Farm Profiles September 2020

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, 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. Find fresh produce, honey, maple syrup, breads, pasta and more specialty foods for sale at their daily farm stand.

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 and 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 goods sold at 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

Barret Hill Farm is located high on a hill in Mason, NH. They sell a wide selection of ready-to-eat organic vegetables, fruit and pasture-raised meats.  Their 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. Its granite posts were found on the farm and chipped with stone nippers, where necessary, to form the pillars and posts of the stand. In peak season, the farm stand’s shelves are alive with color and products largely grown and produced on the farm. Those that are not homemade are purchased only from local community businesses. This farm 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

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Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH

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 agritourism organization.  Buy certified organic dairy and crops for sale at the retail store.

Address: 242 Chesterfield Rd,
Keene, NH 03431
Phone: +1 (603) 357-7278

Cheshire Garden, Winchester NH

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. Each jar and bottle is homegrown and handmade. Order on the website for worldwide shipping orcontact-free local pickup at the Tiny Farmstand.

Address: 277 Burt Hill Rd,
Winchester, NH 03470
Phone: +1 (603) 239-4173

Bly Farm, Wolfeboro, NH

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.

Address: 620 Center St,
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
Phone: +1 (603) 569-1411

White Gates Farm, Tamworth, NH

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.

Address: 2153 Cleveland Hill Rd,
Tamworth, NH 03886
Phone: +1 (603) 662-7538


Work Song Farm, Hopkinton, NH

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.

Address: 284 Beech Hill Rd,
Hopkinton, NH 03229
Phone: +1 (603) 219-0297