Hanover Co-op's Annual Producers' Fair, a New England Highlight

35 Local Farms and Food Producers Celebrate the Harvest with Consumers

The Hanover Co-op’s Annual Producers’ Fair is the highlight of summer for farmers and consumers in northern New England. Established a celebration of the harvest, this free event has become a way for consumers to stay connected to local farmers and food producers. It is also an annual opportunity for highlighting the impact small local farms and business have on the regional economy. 

This cooperative event is sponsored entirely by the Hanover Co-op Food Stores. There is no cost to attendees or vendors. Food producers provide their own samples, but our Co-op team handles all elements from planning to promotion to clean up.

This year’s Producers Fair is set for Saturday, August 12 from 10 to 2 at our Lebanon, NH location (12 Centerra Parkway).

Key points:

  • Free and open to all
  • 35 local and regional vendors offering free samples
  • Live bluegrass music
  • Wagon rides
  • Community service organizations on hand to share their story
  • Opportunity for consumers to meet and talk with farmers and food producers

We hold our annual Hanover Co-op Producers Fair to emphasize these cooperative messages:

  • Buying local helps support small farms and preserve the rural character of New Hampshire and Vermont.
  • Buying local keeps more dollars in Northern New England’s economy.
  • Local food varieties can be grown for flavor rather than shelf life, so it tastes better.
  • Buying local connects communities to farms and businesses.
  • Buying local provides opportunity to try novel foods that reflect seasonality.
  • Buying local supports bio diversity and food security.

Vendors Include:

  • Krin's Bakery
  • Aqua Vitea Kombucha
  • Vermont Coffee Company
  • Backroads Granola
  • Garfield's Smokehouse
  • Taylor Brothers Creamery
  • Fat Toad Farm
  • Red Kite
  • Jeshua's
  • White Mountain Kettle Corn
  • Nichols Syrup
  • Richard's Vermont Made Sauces
  • MacNamara Dairy
  • Green Mountain Creamery
  • Stonyfield Organic
  • Cabot Creamery
  • Butterworks Farm
  • Walpole Creamery
  • Vermont Small Batch
  • Crossroad Farm
  • MacLennan Farm
  • Piersons Farm
  • Springledge Farm
  • Sunny Brook Farm
  • Blue Ox Farm
  • Long Wind Farm
  • Co-op Kitchen
  • Vegetaball's Pesto
  • Harpoon Brewery
  • Long Trail Brewing Co.
  • Woodstock Inn Brewery
  • Farnum Hill Cider
  • Labelle Winery

Other Attractions Include:

  • Music from Cardigan Mountain Tradition
  • Storytelling by Simon Brooks
  • Hayrides
  • Face Painting
  • Kids Activities
  • Baby Goats from Sunset Rock Farm

Other Tables:

  • Manghi’s Bread
  • Fresh Cut Watermelon
  • Vital Communities
  • Co-op Board

Photo Credits: Hanover Co-op Food Stores

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About Hanover Co-op Food Stores

The Hanover Co-op Food Stores—also known as the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society—is owned by more than 24,000 members. The Co-op seeks to build a well-nourished community cultivated through cooperation. From its founding in 1936 by 17 Dartmouth College professors and their spouses, the Hanover Co-op is now one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the United States. In recent years, this business has served more than 5,000 customers a day. For more than 85 years, this cooperative has stood by its founding commitment to buying locally produced food and goods. From locations in New Hampshire and Vermont, this consumer-owned business generates sales of $85 million annually from three grocery stores, a community market, and two auto service centers.