Pears Now Ready to Pick in Londonderry

Pick a peck of pears in Londonderry, New Hampshire or just pick them up, it’s your choice!

Peaches are still available at the farm stands but the U-Pick Peaches are coming to an end for the season.  The peaches are huge this year because of all that rain we had, so stock up on the napkins to keep your chin dry as you slurp in, the fuzzy globes.

And yes, we have U-Pick Pears available too!  The Mack’s U-Pick 3 on Pillsbury Road is open just drive in, park and ask for directions to the pear orchard.  There you will find Bartlet pears waiting on the tree to head home for canning or just munching on this week.

Did you know?

A good way to get Pears and Peaches to ripen is to put them in a brown paper bag on the counter?  The bag traps ethylene, a natural hormone released by the fruit when it ripens.  Watch your fruit!  This process can go very fast, peaches and pears can be rock hard one day and get mushy in just a few days.  So peek in the bag from time to time.

All the farmstands have these fruits on display and ready to take home right now.  We shot these images just yesterday at Mack’s Apples.  You can also visit Elwood, Merrill or Sunnycrest for Pears and the end of season peaches.  Those nice warm peaches are bathed in the late day autumn sunshine as the sun was setting behind the antique Mack’s Barn to the west on Mammoth Road.

These Peaches are in Home Made pine crates made to keep them from being damaged.  Save the paper bag (upper right) you can use it to ripen  them if needed.

These Peaches are in Homemade pine crates made to keep them from being damaged. Save the paper bag (upper right) you can use it to ripen them if needed.

You can tell the locals from the visitors, the locals most often race from the car to the stand and run home to enjoy our fall bounty.  The visitors look around with amazement at what Londonderry has to offer.

Fresh pears, warm light, soft peach fuzz, life is better in Londonderry!


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  1. Vote -1 Vote +1Sheri

    ….And I might just consider taking a jaunt over to Mack’s like I used to in the old days, if the owner would stop exploiting his property to promote his liberal political persuasion. If he hadn’t been born into his family’s wealth, he would not have the opportunity he now has to flash his “billboard du jour” at anyone who must pass through the center of town. I don’t choose to support such an “in your face” neighbor anymore, and I certainly don’t want to add to the trashy appearance across the street from our schools by plastering my “opposing view” on the other side of his plywood boards. I happily went apple, raspberry, peach and pumpkin picking today with my kids at Sunnycrest, who are just a wonderful establishment that sells agricultural goods to our town. Too bad the Londonderry NH net staffers don’t wander a little farther than the Mack’s Apples goldmine to take pictures of beautifully presented apples. Oh well.

      1. Vote -1 Vote +1Sheri

        If you’re tired, just drive through “apple alley” on Mammoth Road. The blazing white signs are sure to wake you up.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1admin

      Thank you Sheri for your comment. We try to treat all the orchards in a fair and balanced way. We actually focus on the “other” orchards more, because we should.

      -They are off the beaten path
      -They need us more especially Elwood and Merrill (sorry Danny)

      We have signs on our property on 102 pointing to Sunnycrest, from an editorial point of view, those are the signs we should have in Londonderry. We have told Elwood to put up a sign for the corn maze in the same location (Parmenter and 102) we should just do it for him, if they can not get to it.

      PLEASE visit Elwood they are the only farm other than Woodmont that does not have a agricultural easement, they depend on sales of farm product and the corn maze.

      We have not covered as news items the new “signs” just the fun ones (global warming with snow on it.) We considered an editorial, but put it on hold hoping they would go away. We have done thousands of stories to get people to “Visit Londonderry” it does not help to infuriate a segment of them when they get here.

      These are the signs that should have been up for old home day. Kathy had a talk with Andy that year.

      On the other hand it is his right.
      By the way this story we did in July 2007 to explain the relationship between the farms and the Mack’s including Andy Mack Sr.

      P.S. I agree with you and everyone else not engaging Andy “on the other side” of the signs and the issue. We should all be focusing on welcoming our visitors to Londonderry where Business is Good. Life is Better!”

      1. Vote -1 Vote +1Sheri

        Thank you for your carefully worded response. I appreciate the time you spent on it. I am glad the town tries to promote the other orchards, but you are correct: they are off the beaten path. No matter how many signs promoting their businesses are erected around town, they will still not have the marketing tool of LOCATION that Andy has. Unfortunately, Andy has chosen to use his business as a political platform (I was never as furious with him as when he put up signs promoting homosexual gay/lesbian relationships right across the street from the public schools that I pay for with my tax money). If Andy had the intestinal fortitude to play with the same hand tied behind his back that the rest of us have to, he would no doubt fade from the comments pages of the newspapers. What handicap is that? Here’s the challenge to Andy: Write in the papers all you want, vote as often as you are legally able, host teas (or apple crisp parties if you please) in your living room, but quit dirtying our town with the obnoxious political signs on your farm property…instead put them on your OWN front lawn, like the rest of us would have to. Andy’s got a driveway. Why not play square? The rest of us didn’t have ancestors who left us road frontage. In the interest of fair play, that’s my challenge. No more signs on business property in town…only your primary residence.

        What makes me interested is that my dad was on sign committees with Andy Mack, and EVERYONE agreed that a restriction of size and location was in order to keep Londonderry from looking like white trash. (My own editorial slant, to be sure.). Go figure. I remember a guy named Owen Walton who got so peeved at the town that he placed a sign on his own front lawn with his family name, and then an additional sign (within the regulatory size requirements) of every single member of the family living at his house. He had his silent protest, but only on his own front lawn. Andy is perfectly aware how much Londonderry residents have NOT wanted excess signage reflecting poorly on our town to the guests and residents. Yet, he has almost taken on his sign thing as a battery on his shoulder: go ahead and try to knock it off, since I am technically within my rights. I remember having a warm feeling about Andy Mack at one time in my life: my sister was classmates of his son Jonathan, I was having a piano lesson with Helen Reynolds when his wife was suffering life-threatening heart attacks, and the community loved this family. However, I must say that Andy has become a man who capitalizes on this town, will not tolerate anyone asking him nicely to tone it down, and not caring one whit about irritating the very people who frequent his business. And he can get away with it because he is a Mack, and he “owns” the center of town.

        I am certain there are those who would view the tone of this letter as a bit personal. However, Andy is a man who goes back ages and ages with various members of this community, and they know him personally. I feel no qualms about posting my challenge to him in a public forum such as this, because Andy himself has made this a public issue. I typically keep quiet on political issues and quality of life issues, but when I see a single citizen hurt the reputation and quality of life in the town I love, and issue a public challenge to play his game by his rules (I’m putting my signs up anyway, so “in the interest of fair play” you can all join me in my shenanigans with your opposing views on the other side), I must issue a challenge of my own. And that is all I have done.

        1. Vote -1 Vote +1CMelcher

          Sherri, your opinion is yours and yours alone. Andy’s signs couldn’t bother the majority of this community if he tried. You have a bone to pick and thats fine, but leave the “towns well being” out of it.

          1. Vote -1 Vote +1Sheri

            Nope. You’re wrong.

          2. Vote -1 Vote +1Ki

            I disagree – I CONSTANTLY hear negative comments about the signs, and I know several folks who have decided to no longer patronize Mack’s because of them.
            I know Andy doesn’t care abou that, and that it will have no discernable impact, I’m just saying that I do believe those signs bother the majority of the town.

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1Lurker

    Is this a “News Service” or PR site?

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1Dr. Jack Shuler

    Andy was consulted by Jack Webster and myself back in the early seventies when the original sign ordnance was drafted. As I recall, we both served on the budget committee together around that time. I remember him telling me personally that he “didn’t feel that Londonderry should ever resemble the nearby town of Salem.” I also know the Melchers , and must disagree with their premise that his signs “don’t bother a majority of the community.” First, they have nothing to back up their statement. No poll has been taken. However those signs are an eyesore to many, Andy has ALWAYS been a town-booster, as he should be since his family has been successful people in town for generations. But I too feel that he is taking advantage of his location for purposes of advocating for his political/moral beliefs.
    Come on, Andy. YOU WON. YOU WON. Now relax. And to the majority of Londonderry citizens I ask, “How has this hope and change affected YOU??”

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1Glenn Douglas

    From the comments above it looks like the signs are not the problem. Some signs Old Home Day, comunity bike rides, the U-Pick signs are all done the same. The only difference is some people don’t like what some of the signs say. Ban the signs, and then the t-shirts, bumbers stickers, what else?

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1Dr. Jack Shuler

    Ban chicken-fat

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Glenn Douglas

      Didn’t they already try that in 1961?

  6. Vote -1 Vote +1Sheri

    Last comment and then I’ll let you liberals have your fun. Glenn, my dear, reread what I said. When it comes to 4 X 8 foot political signage (and yes, the politics is exactly what makes it an eyesore, since the politics are what DIVIDE a community), I’d love love love to see Andy Mack play by the same rules as the rest of us. Plaster your residence with anything you want. Unless you live under a rock, you absolutely MUST concede that politics of ANY type divides a community. Do you watch the news? Hmmmm. Bush politics divided. Obama politics divide. Or perhaps you haven’t noticed. In any event, community bike ride signs, peace pole signs, upick signage, those are all related to running his business and making a more COHESIVE community. I could care less if Andy walks around his farm with Barack Obama bumper stickers on his forehead and a same-sex marriage rights t-shirt. It’s the obnoxious signs that are deliberately divisive placed SMACK DAB in the middle of town that cause visitors to wonder, “Who is the author of these signs, and what crawled up his sweater?” I do love this town, and my love for this town and its reputation is EXACTLY why I object to Andy’s obnoxious political signage all through the center of our town. If you honestly think I’m advocating censoring, I invite you again to reread my first comment. Your selective reading must have driven your high school English teachers wild.

    Why in the world do you think the Old Home Days committee members asked him to keep the signs down until AFTER the event (which he wouldn’t)? Because they make us look like a bunch of rednecks who throw our political views on huge homemade political signs we threw together from odds and ends from Home Depot, or perhaps because a good HALF of this town would rather vote for Bugs Bunny than Barack Obama (look up the Londonderry vote on the last presidential election.)? Your bias shows in your reply to my first comment. I was SIMPLY asking Andy to tone it down and use his PRIMARY RESIDENCE for his divisive behaviour and give us back a PEACEFUL center of town.

    Unfortunately that will only happen when Andy is no longer able to create the signage, since I am quite certain his offspring will not continue to stand on his soapbox. Maybe for awhile, but I’m sure they’ll tire quickly. Or maybe they’ll secretly agree that the political signs look stupid.

    In any event, have a nice day. I’ll continue to avoid thte center of town and enjoy the beauty of nature around my wonderful Londonderry.

    1. Key words Sheri. Divide the Community. There has never been so much division, in your face signs don’t help. Buying open space, with Londonderry residents money, when many of of us have lost our jobs doesn’t help either.

      Divide the Community. I agree. That is key. I would care less if he posted the signs in front of the stand where the biking sign is. Why doesn’t he do that. Why does he have to post in across from MT. Maybe he still cares about his business.

  7. Vote -1 Vote +1kelly

    Sheri your comments are perfect way to call a spade a spade. But you left out that we should ban Glenn and his comments.

  8. Vote -1 Vote +1AL Baldasaro

    You go Sheri, exercise your Freedom of Speech!!! Freedom of Speech is a beautiful thing when we can agree to disagree in a civil manner. I will be the 1st to say, if you disagree with a Liberal, they can not handle it and then they get vicious with their words. They don’t like anyone disagreeing with them, well let me tell you, I will not back down on my Freedom of Speech either.

    I am glad to see some good debate going on where I too believe Andy Mack’s signs are an eye sore in our town. Yes, many people I know do not like the signs and go to other farms and that is their CHOICE. Choice to do businesses where you want is the American way and I look at it as Mack Apple’s lost.

    I have received many calls concerning the signs and to me it is a Freedom of Speech issue, along with your choice to do business there or go some where else. Mr. Mack need’s to do his homework here in town and look at the pole numbers, Obama lost Londonderry, Carol Shea-Porter lost Londonderry and you have 9 Republican Representatives and 1 Republican Senator. No Democrats won here in Londonderry, except the Governor. That must tell you to take your signs down as you are hurting your family business.

    Who does he think he is calling people on the news liars? I think Andy is lying to the people of Londonderry by posting his Pelosi Bull on his signs. Andy’s signs where he is calling people liars or when he had signs up about the Civil Unions going after me, where he stated AL B is wrong on Civil Unions, in my opinion is his opinion/interpretations on what is right in his mind. He does not care what other people think and I feel bad for his family that have to go through this every year.

    Now many of us know he is wrong, So we feed into him and he does not care about the people of Londonderry and only cares about himself. I know Andy Mack has divided the town and have continued to insult many residents (all political parties) intelligent in our town with his signs.

    Now that is his right to post his views on his property and If you don’t like the signs, go to another farm. Please let’s not ne like Andy and post 4×4 signs up and just pass the word to your friends to stop going there. It’s a beautiful country we live in when we can say it is my choice where I go.

    Some times you have to treat people like a stray dog, if you feed him, he will stay and if you ignore him, he will go away.

    What makes him say I am wrong on civil unions, when I believe in Marriage between a man and a woman that has been around for thousand of years? Have no fair Mr. Mack, I have filed Legislation to Repeal Gay Marriage as I have my right to express my beliefs just like you do but I will do it through legislation and hopefully we will force a vote to the people and then we will see who is right and who is wrong.

    Just my opinion!!!

    State Constitution – Bill of Rights

    Established October 31, 1783 Effective June 2, 1784 As Subsequently Amended and in Force January 2007
    [Art.] 22. [Free Speech; Liberty of the Press.] Free speech and liberty of the press are essential to the security of freedom in a state: They ought, therefore, to be inviolably preserved.
    June 2, 1784
    Amended 1968 to include free speech.

    US Constitution
    Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1sribubba

      I LIKE Andy’s signs. They reveal a Bill of Rights that is alive and well. And Al is right that regardless of one’s opinions on their content, Andy is exercising the same rights his detractors are exercising…with the difference being that he has a bully pulpit from which to do it. One wonders what his detractors would do if they had the same platform from which to blast their opinions into the community.

      There have been a few posts written by people who seem to wave their patriotic flag while calling for the suspension of another’s right to exercise his First Amendment rights, and that does amuse. Al once again reminds us that disagreement on the part of some does not come accompanied by the right to strip another of their Constitutional birthrights. From my perspective it is all too common for extremists on both the right and left sides of the aisle to think they can determine, based on their opinion, what another’s constitutional rights are. What makes it amusing is that extremists tend to cite the very Constitution they’re violating as they do it. So here’s my vote for a return to Civics classes in the schoolroom!

  9. Vote -1 Vote +1Lurker

    The signs are gone, or at least white-washed over.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Tammy

      Saw the signs Thursday. The are white now. Any guesses what might be the new message.

  10. Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    I think I need to question Mr. Mack farming skills. After all, If you plant apples, peaches and pears and all you reap are nuts? Hmmm…

    Ahh, Plant signs!
    As the kids type LMAO…Too funny.

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