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The year in review
In agriculture, each year is always different from the last. Every year always presents new challenges that need to be overcome as well as new opportunities to grow and explore. 2019 was a perfect example of how unpredictable a year can be! This year was the shortest apple picking season we have ever had at DeMeritt Hill Farm. A combination of aggressive pruning during the winter and excessive rain and cold weather during the spring pollination season helped lead to one of the smallest crops of fruit we have ever grown.
In keeping with the farm mission of continuing to develop the farm, you will notice new fruit trees and bushes being planted over the next few years. These new trees and bushes will allow us to introduce new varieties of fruit and berries to you. New trellis systems and new irrigation systems will also be added to the orchard. We are excited about these changes to the orchard and are looking forward to increasing our fruit production as the demand increases.
2019 saw the departure of Judy Nason and Bellewether Stables from the DeMeritt Hill Farm. We wish her the best of luck as she begins her new journey with Northern Belle. DeMeritt Hill Farm is very excited to announce that Torey Roderick Performance Horses has joined the farm family. Torey and her staff are welcome additions to DeMeritt Hill Farm!
Throughout he year, several new events were taking place at the farm. 2019 saw the Oyster River High School Cross Country teams host the Bobcat Invitational for the first time at the farm. We here at the farm are very excited to be working so closely with the Lee/Durham community and look forward to hosting additional events in the future.
Haunted Overload also had a record breaking year this fall. The haunt had visitors from all over the world as it has steadily gained in popularity both domestically as well as internationally. It is because of this, that a donation of over $49,000.00 was able to be made to the Pope Memorial Humane Society Cocheco Valley. As always, we are very excited to be able to help such a worthy cause.
As winter quickly approaches and we take a quick breather, we would like to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season and we thank you for your patronage. We look forward to seeing you next year.
Our Mission at DeMeritt Hill Farm
Here at DeMeritt Hill Farm, our goal is and always has been to produce top quality fruit, vegetables, baked goods and other agricultural products. We focus on providing an enjoyable, (hands on) pick-your-own experience for you and your family.
We strive to create an enjoyable, relaxed outdoor setting where family and friends can gather and enjoy a fun filled day.
We make changes to the farm based on your feedback so we always look forward to seeing and hearing from you. We hope you take some time to explore our website. Better yet, come and visit and see what we have to offer!