Fun in NH this Holiday Weekend!

Want to have some fun this weekend? There are many events happening all over the state. Here is a small list of what you will find this weekend in New Hampshire. Check out NHmagazine.com for more details. Don’t forget, Londonderry has its own Corn Maze and will be open nights in October. Located at Elwood Farm the maze is 12 acres of puzzle fun, and if you plan on taking a night excursion make sure to bring a flashlight. Hayrides are also available at Elwood Farm. At Sunnycrest, Macks and Merrills, all in Londonderry, they will have U-Pick apples and pumpkins and much much more.

Milford Pumpkin Festival
October 11-13, Milford.
Visit www.milfordpumpkinfestival.org for more information.

Warner Fall Foliage Festival
October 12-13, Warner.
Visit www.wfff.org for more information.

16th Annual Attitash Oktoberfest
October 12-13, Bartlett.
Visit attitash.com for more information.

Annual Oktoberfest at Loon Mountain
October 12-13, Lincoln.
Visit loonmtn.com for more information.

The Sandwich Fair
October 12-14, Sandwich.
Visit www.thesandwichfair.com for more information.

Fall Foliage Festival
October 12-14, Waterville Valley.
Visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com for more information.

NH Fall Festival
October 12, Portsmouth.
Visit strawberybanke.org for more information.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery
October 12, Merrimack.
Visit symphonynh.org for more information.

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Strawberry Picking Open – In Londonderry

Bright, plump, and delicious, strawberry season has arrived in Londonderry! Row upon row of these yummy (and healthy) summer treats are now ready for picking at two farms in town, so be sure to hit the fields this weekend and indulge in Londonderry grown goodness!

With the weather looking wonderful over the next few days and this weekend.  What a better way to spend some time outside?

Picking in Londonderry can be done anytime between 7 AM and 6 PM, so come early and head home to make a decadent breakfast the freshest strawberries around. Or come later and save the strawberries for a tasty after dinner dessert!

Sunnycrest Farm is open for picking seven days a week from 7 AM until 12 PM noon. Elwood Orchards is open longer, from 8 AM until 6 PM, so if you miss the Sunnycrest picking, there’s plenty of time to get to Elwood!

There’s two ways to enjoy freshly picked Londonderry strawberries! Like to spend some time in the fields on your own? Or in a rush but still want to enjoy fresh berries? Both farms offer pick-your-own and already-picked berries.

Don’t forget that Merrill Farm offers fresh Rhubarb to compliment you strawberries for a delicious Strawberry and Rhubarb pie.

For more information about either farm, as well as directions to both, click one of the corresponding links below!

Sunnycrest Farm

Elwood Orchards

Merrill’s Farm

 

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Yummy Stawberry and Rhubard Pie Coming Soon in Londonderry

The Strawberry blossoms are blooming in Londonderry fields, with the indications that the plants are going to be bearing fruit soon.   Sunnycrest Farm and Elwood Farm are both estimating that picking will begin sometime around June 17th or the 20th.  Call the farm hotline numbers for exact date of the grand opening.  You can reach Sunnycrest at 603-432-9652 and Elwood’s at (603)434-6017.

Once you pick those delicious strawberries you need to create something with them, how about a Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie.   One like Grandma made.  Londonderry is home to 4 farms and Merrill Farm in North Londonderry will supply you with the fresh Rhubarb.  Merrill Farm also has Farm Fresh eggs.  The eggs are located on the porch and open all day.  Rhubarb is also available on the porch.

Can’t wait to get our fresh Strawberries and Rhubarb and make our Grandmother’s version of Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie.

Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie

1 ¼ cups sugar
¼ cup flour
1 cup Fresh Strawberries
2 cups diced Rhubarb
2 tbsp butter
Homemade pie pastry or purchased

Sift sugar and flour together and combine ¾ of it with fruit.  Line pie pan with pastry, sprinkle remaining dry mixture over bottom and add filing.  Dot with butter and arrange pastry strips over top in a Lattice Design.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees a bake for 10 minutes; Reduce oven heat to 325 degrees and bake for 30 minutes longer or until fruit is tender.

In addition to being consumed in a pie or fresh, strawberries can be frozen, made into preserves, as well as dried and used in such things as cereal bars. Strawberries are a popular addition to dairy products, as in strawberry flavored ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies and yogurts. Strawberry pigment extract can be used as a natural acid/base indicator due to the different color of the conjugate acid and conjugate base of the pigment.

Fun Facts About Strawberries:

  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  • The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
  • Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
  • Ninety-four percent of US households consume strawberries.
  • Americans eat 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries each year plus another 1.8 pounds frozen.
  • Strawberries are low fat, low calorie; high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, potassium
  • Strawberries, as part of a 5 a day fruit & vegetable program, can help reduce the risk of cancer & heart attacks.
  • Over 53 percent of seven to nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit.
  • Eating strawberries, which are rich in nitrate, can increase the flow of blood & oxygen to the muscles by 7%. This prevents muscle fatigue, making exercise easier.
  • In a test, subjects who ate nitrate rich foods like strawberries, before exercising burned 100 more calories than those who did not.

Sacred to the both Goddess of Love and the Virgin Mary, strawberries boast a long, dramatic history:

  • Strawberries were cultivated by the Romans as early as 200 BC. Strawberries were regarded as an aphrodisiac of the highest quality. Newlyweds traditionally were served a soup of thinned sour cream, strawberries, borage (a European herb whose flavor is reminiscent of cucumber) and powdered sugar.
  • The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.
  • In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves are passionately fond of strawberries and will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return.
  • Folk lore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with someone, you’ll soon fall in love.
  • The second wife of Henry VIII, Queen Anne Boleyn (1507-36), had a strawberry-shaped birthmark on her neck. Unfortunately, some claimed this fact proved she was a witch.
  • The strawberry is recognized as representing absolute perfection in the Victorian language of flowers.
  • Medieval stonemasons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals, symbolizing perfection and righteousness. During the same time period, strawberries were served at important state occasions and festivals to ensure peace and prosperity.

Oh and about those “fields forever,” they actually have to be rotated and replanted every few years. We can help keep the fields we visit each June open by supporting Elwood and Sunnycrest Farms; watch our breaking news for opening day. See you there!

More Information on Elwood Farm and Strawberry Picking

More Information on Sunnycrest Farm

Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play.  To see what Londonderry has to offer check out VisitLondonderry.com

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Orchards Trimming the Trees

Driving around Londonderry, you would think that the orchard workers have little to do this time of year. No fruit on the trees, no spray work to be done. The mice are all snug under the blanket of snow.  The pumpkin fields were “put to sleep” with a cover of annual grass that will be plowed under come spring in Londonderry.

Nothing to do except for one thing; trim thousands, tens of thousands, of branches, twigs, limbs, water sprouts and suckers from the apple trees in the orchard. Apple trees do not care for themselves, to see a great example of this drive by the old orchard on the west side of Gilcreast Road across from where the Reverend Morrison house once stood.  Now the orchards trees at Woodmont.  The trees become snarled and resemble briers and brambles more than they do the majestic fruit producers we know they can be.

Apples need light and air circulation to grow large and clean skinned. By opening up the tree, these changes will stimulate growth and health of the fruit as it develops later this year.  Thank you gentlemen, without you we would have no fine Londonderry fall fruit.

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Last Weekend for the Corn Maze in Londonderry

This is the last weekend to have fun day or night at the Corn Maze.  Dress warm, grab a flashlight, a group of friends and head over to Elwood Farm this weekend. The  largest corn maze in southern New Hampshire, now 12 acres, will keep the laughter flowing for hours on end!  A short trip from Boston, Salem, Nashua, Manchester, or Concord, Elwood truly is a hidden jewel in Southern New Hampshire.

Did you know?

The largest corn maze in the world is located in Dixon California, and is 45 acres.

For $8.00 per adult, friends and family can enjoy inexpensive laughs together in the corn maze at Elwood. Children 5 and under are free.

Don’t forget to stop by all of the farms to get last minute pumpkins for Halloween.

 

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Fun this Weekend in New Hampshire

Want to have some fun this weekend?  There are many events happening all over the state.  Here is a small list of what you will find this weekend in New Hampshire.  Check out NHmagazine.com for more details.  Don’t forget, Londonderry has its own Corn Maze and will be open nights in October.  Located at Elwood Farm the maze is 12 acres of puzzle fun,  and if you plan on taking a night excursion make sure to bring a flashlight.  Hayrides are also available at Elwood Farm.  At Sunnycrest, Macks and Merrills, all in  Londonderry, they will have U-Pick apples and pumpkins and much much more.

Milford Pumpkin Festival
October 5-7, Milford.
Visit www.milfordpumpkinfestival.org for more information.

Warner Fall Foliage Festival
October 5-7, Warner.
Visit www.wfff.org for more information.

15th Annual Attitash Oktoberfest
October 6-7, Bartlett.
Visit attitash.com/events.html for more information.

Annual Oktoberfest at Loon Mountain
October 6-7, Lincoln.
Visit loonmtn.com for more information.

The Sandwich Fair
October 6-8, Sandwich.
Visit www.thesandwichfair.com for more information.

Fall Foliage Festival
October 6, Waterville Valley.
Visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com for more information.

October Festival
October 6, Rochester.
Visit rochestermainstreet.org for more information.

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