One of the best parts about visiting New Hampshire from spring through autumn is having the opportunity to sample the Granite State’s abundant local produce and other edible ingredients. Not only are such foods healthy, but they help to literally give visitors a chance to savor the flavor of the region. Not sure how to find organic food in and around North Conway? Below are five easy ways to eat organic in North Conway:
1. Buy local. One of the keys to eating organic food in New Hampshire is to buy locally. Buying local food products not only benefits the regional economy, but it’s a good way to get the freshest food possible. Produce is frequently just hours (or sometimes even minutes) off of the farm.
2. Dine at local, independent restaurants. Food and dining out is part of the culture in New Hampshire and many independent North Conway NH restaurants make good use of locally-grown, organic ingredients. Just a few of these food emporiums include the elegant restaurant at Stonehurst Manor, where the chef uses local produce, fish and meat to make breakfast entrees, grilled dinner items and fresh brick oven pizzas ; Rafferty’s Restaurant and Pub for tasty gluten-free fare; and the Stairway Cafe for breakfasts, sandwiches and burgers made with fresh, local ingredients.
3. Shop the farmers’ markets. In addition to tasty restaurants North Conway NH offers an excellent farmers’ market, loaded with fresh produce, cheese, honey and other delicious treats. The market sets up every Tuesday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the corner of Grove Street and SR 16 from July through September. Although the offerings change weekly, there’s sure to be something delicious and enticing the day you visit.
4. Buy in season. One of the things you’ll want to keep in mind when food shopping and dining in the North Conway area is to buy what’s in season. Buying in season is not only less expensive, but it offers you the freshest of ingredients. New Hampshire spring produce includes fiddleheads, asparagus, rhubarb, lettuce and morels. Summer brings beets, berries, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, melons, peppers and tomatoes. The fall harvest includes apples, pears, root vegetables, grapes and pumpkins.
5. Plan a picnic. One of the nicest ways to enjoy the New Hampshire countryside is to stock up on a few ingredients and share a meal al fresco. Local markets carry freshly-baked bread, locally-made cheese, fresh fruit and other goodies. Take these and a blanket to the nearby 6,440-acre White Mountain State Park and have lunch overlooking one of the park’s recreational lakes with a view of the mountains.
Stonehurst Manor in North Conway is a great place to experience all of the best of eastern New Hampshire. Set on 33 acres against the backdrop of the White Mountains, our Victorian boutique hotel offers elegant guest rooms and condos as well as an award-winning restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, manicured gardens and a relaxing gazebo area. We look forward to welcoming you to our special corner of the country.