New Hampshire Grafton County (Plymouth/Hanover/Littleton Region)
Whether they’re laying in Monroe or elsewhere, Pete and Gerry’s hens have access to large open areas outside for much of the day. They are free to peck at bugs hidden in the grass and scratch at the dirt; basically, they’re invited to act like chickens. Pete and Gerry’s technicians visit each of the partner farms weekly to ensure the company’s standards are met and help farmers work through any questions or challenges that arise.
One of the staples at Robie Farm is their raw milk. This milk has three very important purposes. It is used for their cheeses, which are made on site, and it is also sold and used to feed calves. As of 2016, they have about 20 dairy cows that are milked daily. Lee milks the cows two days a week, while Mark milks them the rest of the week. Each of their cows has a name, and they keep track of lineage by naming each calf using the first letter of the mother’s name.
While it was Sel’s name on the potato bags, much of the driving force behind the farm came from his wife, Paulie, who ran a good portion of the farm show, mostly from behind the scenes. And it was their daughter Joan who managed the farm for a decade after Sel’s death, before selling it in 2002 and retiring to her gardens at the family home on a hill above Ski Hearth Farm.
Who would have thought splitting wood with friends could lead to the name of a farm? This was the case for Steve Fulton, the owner along with his wife, Marja, of Blue Ox Farm in …
Surrounded by a tangled network of farms in the Connecticut River Valley, Rebecca and Hal have reached a bit further afield to sell their meat, cheese, produce, and baked goods. In the summer of 2012, Peaked Moon Farm opened a satellite farmstand in Lincoln, New Hampshire, which has a year-round tourism-based economy.
Prospect Farm spreads across 115 quiet, hilly acres in Lisbon, New Hampshire. It’s a space Meryl and Lane Nevins are gradually growing into—raising pigs, Highland cattle, rabbits, and poultry for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members and other customers seeking food that, as the Nevinses say, “is raised the way it should be.”