2022 NH Eats Local Month

In the Granite State, we Live Free and Eat Local. Join in for 2022 NH Eats Local Month, August 1-31, and become a champion of local food in the Granite State. Farmers, restaurants, food producers, eaters, fishers, hunters, foragers— anyone and everyone who loves local food— are coming together for 31 days of rallying around the bounty of the Granite State. All month long we will be sharing stories, events, and other opportunities to eat local, including our Live Free & Eat Local Challenge.

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Live Free & Eat Local Challenge

We’re challenging eaters across the Granite State to eat at or from five different New Hampshire farms or food businesses during 2022 NH Eats Local Month.

Here’s how the Challenge works: 

STEP 1: Get your Live Free & Eat Local Challenge submission form.

Submission forms are available at  NH Eats Local Partner locations. Find a location on this map.  You can also download a submission form here and print it at home. Or submit your form online here.

STEP 2: Eat at or from a local farm or food business in New Hampshire.

Shop at a local farmers’ market, visit a pick-your-own farm, dine at a restaurant that sources local food, or pick up locally grown food at your community’s co-op or grocery.

STEP 3: Fill up your Submission Form!

Write down the name and location of the business you visited on the Live Free & Eat Local Challenge submission form.

STEP 4: REPEAT!

Once you eat at or from five (or more!) New Hampshire farm or food businesses, your submission form is complete and eligible to win a delicious local prize! 

STEP 5: SUBMIT! In order to be entered to win a prize, submit your Live Free & Eat Local Challenge form by: 

Mailing the pre-addressed submission form 

OR

Submitting through our online Live Free & Eat Local Challenge submission form

BONUS! While you’re out eating local make sure to snap a photo and post it on social media. Tag @nheatslocal and use the hashtag #nheatslocalmonth and tag the local farm or food business. (Not on social media these days? Feel free to email your favorite photos to us at colleen.stewart@unh.edu.

Below are more details about the Live Free & Eat Local Challenge, including prizes, rules, and ideas to get creative with the Challenge.

Six ways to Live Free & Eat Local

NH’s Harvest of the Month: Tomatoes

Overwhelmed by the bounty at your local market? Focus in on the New Hampshire Harvest of the Month—tomatoes! Buy locally grown tomatoes at farmers’ market, farmstand, grocery, or co-op. 

Explore more information, including recipes, about New Hampshire Harvest of the Month.

Meet You at the Market

The best way to celebrate a lot of local food all at the same time— heading to your community’s farmers’ market. Explore the market and purchase a local product you’ve never tried.

Find a farmers’ market near you with the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food’s 2022 Farmers’ Market List and UNH Extension’s Farm and Food Products Map. Also: celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week, August 7-13 with Farmers’ Market Coalition, more about that here.

Dine out, Dine Local

Breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, many Granite State restaurants are serving locally grown and produced foods. Find a restaurant that sources locally and grab a table.

NH Magazine and The Hippo newspaper often feature local restaurants, many who source local ingredients from their menus. Head to their website to get your dine out, dine local on!

Get Cooking

Let’s get local… in the kitchen! Head out to a farmers’ market, farm stand, or market that sells local food, source local ingredients, and whip up a tasty meal.

Get some tips and tricks for cooking with local food at home from Cooking Matters and UNH Nutrition Connections. Also, look out for monthly cooking classes with the Co-op Food Stores and the Monadnock Food Co-op.

Harvest Your Own

Fresh picked! Find a pick-your-own farm or farm stand near you and haul in a harvest.

Learn about CSAs across New Hampshire with NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food’s 2022 Harvest Your Own List and UNH Extension’s Farm and Food Products Map.

Crazy for a CSA!

Sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or CSF (Community Supported Fishery) share. Or unbox the CSA or CSF you’re already a part of!

Learn about CSAs across New Hampshire with NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food’s 2022 CSA List and UNH Extension’s Farm and Food Products Map. Learn more about NH Community Seafood’s CSF program here.

LIVE FREE & EAT LOCAL CHALLENGE RULES

  1. Submissions for the Live Free & Eat Local Challenge will open on August 1, 2022 and all submissions must be received on (or postmarked by) August 31, 2022. 
  2. The Live Free & Eat Local Challenge is a honor-system contest. There will be no verification of each location on the submission form, but the NH Eats Local staff have the right to disqualify any entry they deem is falsified or bears made-up names of local farm or food businesses.
  3. Winners of the Live Free & Eat Local Challenge will be announced on Thursday, September 15, 2022. Winners will receive an email from the NH Eats Local staff and will also be announced via NH Eats Local’s social media channels.
  4. All entrants must be 18 years or older.
  5. The NH Food Alliance and NH Eats Local staff reserve the right to share any photo on their social media channels that is submitted as part of the Live Free & Eat Local Challenge.