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Dennis Chesley, co-founder of the New Hampshire Mushroom Company, prepares a customer purchase during the Tilton Winter Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Tilton Winter Farmers Market in need of a new home

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Joan O’Connor, the manager of the Tilton Winter Farmers Market, envisions a bright, expansive space for the market. A place with atmosphere, a facility full of sunlight that is reminiscent of Boston’s Faneuil Hall. “I’d love a beautiful building,” she said. “Some kind of a building that gives you mental health in the dead of winter.” But as summer speeds …

FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there. The FDA announced the partial ban on Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked to 2013 and 2014 outbreaks of stomach illnesses in the United States. U.S. and Mexican health …

Appeals court upholds California shark fin ban

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A federal appeals court Monday dismissed a legal challenge to a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins. The legislation does not conflict with a 19th century law that gives federal officials authority to manage shark fishing off the California coast or significantly interfere with interstate commerce, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. The 2-1 ruling upheld …

Fair Food: Making deep-fried treats at home

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It feels slightly blasphemous to say this as a girl who grew up in New Hampshire, where agricultural fairs are tightly woven into the fabric of summer life, but I’m not a fair person. I don’t like them. …

A salad for kids who refuse to eat any of those icky greens

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

You don’t understand it. Your child used to devour any vegetable. Any color. Any taste. You were so proud. Then reality struck and suddenly your darling little omnivore hated – hated, I say! – anything that even resembled …

Keeping the mayo and the comfort in an updated classic

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I have a serious comfort food association with chicken salad sandwiches. Particularly in summer. That’s when Mom made them for me for lunch. And I don’t mean salads with chicken (the “ugh” of the healthy menu at fast-casual …

‘Mastering the art’ of cookbook titles

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Let’s play a literary word association game. I say “Mastering the Art of . . .,” you say: Soviet Cooking? Long-Range Shooting? Longarm Quilting? Chinese Cooking? Carving Melon Centerpieces? French Eating? If you’re a classicist and a cook, there is just one proper response: French Cooking. And depending …

Huge herring haul worries rival fishermen, environmentalists

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A little fish that New Englanders have sought since the Colonial era is at the center of a battle over how to manage massive boats that trawl swaths of ocean off the East Coast. The catch for the …

Way of eating focuses on wellness, but also often includes weight loss

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The coaches at Get Fit NH Bootcamp were upfront about the fine print when they pitched their six-week nutritional challenge to clients, myself included, in mid-May. They told us we’d probably feel worse – headachy, short-fused, exhausted – …

A bevy of N.H. beer bills evidence of growth, change in the market

Thursday, April 9, 2015

By almost any metric, New Hampshire’s beer business is becoming more stout. The number of breweries has jumped from 17 to 38 in the past 18 months and is expected to push 60 in the next year. Beer …

Craft sake is the latest trend that’s brewing in US

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

First came boutique wineries. Then microbreweries and craft distilleries. Now Japanese sake aficionados are hoping to transform the so-called “rice wine” into the next artisan alcohol-of-the-moment in the U.S. Dan Ford, whose Maine-made sake is just hitting the …

Starbucks: Prices for some drinks to go up by 5 to 20 cents

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Starbucks raised its prices again yesterday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks, the company said. The Seattle-based company also raised prices nationally about a year ago. A small and large brewed …

Concerns over US winter wheat may boost low crop prices

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Concerns about the quantity and quality of the U.S. winter wheat crop and an El Nino weather pattern blamed for dry conditions in other wheat producing nations have sparked a recent run up in wheat prices. Normally, the …