Tuesday, December 4, 2018
5:30pm - 7:30pm, Stonewall Farm
Dinner will be served - FREE
Marketing experts and experienced farmers offer tools, resources, innovative ideas, and lessons learned for marketing to intermediary and wholesale markets. Format: two, 50-minute workshops -- brief presentation followed by a 15-20 minute panel discussion, ending with a 20-minute audience Q & A.
5:30pm — Welcome & Introductions — MFCC representative
5:35pm - 6:25pm —”Planning for Wholesale Success”, led by Nada Haddad, UNH Cooperative Extension. Panelists: TBA
6:25pm - 6:40pm — Dinner break
6:40pm - 7:30pm — “Scaling Up Your Farm Business”, led by Andy Pressman and Daniel Prial, National Center for Appropriate Technology/ATTRA. Panelists: TBA
Farmers are opening their barns, coops, hoop houses, and pastures to foster a better understanding of their day-to-day lives working to bring food to our tables.
NEW THIS YEAR -- farm fresh sandwiches, salads, gelato, turnovers, pies, cookies & more...Monadnock farmers offer farm made lunch and goodies for all to purchase!
Branch & Blade Popup Beer Garden
Hay wagon rides
Pig training demos
Farm & Hoop House tours
Draft horses, alpacas, calves, miniature horses, bantam chickens, goats, sheep & pigs
Fruit ale tasting at Granite Roots Brewing
Pudding plant tours at Echo Farm
Alpaca fiber-making demos & clothing
The goal of the Monadnock Farm Tour is to provide rich experiences that are educational and fun for consumers while infusing much needed income into the pockets of local farmers.
Alyson's Orchard(Westmoreland) -- BBQ from Kirbys Q, sandwiches, snacks, wagon rides, & PYO fruit
Archway Farm(Keene) -- Branch & Blade Beer Garden & farm sausages!
Crescendo Acres(Surry) -- Alpaca fiber-making demos & products, alpacas, mini-horses, chickens & more
Draft Gratitude(Winchester) -- Meet rescued draft horses!
Earth Haven Farm(Marlborough) -- Horse drawn hayrides, handspinning demos, farm oil paintings, beefalo
Echo Farm Pudding (Hinsdale) -- Tour pudding plant & free samples
Foggy Hill Farm(Jaffrey) -- Crooked Creek Hollow sausages & farm veggies! Cut flowers, eggs, honey & more
Granite Roots Brewing(Troy) -- Monadnock Berries' fruit-infused ale taste-testing!
Inn at East Hill Farm(Troy) -- Face painting, pony rides, arts & crafts, animals & more
Inn at Valley Farms (Walpole) -- On-going organic & no till gardening Q & A. Homemade cookies!
Monadnock Agricultural Center(Marlborough) -- Tours on the hour of community of independent farm operations on Maple Homestead Farm.
Old Ciderpress Farm(Westmoreland) -- 74 varieties of PYO apples! 1870 cider press, farm made pies, turnovers & more
Phoenix Farm(Troy) -- Pig training demos, BBQ chicken & pork & more!
Stonewall Farm(Keene) -- Cow milking, gelato tasting, yogurt, cheese & more!
Sun Moon Farm(Rindge) -- Sandwiches made with farm baked bread and produce, salad, fresh cut flowers & more
Tracies Community Farm(Fitzwilliam) -- Farm Tours on the hour, produce, ice cream, honey & more!
Windyhurst (Stuart & Johns, Westmoreland) --Lunch at Sugarhouse, ice cream maple syrup, candy, sugar and spread!
PUT ON A HAT, BUG DOPE & JOIN US!
Cost for the Monadnock Farm Tour is $5/individual or $10/car. Buttons can be purchased at farmsduring Farm Tour hours only and will get you into all farms on tour. All proceeds go to pay for next year’s Monadnock Farm Tour.
CHILDREN'S FARM TOUR ACTIVITIES:
Visit with alpacas, trained pigs, miniature and draft horses, bantam chickens, goats, calves, and sheep
Milk cows, collect eggs, make cider
Numerous scavenger hunts
Make it & take it crafts
PYO flowers, berries, apples
Collect 3 farm stamps and turn in passport for a FREE kiddie cone from Walpole Creamery!
FARM TOUR RULES:
No Pets Allowed
No Visiting Farms After Hours (unless specified)
No Entering Farm Homes
TIPS FOR TAKING THE TOUR!
Bring a cooler! You'll be able to buy produce, eggs, cheese, meat and other farm products at most of the farms
Plan on visiting 3 to 4 farms, budgeting 1 hour for each
Use Yer Head and Yer Foot! Please take time to use the hand sanitizer provided at each farm after petting an animal. Some farms may ask you to disinfect your shoes to prevent farm-to-farm transmission of germs that might stick to your shoes
Bring sunscreen, hats, bug dope, water and cash!
Put your money where your mouth is and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMER!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS - Gem Graphics, Walpole Creamery and the Cheshire County Conservation District. The Monadnock Farm Tour is paid for in part by a grant from the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food.
The Monadnock Farm Tour is organized by MFCC and the Monadnock Travel Council.
EVENTS AROUND THE
MONADNOCK REGION, AUGUST 24 - 26, 2018
Friday, August 24, 2018
Borromeo Quartet- Peterborough Town House, 7:30pm
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Monadnock Farm Tour! 11am - 4pm, farms throughout the region
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Sierra Hubbard, a Keene Sentinel reporter, captured the concerns of local farmers in their conversation with our newly appointed NH Commissioner of Agriculture, Shawn Jasper, in our second 2018 quarterly forum.
Read the article here.