Our Food Shed
We think of the lands and resources producing our food, and the channels that bring that food from farmer to eater, as our food shed. As a food hub, one of our primary functions is to orchestrate the components of the food shed to maximize effective production, storage, distribution, and use of our local agricultural goods and resources. We achieve this goal through operating Sweet Beet Market and through restaurant and food pantry partnerships.
Our Service Area
Our service area is nestled in central/southwest New Hampshire and includes five counties: Sullivan, Cheshire, Merrimack, Hillsborough and Grafton.
We prioritize local goods produced in this 30-mile radius. That means that we give special value to products that meet our definition of local, whether it be sourcing for Sweet Beet Market or distributing to local restaurants.
As our market expands, so too will the scope of our supply. In the hopes that our store can provide all the groceries one needs on a weekly basis, we will turn our gaze to the state and regional level for certain products that we simply cannot find locally, like whole grains, dried beans and seafood. If we can get our fish from the New England coast rather than from half-way across the globe, that's certainly a win!
We are particularly interested in regional food security; that is, in assisting New England on it's journey to producing as much of the food as it consumes as possible. This means strengthening production as well as distribution channels and storage infrastructure in our region.
Our work increasing food access corresponds with the work of Food Solution New England, a network invested in helping New England gain more control of it's own food production. They have launched an important initiative called A New England Food Vision: 50 by 60, wherein they aim for New England to produce 50% of it's food needs by 2060. There is a lot of work to be done and we are trying to do our part, with a focus on our local network.
Stay tuned for more information on this important initiative and ways you can engage. In the meantime, shopping local is the best way you can help ensure local and regional food security!
Our Contributing Producers
We have working relationships with 30-plus growers and producers, from vegetable farmers to meat producers to bakers, within our food shed. Each different kind of production plays an important role in our food system and local economy. When you shop at Sweet Beet Market, dine out at one of our partnering restaurants, or visit a local food pantry, the local goods you find likely come from these folks.
Stone Ridge Farm
A small family vegetable and fruit farm tucked away in Bradford.
A small-scale farm producing organic vegetables, herbs and flowers, potted plants, jam, soap and honey.
Silver Hill Farm
A local family homestead producing vegetables and dairy.
Sweet Beet Farm
A Kearsarge Food Hub vegetable growing operation on 1.5 acres in Bradford.
Sweet Beet Bakery
A Kearsarge Food Hub bakery, currently specializing in baguettes and world-famous cinnamon buns.
Up on the Farm
Delicious local pork, beef, veggies and maple syrup.
Marshall Hill Farm
Jams, cookies and other treats from the heart of New Hampshire.
Pasture-raised beef and beefalo, eggs, and hay.
Deer Valley Farm
Local vegetables and honey from the rolling hills of Bradford.
Bible Hill Farm
Vegetables, chicken and duck eggs, and a legendary pizza oven.
Eggs, turkeys, chickens and goats, oh my!
Local and sustainable lamb production on a small scale.
Little red orbs of deliciousness, perfect for pies, jams, and munching. PYO or buy them by the pint.
A diverse dairy and meat operation, with their own honor system farm stand full of local goodies.
Kearsarge Gore Farm
One of our favorites! KGF specializes in organic veggies, herbs, flowers, pork, beef, lamb, maple syrup, and cord wood.
Greenhill Collective Farm
A local staple, Greenhill is a diverse, certified organic operation producing veggies, herbs, flowers, some meat and value-added goods.
A certified organic growing operation, with free-range eggs and pasture raised pork products.
Blue Moon Berry Farm
Vegetables and berries, with a PYO option, in the beautiful hills of Warner.
A talented young lady producing the best granola this side of the Mississippi, offering unique sunflower earrings made from REAL sunflower petals, to boot! You have to see them to believe them.
Cascade Brook Farm
100% grass-fed purebred angus beef from the happiest cows in New Hampshire.
Wright Hill Farm
Maple syrup in unique glass bottles.
Bakery Hill Apiary
Soap, cream, and maybe a little honey - more bees are the answer!
New London, NH
High quality ornamentals, vegetables, fruits - a gem of the Kearsarge area!
The freshest organic vegetables and the best melons in town.
Mt. Hope Farm
A new farming operation specializing in veggies.
Fine baked goods including specialty boules, scones and other treats!
Contoocook Creamery at Bohanan Farm
A fifth-generation dairy operation on preserved land.
Work Song Farm
A diverse, small-scale vegetable growing operation with an emphasis on community!
Good Earth Farm
An organic vegetable farm with an impressive level of organization and precision!
Lacto-fermented vegetables, whole food condiments, and botanical infusions. Good for the soul!
A local bakery with organic and gluten-free options.
Bread & Batter Bakery
A home bakery specializing in breads, cakes, cookies and more!
Brookford Farm & Dairy
A 600-acre diversified farm with organic veggies, cattle, hogs, chickens, and dairy products.
An organic operation specializing in artisanal salad greens.
60 acres of fruit and vegetable production in southern NH.
Liquid gold - honey.
Blue Ox Farm
This 16-acre organic operation produces high quality vegetables in a systematic and reliable fashion.
A small homestead producing vegetables and flowers, with a keen eye on tomatoes!
Impressive greenhouses, rolling fields, PYO strawberries, and their own farm stand complete with prepared foods - these guys have it down.
A Connecticut River valley treasure - when we don't have corn yet, they're sure to have it.
Misty Knolls Farm
New Haven, VT
Vermont naturally-raised poultry from just over the border.