Brookdale Fruit Farm has been family-owned and -operated for seven generations and counting. Chip Hardy works alongside his son, Trevor Hardy, and daughter-in-law, Madison Lowell Hardy on their diverse plantings across 450 acres. Along with their local crew, a team of Jamaican H2A workers have been working with Brookdale since 1985; they are considered family. The Jamaicans watched Trevor and his late brother Tyler grow up on the farm, and now they dote on and spoil Madison’s young son, the eighth generation, as he grows up on the farm.
The Hardy and Whittemore families have been committed to protecting fruit and vegetable health through sustainable agricultural practices since 1847. In 2000, Brookdale received the Ag-Earth Partnership’s Millennium Farm/Ranch Family Award to support their ongoing stewardship efforts to clean water and air, healthy soil, and a quality environment for all. They were one of the first orchards in New Hampshire to adopt IPM strategies!
Brookdale grows a wide variety of vegetables, from corn to peppers, greens and squash. For the past two years, they have offered a diverse selection of apples for Red Tomato’s local DSD (direct store delivery) program to New Hampshire Whole Foods stores!