August is NH Eat Local Month!

Each week this month, we’ll be highlighting some of the terrific local food vendors participating in our Nashua Farmers Market, every Sunday from 10 am–2 pm at City Hall. 

This week we shine a spotlight on:

Fresh Start Farms

Hickory Nut Farms and

Simple Pleasures!

Fresh Start Farms

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Contact: 603-296-0443 or 

Fresh Start Farms NH is a statewide collective brand for immigrant and refugee farmers participating in the New American Sustainable Agriculture Program, a program of the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success. They work alongside new-American farmers, enabling them to grow food and share it at neighborhood farm stands, farmers markets, through CSA programs and more.

Formed in 2011, Fresh Start Farms NH creates an opportunity for immigrants to grow affordable and culturally appropriate food with an eye toward soil health, environmental well-being and consumer happiness.

ORIS/Fresh Start Farms is the largest and longest running ethnic community-based nonprofit in New Hampshire. Its staff and board represent at least 7 countries and speak over 13 languages. Their mission is to aid in the resettlement of refugees and immigrants in the state, by providing assistance, training, resources, and opportunities that promote self-sufficiency. 

They have several programs, from casework to youth leadership to food access to farmer training. Their New American Sustainable Agriculture Program (NASAP) program and its collective brand Fresh Start Farms provides land access, market entry, and training for new American farmers.

Hickory Nut Farms

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Contact: 603-659-6885 or 

From architects to goat farmers? Why not! With more than a dozen products created from their well cared for goat “ladies,” Hickory Nut Farm in Lee offers several types of goat’s milk cheese – from hard cheese and “blue” varieties, to soft spreadables and a ricotta “ri-goat-a” version, as well as cranberry-nut, pesto with parsley and walnuts, pickled or marinated cheese cubes, and more – to handmade soaps, goat’s milk fudge, caramel, yogurt and candy.

Simple Pleasures

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Contact: or  

Manchester-based baker Kim Anderson is busy cranking out lavish desserts, cakes, many types of breads, biscuits, donuts and cinnamon rolls, and tons of special orders. Her diverse work is as gorgeous as it is delicious! Simple Pleasures also does lots of catering for weddings and events. That’s a lot of “sugar and flour art,” as they call it!

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