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From farm to grill
Where to find locally raised meat
By Linda A. Thompson-Odum food@hippopress.com

Looking for meat to put on the grill? Why not try some of the locally raised variety?

There are many New Hampshire farmers who produce beef, pork, chicken, lamb and even elk. And most of these farmers take care to ensure that their livestock are well cared for and humanely treated. Here are three examples to consider, all of which sell their meat directly from the farm.

On the drive up the hill to Miles Smith Farm in Loudon, visitors will spot large, shaggy cows in the fields. They are the Scottish Highlander cattle that Carole Soule and Bruce Dawson specifically chose to raise on their 32 acres.

“Highlanders are well suited to New Hampshire’s climate,” Soule said. These cattle thrive outdoors in all types of weather. “If you put up a barn, they wouldn’t go in.”

The couple actually started with sheep, but some disappeared at night thanks to the local coyotes. So they switched to the Highlanders. “They are bred hearty and will fight off predators,” Soule said.

Miles Smith Farm (named after the original 1850s-era owner who is buried on the property) also sells Angus beef that is raised by another farmer since Soule and Dawson do not have the room for them. All of the beef is free of growth hormones and antibiotics. They are primarily grass-fed, with brewer’s yeast silage added to their diet. Soule also sees to it that when their time comes they are humanely processed.

“It is important to have New Hampshire-grown beef available to help keep the state’s farms going,” Soule said. “I really didn’t eat beef until I started eating what I raised myself. It is so much better-tasting than what you find in the supermarket. So good that I wanted to share it.”

Miles Smith Farm, 56 Whitehouse Road, Loudon, 783-5159, www.milessmithfarm.com, has a farm store that is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.; and Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Their meat can also be found at A Market in Manchester, the Concord Co-op, and Longhaul Farm in Holderness (starting in June).

Jennifer Lamper and Raymond Simard of Twist of Fate Farm in Dunbarton never planned to sell their home-grown meats to the public. But fate intervened.

“It started with some chickens that we raised for eggs, and turkeys,” Lamper said. “Friends would come over and ask if they could buy one from us. The next year we added pigs and cows. Friends would offer to buy one if we would raise it for them. It all happened by accident. We did it for us, but everyone wanted some, too.”

The couple have farmed for eight years. They now also offer lamb and rabbit. All their animals are raised on non-medicated grains and hormone-free.

“We raise them humanely. They all have names … well, maybe except the hogs. We have about 40 of them,” she said.

The owners of Twist of Fate Farm Market, 1220 Black Brook Road in Dunbarton, 774-5150, www.twistoffatefarm.com, not only sells their own meat, but also other New Hampshire products, such as ice cream, maple syrup, goat cheese, coffee, soda and dog treats. The market is open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The just- opened Heavenly Fodder on Elm Street in Manchester uses the farm’s meats in some dishes, and sells it to the public.

To shake things up at a cookout, pay a visit to Yankee Farmer’s Market in Warner.

“When you come up you will see a bunch of buffalo,” said owner Brian Farmer (yes, that’s his name). The farm store also carries locally grown venison and elk, plus ostrich from Massachusetts. “I haven’t found any local farmer brave enough to raise ostrich on a large scale,” Farmer said.

Farmer always wanted to do some type of farming. He came from a family of landowners, but they were all tradespeople — machinists, truck drivers and carpenters. A friend rasied buffalo and wanted to get out of the business, so Farmer decided to give it a try. He worked as an engineer while he and his wife, Keira, built the farm business.

At any time, the farm has a buffalo herd of between 50 and 100. The buffalo graze in the pasture and enjoy the occasional treat, such as apples and pumpkins in the fall. “They love pumpkins. It is funny to watch them. They knock them around a bit and then finally push them into the ground and eat the slimy seeds out of the middle. Then they eat the crunchy outside,” Farmer said.

Buffalo meat tastes simular to beef, but it is much healthier — low in fat (even lower than white-meat chicken) and high in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which help to lower cholesterol. Farmer said he doesn’t taste much of a difference when he goes from beef to buffalo, but when he goes back to beef he can taste the fat.

The Yankee Farmer’s Market sells many cuts of buffalo, as well as hot dogs, sausage, summer sausage and jerky. Located at 360 Route 103 East in Warner, 456-2833, www.yankeefarmersmarket.com, the farm store is open Monday, Tuesday, Thrusday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Satuday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Farmer will ship orders from the Web site, and customers can find the products at stores such as A Market in Manchester and the Concord Co-op. The products are also served at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester.

To find other livestock farms throughout the state, go to www.nh.gov/agric, and click on the link for the New Hampshire Livestock Directory.



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A picnic — it’s romance with ants
A sweet burst of summer, in stages
Beef, It's What's For Dinner, Lunch, And Dessert
Be it ever so humble, the burger rules
Blockbuster snacks for your movie
Box Of Chocolates
C Is For Cookie And Christmas And Cool Combo
Celebrating A Holiday For The Rest Of Us
Celebrate Easter In A Sugar Coma
Chat And Chew

Chinese soup is magic
Chocolate cake makes everything better
Chocolate, Part II
Competition flows like chocolate
Corn Flake Chicken, Honeycomb Salad
Dining at the "Your House Bistro"
Don't Dread The Bread
Dress Up Your Next Meal
Drinking Out Of The Box
Eating Your Way Back To Health
Empanadas
Enter Soup
Experiments With Very Bad Brownies
Feeding A Crowd The Morning After
Follow the cider house rules
Fresh Herbs
Go ahead — run silent, run deep
Goodbye corn syrup, hello organic oatmeal
Go Indian for Thanksgiving
Grilled Cheese Junkie

Halloween candy for grown-ups
Have a Happy Meal and a happier wallet
Holiday Cookies - The Easy Way
Holiday Potluck 101-Tips For The Kitchen Novice
Home-Based Date
How do you like them apples?
In-A-Pinch Love Feast
It's not easy to be cheesy
It’s not Christmas without tamales
Lest We Forget The Humble Squash
Keeping your cool while you eat
Living through your salad days

Looking Beyond The Hot Dog Stand
Lunching your way to a less toxic you
Meat's meat and a man's gotta eat

Moist and delicious chicken — no, really
Oatmeal Cookies, The Miracle Cure
Oscar Night, When The Stars Come Out To Eat

Offering Up A Slice Of Teriyaki Pie
Pot Pies Are Darn Tasty
Pumpkin-Flavored Treats
Small Plates Are The Next Big Thing
Speedy 'za not pie in the sky
Steak: it’s what’s for dinner, again
Summer coolers, just add sunlight
Summer Squash
Super Bowl Grub
Take A Walk On The Dark Side
Taste of Manchester Event
The Cosmopolitan
The joys of a simple oatmeal breakfast
The return of comfort food
The One-Note Cook Book
The New American Plate Cookbook
The Stickiest, Hottest & Sweetest Of Love's Labors
The taste of retro
The Unheralded Peanut Butter Cookies
The union of sweet and heat
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