Back when it was a stop along the stagecoach route, locals and travelers alike would gather at the crossroads tavern, where members of the Eastman family would play the fiddle and host dances. Friends, neighbors and those passing through would spin yarns, argue and make up, form friendships, and fall in love. It was a place where life happened.
In 1911 the old tavern was torn down. A few businesses opened on this spot over the years, but in 2012 the land, including acreage across the street that was once part of the Eastman family farm, sat vacant. It might have been a gas station, a pharmacy, or another fast food joint.
A different vision. Alan Lewis, whose ancestors have been in Kensington since the early 1700s, and his wife, Harriet saw this location as the ideal place to create
something new that would carry on the Eastman family’s legacy and support the local economy. They envisioned a farm store where people could come to buy local produce and foods, gather with friends and neighbors and learn about healthy eating, agricultural and sustainability.
The Farm at Eastman’s Corner opened in 2012 as a place for local farmers, food producers and craftspeople to sell their goods. It gives the community a convenient place to buy local produce, eggs, milk, cheese, breads, meats, honey, syrup and much more. We also grow fresh vegetables throughout the winter in the Farm’s six state-of-the-art greenhouses – yes, even through our New Hampshire winters!
Angela’s Café, above the store, provides a warm, welcoming space for get-togethers, classes and workshops, and community meetings.