A Brief History of Moulton Farm
Residents and visitors to Meredith and the Lakes Region have come to depend on Moulton Farm for the freshest cooking ingredients, beautiful plants, and tasty breads and pies. On a typical day, hundreds of people visit the Moulton Farm Market to select from the day's freshly picked fruits and vegetables, as well as to enjoy the farm's picturesque setting and New England charm.
Although the large white farmhouse on the property was built in 1811, the land around the house was not adapted for farm use until 1883, when it was purchased by Austin Moulton. For the first 50 years, Moulton Farm was a cattle ranch. The farm transitioned to dairy production in 1941 and continued for 25 years, ceasing daily dairy production in 1966. Farming continued on a limited basis until the 1980’s when John Moulton, the current owner, started the farm market.
In 1990, the current farm stand was constructed across the road from the original farmhouse. Greenhouses were added in 1993 to allow the farm to grow potted ornamental and vegetable plants. In 1997, Moulton Farm was one of the first farms in the state designated "A Farm of Distinction" by the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture.
In 2003, the farm stand retail area was expanded. It now includes a fully licensed commercial kitchen and bakery, as well as offering fresh seafood, and a growing number products from carefully selected northern New England farms.
Committed to preserving our rich soil for future generations, we practice sustainable agriculture and the farm is now in perpetual conservation and will always be used for agriculture or forestry. To pass a love farming and locally produced food along to future generations, we regularly offer workshops, events, and school outings.
Dot Hartson: Dot has been the floral designer at Moulton Farm for the past 7 years during her off season! She is a full-time teacher for the Inter-Lakes School District and has been there for 31 years. She has gained a lot of floral design experience from floral shops, including Lady Bug Gardens in Meredith, NH, and Johnson Florist, Worcester, MA. She has an education degree from Plymouth State University and a Masters Degree in Education from Antioch in Keene, NH. During her free time, Dot is a fan of golf, kayaking, gardening, and keeping busy outdoors in New Hampshire!
Jeff Mills: Jeff Mills started working at Moulton Farm in 1993. He earned his Associates Degree from NHTI, and a Bachelor of Science degree from UNH. After college, Jeff became a full-time farm employee in 2001, and then became the General Manager of Moulton Farm in 2009. He currently resides in Meredith with his wife Wendy, and son Sumner. Jeff enjoys spending time with his family and is a sports fanatic.
John Moulton: A life long resident of Meredith, John Moulton is a UNH Graduate, former teacher and cooperative education coordinator for Pinkerton Academy, and is active in various local organizations and service groups. He is also a member of several county and state associations. His first experience with produce marketing came at the age of eight, when he sold pumpkins from the bed of a truck parked beside Rte. 25.
Jonathan Diola: Jonathan is Moulton Farm’s Lead Baker and Prepared Food Chef. He attended the Culinary Certificate Program under City and Guilds of London Institute, and since then has worked in fine establishments in NH and Maine, including the Mount Washington Hotel and Resort, Lemongrass Restaurant, York Harbor Inn, and Bread & Roses Bakery.
Kyle Lacasse: This will be Kyle's 10th season working at Moulton Farm. He recently graduated from UNH and has come to work here full time. Kyle graduated with an Outdoor Education degree and worked for the UNH Woodman Research Farm during his college career. Of course, he enjoys growing veggies, but he also loves to hike and climb in the White Mountains during his free time.
Rob Stephens: Rob is a long time employee of Moulton Farm who has joined the business as a full-time manager. He started at the farm in 1990 at age 12 and has always had a great love for the outdoors and learning about gardening and landscaping. A 1996 Graduate of Moultonborough Academy, Rob then furthered his education and obtained a degree in horticulture and landscape design from the Thompson School of Applied Sciences at UNH in 1998. He started “Stephens Landscaping” in 1997. The business experienced much growth and success, but Rob ultimately decided that he wanted to remain at Moulton Farm and join in the business full time. The landscaping business is still run by his two younger brothers in a much larger scale than when he sold it. A current resident of Meredith, Rob is married to Jess and has two wonderful children: Gracie, age 2, and Eli, age 11. Any free time he has is enjoyed with the family at sporting events and on small trips, as well as working around the house on gardening projects.
Rod Wilson: Rod was born in Bellows Falls, Vermont in 1951. His family moved to Weirs Beach several years later and started Basket World, selling baskets and wicker furniture. Upon graduation from Laconia High School, he went on to study at the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 1974. While in college, he met and married his wife Cheryl. They just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Rod decided to enter the family business where he worked for 35 years. In 1979, his son Greg was born, and in 1981, Greg’s younger brother Eric arrived. Since the business was closed winters, he was able to pursue his passion of skiing. He worked for the Egon Zimmerman Ski School at Gunstock for 5 years before moving to Waterville Valley, where he has since worked in the ski school for 31 years. Rod currently is a supervisor at Kid’s Kamp, a full day children’s program. After a great run of 50 years, Basket World closed in 2009. Rod now enjoys working at Moulton Farm from spring to fall, and when the snow starts to fly, it’s time to sharpen his skis and head back to Waterville Valley!
Sandy Garabrant: Sandy has lived in the Lakes Region all her life. She graduated from Inter-Lakes and has raised two wonderful children, now grown. She worked for Annalee Dolls for twenty-nine years, from making dolls to systems support. She left Annalee’s in 2002 to begin her new life "down on the farm.” Sandy didn't know what to expect and was a little nervous, but looked forward to working outside, making things grow, and getting dirty. Little did she know how enjoyable her new job would be! She has met many wonderful customers and their dogs, and didn't have to join a gym to get into shape! When not working, Sandy and her husband enjoy taking trips with their three labs or kayaking. She also volunteers for Lab Rescue when not busy baking dog bones for her "Cold Nose Cookie Company.”
Sue Dail: Sue is the lead Greenhouse Grower at Moulton Farm. She has been with the farm staff for the past 6 years, and prior to that, worked at Meredith Gardens/ Sheridan Gardens for 11 years. Sue summered in Sandwich for 20 years before deciding to move there full time approximately 30 years ago. Since a very young age, she has had a love for plants and gardening, much of which she learned from her grandfather. Sue started a small family landscape business 25 years ago and was a market gardener for 11 years. During her free time, she enjoys gardening at the farm in Sandwich, hiking, and kayaking.
Tricia Lutkus: Tricia is a lead baker at the bakery at Moulton Farm and is looking forward to bringing traditional baked goods as well as new ideas to Moulton Farm. Tricia graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI with an AOS in Baking and Pastry, and has 25 Years of experience in the field, including as a H.S. Baking Instructor, as a Pastry Chef at Le Meredian in Boston, at Harts Turkey Farm in Meredith, and at Winnipesaukee Bay Gulls in Center Harbor.
Wes Thomas: Wes has lived in Meredith, NH his entire life. He graduated from Inter-Lakes High School in 2004, and then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire in 2008. He started working at Moulton Farm in 1999, becoming a full-time employee in the spring of 2008. At the farm, he spends most of his time operating the equipment, and enjoys hunting, fishing, car racing, and golf during his free time.