For generations the kind care of a family orchard has delighted Monadnock Region visitors and residents alike. My visit to Norway Hill Orchard this week was perfection:
An abundance of Macintosh apples were ready for the picking. At the apple shed I was encouraged to try one as I walked the rows of trees on this Hancock, New Hampshire hillside.
Just a short drive from Route 202 via Route 123, Forest Road or Route 137, this family owned and operated orchard grows primarily Macintosh, Cortland, Empire and Macoun, and you will also find Delicious, Paula Red,and Baldwin. As early as 1923 the orchard was part of a network of McLeod family orchards. Peg and her husband chose to continue it’s operation independently in retirement and have made the orchard a dynamic feature in the town landscape. One unique trait of this special location are the views across the orchard to the Grand Monadnock, the mountain our region is named for.
As I bite into my large apple, I know that my efforts will be much appreciated back at the Jack Daniels Motor Inn – ’cause who can resist that hand picked autumn apple? And this is just the beginning: My favorites – Macoun – will be ready for picking in another week or two!