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  • Staff photo by Don Himsel

    Ronald McCalla works to set up spring flowers at Lull Farm in Hollis Wednesday, April 4, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel

    Lull Farm in Hollis Wednesday, April 4, 2012.
Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lull Farm on state ‘red list’ for failing to renew food license

HOLLIS – Lull Farm’s main retail store, its farm stand on Broad Street in Hollis, has been red-listed by the state Department of Health and Human Services because it missed the deadline for renewing its annual license that is required by restaurants and food stores.

Owner David Orde said the issue started with well problems in the fall, when the farm usually applies for its annual license.

The water issues eventually led the farm to install an ultraviolet water-purification system that recently passed all inspections, he said, and the farm sent in the license application “two or three weeks ago.”

“I don’t know why it hasn’t arrived. Maybe it’s in the mail somewhere,” Orde said.

The farm stand is open.

The Lull stand and Honey Dew Donuts on Mammoth Road in Windham, which also is listed as not renewing its state license, are the only two establishments in Greater Nashua with red, or failing, marks on the state list released Wednesday.

The list of state-inspected facilities does not include establishments in Nashua or Merrimack, which do their own inspections.

It also shows results only of inspections performed since Jan. 1, so it does not include all establishments in any given town. Those that have not yet been inspected or had their licenses come up for renewal this year are not included.

It will be updated monthly, the Department of Health and Human Services said.

The information in the list has long been available when requested for specific establishments. This is the first time it has been compiled in form that can be scanned by the public.

The list covers restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores that serve food, school cafeterias and commercial food-processing operations.

It does not cover temporary food operations, such as fairs and festivals; recreation camps; health-care facilities; or child-care operations, which are licensed by other portions of the state government.

The department released the list of inspection results with a color rating system – green, yellow, red – that reflects the status of “priority items,” involving violations that have been found to contribute to food-borne illness or injury.

While these items involve such issues as temperature of food preparation or cleanliness of its water supply, the biggest reason by far for “red” listings was failure to renew an annual license required by the state. The license renewal does not have to be accompanied by an inspection.

“We feel this will be a good incentive for them to get their license renewed,” said Michael Dumond, bureau chief of Bureau of Public Health Protection, which includes the food protection section.

He said the section does more than 400 inspections a month of food establishments.

The database can be seen online at and clicking on “Food Establishment Inspection Report.”

David Brooks can be reached at 594-6531 or