life in the Kearsarge area

what's happening in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area of NH

Archive for July, 2009

Food news

Congratulations to the Inn at Pleasant Lake for their recent award: the Platinum Plate from the television diner at New England Cable News (NECN). The food critic was impressed with their stunning five-course prix fixe dinner, beautiful setting and superb service and awarded owners Brian and Linda MacKenzie with their  highest restaurant review. The review will air on NECN’s TV Diner with Billy Costa on Saturday, August 1, at 10 AM and 7 PM.

Natural foods in New London

Kearsarge Coop You’ve seen the construction trucks at 52 Newport Road for a while, but now it’s official: the Kearsarge Cooperative Grocer is open in New London. I stopped in on their first day and signed up as a member. I was very excited to receive my coupon book and a flyer with the upcoming August specials. Now I can plan my coop shopping trips to get the most bang for my buck. (Hey, isn’t everyone budget conscious these days?) The grand opening of the Kearsarge Cooperative Grocer is scheduled to coincide with Hospital Days on August 7 to 9. Be sure to stop by for free samples, product giveaways, raffles, and free coffee and produce samples – and look for their 40-foot farm theme float in the parade!

New London’s best kept secret

Picture 044 Looking for a keepsake from New Hampshire? Sarah Parker Cave at Gourmet Garden has locally made goods tucked into every nook and cranny of her shop, located on 353 Main Street in New London. Every where you look there are some really lovely things – handmade ornaments, handcrafted soaps, baskets (also locally made) filled with NH products – as well as sweet treats: chocolate that looks like granite, maple sugar candies and fudge. Whether you’re visiting from out of town or lived here all your life, you’ll find something you can’t live without. And now I know the best place in town to get stocking stuffers for everyone in the family! Picture 066

Cash (or credit) for clothes

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Women and children: Are you looking to clean out your closet? Back on the Rack is open in New London. It’s a cute little shop located in the white building across the street from Morgan Hill Bookstore. You can drop off your gently used items and get cash (or store credit) for your clothes. I’ve always been a fan of thrift and consignment stores (just ask me about the bag of t-shirts I got for my son for $3), but owner Kate Dulac does something a bit different: pays cash. That’s right – you don’t have to remember to pick up a check. You bring your stuff and you get paid. But give her a little time to get the shop profitable…right now she’s bought so much that she’s only offering store credit. [But take note, shoppers: Kate has some great inventory!] Back on the Rack is open three days a week: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.Picture 002

Main Street Bakery open

Picture 017 Man, I sure was bummed one morning when I stopped by Main Street Bakery and it was closed. The door was cracked open a bit, so I stuck my head in to see what was happening and met Brenda, the new owner. (Yes, I’m that nosey.) Now the bakery is back open for business. I picked up a bag of homemade plain cake donuts and, boy, were they good. Stop by for breakfast or lunch next time you’re in town; you can see the menu online at

I scream for ice cream

Picture 002 Who doesn’t like cows? We stopped at Brick Farm Ice Cream in Unity for some ice cream, and I was able to take a photo of my daughter with one of the cows…ha ha. (Thanks, guys, for the photo opp.) Then we went to the stand and placed our order. We all got something different, and all three flavors of homemade – yes, I said homemade – ice cream were delicious. My parents remember stopping at ice cream stands for homemade ice cream, but this was new to me. It was a drive from Grantham, but totally worth it. If you’re driving on Route 10, I suggest you keep going to try some for yourself. Hours and directions are online at

The power of wind

Picture 062 I loved seeing huge busses with Vermont license plates parked at Sturgeon’s General Store in Lempster. I had read in the news that Vermont groups were taking trips to the Lempster Wind Farm to see the 12 turbines in action. We were driving on Route 10 last week and decided to take a trip ourselves. It was a hike to get to the wind turbines, but it was worth it. The project reached commercial capacity late last year (November 2008, according to an informational sign) and produces electricity for 10,000 New Hampshire homes (and offsets the carbon dioxide emissions from the 100,000 barrels of oil those households would consume otherwise). I remember reading all the brouhaha in the papers over the wind farm years ago, but I can’t see why anyone would object. There’s something hypnotic about coming into Newport from Route 10 and seeing the wind farm on the ridge in the distance. Or driving further down Route 10, and looking out your side window and realizing how big the wind turbines actually are. As you get closer, you hear a whistling and, in some spots, can feel a breeze. The whole family, three generations, was fascinated. Why don’t you go check them out for yourself?

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