborough Farmers Market: Depot Square. Wed., May – Oct., 3-6pm. Vegetables…

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“When we build our landscape around places to go, we lose places to be,” stated Rick Cole, City Manager of Santa Monica, CA.

Reimagine a street… not just for cars and other motorized vehicles, but as a place for people to be — a place where people want to walk, ride, work, socialize AND drive. That’s the goal of two upcoming “Complete Streets” Demonstration Days: to help us reimagine two street segments and temporarily transform them into safe (and fun!) public places for all users.


One event will be on Marlboro Street in Keene on September 19th and the other on Main Street in Swanzey on August 29th. Both events are hosted by the Southwest Region Planning Commission, in partnership with Healthy Monadnock and the Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation.

“So much can be done to make streets places where people feel comfortable spending time,” says Mari Brunner, Planning Technician at the Southwest Region Planning Commission. “The goal of the Complete Streets Demonstration Days is to change how we think about streets; less of a conduit and more of a place.”

Complete Streets are roads designed and maintained for all, while maximizing safety, economic development, quality of life, environment and public health. “If you design communities for automobiles, you get more automobiles. If you design them for people, you get walkable, livable communities,” said Parris Glendening, Founder and President, Smart Growth Leadership Institute.

What will the transformed streets look like? That’s still being decided at planning meetings, but will likely include outdoor seating, bike lanes, more crosswalks, extended sidewalks, food trucks, parklets (seating areas set up in curbside parking spaces) and creative uses of space such as a miniature golf course.

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These Demonstration Days will allow you to test out the transformation of these streets and give your feedback for what you’d like to see incorporated into future projects that permanently transform some of our roads into Complete Streets.

Studies indicate that Complete Streets can boost local economies by increasing residential property values (homeowners are willing to pay more to live in walkable, bikable communities) and retail sales (businesses located along Complete Streets often see an increase in sales).

Complete Streets also strengthen the health of individuals and whole communities by providing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, such as safe crossings, sidewalks or on-road bicycle lanes that improve safety and reduce crashes. They also promote public health by making it safe and convenient for children and families to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives — contributing to the goal of Healthy Monadnock to make our community the healthiest in the nation by 2020.

In 2011, the City of Keene passed a resolution to adopt a Complete Streets Policy in 2011. An enthusiastic turnout to reimagine parts of Marlboro Street in Keene and Main Street in Swanzey will underscore our community’s strong continued support for this work, boost the implementation of Keene’s policy and, hopefully, inspire Swanzey and other towns in the Monadnock Region to adopt and implement Complete Streets policies.

Organizations, businesses and individuals interested in participating in these events — by offering an activity, lending supplies or volunteering — are encouraged to attend the next Complete Streets Demonstration Days Planning meeting on August 20th at 6 p.m. at the upper level conference room at the Hannah Grimes Center, 25 Roxbury Street in Keene. For more information contact Mari Brunner at 603-357-0557 or visit www.monadnocktma.org/demodays/.

Originally posted on Monadnock Matters:

Stacy Mitchell from Institute for Local Self-Reliance delivered the presentation above on June 14, 2013, at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies Conference in Buffalo, New York.

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The sixth annual Monadnock Buy Local Guide is out and features the Toadstool Bookshops.  This publication lists 163 locally owned enterprises by business type and promotes the positive benefits of supporting locally owned businesses in the Monadnock Region.  Guides can be found at Monadnock Buy Local members’ place of business and online.

“I’m excited for more businesses to join Monadnock Buy Local and feel the thrill of this movement,” shared Willard Williams, Co-Owner of The Toadstool Bookshops.  “Together we can do so much more.”

Studies find that when money is spent locally, up to four times more of that money recirculates through the local economy — generating more jobs, charitable contributions and other community benefits.

Wyman Tavern Brewfest
Saturday, August 8, 1 – 5 pm
Fundraiser for the Historical Society of Cheshire County

History meets craft brewing on August 8th at the Wyman Tavern Brew Fest. The event will feature fifteen brewers from New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts. It will take place on the grounds of the historic Wyman Tavern Museum on Main Street in Keene.

Brew Fest logo 636 copyThe names of many of the beers bring to mind the region’s cultural heritage. Alsteadder Ale comes from the Belgian Mare Brewery in Alstead, NH. Mountain View Brew comes from Mooselick Brewing Company in Troy, NH. Whipple’s Wheat by Henniker Brewing Company is named after a New Hampshire signer of the Declaration of Independence and Samuel Adams is named after a Founding Father from Massachusetts. 4,000 Footer IPA from Woodstock Inn Brewery, East Intervale IPA from Moat Mountain Brewery, and Waterville Wheat from 603 Brewery all celebrate New Hampshire locales.

Proceeds from the Wyman Tavern Brew Fest will benefit the Historical Society of Cheshire County, an organization which has been collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of the Monadnock region since 1927. The Historical Society puts on about 140 programs per year such as exhibits, living history festivals, summer camps, teacher workshops, school visits, films, lectures, and field trips. The most important artifact of the Historical Society is the Wyman Tavern, built in 1762, which the Society operates as a period house museum.

Alan Rumrill, the director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, said, “A Brew Fest seems like a good fit for the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Beer and ales surely flowed in the Wyman Tavern’s Tap Room in the 1700’s, and today’s craft brewers are reviving the old ways of brewing.”

Belgian-Mare-BreweryTim Roettiger is one of the brewers who will be sampling his ales at the Wyman Tavern Brew Fest. His brewery is named after the Belgian mare that can be seen outside his home in Alstead, New Hampshire. The basis for the design of Roettiger’s brewery is a gravity-fed process that goes back to Medieval tower breweries. Roettiger said, “Belgian Mare is a very traditional bottle-conditioned beer, which is new to most people. Bottle conditioning involves less control and more art. The last fermentation happens inside the bottle, which provides carbonation and the last bit of flavor.”

11017019_1085821491444011_9008220613994159522_nDavid Morse will be representing one of the region’s newest brewing companies — Mooselick Brewing from Troy, New Hampshire. Morse brews traditional styles of beer such as mild ales and hoppy beers as well as beers with local fruit added. The fruit is fermented to dryness with a tart flavor and a little sweetness. Morse recalled how Mooselick got its start, “My wife Donna and I ran into the owners of Monadnock Berries, Anthony and Fenella Levick, at a microbrewery in Naples Florida. The idea of brewing beer using fresh farm fruit was hatched serendipitously 1,600 miles away from New Hampshire.”

The Wyman Tavern Brew Fest will get underway at 1 pm on August 8th and visitors will be able to sample the brews until 5 pm. Tickets are available at BrewTopia on Washington Street in Keene, at the Historical Society of Cheshire County (246 Main Street in Keene, phone 603-352-1895), and online at EventBrite.com. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the festival, and they include a souvenir beer glass. Designated drivers will be admitted at no charge. Free rides will be provided by Ideal Rides and Adventure Transportation.

Wyman Tavern Brew Fest Brewers:

  • 603 Brewery (Londonderry, NH)
  • Angry Orchard Hard Cider (Boston, MA)
  • Belgian Mare Brewery (East Alstead, NH)
  • Champlain Orchards (Shoreham, VT)
  • Great North Aleworks (Manchester, NH)
  • Great Rhythm Brewing Company (Portsmouth, NH)
  • Henniker Brewing Company (Henniker, NH)
  • Moat Mountain Brewing (North Conway, NH)
  • Mooselick Brewing Company (Troy, NH)
  • Samuel Adams (Boston, MA)
  • Shipyard Brewing (Portland, ME)
  • Throwback Brewery (North Hampton, NH)
  • Traveler Beer Company (Burlington, VT)
  • Tuckerman Brewing Company (Conway, NH)
  • Von Trapp Brewing (Stowe, VT)
  • Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery (North Woodstock, NH)

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11650721_10206974188337172_671589982_nTEAM Jaffrey‘s Farmer’s Market is BACK for it’s 25th year and happening throughout the month of JULY on Wednesday evenings 6-8:30pm on the town Common! Come for the farmers and STAY for the live concerts at the Gazebo where we’ll feature a different genre of music each week.

Club Soda Band will be performing LIVE from 7-8:30 and the farmers will have their freshest local goods to sell direct from the farm to you!

We are proud to announce that the following farms are participating:

Foggy Hill Farm (of Jaffrey)
Holland Homestead Farm (of Hillsborough)
Tracie’s Community Farm, LLC (of Fitzwilliam)
Monadnock Berries PYO and Garden Center (of Troy)
Old Bridge Farm (of Swanzey)
and Little Brook Farm (of Jaffrey)

Inventory will include:

  • Veggies
  • Herbs
  • Berries
  • Breads
  • Honey
  • Eggs
  • Flower Starts
  • Perennials
  • Alpaca Products
  • Wood Furniture
  • Bird Houses & Bat Houses

Won’t you join us?! RSVP on Facebook and…

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