Grants for new Berlin Farmers’ Market vendors available

BERLIN — Do you grow fruit or vegetables to sell? How about meat or eggs? Or do you make a food product or run a food service business? You may be eligible for up to $500 to become a vendor at the Berlin Farmers’ Market. Funding is provided by a generous gift from the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation.
As part of WREN’s Food and Farm Initiative, which seeks to build the local food system and produce more fresh, healthy food in the region. Matching grants are available to qualifying food businesses.
“Last year we had ten businesses in the program,” said David White, Food and Farm Program manager for WREN. “They received grants for equipment as well as coaching and classes. WREN’s goal is to help businesses grow and succeed. Selling at farmers’ markets is a great way to either enter the marketplace or find new customers.”
This year the grant funding will initially be open to vendors new to the WREN market, held during the summer in downtown Berlin. After we award new vendor funding, returning vendors will be encouraged to apply. “It’s a grant of up to $500,” White said. “If the new vendors don’t need it all, returning vendors will be contacted.”
According to the Farmers Market Coalition, there were more than 8,500 framers markets nation-wide in 2016. This is a 50 percent increase from just five years ago. Given this trend, many local farm and food producers can now give thoughtful consideration to becoming a member of the local food economy.
To receive a copy of the application, email David White at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For questions, please call David White at (603) 869-9736.

Re/Max ranks tops in sales

BERLIN — Re/Max Northern Edge Realty located in Berlin, is ranked No. 1 overall in Coos County, for total property sales based on information from the New England Real Estate Network Inc. for the period of Jan. 1, through Dec. 31, 2016.
This is eighth year that Re/Max Northern Edge Realty of Berlin has been recognized for this achievement based on information from the New England Real Estate Network.
"Each member of of our team has worked diligently to achieve this high honor in the market,” said Carl Mercier, primary broker of Re/Max Northern Edge Realty. “Ranking No. 1 in not only Coos County, but in Berlin, Gorham, Milan, Shelburne, Randolph and all points in between for total sales volume and total property sold is a tremendous accomplishment."
To learn more about Re/Max Northern Edge Realty, visit Teamner.com or call (603) 752-0003. Re/Max Northern Edge Realty is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage located in Berlin. Founded in 2004, the brokerage has nine Realtors and specializes in residential, commercial, land and investment property.

Business Growth and Support Group to be held monthly at the WREN Maker Studio in Berlin

BERLIN — On the third Friday of each month, the WREN Maker Studio in Berlin will host casual morning meetings from 9 to 10 a.m., starting on Friday, Feb. 17. This group will benefit current, emerging and still-in-the-idea-stage entrepreneurs and business owners. The idea is for casual sharing of ideas and experiences to stimulate constructive feedback for attendees. For more information or to register, call the Maker Studio at (603) 752-0060, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.wrenworks.org.

Badger celebrates banner first year in Berlin

BERLIN — Just one year after opening its office in Berlin, Badger Realty North has become a leader in real estate in Coos County.
Some examples of the Badger Realty North difference:
• Within Berlin, Dummer, Errol, Gorham, Milan, Randolph, Shelburne and Stark, properties listed by Badger Realty North sold for an average of 24-30 percent higher and were on the market less than half the time, compared with other real estate offices in Berlin.
• Within Coos County, residential properties listed by Badger Realty North sold for an average of 26-30 percent higher, while Badger had more than five times the number of commercial sales, with their commercial listings selling for an average of 53 percent more.
• In Berlin, residential properties listed by Badger Realty North sold for an average of 26-32 percent higher than properties listed by its two closest competitors.
Badger Realty’s senior partner, Dick Badger, said when reviewing Badger Realty North’s successes for its first year, “We are so pleased with the entire team in Berlin. They’ve done an outstanding job in our first year there, delivering just the kind of results sellers want to see: fewer days on the market and higher selling prices. They’ve helped continue Badger Realty’s place among the top 26 firms in New Hampshire for 2016—a ranking our offices have held for the last 10 consecutive years.”
Badger Realty North is located at 180 Main Street in Berlin. For more information, call (603) 752-6000 or visit www.BadgerRealtyNorth.com
Based on information from the New England Real Estate Network, Inc for the period January 2016 through Dec 2016.
BadgerPictured from the left, Badger Realty North staff Susan Solar, Don Lapointe, Roland Turgeon, Debi Davis, Janet Nickerson. Missing from the photo, Jerry Hamanne and Rick Nadig. (COURTESY PHOTO)