Southern New Hampshire Life

Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor


Southern New Hampshire Life - Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor

The 19th Annual New Hampshire Maple Weekend

To lift your spirits this cold and snowy winter, you can head south to Florida to bask in the sun – or stay here and be enrobed in the sweet scent of maple syrup being made! 

March 15 to April 6 has been designated Maple Sugaring Month this year, during which time sugar houses state wide open their doors to the public to show how maple sugar is made.  Visit demonstrations showing how gallons of freshly-tapped maple tree sap are transformed into maple syrup, maple sugar, and other great products.  Sam's Sugar Hse, Milford (1)

On NH Maple Weekend, March 22nd and 23rd, over 100 participating maple sugar houses throughout the state will be showing how syrup is made, handing out free samples, and selling one of NH’s most popular naturally made products.  Many sugar houses will be offering samples of maple candies, coffee, and doughnuts sweetened with maple syrup.  There will be a variety of other activities, including horse-drawn rides, petting farms, and of course, pancake breakfasts.   

For more information on NH Maple Weekend and NH Maple Sugaring Month, check out the website of the NH Maple Producer’s Association.  For a list of sugar house participating in Maple Weekend with a list of each one’s special Weekend activities, click here.

 

The 2014 NH Farm & Forest Exposition

Southern New Hampshire is home to many farms and woodlots, large and small.  In addition, many homeowners include gardening or part-time farming among their hobbies. As there’s not much a farmer or gardener can do outside this time of year, it’s the perfect time for the 31st Farm and Forest Exposition! This year the Expo will be Friday and Saturday February 7th and 8th at the Center of New Hampshire in the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.Farm

The Expo will offer more than 20 workshops, almost 100 exhibitors, a variety of fair food booths, and fun activities for children – and adults.  To see a short video from WMUR-TV about last year’s Expo, click here.

Many programs are geared to full-time farmers, but there are many sessions that are directed to backyard gardeners and homeowners as well. Some presentations will cover farm management subjects like selling crops and animal products to supermarkets and schools, farmer’s markets in winter, and the services of NH Department of Agriculture.  Others have a wider audience in mind, such as programs on small-scale maple sugaring, growing plants from seed, the care and feeding of your chainsaw, beekeeping, the resurgence of the American Chestnut tree, raising dairy goats, living with our bear neighbors, and barn preservation. Beef Cattle on Temple Farm

The NH Farm and Forest Exposition is co-sponsored by the UNH Cooperative Extension Service, the NH Division of Forests and Lands, and the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food.  The Expo’s hours will be 9 to 6 on Friday and 9 to 4 on Saturday; admission is $ 7, with free admission for people 16 and under. The Radisson is located at 700 Elm Street in Manchester.

For full details see the NH Farm and Forest Exposition website.

The 2013 Deerfield Fair

This fall the Deerfield Fair will take place from Thursday September 26th through Sunday the 29th at the Deerfield fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road (State Route 43) in Deerfield.  Its hours will be: Thursday 8AM – 9PM; Friday and Saturday 8AM – 10PM; and Sunday 8AM – 7PM.

The granddaddy of aggie fairs is celebrating 137 years. Numerous livestock shows and educational 4-H programs will fill all the hours of the fair.  For entertainment, there will be strolling performers; shows by puppeteers, magicians, clowns, singers, and country bands; midway rides; the Flying Wallendas Family Circus; pig scrambles; and horse, tractor, and antique tractor pulls. Cow at a Fair

There will be competitions in over 20 broad areas, with numerous awards given for everything from handicrafts and creative writing to the more usual livestock and produce categories. Daily highlights: Thursday – the Barn Fire Trio and the All Together Now Band; Friday – the Miss Deerfield Fair Pageant; Saturday – the Heel and Toe Square Dancers; Sunday – the Annual Demolition Derby.

The Deerfield Fair Horse Show runs concurrently with the Fair.  Horses will be vying in over 175 competitions.  Click here for the horse show schedule.

Horses at a Fair

Admission: $ 10 for adults and children 13 and over; children 12 and younger, free.  Seniors admitted for $ 7 on Thursday and Friday; military with ID admitted free of charge every day.  Advance ticket purchases are just $ 8/each until September 22nd; they are available at the fairgrounds office; Radio Grove Hardware, Raymond; Candia General Store, Candia; J.R. Rosencrantz & Sons in Derry and Kensington; Deerfield Veterinary Clinic, Deerfield; and Yannis Pizza in Deerfield. Tickets may be purchased online on this webpage. Campsites are available.

You can find more information on the Deerfield Fair by clicking here.

The Hillsborough County Fair

The 56th Annual Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair will be held from Friday September 6th through Sunday the 8th. This is a true county aggie fair, but there are many programs that will inform and entertain the many townies in Hillsborough County too.

Some highlights of the Fair are The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-in on Friday, square dancing on Saturday, and a program featuring horticulturist Margaret Hagen, well-known from her appearances on WMUR Channel 9, on Sunday.

Cow at a fair

There will be many classes for 4-Hers and farmers; cooking, quilting, wood carving, fruit, vegetable, and photography contests; cow, sheep, rabbit, dog, and goat shows; horse log skidding; and horse, oxen, lawn tractor, and truck pulls.  This year there will also be demonstrations by the New Hampshire School of Falconry.

Some of the more popular competitions include the pie eating, horseshoe throwing, and pumpkin weighing contests. Other entertainment ranges from midway amusement rides and Mo the Clown to the Cowboy Mounted Shooters and many musical groups, including the Tammy Lynn Myles High Band and the Barn Fire Band.

Carousel at a fair

The Hillsborough County Fair will be at 15 Hill Dale Lane, off of State Route 13, in New Boston. Hours:  Friday Noon to 6; Saturday 9AM to 7PM; Sunday 9AM to 6PM.  General admission: $ 10/day; children 6-12, seniors 65+, active military and veterans: $ 5/day. For more details and a schedule of the Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair click here.

The NH Farm & Forest Exposition

Southern New Hampshire is home to many farms and woodlots, large and small.  In addition, many homeowners include gardening or part-time farming among their hobbies. As there’s not much a farmer or gardener can do outside this time of year, it’s the perfect time for the 30th Anniversary Farm and Forest Exposition! This year the Expo will be Friday and Saturday February 8th and 9th at the Center of New Hampshire in the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

Many programs are geared to full-time farmers, but there are many sessions that are directed to backyard gardeners and homeowners as well. Some presentations will cover farm management subjects like keeping farm animals healthy, running a farmer’s market, farm labor laws and regulations, the locovore movement, and how to adjust crops in a time of climate change.  Others have a wider audience in mind, such as programs on rain gardens, small-scale maple sugaring, growing plants from seed, the care and feeding of your chainsaw, beekeeping, and how to resurrect a declining barn.

Speakers will be experts in the farming, conservation, and restaurant fields, including Margaret Hagen of the UNH Cooperative Extension Service, well-known for her informative segments on WMUR-TV news.

The NH Farm and Forest Exposition is co-sponsored by the UNH Cooperative Extension Service, the NH Division of Forests and Lands, and the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food.  The Expo’s hours will be 9 to 5 on Friday and 9 to 4 on Saturday; admission is $ 7, with free admission for people 15 and under. The Radisson is located at 700 Elm Street in Manchester.

For full details see the NH Farm and Forest Exposition website.