Edgewater Farm is a family farm located on the alluvial plains of the Connecticut River in Plainfield, NH. Originally a five generation family farm, Edgewater Farm was owned by the Colby Family from 1835 to 1974. The Colbys cut and sold firewood, eggs, butter and buttermilk in neighboring West Lebanon. The family’s long tenure of stewardship came to an end when Pooh and Anne Sprague took up residence at the farm in 1974, not more than a mile from where Anne grew up. Her family still owns and operates Mac*s Happy Acres Farm. Although initially the two Spragues maintained outside employment (Anne as an elementary school teacher and Pooh as a laborer and part-time musician), they were encouraged by their county agents William Lord and by Stan Colby (previous owner of the farm and also a former county agent) to try growing strawberries on the farm.
The first strawberry crop was harvested in 1976, and from that point other crops were added to accommodate market demand. By 1983, both of the Spragues were working full time on the farm and, along with a few greenhouses, they opened their Plainfield farmstand. Today in 2014 Pooh, Anne,Sarah and Ray as well as 32 year veteran Mike Harrington are all involved with managing the many different aspects of the farm. Edgewater Farm is 170 acres in size, with about 60 acres of tillable land on which small fruit and vegetables are grown. We recently add 26 acres of prime tillage land when Ray bought the Putnam farm in Cornish.
We have approximately 70,000 square feet of poly greenhouses in which we grow bedding plants and greenhouse vegetables. Our small fruit production includes strawberries, raspberries and blueberries on 10 acres. Our produce is retailed directly at our greenhouses, our farmstand, through our CSA models as well as being available at select locations in the Upper Valley area. We donate to area food shelves and kitchens through our participation with the local non profit organization Willing Hands. In 2012 they distributed well over five tons of our produce throughout the Upper Valley area.
In May of 2012 we purchased the Putnam Homestead in Cornish NH. This was done with an eye toward providing a more stable land base as we were investing effort and money in some fields that are most likely destined to be house lots. With the addition of the Putnam Farm we now have a more secure land area and that will in turn insure Edgewater Farm’s ability to continue to provide it’s ability to produce a diverse product mix as well as provide more land for proper rotation. Despite the financial drain that this farm will initially provide, we are excited about our future and what this land can potentially provide us as we amend, work and restore its soils.