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Published: 07/28/2006    print this story   email this story  

Londonderry's acres of apples

By Jim Montalto

It is difficult to talk about Londonderry without thinking of the delicious, lip-smacking apples from Mack's of Moose Hill Orchards. In 1732, John Mack and his wife, Isabella Brown, came from Londonderry, Ireland, to settle in this area, then known as Nutfield. They bought a plot of land from Matthew Thornton, who signed the Declaration of Independence, and they raised cattle, grew potatoes and other crops, and planted apple trees.

Today, Mack's Apples has about 100 of its 400 acres reserved to grow more than 20 varieties of apples. There are about 30 acres available for pumpkin picking in the fall. Several hiking trails run along the entire property too. In addition to its apple selections, Mack's farm stand offers a wonderful assortment of other produce and delicious homemade pies. Family picnics are always encouraged, as well as participation in the farm's annual scarecrow contest, pumpkin decorating contests, and Mack's Great Apple Pie Bake Off.

Mack's Apples of Moosehill Orchard is located on 230 Mammoth Road and is open from August to June. For information call 603-432-3456.

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