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Hidden Acres Farm, Newton NH
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The curve of the road brings you around and to the farm. There the tractors seem artfully situated near the driveway, the light shines through the barn door, the wrap-around porch greets you, and it all says “Welcome to Hidden Acres Farm.” The house, barn, and outer buildings retain the charm of a long-ago era. If the walls could talk, there would be many tales (and tails) of daily life on the farm.

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Bunten Farm & Pantry Farmstore, Orford, NH Bunten Farm & Pantry Farmstore, Orford, NH

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.

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Sunday Mountain Maple Farm, Orford, NH 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.”

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