Edgewater Farm is a family farm located along 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 Colby familycut 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 UNH 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 theirRoute 12A Plainfield farm stand. Today in 2017 Pooh, Anne, Sarah, Ray and his wife Jenny, 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 added 26 acres of prime tillage land when Ray and Jenny bought the Putnam farm in Cornish.
We have approximately 70,000 square feet of poly greenhouses in which we grow vegetable and ornamental bedding plants as well asgreenhouse vegetables. Our small fruit production includes 6 acres of strawberries, 2 acres of raspberries and 3.5 acres of blueberries. Our produce is retailed directly through our greenhouses, our farm stand, 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 nonprofit organization Willing Hands. In 2016 they distributed well over 10 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 leased fields that are most likely destined to be house lots. With the addition of the Putnam Farm we now have a more secure land base and that will in turn insure Edgewater Farm’s ability to continue to meet market demand in a sustainable way.