New Hampshire White Mountains
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.”
Many a driver has slowed the car while passing the quaint Tarrnation Flower Farm in Sugar Hill, mesmerized by the immaculate layout and precise beauty of the landscape. An old oak tree towers over the red barn, neat rows of perennials curve away from the quiet road, perfectly shaped crab apple trees border the lawn, annuals grow in straight lines alongside vegetables, and the stone pathway to the small house at the farm is interspersed with bright pansies.
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.
North Country Chefs Challenge – Littleton
Sunday, October 5, 2014
If one were to find themselves on Brook Road in Bethlehem New Hampshire, it would be wise to make a stop at Meadowstone Farm! A tin horse drawn hay rake mounted upright is the landmark to look for. The rake guards a bridge over quaint meandering stream trickling underneath. Since they purchased the land 14 years ago, farm owners Tim and Jess have been creating an environment of agriculture, education, and community.