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314 Hopkinton Road Concord, NH 03301
Dimond Hill Farm, Concord, NH
From its inception in 1827 until the mid-1950s, Dimond Hill was a living example of the storybook version of a New England family farm. For five generations the family milked a herd of Ayrshire cows, raised pigs and chickens for consumption, kept draft and riding horses, harvested hay and silage, and raised a variety of vegetables. In the mid-1950s, dairy production took center stage as the family moved into selling milk and cream, delivering them in farm-labeled glass bottles to local area homes. Dairy production transitioned into growing vegetables and fruits in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
In 1998, Jane Presby (the sixth generation to work the land) built the farm’s first high tunnel for the purpose of expanding the number of early vegetable crops. With the recent completion of a 5th high tunnel, the farm gets an additional jump on the growing season for raspberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, and salad greens. To complement the crops grown on the farm, the farmstand includes a large array of shelf goods, from ice creams and pies to mustards, marinades, maple syrup and honey. And says Jane, “Because I am serious about my support for regional small businesses, all products at the stand are locally manufactured by quality craftsmen in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.”
Through the collaborative efforts of the Trust for Public Land, the Five Rivers Conservation Trust, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, and Equity Trust, along with the hard work and generosity of many neighbors and community members, Dimond Hill Farm is held in an agricultural easement.
With the confidence that Dimond Hill will forever remain an active working farm, Jane has begun establishing it as certified organic. Her effort to encourage visitors to this place of serene beauty, yet so near the state’s capitol, is ongoing. “Have a wedding, a picnic, shop at the farmstand, walk the trails, fly a kite on the ridge overlooking Concord and beyond, or just sit in the shade by a stone wall enjoying a little quiet time with Mother Nature,” she urges. “Many visitors believe, best of all is to sit on the front porch. Regular rockers claim that the farm has the best sitting porch in all of New Hampshire.”
And though the pigs, chickens, geese and horses that once roamed the farm are now gone, you can still catch a glimpse of the llamas (look behind the tunnels), the barn still smells like the fresh hay harvested for several regular customers each year, and there is the magnificent view of Dimond Hill farm-raised vegetables and fruits, picked only hours before being sold at the farmstand.
Dimond Hill Farm
314 Hopkinton Road
Concord, NH 03301
Retail: (direct to customer sales)
Farmstand – located in the big yellow 19th century barn just off the dooryard. Open seven days a week from early June until late October.
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