New Hampshire Orford
In 1956, Forrest Bunten learned of a farm for sale while reading the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture’s “Weekly Market Bulletin.” Without missing a beat, he drove immediately from Concord to Orford, met a realtor, looked around the outside of the farmhouse, and decided it was big enough for the family of five children and one more to come.
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.”