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Sunday Mountain Maple Farm, Orford, NH

Two-thousand thirteen was the second time that Orford's Sunday Mountain Maple Farm, a New Hampshire Farm of Distinction, received the New Hampshire Maple Producers' Carlisle Trophy for the state's best syrup. Given for the 2012 crop, the annual reward is named for Lawrence A. Carlisle, a former commissioner of New Hampshire agriculture, who introduced the maple grading system. Sunday Mountain also won the trophy in 2008. "We are very pleased and proud," says owner Paul Messer. "It is a great honor to receive such an award from your peers." In addition to 200 taps behind his farm's sugar house, Paul, a retired Hanover police officer, trucks in his sap from 3000 taps on Cube Mountain east of his farm's gathering point and four miles away from his sugar house across from Sunday Mountain. Even during the coldest months of January and February, he  can be found working in the woods keeping  ...

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Fuller's Sugarhouse, Lancaster, NH

“Carpentry is my joy, sugaring is my passion.” Dave Fuller Sugaring comes early in a person’s life, if it is going to come at all. For Dave Fuller, he was a young teen when he was introduced to the mystery of tapping the sugar maple for its sweet sap and though he took up carpentry as a career, the old passion kept beckoning him back and in 2002, the Siren song was irresistible. Now, sugaring is what he does. He taps the trees; he boils the syrup, and packages it. No mystery here; sugaring and the business of maple syrup is his full time passion. In January, Dave and his son, James, begin repairing their snow buried tubing for the coming season. While working in their North Country woods, the Fullers prefer a light snow cover so they can see the lines and do not have to dig down too deep to ...

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Grant Family Pond View Maple Sugar House, Weare, NH

“Honey, I just want to grow pumpkins and make syrup,” says Dave Richards in the sugarhouse of his Grant Family Pond View Farm in Weare.  “But Dave,” responds wife Kate, who handles the business and marketing side of things “we must take time to pay the bills.”  But, during the spring and fall, this exuberant red head who is in love with his syrup and pumpkins, wants only to be in the woods tapping trees and boiling syrup or later in the spring planting pumpkins in the field. He is a member of the multi-generational Grant family which has owned over 100 acres of hilly Hillsborough County land since the late 1800’s.  “Not a flat piece of land on this whole property” is the way he describes it. Great grandfather Al Grant in the early 1900s built the original sugar house from “old bits and pieces” of wood and pine salvaged from ...

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Work Song Farm, Hopkinton, NH

  With two-month old daughter Magdalena sleeping in her arms, Abby explained that she and her husband Dan had spent eight years working to make Work Song Farm a reality. Abby grew up in Tilton, New Hampshire in a family that loves gardening and birding. She considered a career in education, but working outdoors proved to be more satisfying. Dan studied writing in college, but later realized that farming was what he really wanted to do. Almost as soon as they met, Abby and Dan were planning their farming life together. Finding affordable farmland to make their dream of a farm of their own come true was their biggest challenge. After exploring possibilities in Maine and Vermont, in 2010 they discovered a parcel of land that long-time farmers Donna and Bob Kimball had placed in a conservation easement. With their own savings and assistance from both of their families, Abby and ...

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Ledge Top Farm, Wilton, NH

With the help of a co-worker and some pigs with appetites, a garden was rooted out and cleared into three acres of fertile land. Tom Mitchell, a Milford (NH) High School biology teacher, began the creation of Ledge Top Farm. Tom recalls, “When I started planting rhubarb back in 1975, I hit ledge within six inches. It seemed all digging projects hit ledge, so being at the top of a hill, the name came together.” Tucked away in the woods of Wilton, New Hampshire, Tom found his unexpected calling. Ledge Top Farm operates under an organic version of the Golden Rule because Tom “wouldn’t want to eat food that has chemicals,” and, therefore, refuses to sell such crops to his community.Tucked away in the woods of Wilton, New Hampshire, Tom found his unexpected calling. Ledge Top Farm operates under an organic version of the Golden Rule because Tom “wouldn’t want to ...

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Dimond Hill Farm, Concord, NH

From its inception in 1827 until the mid-1950s, Dimond Hill was a living example of the storybook version of a New England family farm. For five generations the family milked a herd of Ayrshire cows, raised pigs and chickens for consumption, kept draft and riding horses, harvested hay and silage, and raised a variety of vegetables. In the mid-1950s, dairy production took center stage as the family moved into selling milk and cream, delivering them in farm-labeled glass bottles to local area homes. Dairy production transitioned into growing vegetables and fruits in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1998, Jane Presby (the sixth generation to work the land) built the farm’s first high tunnel for the purpose of expanding the number of early vegetable crops. With the recent completion of a 5th high tunnel, the farm gets an additional jump on the growing season for raspberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, and salad ...

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Tomapo Farm, Lebanon, NH

Take a quick peek into the Tomapo Farm brochure and you’ll learn that the folks who tend to things on Storrs Hill “have been bringing you pure New Hampshire maple and other Yankee ingenuity,” since 1769.  The farm on Storrs Hill Road dates back well over 200 years under one family. The U.S Department of Agriculture has recognized it as one of the few bicentennial farms in the country. Storrs was the original family-owner-name. But as Bruce and Merinda Townsend’s daughter, Heidi, puts it “they ran out of men". The last Storrs married a Townsend 1881. According to Heidi, “The name ‘Tomapo Farm’ came from my Aunt Marilyn back in the 50’s.  My aunt was showing a heifer in a 4H competition at the age of 11 or 12 and needed a prefix name for the Registered Holstein Friesian Association for identifying bloodlines.  She and her father created the name Tomapo, ...

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Tuckaway Farm, Lee, NH
January 15, 2015

Tuckaway Farm, Lee, NH

“When it comes to agriculture in NH, we are like an underdeveloped country.” So says Dorn Cox who is currently making a concerted effort to push farming squarely into the 21st century by building what he refers to as a “biological system” for his farm; it is a most singular system and very much a family enterprise. By successfully integrating the disciplines of plant biology and environmental engineering, Dorn is working to tighten the carbon cycle while also reducing production costs, and limiting off farm purchases which will make the farm more self sufficient.

Kearsage Gore Farm, Warner, NH
December 19, 2014
Kearsage Gore Farm, Warner, NH

Bob Bower and Jennifer Ohler own and maintain Kearsarge Gore Farm in Warner, New Hampshire with the help of their children, Sam, and Abby. The farm’s name originates from its location in a gore – a thin triangular piece of land – between two towns. The family bought the farm in 1981.

The farm occupies 477 acres of land on one side of Kearsarge Mountain. Seven acres are used to grow certified organic produce, 20 acres are in pasture, and 450 acres are woodland. Kearsarge Gore earned organic certification in 1988 and was one of the first certified organic farms in the area

Muster Field Farm, North Sutton, NH
December 13, 2014
Muster Field Farm, North Sutton, NH

The wonderful Muster Field Farm is a farm that has a lot of historical value in the tiny town of Sutton, New Hampshire. The farm was founded as the Harvey Homestead in 1772 by Matthew Harvey. The original house that was built had burnt down in 1787. The current house that is on the property was built shortly after, but has expanded since it was built. The new house was used as a tavern for the locals to drink at, the first post office and first library in Sutton, and a home for the descendants of the Harveys. In total, eight generations of Harvey descendants lived on the farm and added to it.

Greenhill Collective Farm, Sutton, NH
December 10, 2014
Greenhill Collective Farm, Sutton, NH

Greenhill Collective, located in Sutton, New Hampshire, is a small, off the grid, certified organic farm owned and operated by Ben Dubrowski and his family. The “Collective” part of the farm name is related to the vision of eventually renting out small portions of the farm to people that want to farm but don’t have the land to. They specialize in the

Canterbury Aleworks, Canterbury, NH
December 8, 2014
Canterbury Aleworks, Canterbury, NH

Canterbury Aleworks is a small brewery established in 2012. Located in Canterbury, New Hampshire, the brewery is run by Steve Allman, with help from his family.

In 1985 Steve Allman bought 72 acres of land and in 1987 built a small cabin that he would call home. He named his farm “Hidden Wonders” because of its hidden location and reputation as “the seven wonders of Canterbury” and began producing vegetables and meat for his family in 1996

Glove Hollow Christmas Tree Farm, Plymouth, NH
December 5, 2014
Glove Hollow Christmas Tree Farm, Plymouth, NH

Over 400 acres of land has been family owned and operated by the Aherns since 1897, and is now home to Glove Hollow Christmas Tree Farm on Route 3 in Plymouth, New Hampshire. The name “Glove Hollow” comes from the name of a brook where in the 1900s a fine leather glove making facility was located. The foundation of the Draper Maynard manufacturing facility can still be seen on the farm.
With 80,000 Christmas trees aligned in rows, it is hard to imagine that the land was originally home to a dairy farm until Omer Ahern planted his first Balsams in 1957. The land located by the Pemigewasset River provides a fertile plot for tree farming. Today, Omer’s son Mike a fourth generation owner, with his shearing crew of eight tend

Country Critters Farm, Winchester, NH
November 28, 2014
Country Critters Farm, Winchester, NH

“It’s all about the animals.” That’s what Julie Thiboreau will tell you if you pay her a visit at Country Critters Farm in Winchester. The 53 acre farmstead purchased and restored by Julie and her husband, Mike, in 2001, is home to three cows (TC, Princess and Weird), 2 calves (Jasmine and Liberty), a Shetland ram (Owassos ) and two ewes (Lillith and Franchesca), a few rabbits, a Great Pyrenees dog (Rose) and two barn cats. Julie loves the animals;