The Hippo


May 27, 2020








The Farmer’s Wife opens in Candia. Courtesy photo.

The Farmer’s Wife 

Where: 20 Main St., Candia
Call: 589-8933

Farmer’s Wife in fall
Candia couple opens farm stand for local shopping


It will be a fleeting first season for The Farmer’s Wife farm stand — which opened in Candia in mid-August and will close when the fall harvest winds down — but it’s already had a big impact in a short amount of time. 

“We get a large afternoon rush of the commuters coming home because they’re thrilled that they don’t have to stop at one of the big chain stores and find a parking spot and deal with all the people,” said Amy Sandler Komisarek, who owns the farm stand with her husband, Scott Komisarek. “They know that they can get the basics here. … That was the goal, having lived in this community and always having to travel in to Hooksett or Manchester or Raymond or Epping to get a grocery item.”
Like most farm stands, The Farmer’s Wife will be open seasonally, which means there’s only a few more weeks to shop at the store, located where Route 43 splits into Main Street and Old Candia Road. 
“Now, we’re bringing in cider and cider doughnuts for the season,” Sandler Komisarek said. “We’re told that we’ll have our corn through October as well.”
The stand will also sell apples and a variety of pumpkins (including porcelain and fairy tale varieties, Sandler Komisarek said). Produce, dairy and meats come from local farmers and growers, including Carter Hill Orchard, Applehurst Farms, Lavoies Farm, Little Brook Farm, Coppal House Farm and Brookford Farm.
During the off-season months, the Komisareks will be looking for more local products and vendors before it reopens in May. 
“It doesn’t take long to figure out what the people really want,” Komisarek said. “The vendors that we’ve met, it’s just really a great group of people. A big reason why we did this is to connect with local [people], to the local food movement. People want local; they get it.”
“We went into a lot of farm stands and farmers markets, the Made in NH Expo, and that sort of thing,” Sandler Komisarek said. “It’s nice to be able to deal face-to-face with the person in the cottage industry who’s making all this.” 
The couple plans to host a weekend next season where customers can meet vendors and sample products.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in the local dairy products,” Scott Komisarek said. “Now, we have regular customers that get their milk each week and return the bottles.”
The same is true of local meats, he said. Items like grass-fed black angus is delivered twice each week from Little Brook farm in Exeter, as well as cuts of local meats, sausage and others from local farms like Brookford Farm and Fox Country Smokehouse, both located in Canterbury.
Coolers along the wall keep the apple cider and milk chilled along with frozen meals from Francestown Village Foods and meats. Life’s Little Pleasures’ soups, pancake mixes and dip mixes have been popular, too, Sandler Komisarek said. Other producers include caramels from Tahana Confections, canned veggies from Debbie D’s Homemade, sauces from Little Acre, Cucina Aurora, lotions from Northwood Naturals, plus pasta and sauce from Valicenti Organico, and baked goods from Queen City Cupcakes and Route 28 Bakery.
“The pies — they’re delivered fresh every Tuesday and Friday. People know the routine with the pies now, so they come in Tuesday afternoon or Friday afternoon to get that fresh pie. And the breads, the homemade breads are another item,” Sandler Komisarek said.
“That really stuck out for us. People really like their baked goods,” Komisarek said.
“It’s something that people don’t have time to do anymore. Who has time to actually relax and make a pie for their family, or a loaf of bread?” Sandler Komisarek said. “It’s a lot of work. If they can swing by here [they] know they’re getting the next best thing to homemade.”
The passion for sourcing locally started when they began to find local farmers’ produce, and grow their own produce themselves.
“We ended up growing a little bit on our own. Finally, it was just like, other people have to enjoy this good stuff,” she said. “I would can 300, 400, 500 jars of stuff every summer of what we grew and we’d eat it all winter long — what’s been a hobby for us is now a passion. It’s a way we live, it’s what we look for when we go out — to try to support the local farmer, and keep it in New Hampshire, [in the] New England network.” 
As seen in the October 16, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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