Peaches, Apples, and so Much More in Londonderry this Weekend

Not exactly a southern peach, but still just as sweet and juicy! Located in southern New Hampshire, Londonderry’s peaches are ripe for the picking. They’re just waiting to be plucked from the trees or bought from the farm stand at all four farms.

This does not often happen, Sunnycrest and Mack’s have U-Pick Peaches. Go to Mack’s U-Pick 3 behind the Methodist Church or go to the Sunnycrest Farmstand.  For fresh pick your own peaches.

Less than an hour north of Boston, half an hour south of Concord, and minutes from many surrounding towns, Londonderry is the hot spot for fresh fruit. Easy access from I-93 makes this town an ideal stop on that family road trip. Plump peaches, U-Pick Apples, ice cold ice cream cones, various vegetables, homemade baked goodies make Elwood Farms, Sunnycrest, Merrill Farm and Mack’s a must stop.

Mack’s Apples, Moose Hill Orchards
The largest farm in town, located near the town center, where you will find a full service farm stand and multiple U-Pick locations across nearly a thousand acres of land. Much of the land is preserved through preservation easements with hiking trails and ponds doting the fields. The farm stand has local crafts and gifts, and almost every weekend a not-for-profit will have a bake sale at the front of the stand.

Mack’s Apples Londonderry, New Hampshire aerial photo by LondonderryNH.net

Directions to Mack’s Apples in Londonderry, New Hampshire

Sunnycrest Farms
Located on High Range Road, this farm was once a traveled through by Native Americans migrating to the fertile fishing grounds of the Cohas and Merrimack River. This farm specializes in a large selection of U-Pick from fruit to flowers. The U-Pick apples are in front of the farm stand, just across the street (do not worry we all slow down and stop when you cross in Londonderry!). The rows go forever and so do the apples!

Sunnycrest Farms Londonderry, New Hampshire aerial photo by LondonderryNH.net

Directions to Sunnycrest Farms in Londonderry, New Hampshire

Elwood Orchards
On Elwood Road, Ellwood Orchards which is still managed by the Elwood family has plenty of fruits and vegetables picked and ready for you. It also has the largest corn maze in the region. We have included a aerial photo of the first year maze, we will not spoil the puzzle as it is bigger and different this year. The maze takes up the green field to the left and the brown field to the north of the 2005 maze. Did you know? The Ellwood Farm is home to Londonderry Lithia Spring Water.

Ellwood Orchards Londonderry, New Hampshire aerial photo by LondonderryNH.net

Directions to Elwood Orchards in Londonderry, New Hampshire

Merrill Farms
Located in North Londonderry up the old stage coach road Merrill provides fresh eggs to stands in town, but if you want to get them the day they are laid this is the stand to go to. Open weekends (and an honor system during the week), you can be sure to find plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables plus fresh baked pies!

Merril Farms Londonderry, New Hampshire aerial photo by LondonderryNH.net

Directions to Merrill Farms in Londonderry, New Hampshire

After you’ve gotten your peaches here in Londonderry.  Here is an easy recipe for Peach Cobbler or you can use the pre-mixed Cobbler Packets sold at the farms. Thank you for considering Londonderry as a place to enjoy with your family this weekend! Business is Good.  Life is Better!  Check out visitlononderry.com for more information regarding all of the offering here in Londonderry

Fresh Peach Cobbler

Prep Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 57 minutes

Ingredients
2 large fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
1 & 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 dash nutmeg
3/4 cup milk

Directions
Mix peach slices with 3/4 cup sugar, set aside.
Pour butter in 8 inch square baking dish.
Mix flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and remaining sugar.
Stir in milk, until just combined.
Pour over butter.
Top with peaches.
Bake at 375° for 45 minutes.

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Four Fresh Fruits at two Londonderry Farms

Get a Grand Slam of U-Pick Fruit here in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Strawberries have been ripe for the picking for a few weeks, as have cherries and raspberries, but just open today are the blueberry fields. The fruit has ripened to big, juicy, plump berries, and is just waiting to be picked.

Sunnycrest Farm, on High Range Road, and Elwood Farm, on Elwood Road, both offer great pick-your-own fruit. Sunnycrest opens bright and early at 7 AM, so fruit enthusiasts can pick fresh fruit and still be home in time to enjoy fruit-filled pancakes, muffins, waffles; the possibilities are endless!

If you haven’t been yet, don’t miss out. The strawberries will be gone soon, as their season is generally short. Get the kids out of the house, make it a family affair, and maybe even get your kids to eat fruit! All ages will love picking the round blueberries, listening to the “KUPLINK! KUPLANK! KUPLUNK!” as the berries hit the bottom of the bucket. But much like Sal (Blueberries for Sal), the kids will probably enjoy eating the blueberries more.

Sunnycrest is open for U-Pick from 7 AM until noon. Their blueberries and raspberries can be picked Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Strawberries and cherries can be picked everyday. Elwood is open from 8 AM until 5 PM; perfect for parents of teenagers who don’t get up before noon!

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Cherries, Strawberries and Raspberries Ready, Blueberries Coming Soon!

What’s better than freshly picked berries in the summertime? Picking them yourselves! Just 45 minutes from Boston, the coast and the Lakes Region, Londonderry has a great selection of fresh fruit just waiting to be picked. Sunnycrest is brimming this week with pick-your-own cherries and strawberries, which are disappearing quickly, fresh raspberries just came in for U-Pick Thursday and blueberries will be ready for picking shortly!

Open daily, 7 AM until noon, the farm is a great place to bring the family and wander the fields, filling buckets and pints with fresh Londonderry fruit. Come early and pick quick to go home and make some delicious pancakes and muffins for breakfast with the fresh fruit. Or save it for later in the day and make a delicious desert!

Reap the Benefits of Fresh Fruit

  • Raspberries are high in fiber. Half to one pound of raspberry fruit per day can provide twenty to thirty grams of fiber which is adequate for an adult daily nutrition requirement
  • Raspberries are high in potassium, vitamin A and calcium they contain about 50% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C
  • July is national blueberry month because that is the peak of the harvest season.
  • Native Americans once called them “star berries,” because the five points of blueberry blossoms make a star shape
  • Blueberries are naturally low in both fat and sodium
  • It takes about 250 cherries to make a cherry pie, so each tree has a potential producing enough cherries for 28 pies
  • The same chemicals that give tart cherries their color may relieve pain better than aspirin and ibuprofen in humans
  • The average strawberry has 200 seeds
  • 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

Stop by Sunnycrest Farm, located on High Range Road and Ellwood Orchards for fresh pickings while the fruit lasts!

 

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Support Local Farms, Eat Local Food

New England’s summer sun and heat mean great pickings at local Farmer’s Markets. Last year, August was named New Hampshire Eat Local Month by Governor Lynch, and farms across the state are working hard to keep the tradition alive!

Londonderry alone has four Farmer’s Markets, all of which provide locally grown, fresh for the taking fruits and vegetables. A few even offer pick-your-own fruits, vegetables and flowers, if you’d like yours fresh from the vine. Be sure to stop in one of the farm’s to get your family’s share of Londonderry’s finest!

Below, you’ll find a list of local Farmer’s Markets in the Southern New Hampshire area.  Along with our Londonderry Farms open everyday!

  • Bedford, off Wallace Rd, Benedictine Park – Tuesdays from 3-6 PM
  • Deerfield, at the fairgrounds – Fridays from 3-7 PM
  • Derry, 31 West Broadway – Wednesdays 3-7 PM
  • Hooksett, Riverside St nest to Robie’s – Wednesdays 4-7 PM
  • Londonderry, Elwood Farm, Elwood Road – Daily 8 AM – 6 PM
  • Londonderry, Mack’s Apples, Mammoth Road, Daily (Beginning August 2)
  • Londonderry Merrill Farms, Mammoth Road, Daily
  • Londonderry, Sunnycrest Farms, High Range Road – Daily 9 AM – 6 PM
  • Manchester, Concord and Pine Street – Thursdays 3-6:30 PM
  • New Boston, Town Common – Saturdays 9 AM – noon
  • Weare, 1436 S. Stark Highway at Gazebo – Fridays 3-6 PM

As part of Eat Local Month, the Department of Agriculture is also trying to rally New Hampshire Farms for a tour of local farms. This 2-day event will allow families to experience the farms behind the locally grown food, as well as enjoy activities like hay rides, children’s fun, and product tasting! Check out the DOA’s website for more information. Click here to download complete list of Farmer’s Markets in New Hampshire.

Support local farms, as well as preserve local history!

Top image of Merrill Farm mini-stand in Londonderry this spring.

Other photos by Patti Anastasia of the new Derry Farmers Market.

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Get a Grand Slam of Fruit in Londonderry

It’s Grand Slam U-Pick Fruit Day again here in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Strawberries have been ripe for the picking for just over two weeks, but just open today are the Blueberry and Raspberry fields. The fruit has ripened to big, juicy, plump berries, and is just waiting to be picked.

Sunnycrest Farm, on High Range Road, and Elwood Farm, on Elwood Road, both offer great pick-your-own fruit. Sunnycrest opens bright and early at 7 AM, so fruit enthusiasts can pick fresh fruit and still be home in time to enjoy fruit-filled pancakes, muffins, waffles; the possibilities are endless!

If you haven’t been yet, don’t miss out. The strawberries will be gone soon, as their season is generally short. Get the kids out of the house, make it a family affair, and maybe even get your kids to eat fruit! All ages will love picking the round blueberries, listening to the “KUPLINK! KUPLANK! KUPLUNK!” as the berries hit the bottom of the bucket. But much like Sal (Blueberries for Sal), the kids will probably enjoy eating the blueberries more.

Sunnycrest is open for U-Pick from 7 AM until noon. Their Blueberries and Raspberries can be picked Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Strawberries can be picked everyday. Elwood is open from 8 AM until 5 PM; perfect for parents of teenagers who don’t get up before noon!

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