UNH Cooperative Extension Offers New Publication on Successful Selling at Farmers Markets

UNH Cooperative Extension expert Nada Haddad, an Extension food and agriculture field specialist, has produced a publication for those vendors selling at farmers markets throughout New Hampshire.

The 12-page “Selling Successfully at a Farmers Market” offers more than 35 marketing and merchandising tips for those selling, or thinking of selling, at farmers market.

Product quality, sales areas and presentation, pricing, signage, branding, retaining loyal customers, safety, and planning are just a few examples of the information available in the publication that will help make vendors’ sales and customer shopping experiences successful.

“Good quality produce and good farm products are only a fraction for selling successfully at the farmers market,” Haddad said. ”There are many more specifics that growers, market vendors and market managers should look into. The publication also covers the rules and regulations that affect the sales of products at farmers markets.”

This publication can be downloaded for free here.

For more information, contact Haddad at Nada.Haddad@UNH.edu or (603) 679-5616.

About UNH Cooperative Extension
UNH Cooperative Extension puts trusted information and practical know-how in the hands of citizens and businesses in New Hampshire. Extension is at work in every New Hampshire county, making the state’s critical industries stronger; developing vibrant communities and municipal leaders; fostering healthy families and an informed and engaged citizenry; and keeping the state’s natural resources healthy and productive. The Community and Economic Development (CED) program team has assisted more than 75 New Hampshire communities to plan and implement community visioning events since 1989. Celebrating 100 years in 2014


Splitting the Bill

It’s probably an American ritual. A rite of passage that we pass along to our children. The hallowed event at a fancy restaurant, when the whole family gathers. We eat forever and drink a little wine. And reminisce and enjoy one another’s company.

Until the bill comes – this one for $265.00. Then all bets are off. The gloves are dropped and the calculators come out.

“Who had the veal parmigiana?” offers Uncle Ted, the accountant. The posturing begins.

“Which one, the special or the regular one?”

“Does it matter?”

“Well, yeah. The special was $2.00 more. Didn’t you have that one, Freddy?”

“I don’t know. Jean ordered for me. I was in the Men’s Room.”

“Who had the clam chowder? There are six of them on the bill.” Everyone looks at one another. No one remembers.

“I think I had a salad,” offers sister Pat. “But it came with my meal. I think.”

“Well, I figured ours out already. Jim and I owe $14.”

“Didn’t you guys have the Prime Rib?” questions Aunt Mary. “And four drinks?”

“Did you figure in the tip? And that 9% meals tax?”

“Well, we’re not paying for something we didn’t eat.”

“What about your kids? The four of them ate off the regular menu. Our kids just had the hot dogs.”

Tempers begin to heat up, almost as quickly as his calculator keypad, as Uncle Ted tries feverishly to make some sense of this mess. Precious minutes tick away. Grandma’s flatulence is easily detected in the quiet that envelops the room.

“Let’s just each chip in the same amount,’ offers Cousin Tony. “Then it’s a square deal.”

“That’s easy for you to say,” bellows Uncle Ross from the other end of the table. “That wife of yours ate enough for four.” That stops Tony’s wife dead in her tracks. She licks the rest of the whipped cream off Grandma’s spoon and begins to bristle. It’s getting personal now. The quiet turns into the confusion of eighteen voices talking over one another.

“Calm down everyone,” yells Grandpa, face reddening brightly. The last time he looked like that, he had a stroke, thinks Grandma to herself. She reels off a silent prayer. “We’ve gotta get through this,” he says. “So everyone shut up. Gimme the bill,” he says to Uncle Ted, who mops his brow and slouches back in his chair, relieved to have the pressure taken off him.

“I’m sending this around the table,” Grandpa instructs them. “Put your name next to everything your family ate. Don’t cheat or I’ll take you out of my will.”

And the orderly progression of the bill begins, passed from one chair to the next. Down the left side of the table, up the right side. Neat little names printed next to each meal. Except for Uncle Gustave, who can’t write. But everyone knows the ‘X’ next to the meatloaf is his.

Five minutes later, the bill returns to Grandpa. “Thank you,” he says sternly. “Now, Ted, add up what each of us owes. And tack on the tax and a 20% tip.”

A few peeps are emitted at the mention of the tip rate. Shirley elbows her husband. “The will,” she whispers. “Remember the will.”

Uncle Ted puts his CPA degree to good use. He comes up with the figures in less than five minutes. The deed is done. The figures announced. The money silently emerges from wallets and purses and is placed on top of the bill. Everyone, of course brought twenty dollar bills, but no one dares to ask for change. The waitress really makes out on this deal. She earned every penny of it, with this bunch.

“Now go home,” says Grandpa, as he helps Grandma out of her chair, nose wrinkling slightly from the remnants of her flatulence. “And thanks for the birthday dinner.”

Perhaps some family rituals should be revised.

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Catherine B. (Chartier) Sheridan, 99, of Derry

Catherine B. (Chartier) Sheridan, 99, of Derry, died peacefully July 24, 2014 at Pleasant Valley Nursing Center of Derry, where she had been a resident for the past five years. Born February 4, 1915, she was raised by her parents, Horace and Bessie (Devaney) Chartier in Nashua, NH. She graduated from Nashua High School in 1933 and attended her 60th class reunion in 1993. After graduation she worked at the Nashua Manufacturing Co. as a laboratory technician inspecting cloth. While working there, she received some notoriety when a photo of her inspecting cloth appeared in National Geographic. She married her husband, Philip Wayne Sheridan, Sr. on August 31, 1939 in Barnet, Vt. They were married for 47 years until Phil’s death in Dec. of 1986.

For a short time, they lived in Hasbrook Heights, NJ during the war where Phil was employed as a government Inspector for the war effort. Soon after, they returned to NH, living in Nashua and Derry. As soon as their son, Philip W. Sheridan, Jr. reached his teens, Catherine returned to work as a telephone operator in Derry for a short time. She was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Derry, and a member of the Ransford Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years.

In 1970, the Sheridans moved to Hampstead, NH. In retirement, they enjoyed gardening, camping, caring for pets and animals and especially golfing. They were past members of Charmingfare Golf Links in Candia, NH. Always being active, Catherine went bowling and played golf well into her eighties. Catherine’s activities slowed as she approached her nineties. She was most devastated by the death of her only grandson, Michael Sheridan in 2008. Soon after, she became a resident of Pleasant Valley Nursing Center, where she was able to receive the care she needed to live the rest of her days in comfort.

Catherine is survived by her only son, Philip Wayne Sheridan, Jr and his wife, Judith Marie (Pouliot) Sheridan of Sandown, NH.

After cremation, a graveside service will be celebrated, Tuesday July 29, 2014 at 12:00pm in Forest Hill Cemetery, Hampstead Rd., E. Derry.


Londonderry Concerts on the Common Features Bruce Marshall Group and James Montgomery

Londonderry Concerts on the Common features Bruce Marshall Group and James Montgomery on Wednesday, August 6th from 7:00 to 8:30. For a complete schedule and more details click here.

For our last show of 2014, we are very excited to welcome back Bruce Marshall. He played for us last summer with his band, and they were, by all accounts, fantastic. They treated us to a soaring ride as they ripped through a catalog of original material that truly set the band apart. Lead by Bruce, the musicianship of the entire group was front and center. This summer, we asked Bruce and his band to perform for us again. This is going to be another awesome evening of Blues, R&B, Rock and Southern Boogie. But, this time, he will be joined by his friend James Montgomery. James is well-known at Londonderry’s Tupelo Music Hall and throughout New England as a true showman. He has toured with many major artists, including Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, the Allman Brothers, Steve Miller and others. The two of these great musicians together, backed by a tremendous band, is going to set the Common on fire! Be sure to join us!

Bad weather location: Londonderry High School cafeteria.

Concerts on the Common are provided by the Londonderry Arts Council whose mission is to enrich
Londonderry’s quality of life by promoting cultural arts in the community – and made possible by the generous support of Premier Sponsors including Londonderry Freezer Warehouse, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Corporate Cost Control, Lindt Chocolate of Londonderry, Shady Hill Greenhouses, Ford of Londonderry, Solomon Law Office, Wirebelt, and Backwoods Landscaping. Also, contributions from our Gold Sponsors Mark Oswald (Re/MAX Realtor), Market Basket, and Spectrum Gymnastics Academy. For a complete list of our sponsors, visit their website.

For more information contact: Stephen Lee, Londonderry Arts Council, 603-818-3232, email swl1881.londonderry@gmail.com.


Keeping the Medicare Promise

As the 49th anniversary of the Medicare Act approaches on July 30, it
is important that all Americans understand how critical Medicare is
to keeping seniors out of poverty. For those who would cut benefits
or do away with the program altogether under the guise of deficit
reduction, I say look at history:

Medicare was enacted in 1965 because half of American seniors
couldn’t afford private insurance.  Private health insurance
continued to rise year after year but Medicare costs have remained

Medicare saves money in a big way. Medicare’s overhead expenses are
just 1% compared to 9% for private insurance and 6% for Medicare
advantage, AND, Medicare’s costs rise far more slowly than private
insurance.  Thanks to Obamacare, Part D prescription drugs will cost 
less as the “donut hole” is closed and seniors don’t pay out of
pocket for mammograms, diabetes or cancer screenings. That makes for
healthier seniors and keeps costs lower.

Let’s keep Medicare strong and speak out to those who would cut the
benefits seniors need.

Jerry Conner


Children’s Festival at Hampton Beach

Starting Monday, August 11th is the annual Children’s Festival at Hampton Beach. This event lasts until August 15th. Enjoy five days of free activities for your kids including sandcastle contests, costume parades, Magic Show, and Children’s Entertainment on the Sea Shell Stage. A Giant Costume Parade that marches almost the length of Hampton Beach will be on Friday, August 15th. Every child gets a prize just for being in it! There will also be free ice cream and Coca-Cola for you to enjoy.

The Children’s Festival will kick off with a magic show by BJ Hickman and building up to a giant costume parade that stretches almost the length of the beach. Have some summer fun with the family at the beach!

Click here for a full schedule of activities for the week. All Children’s Festival activities are free and open to the public. For more information call the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce office at (603) 926-8717.

There is also a chance to win a new bike! Write a creative Kid’s Slogan for Hampton Beach! It will be used for a Summer 2015 Bumper Sticker.