To The Daily Sun,
Consumer choices abound these days. What to eat and where to find good quality food are at the top of the list for many. Consumers also choose whether to head to the mall or support local artisans when shopping for gifts and special things and they often long to support — and feel connected to — their local communities. For many consumers, making choices that support personal values like living a greener life is more important than ever. The Tilton Winter Farmers' Market makes those choices easier than ever.
The market offers an opportunity for shoppers to buy delicious prepared foods, winter greens and other veggies, locally-produced wines, mushrooms, beer, and high-quality crafts and body care products. But this one-stop shopping experience is just the beginning. Many people believe that eating locally is close to impossible in the depths of a New Hampshire winter, but this market proves otherwise. Dairy products, honey, vegetables, baked goods, condiments, fresh herbs and meats — all from local farms and producers.
But that's just the beginning. Just as importantly, the market is a welcome winter opportunity to step in from the cold to chat with friends, sip a hot drink and nibble a sweet treat. There's plenty of sampling to be enjoyed. All to the rhythms of local musicians. It's fun.
The Tilton Winter Farmers' Market, now in its third year, was voted as Editor's Pick in NH Magazine's Best of New Hampshire 2013 awards.
With support from AutoServ Dealerships of Tilton, the market features more than 45 vendors featured every Saturday and Sunday, and the market will continue through the months of February and March. It's a rich and lively indoor destination for weather-weary shoppers.
Choosing to support the local economy by shopping at the market this weekend is a good choice for individuals and the community as a whole.
The University of Vermont recently shared these 10 reasons to buy local food: Locally grown food tastes and looks better; local food is better for you; local food preserves genetic diversity; local food is safe; local food supports local families; local food builds community; local food preserves open space; local food keeps taxes down; local food benefits the environment and wildlife; and local food is an investment in the future.
The Tilton Winter Farmers' Market, located at 67 East Main St. in Tilton, across from AutoServ of Tilton, is open weekends through March, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. The market facility is fully handicap accessible. For more information, visit www.tiltonwinterfarmersmarket.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/TiltonWinterFarmersMarket.
Joan O'Connor, Manager
Tilton Winter Farmers
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:05
To The Daily Sun,
Our cities glow at night, consuming fossil fuels. Seven or eight million motor vehicles emit fumes every day, especially while idling. Football games are often at night, using electricity instead of the free light of day. Incandescent bulbs are still legal.
The Colorado River doesn't have enough water to supply our growing needs, much less feed golf courses in desert states. Then there's West Virginia. These are small parts of a world problem. People are really "literally killing" each other for water.
Global corporations are taking land from people who can't prove ownership, and changing its ecology to make money.
Desertification is spreading.
We are on the brink of building the Keystone Pipeline, another answer to the question, "How dumb can we get?". A 'no-brainer' to the uneducated.
Oil is getting harder to find, and will become more and more expensive, affecting food prices.
Energy Tomorrow has a slick ad on TV for "fracking". Know anything about that? It can be Googled.
The burning of coal is polluting our air, more and more every day.
Will global population reach 9 billion by2050? I think 4 billion is more likely. Hundreds of thousands are already dying from starvation every day. Lots of us will have to change our lifestyles as energy becomes more expensive -- shorter showers, LED bulbs, solar collectors. We still think that the economy is more important than the environment.
TransitionUS is a website concerned with life after oil. Permaculture is about producing food sustainably, renewing topsoil. Anything else on the plus side?
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:01
To The Daily Sun,
Regarding Briarcrest Estates, I understand why people are confused and leery of becoming a co-op. I spent some time looking into co-ops and got a better understanding of how they came about.
Some of the co-ops in our area seem to be run-down and not worth much to us. Those are people's homes -- all that they have in some cases. They purchased them many years ago and they have struggled on a fixed income like many people today.
They did not have the good fortune to have the Mooneys as their park owners. They had an owner who took their rent and did nothing to improve or maintain the park. When those people were faced with the sale of their park they only had one choice, to become a co-op in order to keep their home.
They did not cause the park deteriorate as some people might think. Instead, they purchased it in that condition in order to have a place to live. What we look at and see as a run-down park would have been purchased by someone with the sole purpose of making money. In those cases, the people would have been given 18 months to sell, (which is impossible) or to just move out so the entire park could be redeveloped for someone else's profit. But where would these people move to?
Big business would make us a number. We would have no say if they decided to redevelop any portion of this land. We would stand the chance in a few short years to be resold after they have made their profit. I do not want to be known as #642 NH!
Fortunately we are in a position to buy a beautiful park. It is affordable because there is no profit in it for us. We are buying peace of mind and security. Every one of us will own equal amounts. Every one of us will have a voice. Better financing rates and better homeowner's insurance rates.
The number of residents joining the co-op has more than doubled. Any questions you have will be answered. There is no dissension at the meetings as there was in the beginning. Many residents who were opposed, have joined because they have a better understanding after attending the meetings.
Mark Mooney himself has suggested in his letter that we all come together.
Come to the meetings. Get informed.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 09:58
To The Daily Sun,
Dear Mr. Boutin:
I wrote a letter to the editor recently countering your so-called "facts" of how you perceive why people choose to stay poor and dependent on programs offered by the state and federal government.
I asked if you would give us specific examples of what Republicans past and present have done for those who are classified as the lower class which would get them out of the vicious cycle of poverty.
Do you need a little more time? Are you still doing the research? Or are you going to chose to ignore the topic which you broached in the first place? Could it be that Republicans on both the state and national level haven't implemented many laws or programs over the years to serve this segment of our population? Could it be that many programs and laws put in place by Democrats have, in point of fact, been watered-down, defunded or just wiped out?
We are all awaiting a detailed report of facts and figures, please.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:59
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing this letter out of concern for the Gilmanton Year-Round Library.
As a non-reader I still realize the importance of a library. I do read, but most of my reading is how to make wine and manuals to repair my equipment at the vineyard.
As a landowner and resident of Gilmanton, I am very excited to have such a well run, fully operational library that is fully committed to our community. With such a nice faculty I find it attractive to our younger families as well as our older residents. What a great way to show future residents and outsiders that our community cares by ensuring we continue to have such a great library and facility to offer our community. Knowledge is a tool that should not be wasted.
I will gladly and proudly pay my taxes and whatever else it takes to give our community the year-round library. If we, as residents, do not care enough to give our best, then how can we expect younger families to stay and mature residents to have a place to enjoy.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:56