Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hey everyone, I am Joe Mitchell, resident of Woodsville, which is located along the Connecticut River and is one of the southern most towns of the North Country. Although I work many different jobs, I am a full-time student at Plymouth State University studying Interdisciplinary Studies. My major is Sustainable and Diversified Entrepreneurship with minors in Photography and Marketing. I spend most of my time working on my two businesses and serving on my local fire department. I am the co-founder of Ammonoosuc Goods, a business that specializes in apparel and accessories that are locally inspired and always US made. I own and operate Ammonoosuc Goods with my brother where our goal is to inspire and showcase how unique New England truly is. My other business is Yeoman Brewing Company where we make Kombucha, iced tea, cold brew coffee, lemonade along with selling foraged goods like fiddleheads. Our goal is to source 95% of the ingredients we use, locally. Our products are something you won’t find anywhere else. I serve on the Bath Fire Department where I am most passionate about forest fires and water rescues. When I have a little free time you can find we outside foraging, hiking local mountains, canoeing the local lakes, or by the campfire.
Why did you choose to stay in New Hampshire?
New Hampshire is very special to me because it is home. It’s where I was born and raised. Although I have a huge passion for travel, no place will match what it feels to be nestled in the mountains of home. Besides it being home though, NH takes small town main streets as seriously as it does all aspects of nature, giving the ultimate balance. There is never a lack of opportunity or activities to do, if you just step out of the box a little bit.
Why did you choose to live in your current city/town?
I believe that it is important to be rooted. Spending time in and serving your community, especially the one you grew up in, gives meaning to life. Small town communities, like mine, will support you when you need it, but will also teach about life through the difficult times. My town teaches me about the past, grounds me in the present, and guides me through my future goals.
What would you say to someone that is considering moving to New Hampshire?
If you are considering moving to NH don’t second guess yourself! Winters are not as bad as they seem especially when you are enjoying the best activities like snowboarding or snowshoeing. The four seasons all need to be enjoyed to the fullest. Even though everything is thirty minutes away when you live in northern NH, it is worth every minute of peace spent in small towns and nature.
Tell us some of your favorite places in the state or your region. i.e, restaurants, recreational or cultural activities, etc.
Gather Together Cafe (Woodsville), Littleton Food Coop (Littleton), Littleton Farmers Market (Littleton), Crumb Bar (Littleton), Schilling Beer Co. (Littleton), The Brick Store (Bath), Windy Ridge Orchard (Haverhill), hiking the Upper Valley Land Trust Trails, Lonesome Woods (Bethlehem), Ragged Mountain Equipment (Intervale), Cafe Monte Alto (Plymouth), Peyton’s Place Restaurant (Orford), and Woodstock Inn Brewery (Woodstock).
If money were not an issue, what would your version of a “perfect” day in the state look like?
My perfect day in the state would start off with grabbing coffee at my favorite local cafe before climbing a local mountain. Then in the afternoon, I would take my canoe out paddling on the lake until my friends and I get hungry and we head over to a local brewery with some live music.
What do you believe to be the “New Hampshire” advantage?
The New Hampshire advantage is it’s vast geographical diversity that’s packed into one of the smallest states in the U.S. Within just hours you can go from vast wilderness in the mountains to spacious lakes, from small towns to the city, and from the Connecticut River to the Atlantic Ocean. No where else can you go to all these different locations in just one day.