Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH
While Stonewall Farm, as a nonprofit 120 acre educational center has existed for 20 years, its agricultural roots as a working farm reach back over 250 years to 1759. Successive families managed the fields, pastures, and woodlots through the Chase family, who owned and ran Stonewall Farm during most of the 20th century. They steadily grew a dairy presence which delivered fresh milk throughout Keene and nearby towns. In 1994 the Chase family transferred ownership to Michael Kidder who in turn partnered with other Keene community members to formally charter and secure all of the Stonewall Farm property under the current nonprofit organization.
Cheshire Garden, Winchester NH
Winchester’s Cheshire Garden began in 1986 when Patti Powers and her husband, Ralph Legrande, a former chef, purchased a barren piece of land on Burt Hill Road with the goal of transforming it into fertile organic beds and an orchard for the business. Today, Cheshire Garden’s preserves, mustards and vinegars are made from organically grown heirloom berries, fruits and herbs.
Autumn Harvest Farm, Grafton, NH
“To be successful as a farmer, you must earn a living year around,” says Suzanne LeBlanc, describing a Herculean 15 year effort to restore rocky farmland to productivity. “I know it is difficult to do in New Hampshire, but I know it can happen.” Today, Autumn Harvest Farm offers it’s visitors a b&b farm retreat style space in Grafton, New Hampshire, along with delicious local food and beautiful quilts for sale.
Bly Farm, Wolfeboro, NH
“It’s a kind of one of those hidden gems on the side of a country road. Pick up some corn or fresh veggies from the farm stand and grab an ice cream. ” The “hidden gem” feeling is what Vince and Cynthia Blandini hope to convey in Wolfeboro NH, growing a large selection of annuals, hardy perennials, herbs, hanging baskets, starter plants, fruits, and seasonal vegetables. There are locally made jams, jellies, preserves, maple syrup, and honey. Also offered at the farm stand are Cynthia’s home baked pies, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and, most recently from Cynthia’s kitchen, blueberry muffins made with their own fresh picked blueberries.
White Gates Farm, Tamworth, NH
Thirty years ago the name White Gates Farm represented simply a stand of pine woods. To quote Heather Letarte, “when we say ‘we started from scratch in 1982,’ we mean scratch.” Since then, single-handedly Heather and Hank Letarte, while working full-time off the farm, have built a house for their family and managed several small agricultural endeavors, such as pumpkin patches, Christmas trees, and a few animals. All the while they yearned to take the farm to ‘the next level.’ At White Gates Farm you can find natural beef, pork, chicken, fresh produce, wood fired pizza and more.
Work Song Farm, Hopkinton, NH
Work Song Farm is a certified organic farm that has a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and also operates a summer farmstand that sells freshly picked vegetables each Saturday at the Contoocook summer farmer’s market and Wednesdays at the Hopkinton Farmers Market. For Abby and Dan, the best part of farming is the connection they have with their customers who come each week to pick up their CSA shares at the farmstand or visit the farmers market.