Carter Hill Orchard - New Hampshire's Neighborhood Apple Orchard, and More ...
73 Carter Hill Road · Concord, NH 03303 · (603) 225-2625 · www.carterhillapples.com
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About Carter Hill Orchard

Carter Hill Orchard was named a Farm of Distinction
Carter Hill Orchard was named a New Hampshire Farm of Distinction in 2010. Pictured: Rob (center). Annette is to his right.

Carter Hill Orchard is a family owned farm in Concord, New Hampshire.  The Larocque family has owned the farm since 2001; however Rob Larocque and his family have been working the farm for decades. There has been an active orchard on Carter Hill since the mid 1700s.  In the 1970s the orchard was bought from the Farnum brothers by Sunnycrest Farm Inc of Londonderry, NH and Rob Larocque became acting manager.

Rob grew up across the street from Sunnycrest Farm in Londonderry, New Hampshire. As a child Rob wanted nothing more than to be an apple farmer.  He spent most of his time across the road from his house at Sunnycrest, and eventually they offered him a job. When Rob graduated from High School in 1972 Sunnycrest purchased the orchard in Concord and offered Rob the job as manager. Rob then asked his High School sweetheart to marry him, and the two of them moved up to the one room farm house.

Rob with the apple bin in 1980
Rob hard at work sorting apples in 1980

In 1974 Rob and his wife Annette started a family with the birth of their first son Todd, followed by their second son Nick 5years later. Rob and Annette worked the farm together, changing the farm over the years. They added a playground area for families, walking trails, an observation tower, and a bakery for Annette.

In 1999 Sunnycrest made the difficult decision to sell the orchard. Rob and Annette knew that they wanted to purchase the orchard; but could not manage to purchase the farm on their own. With federal funds from the Farmland Protection Program and help from their friends and neighbors; Rob and Annette were able to purchase the Orchard in 2001 renaming the farm Carter Hill Orchard.

Since Rob and Annette have become the Orchard’s owners they have expanded the bakery, and renovated the farm stand. Rob along with his friend Rick Duane have started a cider mill (New Hampshire Cider Works) at the orchard. Most importantly they have built a new home on the farm; where they live with their oldest son Todd, his wife and Rob and Annette’s grandchildren. The Larocques are planning on running the orchard for years to come.

In 2013, Todd Larocque was named Young Farmer of the Year by the Concord Grange. Carter Hill Orchard is a member of the New Hampshire Growers Cooperative.

 

 
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