New Hampshire Great North Woods
Lancaster Floral Design & Garden Center now comprises a full-service floral shop as well as selling annuals, perennial shrubs and flowers, vegetable seedlings, and seeds, a variety of compost materials, kiln dried firewood, and an array of items from their shop that ranges from pet food and livestock feed to birdseed and fresh eggs and veggies.
The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem is pushing the “Buy Local” movement beyond the traditional farm fare of vegetables, meat, and dairy. The main crop at The Rocks is Christmas trees, which are both locally grown and farm fresh, but The Rocks also provides agri- and eco-tourism opportunities, along with year-round educational programs in its capacity as the North Country Conservation and Education Center for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.
“People really want to learn about rural things now and local agriculture,” says Nigel Manley, the farm’s manager.
“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.
Tucked away among the grim stories that attended the wrenching 1920s Depression, were occasional nuggets of hope and even some happy times. Consider, for instance, the purchase of a bankrupt farm by the father and mother of Haven Haynes in Colebrook, New Hampshire. It was most assuredly not a time of abundance for the Haynes family, but with the dint of hard work and uncommonly positive grip on the world around them, there was food on the table and a firm roof over their heads.
Unless you take a long hard look, Apple Haven Farm seems bereft of its namesake apples. But off Piper Hill Road in Colebrook, the current owner Patti Craig found between the volunteer evergreens an overgrown orchard, desolate and long abandoned, but the month was May and the trees were in full bloom. And in an instant, a vision was born.