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Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen Serves Food “The Old-Fashioned Way”

March 6th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Pumpkin Patch at Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen

Pumpkin Patch at Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen, Orford, NH

One of the joys of living and working in rural America is having the opportunity to advertise and support local businesses.  One such business is Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen, a local eatery that prides itself on serving food “The Old-Fashioned Way”.  Bruce, a graduate of CIA, and Chris Balch have remodeled the carriage wing of the farmhouse and serve unique dinners on Thursday, Friday & Saturday during the summer. A delicious brunch is offered on Sunday.  All of the food used at the restaurant is either produced on the farm or purchased locally.  Currently, the Bunten Farm has a herd of 40 Milking Devon cows/heifers and produces their own ice cream, yogurt, a variety of cheeses, Devonshire cream and butter.  There is nothing like the taste of a spoonful of their homemade chocolate ice cream.  Add to your culinary experience homemade sweet breads, English muffins, yeast breads, sticky buns, doughnuts, gingerbread and a New England favorite, Indian pudding.  Even the garnishes, such as pickles, relishes, jams and marmalades are all made at the farm by Chris.

For over 50 years, the Bunten Farm was renowned for their pumpkin patch.  When Bruce and Chris took over the operation of the farm from Bruce’s parents they have proudly continued that fall tradition offering over 35 kinds of pumpkins, gourds, squash and Indian corn.  On a cool crisp fall day, stop by the Farm to pick out the perfect pumpkin and all the other items for your fall display.  Whether you are stopping at the farm stand or having dinner in the carriage wing, you can view the herd, talk with Bruce or Chris, take a tour of the creamery or my favorite – be warmly greeted by Harry, their Bernese Mountain dog.

Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy dinner at Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen, only 6 miles away.

Winter Hours:

Sunday Brunch
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

No liquor license so BYOB.
1322 NH Route 10
Orford, New Hampshire

Peyton Place – Better Than The Book

January 16th, 2011 by donnanandersen

korean dumplings

Korean Dumplings - Peyton Place Restaurant

In 1956, Peyton Place by Grace Metalious hit the book stores.  The fictional story was set in a composite of several real New Hampshire towns.  Today, we have our own Peyton Place located in Orford, NH in the middle of the Upper Valley.  Historically the Mann Tavern, Peyton Place Restaurant is a 40 seat country casual establishment owned and operated by Chef Jim and Heidi Peyton.  Featuring European and Asian Inspired cuisine, the Peytons take special care to handcraft the menu from organic meats and seasonally grown vegetables.  The menu is complemented by a carefully selected wine list and full bar.  Some of my menu favorites are the Vietnamese Bouillabaisse, the Lobster Feta Salad, the Pistachio Crusted Scrod and the Apple Puff Pastry with Chef Jim’s fabulous cinnamon ice cream.  Noted author and Hanover, NH resident Jodi Picoult, once stated, in an interview for a New England travel publication, that her perfect day would end by consuming the entire Peyton Place menu.  For a true dining experience, travel the 3.5 miles from Breakfast on the Connecticut to Peyton Place – it is so much better than the book.

Dinner from 5:30 – 10:30 P.M.
Nov – March  Wed – Sat
April – Oct  Wed – Sun
Reservations Accepted  603-353-9100