The Monadnock area offers a New England history, one that is well seated in New England agriculture. As a result, there are many farms and farm properties peppered throughout the landscape. Some have come and gone as times have changed, yet many still exist. Some are even open to the public for exploring and adventuring.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Inn at East Hill Farm, Troy, NH – This “all-inclusive farm vacation resort has been around for over 70 years providing visitors with an authentic hands-on farm experience that may include such farm activities as milking cows and goats, collecting chicken eggs, churning butter, making cheese, or everyone’s favorite – feeding the farm critters. They have an inn, cottages, and all sorts of accommodations spread throughout the property. Plus, they let you in on a little secret recipe for Lemon Squares. Shhh – don’t tell!
Walpole Valley Farm, Walpole, NH – In addition to being a real working farm (their tagline is “Raising Real Food For Your Family”) this quaint New England property sports a B&B as well as outdoor ‘movie nights.’ Check out the full schedule of films here, and be sure to grab some fresh popcorn and farm-raised treats while you’re enjoying movies under the stars!
Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH – In addition to offering summer camps for schools and youth, this farm also teaches students about agriculture, our local food system, and the environment. They have walking/biking trails, farm tours, and hayrides/sleigh rides (in season). They are best known for their Community Night Farm Series where folks can picnic on the grounds with a host of entertainment options including lawn games, farm treats and food vendors with all trails, animal barns, and gardens open to the public.
Friendly Farm, Dublin, NH – This farm hosts a means to connect kids with farm animals in the form of an open petting zoo. Guests of all ages can wander the grounds, have a picnic, and learn something new about farms and farm animals. Since 1965 these farmers have been sharing their property – more than five acres of sprawling lawns, green pastures and well-maintained paddocks – and is home to hundreds of critters including cows, horses, pigs, goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, geese, turkeys, and even a working beehive! Also, there are summer camps and kids’ programs available.
Archway Farms, Keene, NH – Set upon 80 acres, this beautiful farm stand is well known for its farm-raised pork and sausage. Archway not only sells humanely raised meats and fresh farm produce, but they also throw an excellent community-based Thursday night farmers market with food trucks and live music.
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