Farming has a long and important history in New Hampshire. In the woodland period, the Abenaki planted crops. The early English settlers had to grow food to eat. Until the early 1800s, nearly everyone in New Hampshire was a farmer! Granite Staters grew all sorts of crops, including grains like wheat and corn, vegetables like squash and carrots, and they had orchards of apples and pears. They also raised livestock, like sheep, cows, and chickens, to provide milk, eggs, and meat. Agriculture continues to be important in New Hampshire today. This painting shows a very typical farmstead near Claremont, New Hampshire, in the early 1800s.