|Apple Hill Farm
580 Mountain Road,
(N.H. Route 132)
Concord, NH 03301
Welcome to Apple Hill Farm!
Thank you for visiting our web site. Let us tell you a little about our farm . It was purchased by us in February of 1978. The farm at that time contained some neglected crop
land, numerous small hay fields, and a large portion of wooded areas, and no buildings. Much work had to be done to have the farm appear as it does today.
The driveway was built first. It follows the path of an old stone wall and adjacent to the original road from East Concord to Canterbury. The home site was established in
1980 at the junction of two stone walls. Eight windbreaks and walls have been relocated to make the fields appear as they do today. Approximately five acres of scrub land
have been cleared to open the fields up and connect them together. Beneath the soil, with the help of the Merrimack County Conservation District, and the Soil Conservation
Service, are 2.5 miles of subsurface tile drains have been installed. A large hay barn was built in 1985. The first apple trees were planted the spring of 1978, even before
the homestead was established.
Coming into our 43rd year of growth, the apple trees are thriving and changes are constantly taking place. For 15 years the apple crop here at Apple Hill Farm was sold
wholesale as were other crops. In 1995 we established a “Pick Them Yourself” operation for small fruits and apples. For our pick them yourself season, strawberries are
available mid-June to mid-July, blueberries mid-July to early September , raspberries, mid-July to early August, black currants late July to early August. Finally, apples, our
largest crop, are done from Labor Day to Columbus Day. In addition to our pick them yourself business, we built a large modern farm stand including a bakery where we
bake pies and simmer jellies from scratch. The farm stand houses the sales area for the peaches, apples, our own homemade apple cider, jams, jellies, baked goods, NH cheeses, NH bacon, Farnum Hill hard cider, and Flag Hill Wine and many fall treats and vegetables. From July to the day before Thanksgiving, Apple Hill Farm’s hours will be 8:30 to 5:30 , 7 days a week. Peaches will be the first tree fruit crop we start to harvest. Apples will be for sale, all picked in the stand or you can pick them yourself as the season allows.
We are not new comers to the apple and farming industry having been involved in agriculture since high school. Our farm is frequently the site of tours for farmers and
others interested in agriculture in New Hampshire. In our cultural practices we are strong believers in integrated pest management with numerous traps placed, and
monitoring techniques used in all crops on the farm. Somewhere at anytime on the farm we’ll have an experimental area, where in cooperation with University researchers,
we are trying out new forms of crop management. We have and are now holding positions in the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation,S.P.A.C.E., and N.H.Stories.
Apple Hill Farm was recognized as a 2003 “Farm of Distinction” by the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Foods. And in 2013 they received the NH Farm Bureau's
Award for Excellent Service in Agriculture and Rural Life!
We believe that what is wrong with today's food supply is that Americans have become to far removed from their food supply. They are not aware of where and how their
food comes from. We are trying to change that trend. We welcome you to our farm at any time and encourage you to ask questions about how our crops are produced.
Thank you for letting us share a touch of country with you!
Chuck and Diane Souther