August is Eat Local Month in New Hampshire

Did you know that if every New Hampshire resident spent just $5 a week on local foods an additional $358 million would be injected into the State’s economy? The North Country is home to many farm and food producers and businesses serving up local foods. Whether you are looking for good eats for your family, or to serve up to your customers, there is likely something local just around the corner — like berries, vegetables, local meats, maple syrup, or even local wines and brews.

Don’t know how to get your hands on local foods? If you are a restaurant or institutions wanting to buy fresh, local foods straight from the farm, check out the North Country Farmers Cooperative. This is a group of 30+ farms aggregating product through an online portal and delivering weekly to your door. One invoice and one delivery simplify logistics for your business.

Looking for food on a smaller scale? Check out the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture’s website for links to local Community Supported Agriculture programs, farm stands, Pick-Your-Own’s, Farmers Markets, and wine, cheese, chocolate and ice cream trails.

Many of our New Hampshire Grand partners are growing, selling or serving local foods — some even have some great deals going on this month!

Want to know the best places to visit for local foods and great dining this month? Check out our highlights below.

Purveyors of Local Foods

Chances are if you’ve shopped at the Farmer’s Market in Littleton (Sundays, 10-1) or Lancaster (Saturdays, 9-noon) this summer, you’re familiar with the wonderful vegetables and meats grown at Meadowstone Farm. Meadowstone also operates a Farm Stand year-round at its farm in Bethlehem, where you’ll find eggs, chicken, pork, goat cheese and seasonal vegetables. Additionally, during the growing season you can find the farm’s veggies and meat for sale at the Littleton Co-op and The Healthy Rhino. Headed out for a restaurant meal? Look for Meadowstone’s produce and goat cheese used in items on the menus at Libby’s Bistro in Gorham; Cold Mountain Café, Maia Papaya, and Rosa Flamingos in Bethlehem; and The Beal House, and Shillings.

The historic Rocks Estate in Bethlehem is a fave destination year round. Stroll around the property and drink in the amazing views, visit the Christmas tree farm this fall where you can cut your own, and come for the NH Maple Experience on March weekends, with tours, tastings and more. And, you’ll never run out of that sweet pancake topper because you can order their delicious New Hampshire maple syrup and other maple products directly from the online store.

Stop by the country store at family-owned Fuller’s Sugarhouse in Lancaster for your choice of pure New Hampshire maple syrup in all its forms — the different grades of syrup are packaged in beautiful glass bottles or the more traditional jugs, and their maple candy, maple cream (butter), and maple sugar are all made-on-the-premises, and oh so sweet! If you can’t make it into the store, you’ll be happy to know that Fuller’s ships its products worldwide.

At almost the tip-top of the state, the New Earth Organic Farm at the Cite Ecologique of NH Ecovillage in Colebrook benefits from its southern exposure, which gives veggies a head-start in this cold northern climate. The farm sells its eggs, herbs and vegetables at local markets and to restaurants through the North Country Farmers Co-op.

Delicious Dining Experiences

(These restaurants and cafes tap local food sources when possible. All are noted for preparing excellent food using the freshest ingredients.)

The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center is an outdoor education center and four-season lodge nestled into the dramatic landscape at the head of Crawford Notch, and makes a perfect home base for hiking the many nearby trails in the White Mountains. Accommodations range from private rooms with private baths to lodge bunk rooms with shared baths. The dining hall serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for lodge guests, through hikers, outdoor recreational enthusiasts and members of the public. The kitchen sources many of its menu ingredients locally and regionally and aims to continually expand its local offerings. As many fruits and vegetables as possible during the summer months are sourced from local farmers through Vermont’s Black River Produce. Some of the local/regional products in stock year-round include: Hatchland Farm Milk (NH), Cabot Cheese and butter (VT), Stonyfield Yogurt (NH), Blue Moon Sorbet (VT), Walpole Ice Cream (NH), Gifford’s Ice Cream (ME), Little Leaf Farm lettuce (MA), Backyard Farms tomatoes (ME), Aroostook County potatoes and flour (ME) and Grandy Oats Granola & Oatmeal (ME)

Libby’s Bistro & SAaLT Pub in Gorham is located in an old bank building, but there is nothing old-fashioned about the foods that Chef Liz Jackson, her husband Steve, and dedicated staff serve in the Bistro & Pub. Liz has been a pioneer in the Farm to Table movement and sources much of her ever evolving and eclectic menu from local farms and farmers, including the North Country Farmers Coop; Meadowstone Farm in Bethlehem (seasonal veggies, goat cheese and eggs); Prospect Farm in Lunenburg, VT (grass-fed heritage breed pigs and poultry); Moriah Valley Farm in Shelburne (sumptuous tomatoes); Wood Fire Farm & Gardens in Bethlehem (wild mushrooms, fiddleheads and ramps); Boothman Sugar Orchard and Scarinza’s Sugar House, both in Randolph (small batch maple syrup); Merrily’s Homemade Joys in Gorham (local eggs); Good Vibes Coffee in North Conway (custom-blended Italian style coffee); and Middle Intervale Farm in Bethel, ME (beef, pork, potatoes, corn and winter squash).

The elegant Mt. View Grand Resort & Spa in Whitefield is noted for its comfortable accommodations, spectacular views, and plentiful activities. What you might not know is that the Resort has a close relationship with many local farms, and almost all of its produce, cooking ingredients — like maple syrup — and products come from nearby farms. Resort dining includes the casual Harvest Tavern where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner; fine dining in the 1865 Wine Cellar, where the menu is paired with selections from the Resort’s extensive wine cellar; the Club House where classic summer favorites hit the spot after a round of golf or other outdoor activity; and the Veranda, when your appetite calls for a refreshing drink or a cup of tea and a light snack.

Drop by the White Mountain Café & Bookstore in Gorham for a cup of Fair Trade coffee from Manchester-based Java Tree coffee roasters and a home-baked goodie, or choose from an array of sandwich specials and soups. The relaxed atmosphere features comfortable seating indoors and out, a collection of rotating artwork by local artists, and the adjacent bookstore with a nicely curated selection of books and a fun kids’ section. Check out the Good Karma board (it’s all about thankfulness and paying it forward).

The historic Omni Mount Washington Resort is a spectacular destination with 200 guest rooms and suites, a luxurious spa, 18-hole Donald Ross-designed golf course, zip line tours and numerous other resort activities like hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. The Resort’s dining experiences are crafted to appeal to a variety of tastes, and rely on fresh, locally and regionally sourced produce, meats and seafood — foods to delight every palate. Step into the graceful and stylish main dining room for breakfast and dinner; the Prohibition-era Cave for nightly entertainment and a full bar; Stickney’s Steak & Chop Pub for lunch or dinner; the Rosebrook Bar where servers whip up a mean afternoon cocktail and light fare; and the elegant Princess Room where staff stand ready to provide cocktails before dinner or Afternoon Tea on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

A visit to Le Rendez Vous French Bakery in Colebrook will give you a taste of an authentic Parisian café, without taking a trip overseas. The delightful bakery and café is owned and operated by certified bakers Marc Ounis and Verlaine Daeron, who came direct from Paris to open their North Country business. Enjoy authentic French pastries (croissants, Madeleines, and macaroons), hearty breads (French baguettes, whole wheat, walnut, dark rye, cinnamon raisin and many more), yummy Belgian chocolates, and other goodies with your coffee in the comfortable café and bakery, or order something to take home. Marc and Verlaine bake their breads and pastries daily using only premium baking ingredients.

The Polish Princess Bakery & Café on Lancaster’s Main Street is a great place to stop for a morning cup of coffee accompanied by one of the bakery’s sweets, or a delightful destination for lunch — try the gourmet pizza or a slice of quiche. And it’s difficult to leave without taking home a loaf of freshly baked bread. Owner Magdalena Russell uses only the best ingredients — unbleached, un-bromated flours and freshly ground whole grain flours from local mills — in her baguettes, French breads, hearty ryes, sourdoughs, and a variety of other loaves and pastries.

Enjoy intimate fireside dining and graceful accommodations at the historic and romantic Adair Country Inn and Restaurant in Bethlehem, where rooms are named for the mountains in the nearby Presidential Range of the White Mountains and the expansive gardens, designed by the Olmstead Brothers, offer year-round interest. The Adair’s carefully designed menu incorporates foods from nearby and regional producers, including eggs from Bear Mountain Farm in Littleton, bacon and sausage from North Country Smokehouse in Claremont, seasonal vegetables from Mann’s Hill Farm in Littleton, mushrooms from Wood Fire Farm & Gardens in Bethlehem (wild mushrooms, fiddleheads and ramps), along with market fresh seafood, free range poultry and choice beef.

The Moose Muck Coffee House in Colebrook derives its name from the mucky, boggy places where moose tend to congregate and munch on the vegetation. The café offers a similar socializing atmosphere, where visitors and locals can come together to eat, drink and mingle. All of the sandwiches, soups and salads are made to order using fresh ingredients, the pastries are home-baked, and the coffee is New Hampshire-roasted.

The Rainbow Grille & Tavern at Tall Timber Lodge in Pittsburg has earned accolades from Field & Stream as “a truly excellent restaurant,” The Boston Sunday Globe has called it “ The area’s standout dining,” and Yankee Magazine’s Travel Issue gave it an “Editor’s Choice” award. The exceptional Grille menu includes specialty game meats such as bison, elk and venison, fresh Maine seafood, organic poultry, and prime Texan Wagyu beef. Casual fare in the Tavern features appetizers, salads, sandwiches, ribs, meatloaf and hearth-baked pizzas, a great selection of micro-brewed draft beer, craft beer, wines, and specialty jumbo martinis.

For over 60 years, the Town & Country Inn & Resort in Shelburne, has been providing exceptional North Country hospitality to its guests. Amenities include 160 rooms, a dining room seating 180 guests, four banquet rooms, a lounge featuring live entertainment on weekends, an indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and a full health club facility. The resort serves breakfast and dinner daily and lunch on Sundays, and the dining room is open to the public. The Town & Country is famous for serving “the best prime rib ever,” and its extensive menu features favorite foods, along with delicious specials.

The family-owned Northland Restaurant & Dairy Bar in Berlin has been a community destination for more than 50 years. Situated on the banks of the Androscoggin River, the restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere, extensive menu, and hearty home-cooked food. All of the food is prepared daily with the freshest ingredients, with nothing pre-cooked or pre-breaded. The Northland is noted for its pies, so be sure to leave room for dessert. Try a slice of your favorite — and top it with some homemade ice cream.

A popular breakfast spot, The Waterwheel Breakfast and Gift House in Jefferson is noted for fluffy pancakes as big as your plate, smothered in pure maple syrup, crispy bacon, eggs cooked the way you like them, savory French toast, and Belgian waffles topped with fresh whipped cream. The lunch selection includes comfort foods like Philly steak and cheese subs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, hot dogs, and homemade chicken salad. Save room for the homemade fudge!

Littleton Welcomes Visitors To Its Friendly & Vibrant Downtown

A vibrant Main Street lined with interesting shops and historic buildings, an intriguing Riverwalk, a covered pedestrian bridge over the Ammonoosuc River, and the world’s largest candy counter are just some of the delights awaiting visitors to Littleton.

Littleton is a gateway community to the northern White Mountains and Great North Woods and the innumerable outdoor activities that encompass everything from hiking, rock climbing and white water rafting to fishing, snowmobiling, camping, ATVing, and bird and moose watching.

With plenty of dining and lodging options, and a variety of attractions and activities that appeal to young and old, Littleton was selected in 2015 as one of the Best Small Downtowns in America by Best Choice Reviews. The community has also been named to Travel & Leisure’s America’s Greatest Main Streets list.

A small selection of some of our favorite things to see and do in Littleton follows, but visit yourself and discover all of the friendly shops and points of interest that give the community its old-fashioned downtown flavor, accented with a modern, upbeat vibe.

Shopping

Chutters

Let’s cut straight to the chase — what about that candy counter? If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, head to Chutters, the home of the Guinness Book of World Record’s Longest Candy Counter. At 112 feet, you’ll want to take your time checking out the multitude of glass jars brimming with every type of candy imaginable, over 500 sweet treats! Chutters is a NH Grand Certified Best Of Business.

Lahout’s

Northern New Hampshire has some of the best skiing around, and it’s also home since 1920 to Lahout’s, America’s Oldest Ski Shop. The 4th generation family-run business is a must-stop shopping destination for skiers, hikers and anyone who spends time in the outdoors.

Chickaroo

A delightful Main Street shop brimming with unique gift items such as soy candles, locally crafted jewelry, home décor, 603 pillows (NH’s area code), baby gifts, beer-flavored soap, including one for your favorite four-legged friends, and a variety of wines.

Littleton Bike & Fitness

The shop is known for its great selection of bikes and biking accessories for everyone from tykes to the high-end cyclist, along with indoor fitness equipment and stand up paddleboards. Bike rentals include road, mountain, hybrid, and fat bikes. SUPs and snowshoes are available for rental, too.

Little Village Toy & Book Shop

Any day is a good day to visit a bookstore, but rainy days in particular lend themselves to browsing and lingering. Little Village Toy & Book Shop is stocked with a wide selection of kids’ books and inspiring and educational toys, complemented by a good variety of adult fiction, non-fiction and local reads.

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s colorful and eclectic gallery showcases some of New Hampshire’s finest craftsmen working in jewelry, clay, glass, fibers, wood, metal, photography, baskets, printmaking and mixed media. The gallery’s Studio School offers hands-on workshops and classes in pottery, jewelry making, basketry, painting, and more.

Nest of Littleton

When you want to feather your nest or treat your BFF with a little something special, browse the collection of distinctive gift items and home décor at Nest of Littleton. Bedding, linens, dinnerware, candles, jewelry, handbags and much more. Don’t miss the art gallery and silk flower arrangements on the river level.

One Stitch, Two Stitch

A favorite destination for quilting aficionados, One Stitch, Two Stitch carries hundreds of fabrics, including hand-dyed batiks, contemporary and seasonal designs, jelly rolls, charm packs, patterns and quilting supplies. Check out the class schedule and brush up on your quilting skills or just drop in to browse and visit.

Just L Modern Antiques

Looking for the best in mid-century modern décor? Just L has assembled a collection of furniture, lighting, barware, vintage textiles and plenty of other intriguing items to whet your appetite. Eclectic, whimsical and unique!

Northern Lights Music

Everything music under one roof, from guitars and amplifiers to percussion instruments and accessories. A family-owned business for over 40 years, Northern Lights was named #3 Top Santa Cruz Guitar Dealer of 2016. And if you find a guitar you like while on vacation, Northern Lights will ship it home for you, free of charge!

Aylakai

Wind chimes, garden statuary, candles and incense rub shoulders with colorful and comfortable clothing, crystals and a fine selection of jewelry at Aylakai.

Pentimento

A delightful boutique situated in an 1884 Victorian on the banks of the Ammonoosuc River, and filled to the brim with an amazing assortment of jewelry, hair accessories, candles, stationery and unique gift items.

Sights & Sounds

Pianos on Main Street

Stroll down Main Street and you just might hear a piano playing! A handful of colorfully decorated pianos are situated along the thoroughfare, inviting both the experienced player and novice to sit down and tinkle out a tune!

Pollyanna of Littleton Statue

Littleton is known as the “Glad!” town and for good reason. It’s the hometown of Eleanor H. Porter, author of the beloved children’s book “Pollyanna.” Pollyanna was known for her exceptional optimism, and that positive spirit is memorialized in a cheerful statue on the Littleton Library front lawn, making for a wonderful photo op!

Riverwalk

If you’re visiting Littleton during the warm weather months, look for Main Street’s two arched gateways festooned with colorful floating umbrellas to guide you to Mill Street and the town’s lovely Riverwalk along the banks of the Ammonoosuc River. Stroll the footpath along the river, and make a stop at Harmony Park and the outdoor musical instruments (a great kid magnet!).

Riverwalk Covered Bridge

Providing expansive views of the Ammonoosuc River, the 352-foot Warren Truss covered bridge connects to walking trails on both sides of the river.

Dine & Dream

The Beal House Inn & Restaurant

Grab a craft draft beer and a burger (just $11) on Thursday nights at The Beal House Inn or order from a menu that includes locally raised pork and local greens. The Inn’s six guest rooms are charmingly furnished and its location right on West Main Street makes it an easy stroll to downtown attractions.

Schilling Beer Co.

Small batch brews and Neapolitan-style, wood-fired pizza pies, served in an 18th century gristmill on the Ammonoosuc River. Weather permitting, snag a seat in the beer garden or the riverfront deck.

Littleton Diner

Who doesn’t love a diner meal? You’re in luck because The Littleton Diner is one of the best. Well-known for its home-cooked foods, generous portions and friendly staff, The Littleton Diner is a perennial favorite of locals and visitors.

Chang Thai Café

Open for lunch and dinner, the Café’s menu of traditional Thai cuisine will satisfy diners with its amazing variety of familiar Thai dishes, prepared with fresh herbs and other ingredients.

Grill One Eleven in Thayers Inn 

The Thayers Inn has been welcoming guests since 1850 and is the oldest continuously operating hotel in the White Mountains. Climb to the cupola atop the hotel for great views of downtown and the surrounding mountains. The on-site restaurant and tavern, Grille One-Eleven, is open for lunch and dinner, with both a regular and lighter fare menu.

Bailiwicks

Martini lovers will go gaga over the more than 80 martini selections at Bailiwicks. Pair your favorite or a new combo with the fine selection of dishes on the restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus. Summertime deck seating.

The Coffee Pot

Looking for a hearty and satisfying breakfast? Try The Coffee Pot Restaurant where the coffee’s always on, the food is always homemade and home-baked, and the service is excellent. Great lunches, too.

The French Sisters Bakery

Walk in the door at French Sisters and it’s hard to decide. Should you blow your diet and order a slice of one of the incredible cakes or perhaps a pastry (chocolate cream puffs to die for!), or stick to healthier fare and enjoy soup and a sandwich? Oh, what the heck. It’s vacation time, and you’ll walk off the extra calories exploring downtown.

Littleton Food Co-op

You can’t beat the excellent selection of meats, seafood, cheeses, produce, wines and grocery items at this cooperatively owned supermarket, where an amazing number of items are locally sourced. With its expansion in 2017, the Co-op has added a cafeteria where you can enjoy freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and soups in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. The store even has an electric car charging station.

Alburritos 

Alburritos brings Mexican food to Littleton, NH with tons of flavor and just as much excitement. With Mexican cuisine ranging from tacos to burritos to ensaladas galore, Alburritos asks you to put them to the test to see if there isn’t something for you! Don’t like spicy? No problemo! Vegetarian or Vegan? They’ve got you covered. Just not sure? Have no worries. If you’re looking for a taste of south of the border, check out Alburritos the next time you’re in Littleton.

Bishop’s Homemade Ice Cream

A must-stop for ice cream lovers. Creamy scoops, delicious flavors — try the signature Bishop’s Bash — and an ice-cream parlor atmosphere make Bishop’s a welcome stop on a summer afternoon.

SIP & STAY

The InkWell Coffee & Tea House

The owners of The InkWell in Littleton want it to be more than just a place to grab an exceptional coffee or tea. They want their coffee house to be your coffee home. Here’s the backstory.

INK: A little known word for coffee. Coined in 1582 by a German physician who, while traveling in Aleppo, was served the dark brew and described the foreign liquid as “black as ink.” An active WELL, dating back to Bible days, was paramount to a town’s survival. It was the epicenter of the community. The daily well run was a gathering place, not unlike today’s pubs or local coffee shops.

Fast forward to 1988, on a starlit evening in June. Jim, recently home from the mission field of Sri Lanka, asked Angel on a first date. It was then they fell in love over a piping hot cappuccino at a funky coffee house in NJ called The Ink Well. The Jersey Ink Well is going as strong today as its humble beginnings in the 60’s. And for those of us living in the pristine White Mountains, the couple seeks to build a similar legacy.

A place to connect, to unwind, relax, get inspired, to feel the welcome, to simply be. And if you happen to find love while sipping a cappuccino … well, they’d understand completely!

Blue Jay Coffee & Tea Bar 

Part of the Little Village Toy & Book Store, the Blue Jay Coffee & Tea Bar is a great place to unwind and relax while sipping on a delicious cup of tea or coffee while perusing the book store shelves. In addition they have a variety of light fares to choose from including Avocado Toast, BLTs, farm fresh salads and more!