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 photovegetables 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 musts be developed and built on” says Max. Good fortune came their way as not only did they find a welcoming neighborhood

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Grant Family Pond View Maple Sugar House, Weare, NH
March 19, 2014

Grant Family Pond View Maple Sugar House, Weare, NH

“Honey, I just want to grow pumpkins and make syrup,” says Dave Richards in the sugarhouse of his Grant Family Pond View Farm in Weare. “But Dave,” responds wife Kate, who handles the business and marketing side of things “we must take time to pay the bills.” But, during the spring and fall, this exuberant red head who is in love with his syrup and pumpkins, wants only to be in the woods tapping trees and boiling syrup or later in the spring planting pumpkins in the field.

Tomapo Farm, Lebanon, NH
March 18, 2014
Tomapo Farm, Lebanon, NH

Take a quick peek into the Tomapo Farm brochure and you’ll learn that the folks who tend to things on Storrs Hill “have been bringing you pure New Hampshire maple and other Yankee ingenuity,” since 1769. The farm on Storrs Hill Road dates back well over 200 years under one family. The U.S Department of Agriculture has recognized it as one of the few bicentennial farms in the country.

Sunday Mountain Maple Farm, Orford, NH
March 18, 2014
Sunday Mountain Maple Farm, Orford, NH

Two-thousand thirteen was the second time that Orford’s Sunday Mountain Maple Farm, a New Hampshire Farm of Distinction, received the New Hampshire Maple Producers’ Carlisle Trophy for the state’s best syrup. Given for the 2012 crop, the annual reward is named for Lawrence A. Carlisle, a former commissioner of New Hampshire agriculture, who introduced the maple grading system. Sunday Mountain also won the trophy in 2008. “We are very pleased and proud,” says owner Paul Messer. “It is a great honor to receive such an award from your peers.”

Taylor Brothers Sugarhouse & Creamery, Meriden Village, NH
March 17, 2014
Taylor Brothers Sugarhouse & Creamery, Meriden Village, NH

Taylor Brothers Sugarhouse & Creamery got its start in the 1970s when Jim, Bill, and Rob Taylor were youngsters working on their family’s dairy farm. For fun, they tapped some maple trees in the neighborhood, borrowed an old canning pot from their mother, built an arch of concrete blocks and went into the syrup business.

Fuller’s Sugarhouse, Lancaster, NH
March 3, 2014
Fuller’s Sugarhouse, Lancaster, NH

“Carpentry is my joy, sugaring is my passion.” – Dave Fuller. Sugaring comes early in a person’s life, if it is going to come at all. For Dave Fuller, he was a young teen when he was introduced to the mystery of tapping the sugar maple for its sweet sap.