LONDONDERRY — It's always a friendly day on a local farm where there is an abundance of seasonal produce filling bins and crates in markets, berries and fruit to pick, and often a furry snout ready to pat.
That's why as summer nears its end and fall is near, farms are readying for activities, programs, and often just a crisp day in the fresh air to make people happy and ready for the season ahead.
At Sunnycrest Farm in Londonderry, the longstanding family farming effort offers daily pick-you-own opportunities for berries, apricots, peaches and more in addition to offering a fully stocked farm market full of produce, baked goods and even snacks for pets.
In the Sunnycrest market, resident baker Bonne Cavanagh bakes up batches of fresh cider doughnuts, bagels fruit bars, breads, muffins and cookies with many gluten-free, low carb, sugar-free, keto and vegan options available.
"I wanted to have something for everybody," Cavanagh said.
Cavanagh has worked at Sunnycrest for eight years, using the farm's fruit and produce to whip up her baked specialties in the market's kitchen.
She said Sunnycrest is reinventing itself and offering much more these days than just a farm experience. The farm now rents out space within its fields and orchards for special occasions like weddings. There is also a new outdoor patio space adjoining the market for people to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and a warm cider doughnut that can be passed from the bakery out to customers through a window.
As fall approaches, local farms will be offering apple picking, pumpkin patches, colorful mums, corn stalks and other decor, hayrides and corn mazes for families to explore.