By Caitlin Caserta, Walpole Valley Farms
Walpole Valley Farms was awarded the New Hampshire Farm of Distinction award on February 4th at the annual Farm and Forest Expo in Manchester, NH. The New Hampshire Farm of Distinction program was started in 1997 as a way to recognize New Hampshire farms that go above and beyond when it comes to aesthetics and cleanliness. The three other Farm of Distinction winners for 2011 were Alyson’s Orchard also of Walpole, Stoneridge Farm of Bradford, and Zorvino Vineyards and Winery of Sandown.
Walpole Valley Farms is a thriving diversified, multi-generational, family farm with a focus on sustainability and agritourism. Innkeeper Jacqueline Caserta tends extensive vegetable, herb and edible flower gardens on the inn grounds which provide much of the ingredients for the decadent three-course candlelight breakfast served daily to inn guests. Gardens on the farm are all maintained following organic and no-till gardening practices. At the heart of Walpole Valley Farms mission is sustainability, education and a healthy connection to the land. The farm has really taken off in the past two years and has been selling its own 100% grass-fed and finished beef, pastured chicken and turkey, eggs from pastured hens, pastured pork and vegetables from the inn gardens. The farm sells its products at Burdick’s Restaurant, Walpole Grocery, Blueberry Fields in Keene, and directly at the farm.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit the farm make a point to this year. Or visit www.innatvalleyfarms.com or www.walpolevalleyfarms.com for more information anytime.
Walpole Valley Farms
663 Wentworth Road
Walpole, NH 03608