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Farms to Visit in the Monadnock Region This Fall

Picking Fresh Produce on a FarmThere is a strong sense of community among the farmers in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. There are farms and orchards where you can pick your own produce, farms that offer an idyllic New England destination wedding, and farms with open trail policies for bikers and hikers. 

The region recently celebrated ten farms with a glimpse into their day-to-day lives by offering the 2022 Monadnock Farm Tour. The tour was organized by the Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition. While not all working farms are open to the public all year long, there is plenty to explore and enjoy with farm-to-table restaurants, breweries, and farm stands. Here are some of the best farms to visit in the Monadnock Region this fall. 

The Brewers of Nye Hill Farm: The brewery is open to the public at Nye Hill Farm on Saturdays from 12:00pm-3:00pm. It is a working farm in Roxbury, NH. They discourage visitors from wearing their Sunday best, as you will probably gather a little dirt from head-to-toe on your visit. You can pick up some yarn spun from the farm’s herd of sheep after visiting the brewery and start knitting your perfect winter sweater as you sip on a bottle of Favreau Farmhouse Ale. 

Walpole Valley Farms: Chris and Caitlin Caserta started farming in Southern New Hampshire in 2006. Pasture raised chicken, turkey, and pork are offered along with grass-fed lamb and beef. The farm store is open on Saturdays from 11:00am-4:00pm and farm tours are available from 10:00am-11:00am. 

If you have family visiting from out of town you can make a reservation at the Inn at Valley Farms. The farm offers upscale rustic accommodations in private cottages, guest rooms, and a farmhouse that sleeps 6-8 guests. Destination weddings for smaller groups (a limit of 30 guests) are available May-October. And if you’re feeling a little peckish, just drive down the road about 5 miles. Chris and Caitlin opened a diner. The Hungry Diner is a true farm-to-table experience featuring the chicken, turkey, pork, and eggs raised on the farm. If you stop in for a meal on Wednesday night you might even be treated to a little live Irish fiddle music.

Mayfair Farm: Enjoy a community dinner in the barn at Mayfair Farm. But mark your calendar and don’t forget to sign up, they only have two per year. The farm raises pigs and lambs and grows blueberries, raspberries, apples, and pears. The farm store is open daily with many delicious goods from the farm and other local farms. The farm offers full-service catering for up to 200 guests. The weddings and events venue is on the 70 acre farm in Harrisville, NH. 100 wedding guests can enjoy a seated meal in a newly built white-washed country barn for an elegant and fun destination wedding. 

Stonewall Farm: This farm in Keene, NH has been in operation since the mid 1700s. They are a non-profit agricultural education center. Vacation and summer camps are available for younger schoolchildren and on-site and off-site programs are offered to students from preschool to high school. The post and beam building on the farm can accommodate up to 150 guests for private celebrations and weddings. The farm grounds are open to visitors free of charge all year long. The trails on the farm are open for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Echo Farm Puddings: The farm in Hinsdale, NH milks 80 cows and has 160 animals. It is a commercial dairy farm and kitchen. They do not have regular tours but open their doors in late spring and summer for school groups and clubs. The premium line of puddings from the farm is available in markets throughout the region and shipped nationwide. The pudding business is the brainchild of Beth & Courtney Hodge, sisters and first-generation farmers who wanted to make their own product after their parents bought the farm in 1990. The farm pudding is a “4-H project gone haywire” according to Beth. 

Fullam Meadow Farm: The small farm in Winchester raises Coopworth sheep, chickens, turkeys, and ducks. The public is welcome, but the owners ask visitors to call and make an appointment. Yarn and lambskin pelts are available to purchase as are eggs, lamb, and poultry. Sometimes you can buy a whole sheep! 

Alyson’s Orchard: 250 guests can be accommodated in the post and beam reception hall for weddings and special events year round. Located in Walpole, NH the orchard is a wonderful place to pick your own produce with family and friends. PYO apples are $15 for a peck or $25 for a half bushel, but the wagon rides are free! 

Monadnock Berries: Farm weddings and family celebrations are available from mid-May to mid-October. The farm in Troy, NH can accommodate 200 guests. Berry picking season is July-September. You can pick a quart, pick a small pail or pick a large pail (you can pick your friends too, but that’s free). Berry picking tip: bring a belt so you can loop your bucket handle through and free up both hands for picking! 

Local farms providing exceptional produce and meats to local restaurants, markets and residents is another great reason to move to the Monadnock Region in Southwest New Hampshire. We look forward to helping you find your perfect home when you are ready to enjoy the bounty of the land in this agricultural wonderland. Contact Halliday Real Estate today!

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