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NEW HAMPSHIRE Food Trivia & Facts

New Hampshire land area: 5,729,316 acres.
Farmland is 471,911 acres or 8.2% of total land.
Organic agriculture accounts for about 4,666 acres.
Number of Farms: 4,166
Principle Farm Operators: Men: 2,929  Women: 1,237
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data]

New Hampshire total population: 1,318,194
Urban population: 821,760
Rural population: 496,434
Food insecure households*: 9.6%
Households with very low food security*: 4.0%
*Food insecurity - Limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
Very low food security - At times during the year, eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and food intake reduced because the household lacked money and other resources for food.

(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: )
(Population & Food Security data: 2011)

The first potato planted in the United States was planted at Londonderry Common Field, New Hampshire, in 1719.

In 2006 the Pumpkin (Cucurbita mixta) was designated as the Official State Fruit of New Hampshire.

In 2010 Apple Cider was designated as the Official State Beverage.

In 1977 the Ladybug (Coccinella novemnotata) was designated as the Official State Insect.

In 1983 the White Tail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) was designated as the Official State Animal.

In 1994 Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) was designated as the Official State Freshwater Fish.

In 1994 Striped Bass (Roccus saxatilis) was designated as the Official State Saltwater Game Fish of New Hampshire.

Hancock Old Home Days
     Do you like picnics? The people of Hancock, New Hampshire, like them so much that what started as a family picnic in 1879 has grown into a picnic that includes the whole town and anyone who has ever lived there!
     Hancock has celebrated Old Home Day for more than 120 years. The celebration includes the Hancock Town Picnic and a parade. Townspeople see the gathering as a way to encourage others who have moved away to come back and visit. Apparently, other people in the state thought it was a good idea as well. Today, invitations are sent out across the country to relatives and New Hampshire descendants to return for the statewide celebration. In 1899, New Hampshire Governor Frank Rollins made Old Home Day a state holiday.
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