About Local Foods Plymouth

LFP's Mission & About Us

Local Foods Plymouth’s (LFP) mission is to connect local farmers and food producers (our neighbors) to community members in order to grow and strengthen our local agricultural offerings and support our local economy. By offering a weekly, year-round, online farmers’ market, we serve as one of the primary local food “hubs” for farmers in Grafton County.  

Local Foods Plymouth aims to encourage our community members source a larger majority of their food locally. This will help sustain our local farmers and food producers to enable easier access to fresh, local foods for everyone. By providing our community with an avenue to reduce its foodprint*, LFP plays an important role in reducing our community’s overall energy consumption.

Local Foods Plymouth is a program of the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI). The Local Foods Pavilion is located across the driveway from PAREI’s headquarters at 300 Main St (Rte 3) in Plymouth, NH. Access the pavilion and the PAREI office using the second driveway on the right off Fairgrounds Road.

*Your daily habits around your food choices all have an impact on our environment, animals, and people. The food system, which includes production, packaging, transportation and disposal of everything we eat, accounts for one third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Everything you eat leaves behind a print – a Foodprint – some more harmful than others. Reference: footprint.org

Local Foods Plymouth (LFP) History

Local Foods Plymouth (LFP) is the first online farmers market in the country. It began in 2006 as a collaboration between the members and staff of D Acres Educational Farm and the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI). The innovative idea to create an online platform connecting local buyers with area farmers got off the ground using a small start-up grant from the US Department of Agriculture.

The online year-round market – now operated weekly by PAREI – has grown from 9 to 40 farmers and food producers. During the pandemic, the program grew by 630% and began offering curbside pick-up and home delivery.

PAREI is a 501C-3 non-profit membership organization that encourages and promotes energy conservation, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in the Plymouth region by offering programs and resources that encompass energy equity, energy education, community building, solar energy services and local food sourcing. Over the years, LFP has been an integral part of fulfilling PAREI’s mission by providing members with an avenue to reduce the environmental and economic impact caused by the energy-embedded in food choices, transportation and production.

PAREI’s relies on your donations and memberships to fulfill our community wide sustainability mission.

Consider a donation

to our Annual Fund, NH Solar Shares, Farm to Community Food Share Program, Kitchen Inspired Cooking Show or Local Foods Plymouth. Thank you!