I visited a fabulous spot in Plaistow, NH, over the weekend: Goudreault Farm & Greenhouse, owned and operated by Goudreault family (Richard and Lucine, with their daughter, Deborah), who have been farming in New England for about forty years.
The one-time dairy farm with a small vegetable stand is now a sizable greenhouse operation offering annuals, perennials, and a variety of vegetables from tomatoes and hot peppers to cucumbers and sweet corn. They also have an assortment of local jams and spreads, hand-made pottery, garden fixtures, and antique farming tools for sale.
The best part of the trip (aside from the delicious corn-on-the-cob) was the beautifully landscaped gardens and the farm animals. The flowers and lily pond (complete with goldfish) were beautiful, and the animal menagerie (horses, cows, chickens, plus a sheep, a goat, a bunny, and a Bassett Hound) was a hoot.
The pot-bellied goat was my favorite: he came running out to greet us and bleated desperately in hopes we'd drop one of our fresh corn cobs!
Shawn took a bunch of great pictures...be sure to check them out.