Made in New England Products Take Center Stage at Seacoast Public Market

Tastes of New England debuts Seacoast’s first public market in Portsmouth. Fine food, flowers, jewelry, gifts, handbags, home items and more to be found at inaugural event on June 6.

Durham, NH, May 08, 2009 --( Tastes of New England (, a retailer, distributor and promoter of New England-made products, today announced a new event designed to connect made in New England products with consumers. On June 6, 2009, Seacoast, New Hampshire’s first-ever Public Market will debut in Portsmouth at the Frank Jones Center. The company has produced similar events in other parts of New England, but this is their first in the Seacoast.

This comes as a result of increasing consumer demand for access to locally made products. “People today want the safety and originality of locally made products,” said Mary Reed, owner of Tastes of New England. “I am consistently amazed at how many folks do not even know what is made in their own backyard. Working together with the local Farmer’s Markets we hope to change that.”

Whether one is in need of a quick, affordable meal, groceries or a gift, you will be able to find it at the Public Market. Over 30 exhibitors are expected to show, sample and sell their wares. Dozens of products will be available, including traditional and gluten-free condiments, sauces, pastries, produce, bread, cheese, jewelry, flowers, t-shirts, handbags and more from companies such as Provincial Palate, Arthur Marc’s Specialty Foods, ABC Originals, Natural Disorder and Trash Monkey Tees.

Public Markets have long been a vehicle for purveying locally made goods. Similar markets, such as the Public Market House in Portland, ME and the Boston Public Market, have enjoyed long-term success for vendors and buyers and now Tastes of New England is bringing this concept to Southern New Hampshire.

“We expect to draw several thousand attendees from Southern New Hampshire, the North Shore and tourists who are in town from other parts of the country,” said Reed. “We want to give people yet another reason to visit here. It’s an affordable day trip for families who are watching their budget this Summer.”

Three additional dates are planned for later in the Summer--June 27, August 1 and August 29. All will take place from 10 am – 3 pm.

The Frank Jones Center is located at 400 Route One Bypass in Portsmouth. For more information, contact Tastes of New England at (603) 762-4155 or via email at

Tastes of New England
Carol Arnold