Barnstead NH News

September 13, 2017


Pioneer Clubs Are Returning To Barnstead!


The Pioneer Clubs organization has a rich history with social groups and churches, reaching young people with effective programs for more than 75 years. These successful programs are returning to Center Barnstead Christian Church!  Pioneer Club kids will form healthy relationships with friends and caring leaders, all while having a ton of fun. 


At Pioneer Clubs, you might play a game called Human Battleship that we invented last year.  We will learn about the life of Jesus throughout the year. Our kids will develop skills in various areas, like personal health and hygiene, manners and etiquette, cycling, hiking, and first aid.


We will meet on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Center Barnstead Christian Church, located beside the Barnstead Town Hall.  Family Prayer Meeting is held simultaneously.  September 27th is our first Pioneer Club meeting. All kids, Kindergarten to 6th grade, are invited to join!



Strafford Historical Society Renaissance Faire


The Historical Society in the Shire of Strafford presents the 2017 first annual Renaissance Faire on the grounds of the Old Waldron Store, 520 Provence Road,LoBow Lake Village Strafford.  The Faire will be Sept 16-17 from 10:30 -4:30.  


Lords and Ladies come see us at our humble abode.


Crafts and playful games for children.  Get knighted by the King and play croquet with the Queen.  Lend an ear to fanciful music and wonderful storytellers at the Royal Stage or strolling on the grounds.  Stop by our extraordinary vendors who have special wares to sell.  All proceeds go the the Strafford Historical Society.



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Open Barn September 16th 2017 at Tiz A Miniature Horse Farm 158 Garland Rd. in Barnstead.Pony Rides, Cart Rides, Food For Sale, Demonstrations, Lots Of Fun For The Family. 603-948-5552. Foals To See    10am to 3pm. Yankee Miniature Horse Club



New Survey Shows Farmersí Markets Are As Popular As Ever In The Granite State


A survey conducted in the beginning of 2017 shows shopping at farmersí markets is very popular among New Hampshire residents.


The NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food, University of New Hampshire Dept. of Natural Resources and the Environment, UNH Cooperative Extension and the NH Farmersí Market Association recently collaborated to conduct a survey of New Hampshire farmersí markets. The goal of the project was to obtain information about consumer shopping experiences and attitudes related to farmersí markets which would then be helpful to farmers and market coordinators in meeting shopper needs.


Two surveys were conducted from February through April 2017. The first was conducted via telephone as part of the Granite State Polling program where New Hampshire residents were called at random and asked about their farmersí market experiences. The second was an online survey that was offered to existing farmersí market shoppers from across the state. Shopping habits at both summer and winter farmers markets were examined.


More than 500 individuals responded to the first survey.  Over 84% of respondents had shopped at a farmersí market. The majority of survey respondents indicated that the main reasons they shopped at farmersí markets were to support local farm business and access to high-quality products. Product quality, variety, market hours and location were all important to the shopping experience. For the 16% that said they have never shopped at a farmers market, they indicated it was mainly because there wasnít one nearby, or they lacked information about New Hampshire farmersí markets. Inconvenience and lack of time to shop at a farmersí market were also among the top reasons cited.


The results of the second survey show that 60 percent of the 369 participants said they shopped at both summer and winter markets in 2016 and nearly 40% visited a farmersí market once a week. Over 50% said they shopped at a farmersí market in 2016 with the same frequency as 2015, but about 30% said they shopped at a farmersí market more often in 2016. Many respondents indicated that, in addition to their desire to support local agriculture and buy fresh and high-quality products, they came to farmersí markets because the experience was fun; they enjoyed seeing and interacting with people in those places.


The survey collaborators hope that the results will provide farmers and farmersí market organizers with information to help improve the shopping experience and strengthen farmersí markets in New Hampshire.  The full survey report will be available soon and found on the partner organizationsí websites. For more information contact Gail McWilliam Jellie at 603-271-3788,, or visit The NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food at













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