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Savor the Season tent is exciting presence at Main Street Market

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To The Daily Sun,

July was an exciting month in the Savor the Season tent at the Laconia Main Street Outdoor Market.

On Thursday, July 10, we had the pleasure of hosting Ana Gourlay from Sunflower Natural Foods, sharing her knowledge about fresh herbs. The booth was busy all market long, as shoppers stopped to sample food selections made with fresh herbs from Ana's garden, and chat with Ana about growing, using, and storing fresh herbs. We really appreciate Ana taking the time out of her busy schedule to participate in this great event.

The following week, July 17, Larry Frates was in the tent doing caricatures of shoppers, for a donation in support of the Veggie Round-up Project's Farmers Market Coupon program. In an hour's time, Larry collected $70 which is enough to provide three families with coupons for a month. The families are participants in the local Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Clinic in Belknap County. Thanks Larry for sharing your talents with us, and for doing a great caricature of me.
Coming up in August we have several events scheduled in the tent. On Aug. 7, we are hosting a Neighbor Share fresh food collection, inviting marketgoers to purchase an extra item to donate to a local food pantry. Christine LeClair, Gleaning Coordinator for Belknap County, and Martha Aucoin, from the Christ Life Food Pantry, will be in the Savor the Season tent to accept donations, as well as share information about their efforts to help get fresh produce into the hands of those in need.

The following week, Aug. 14, is the August Food Demonstration, featuring Leslie Judice from Tavern 27. We're not sure yet what she'll be featuring, but we know it will be creative and delicious. Be sure to stop by for a sample and to chat with Leslie anytime between 3:30-4:30.

Finally, Aug. 21, is Kid's Day at the market. We are working with Tammy Levesque, HEAL program coordinator and coordinator of the Wellness Academy for the Laconia schools, to offer activities for children, like a market scavenger hunt. We'll have food sampling and suggestions for kid-friendly snacking in the Savor the Season booth, just in time for their return to school. Come by anytime between 3-5 p.m.
All of these events are coordinated through the Lakes Region Food Network, a grassroots network of individuals, organizations, and businesses that are working to strengthen our local food system. You can learn more about LRFN at www.lrfn.org, or contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hope to see you at the market in August.

Karen Barker
Lakes Region Food Network