- Category: About Us
- Published on Sunday, 25 March 2012 23:56
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Welcome to Johnson's Highland View Farm! Our family began farming here in Windham in 1884. Over a hundred years later, this land is still farmed by the Johnson family, and made possible from all of our long list of faithful employees, visitors and volunteers.
The land is an original King's Grant Strip, dating back as early as 1753. Historically, Johnson's Farm was a dairy farm. My grandfather Wilfred Johnson tended a herd of up to 50 cows. The cows often brought traffic to a halt on Range Road, as they were herded from the barn to the grazing pasture across the street.
The last cows were sold off in the mid-1980's, and for the next decade, we used the land for haying. In 1996, we opened the farm stand, starting with a half an acre of tilled soil for the vegetable crops. We're now up to 30 tilled acres, in three different locations. Though the farm once spread in a continuous stretch from Cobbett's Pond to Canobie Lake, it was split up when the state used 17 acres to build Route 93 in the 1960's. Now, you can see us all over town - we grow pumpkins down by the old Landry's Ski Slope, corn over on the other side of Route 93, and most of the other vegetables here near the farm stand on Range Road.
At the farm stand, you can find all of our flowers and produce. You can also enjoy an ice cream cone, frappe, or sundae - we serve Richardson's Ice Cream, the best around! We welcome you to relax at one of the picnic tables with your ice cream and visit with the barnyard animals. We spend a lot of time on the farm, and we hope your family will enjoy a visit as well.
We enjoy taking the time to grow our own products, and are proud to offer top-quality, locally grown vegetables, annuals and perennials. We're always trying new things around the farm as well. Over the years we've added three 3,000 square foot greenhouses to grow flowering annuals and hanging baskets, and we also grew over 4,000 fall hardy mums to decorate your doorways. As we gain further growing experience, we will gladly share our experience with you. We're happy to show you the fields in which we grow your vegetables. By continuing our farming operation, we lead the effort to maintain the open space and rural setting that has attracted families to this town for over two hundred years.
Six generations of our family has lived in Windham - from my great-great-grandfather Edmund Freeman Rich down to our children. So there are plenty of stories to be told; we hope that you come by and become part of Johnson's Highland View Farm, history in the making. There are no blueprints for housing developments here, just fresh flowers, vegetables, ice cream, and most importantly, a fine afternoon. See you at the stand!
- Scott & Christy Johnson
Johnson's Highland View Farm, LLC