Sunday, February 27, 2011

Keene Ice and Snow Festival - Keene, NH

Saturday, March 5th marks the 10th anniversary of Keene's Ice and Snow Festival - a fun local event for the whole family. This annual event takes place in nearby Keene, NH a short drive from our NH bed and breakfast and is a welcome distraction to the seemingly endless New England winter! A full day of events is planned from 10-4 and includes professional and student ice carving competitions as well as snow sculpturing and a snowboard rail jam. Family activities include:  a lil' tot snow slide, a bonfire and s'mores, horse drawn wagon rides, musical performances, and more. Admission to all of the events is free.  Why not take advantage of the abundant fresh snowfall and our reduced winter cottage rates (which include buy-one-get-one Granite Gorge ski passes) and make a memorable weekend of it??? Hope to see you soon!

Innkeeper The Inn at Valley Farms

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Walpole Valley Farms Receives 2011 NH Farm of Distinction Award

Our sign that will soon be proudly displayed!
I’m thrilled to announce that our farm was recently awarded the New Hampshire Farm of Distinction award at this year’s annual Farm and Forest Expo in Manchester, NH! The NH Farm of Distinction program was started in 1997 as a way to recognize NH farms that go above and beyond when it comes to aesthetics and cleanliness. Four farms were handpicked by an independent panel of agricultural leaders, historic preservationists, and the general public to receive this year’s award.

The recipients of the award must be commercial working farms with a visible sign that strive to keep their operations neat and orderly. The farm must exhibit a stewardship for the land that is a positive example of agriculture in New Hampshire. Equipment must be clean and stored properly, buildings, fences, and hedgerows kept in good condition, and sanitary conditions must be met for all livestock.

It has been a long road leading to the award one which began in 1998 when my parents purchased the dilapidated 105-acre farm to save it from development. We began by extensively renovating the 1774 Colonial home on the property and opening as a NH bed and breakfast/ farm stay in the fall of 1999. Although our family has always had extensive gardens and some animals on the farm we have consistently increased our operations over the years and are now a thriving multi-generation diversified farm raising 100% grass-fed beef, pastured chickens, turkeys, eggs, pastured pork, cashmere goats, and an extensive array of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. It is from this bounty that we feed our three families and inn guests as well as sell to customers either directly from the farm or through several local outlets.

We are so thankful for the tremendous support our local community and guests have given us over the years and truly feel blessed to live in such beautiful (and bountiful) surroundings. We pledge to continue to responsibly steward the land for future generations and look forward to greeting you here on the farm! Check our schedule for our monthly farm tours and/or special discounts for an overnight stay in our green lodging.

Congratulations go out to the other three 2011 NH Farm of Distinction winners: Alyson's Orchard also of Walpole, Stoneridge Farm of Bradford, and Zorvino Vineyards and Winery of Sandown.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Renown Harris Hill Ski Jump in Nearby Brattleboro, VT

Wee Doggies
Photo by Darin
One of the region’s most popular winter sporting events, the Harris Hill Ski Jump Competition, has been a celebrated local tradition since 1922. The two-day tournament drawing world-class ski jumpers from across the globe is held in nearby Brattleboro, Vermont. Thousands of spectators turn out to watch local talent and world renown ski jumpers alike. 2011’s Harris Hill Ski Jump Competition will take place Saturday, February 19th and Sunday, February 20th.

This local landmark is 700 feet high and the only 90 meter jump in New England. Harris Hill is one of six ski jumps of its caliber in the U.S. and over the years has been the site of 18 national and regional championships. The most recent was in 1992 when Brattleboro hosted the National Championships. The event is organized entirely by volunteers and funded by local businesses and event supporters committed to this exhilarating sport. It’s a great family and/or socializing event with a children's hill, concessions, a beer tent, and event souvenirs.

Our quiet country inn is a short drive to the Brattleboro event and with our winter rates there’s no reason not to come on out and enjoy the fun! We’ll even throw in 2-for-1 ski passes good for Granite Gorge Ski area to double the fun. Book now for best availability!

Innkeeper The Inn at Valley Farms