As I stare out my window at the mounds of snow on the ground, apple picking is not on my list of things to do this week. However, at a recent lunch date at Applecrest Farm Bistro, I was reminded of the abundance of pick-your-own farms and orchards in our state. Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls prides itself on being the oldest and largest apple orchard in New Hampshire, and it’s the oldest continuously-operated in the United States!
Despite the snow on the ground, Applecrest Farm was bustling with families and couples picking up produce and stopping in for lunch. Located in the midst of rolling acres of apple trees, the Bistro and Farm Market are housed in a beautiful, enormous red barn.
The Farm Market takes up most of the barn, which sells everything from apples to fancy cheeses, to New Hampshire products like maple syrup and candies, and a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Perhaps more importantly is their daily offering of freshly baked apple cider donuts. You may have to persuade yourself to eat lunch before purchasing the entirety of these donuts (No? Just me?).
Toward the back of the barn you will be greeted by a kitchen and the Applecrest Farm Bistro. Although the bistro only has a dozen or so tables, the space is cozy and inviting. The large windows look out over the hills of the farm, and there’s a fireplace along one wall.
My boyfriend and I visited the bistro on a Saturday around noon and were seated amid groups of happy lunch-goers. The website advertised the menu as farm to table so we decided to stick with seasonal fare.
I’m not going to mince words here (am I allowed to use food puns?): my root vegetable panini was one of the best sandwiches I’ve had to date! Between the crisp slices of rye bread, the slices of veggies generously topped with gooey warm cheddar and a sweet apple chutney, I was in love. It was the perfect warm sandwich for a winter afternoon, and complemented the fries and fresh apple cider we ordered. The marinated steak tips with mushrooms and gravy were a big hit with my date!
While we certainly enjoyed our trip to Applecrest Farm this winter, I am excited to go back in the warmer months to try other menu offerings. The Farm also hosts the Creamery, because who doesn’t love locally made ice cream?! And of course, I will certainly be heading back to pick my own strawberries and apples!
- The address is 133 Exeter Road, Hampton Falls, NH.
- Hours for the Bistro vary: Breakfast Monday-Saturday, 8am-11am; Lunch Monday-Saturday, 11am-3pm; Dinner Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-9pm; Sunday Brunch, 9am-2pm. Reservations can be made for dinner and Sunday brunch: (603) 926-0006.
- Be sure to check out their menus or their Facebook page for seasonal updates!
Farm to table restaurants are quite popular right now, and after my dining experience I completely understand why! Is there a farm bistro I should try near you? Let me know in the comments!