Fresh Start Farms
What's ripe in July? Swiss Chard.

Swiss Chard has a naturally bittersweet flavor and it's packed with important vitamins and minerals. While you will reap the most nutritional benefit from chard that is freshly picked, the nice thing about Swiss Chard is that it will saute nicely even when limp and will still taste delicious.

Simple Swiss Chard Recipe-
2 tablespoons Olive oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 large bunches Swiss chard, ribs and stems removed and reserved, leaves torn into 2” pieces (about 12 cups)

Preparation: Heat Olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add red pepper flakes and half of Swiss chard, season with salt and pepper, and cook, tossing often, until wilted, about 4 minutes. Add lemon juice and remaining chard and cook, tossing, just until all chard is wilted, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper.

We often find a plethora of different onions in our CSA shares or at farmer's markets. Here is a list of common onions to the US:

Here's a bit of information on how to store and prepare these important cooking essentials. There are two types of globe (yellow & red) onions- pungent and mild. Mild onions are generally large, juicy, and have think rings. They can be eaten raw or cooked. These onions won't store well for longer than two months so use them up!-in sauces, pickles, and salsa's. Popular mild onions are Spanish onions. Vidalia, and Bermuda onions. Pungent onions are generally smaller, with tighter skins, smaller rings, and they make your eyes water when chopping. Popular pungent onions are Candy, Copra, Red Weathersfield, and Ebenezer. The sulfurous compound that makes your eyes sting also helps these onions "keep" or store.

To cure, I spread the onions on some scrap building paper (newspapers or even the bare floor is fine) in the barn and give them as much room as possible. In drier parts of the country, farmers and gardeners often let their onions cure right in the row after they pull them from the ground.
When cured cut the ends and store in a cool, dry place. Never store onions in the refrigerator. (Unless they're fresh) Enjoy our summer's bounty of fresh onions while you can, you won't see them again until next year!

Granite State Market Match Program
The Granite State Market Match Program helps folks use their SNAP/EBT benefits for purchasing fresh, local foods. For every dollar spent you gain a dollar in purchasing power. In essence folks can double their purchasing power by using SNAP/EBT benefits.

Elmwood Gardens Housing (83 Trahan St.) Manchester Monday 2-5pm June- October

Kalivas Park Farm Stand, Manchester (Corner of Lake Ave. Spruce & Chestnut St.) Tuesday 2:30-5:30pm June-October

Lafayatte Park Farm Stand, Manchester Wednesday 3-6pm June-October

Manchester Community Market, Thursday 3-6:30pm June-October



Fresh Start Farms is a local food aggregate of refugee and immigrant farmers. Fresh Start Farms was initiated as an economic capacity building project by ORIS-Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success. Farmers enjoy 100% profit from their produce sales, providing economic self-sufficiency and integration into New Hampshire's vibrant and growing local food system.

Farmers Markets-
Amherst Farmer's Market- Sundays 10am-1pm June- October
Bedford Farmer's Market- Tuesday 3-6pm June- October
Derry Homegrown Farm & Artisan Market- Wednesday 3-7pm June- October
Manchester Community Market- Thursday 3-6:30pm June- October
Merrimack Farmer's Market- Wednesday 3-6pm June- October
Milford Farmer's Market- Saturday 10-1 June (17th)- October
Nashua Farmer's Market- Sunday 10-2pm June- October
Salem Farmer's Market- Sunday 10-2pm June- October
Seacoast Community Marketplace (Stratham)- Saturday 10-2pm June- October

Farm Stands
Goffstown Apotheca Tea Shoppe- Friday 12-3pm June- October
Kalivas Park, Manchester- (corner of Lake Ave., Chestnut & Spruce streets)- Tuesday 2:30-5:30pm June- October
Lafayette Park, Manchester- Wednesday 3-6pm June- October
Elmwood Gardens Housing (83 Trahan St.), Manchester- Monday 2-5pm June- October



SNAP/EBT Options

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