Farm Profiles October 2019

Applecrest Farm Orchards, Hampton Falls, NH

Applecrest Farm Orchards, Hampton Falls, NH

Applecrest Farm Orchards is the oldest and largest apple orchard in the state of New Hampshire, as well as the oldest continuously operated apple orchard in the United States, since 1913 . An “Apple Train” ran the weekly route from Boston to the rolling orchards of Applecrest Farm. Nowadays, this year-round apple orchard grows over 40 varieties of apples, peaches, berries, sweet corn, pumpkins, summer vegetables. Also find all-natural apple cider, made-from-scratch confectioneries, and a range of locally produced farm goods.

Address: 133 Exeter Rd,
Hampton Falls, NH 03844
Phone: +1 (603) 926-3721

Appleview Orchard, Pittsfield, NH

Appleview Orchard, Pittsfield, NH

Appleview Orchard is a kid-friendly, hilltop apple orchard located just a few minutes off of the highway in Pittsfield, NH. Walk through the scenic farm and pick your own apples from classic and heirloom varieties. While you’re there, look through an assortment of local treats and other gifts at their Country Gift Shoppe. Enjoy freshly picked apples, gourmet ice cream, homemade apple crisp, waffles, cones, brownies and more. Seasonal hayrides on the weekends and group tours on weekdays.

Address: 1266 Upper City Rd,
Pittsfield, NH 03263
Phone: +1 (603) 435-3553

Riverview Farm, Plainfield, NH

Riverview Farm, Plainfield, NH

The 44-acre Riverview Farm is home to over 1,600 apple trees, hundreds of blueberry, fall raspberry and currant bushes, pumpkins, corn and cut-your-own flowers. A picnic area and barn store, with products from their own and neighboring farms, add to the visitor’s experience. The family’s friendly dogs may greet you. And nowadays you can see bald eagles, geese, and many other birds fly over the river. The farm has a corn maze for wandering, hayrides as another way to reach the orchards and enjoy the scenery. Safe and comfortable for every member of the family, the entire farm is handicap accessible for your convenience.

Address: 141 River Rd,
Plainfield, NH 03781
Phone: +1 (603) 298-8519

McClary Hill Farm, Epsom, NH

McClary Hill Farm, Epsom, NH

Early American history and modern times merge at McClary Hill Farm in Epsom. Dave Stewart’s 18th-century farmhouse sits on a hill named for the first Scots-Irish family to settle in the area. Dave, manages his own 138-acre farm with a focus on balanced animal and vegetable production. See the fresh, organically-raised meats, dairy, poultry, eggs, honey that the farm has to offer. McClary Hill Farm encompasses an old barn, an animal barn, greenhouses, fields, gardens, and home of the new Blasty Bough Brewing Company with live music, too.

Address: 3 Griffin Rd,
Epsom, NH 03234
Phone: +1 (603) 738-4717

Manning Hill Farm, Winchester, NH

Manning Hill Farm, Winchester, NH

With the purchase of an 1874 farm house and 126 acres of land in 2005, Sarah and Sam became a welcome addition to New Hampshire’s hardworking first generation farmers. The couple decided that their primary focus would be to produce good quality milk. It was a big decision to start milking cows from scratch. To set themselves apart from the rest of the dairy industry, they decided on milking and breeding the rarely seen heritage Dutch Belted dairy cows (not to be confused with Belted Galloway beef cattle). Dutch Belted are known for producing premium quality naturally homogenized milk. With only 200 registered in the U.S, the breed also offered the couple the opportunity to begin a breeding up program and make a contribution to farm animal preservation. Come taste the premium milk for yourself. The farm also offers fresh eggs, maple syrup, grass-fed beef, pork and chicken for sale.

Address: 79 Old Manning Hill Rd,
Winchester, NH 03470
Phone: +1 (603) 239-4397


Farnum Hill Ciders at Poverty Lane Orchards, Lebanon, NH

Farnum Hill Ciders at Poverty Lane Orchards, Lebanon, NH

Farnum Hill cider is a “true” cider – an alcoholic beverage fermented from apples, exactly as a wine is fermented from grapes. Their ciders are 6.5 -7.5% alcohol, tend toward the dry, sharp, and fruity and come from true cider apples of English, French, and American origin. Owners Steve Wood and Louisa Spencer are setting a trend for the return of cider’s pre-Prohibition glory. To quote Steve , “Johnny Appleseed planted the frontier for cider, after all – “Mom and apple pie” came later, blotting out certain enjoyable truths from the national memory.”

Address: 98 Poverty Ln,
Lebanon, NH 03766
Phone: +1 (603) 448-1511

Farm Profiles September 2019

Brookdale Fruit Farm, Hollis, NH

Brookdale Fruit Farm, Hollis, NH

Since the profile of the Brookdale Fruit Farm appeared in the book New Hampshire: From Farm to Kitchen, and which spawned newhampshirefarms.net, much on the farm has changed, yet much remains the same with the Hardy and Whittemore families remaining in control. The Brookdale farm seems to spawn businesses. Their wholesale business continues to flourish with the demand for locally-grown produce, becoming one of the state’s largest retail, pick-your-own, and wholesale growers of fruits and vegetables.

Address: 41 Broad St,
Hollis, NH 03049
Phone: +1 (603) 465-2240

Benedikt Dairy, Goffstown, NH

Benedikt Dairy, Goffstown, NH

One has to admire the courage of Melissa and Max Blindow, they have invested in a long-term venture. “You seed Benedikt Dairy their vegetables in the spring, harvest and sell in the summer, and are hopefully able to relax for a couple months in the winter. But with a dairy there is an expensive infrastructure of buildings, animals, equipment, and supplies that must be purchased and then, of course, a market must be developed and built on” says Max. Good fortune came their way as they found a welcoming neighborhood wanting to buy their raw milk, eggs, yogurt, cheese and meats by CSA subscription or at the farm stand.

Address: 97 Shirley Hill Rd,
Goffstown, NH 03045
Phone: +1 (603) 801-7056

Yankee Farmer’s Market, Warner, NH

Yankee Farmer’s Market, Warner, NH

To help pay for college, Brian Farmer made extra money flipping buffalo burgers for his cousin at fair concession stands. Needing extra help, he hired a very attractive college pal who happened to be a co-ed name Keira and a year later they were married.  Today, the couple runs the Yankee Farmer’s Market – a NH Buffalo farm that sells a variety of local products including USDA inspected pasture-raised bison meat, elk, venison, naturally raised chicken, free-range turkey, pastured pork and grass-fed beef along with other offerings available on the farm.

Address: 360 New Hampshire Rte 103,
Warner, NH 03278
Phone: +1 (603) 456-2833

Barrett Hill Farm, Mason, NH

Barrett Hill Farm, Mason, NH

Offering a wide selection of ready-to-eat organic vegetables and fruit along with pasture-raised meats. Barret Hill Farm is located high on a hill in Mason, NH. The farmstand represents the best of old Yankee technologies. Each board was hand hewn from trees felled on the farm and constructed in the post and beam fashion. The granite posts were found on the farm and chipped with stone nippers where necessary to form the pillars and posts of the stand. In season, the farm stand shelves are alive with color and products largely grown or produced on the farm. Those that are not, are purchased only from local community businesses. The stand is a feast for the eyes both architecturally and with product. And their old traveling stand still makes the rounds to local farmers’ markets.

Address: 450 Fitchburg Rd,
Mason, NH 03048
Phone: +1 (603) 878-4022

McLeod Orchards, Milford, NH

McLeod Orchards, Milford, NH

A family-owned and operated farm for over 70 years, McLeod Orchards was founded by Donald K. McLeod, graduate of the University of New Hampshire in Animal Husbandry back in 1927. On impulse, or perhaps desperation, Donald left that desk in 1946, bought a farm in Milford, and planted two orchards, one for apples and a smaller one for peaches. Donald W. died in 1991, leaving the orchards to his wife and two daughters, Kris Mossey and Becky McLeod. As the wholesale apple business was beginning to decline from global competition, the three McLeod ladies decided that the primary business would continue to be apples, but by diversifying the farm to include summer vegetables and berries, they would be able to extend their production season and diversify their crops to take full advantage of the local farmers’ markets. The ladies also decided to increase the variety of apples, replant the peach orchard, and add fall vegetables and a fall CSA to their late season offerings.

Address: 735 N River Rd,
Milford, NH 03055
Phone: +1 (603) 673-3544


Crazy H Farm, Claremont, NH

Crazy H Farm, Claremont, NH

Expect a warm welcome when you drive into the Haynes family Crazy H farmstead in Claremont, NH. Jenni Haynes’ bright eyes and rosy cheeks radiate a joy for farm living and pride in her upbringing. “My parents wanted to raise their family on a farm, and they encouraged each of their children to focus on one hobby that interested us”. The Crazy H is a bio-dynamic farm in which life interconnects: the horses are used for haying and logging, their manure plus pine shavings make the compost used for mulching blueberries. Everything is done “the old-fashioned way” without pesticides, antibiotics, or hormones. At the Crazy H, it’s a cage-free world. While Jenni has traveled to Europe and Africa, it is clear that her preferred universe remains planet Crazy H.

Address: 50 Canter Pl,
Claremont, NH 03743
Phone: +1 (603) 542-3706