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Tomapo Farm, Lebanon NH

By Helen Brody (March 20, 2011)

(This is a farm update for a Tomapo  Farm profile posted August 9, 2011)

Heidi Bundy of Tomapo Farm on Storrs Hill in Lebanon, NH recently sent www.newhampshirefarms.net a note vividly describing  the many Spring chores on her parents, Bruce and Merinda Townsend’s, farm:

 

We have been busy with sugar season and getting hives ready for bees, chicken pen ready for chicks and clearing out the barn in preparation for building stalls for the two Haflinger geldings we purchased for Merinda (Heidi’s daughter) this winter.  (It is amazing the amount of ‘stuff’ you can store in a barn of that size!) 

Sugar season for us was better than other sugar makers.  We had 80% of a crop which can be attributed to the fact that we tapped a little earlier than usual and in the fall we had installed a vacuum system on 1/3 of our bush.  We have a surplus from previous years so we feel a bit more comfortable that others may.

As weather permits we have been ‘logging’ on a small scale.  (Really just cutting brush.)  We have a couple of lots (grown up from pasture) that have grown up to weedy brush and maple saplings.  We are in the process of working our way through these lots releasing the maples to add to the orchard.

Right now with this cold wet weather we are trying to focus on inside jobs and will be making dry sugar and cream in the next couple of weeks.  Our bees and chicks are due to arrive the first of May and I am looking forward to having my own hive this year along with Merinda and Dad.

 I worked Lebanon  Winter Farmer’s Market this year for the first time and while it is not as busy as Summer Market it did give us a good sales boost.  It is interesting to see the difference in purchase choices between the two seasons.  I will be back at Lebanon’s Summer Farmer’s Market starting the last week in May.

We have pruned grapes, missed the pruning for our blueberries and will be working in the raspberry patches soon.  Merinda and I are planning our strategy for collecting the black walnuts for our ever increasing market.  We discovered a couple more trees in a different area and have decided that we need to try to sort the nuts according to trees to determine which trees are producing the better nuts.  We ran into a whole pail full of duds when we were cracking them this winter.  We have also been researching better ways to process the nuts for cleanliness and speed.

 

Tomapo Farm L.L.C.
Bruce and Merinda Townsend
Heidi Bundy,  Contact
110 Storrs Hill Road
Lebanon, NH 03766-2312
603-448-1145

Retail:
Maple sugar products: Lebanon Farmers’ Market, from the Farm
Firewood: Special Order, delivered from the farm

Wholesale:
Maple sugar products:

To stores & gift shops

Services:
Custom Sawmilling
Swimming Pool Water Delivery

 

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