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ABOUT THE COVER The J Bar W Ranch, 10530 Green
Valley Road, Union Bridge, is a family partnership that has received national recognition for producing and hosting probull riding. The ranch is included on the list of agricultural operations that begin on page 40.
8 Meet Our AgTeam
22 Farmers Markets: Fresh,
10 Small Farms Offer Growers,
Healthy and Fun
Clients Big Rewards
30 Spirits from the Farm
15 Homegrown Hay Days
34 Agriculture in Good Hands
16 Direct Dairy: Farmers Look
with Latest Generation
Beyond Large Cooperatives
40 Farm Listings
NEXT GENERATION IS ALREADY MAKING A MARK IN AGRICULTURE Frederick County’s agriculture industry is strong and each year Homegrown Frederick highlights many of our farm-to-consumer agriculture businesses. This year we introduce you to two dozen of our Top Under 40 Agricultural Professionals. The Frederick County Office of Economic Development (FCOED) has its own awesome Homegrown Under 40 Agriculture team that we’re proud to highlight as well. Meet Katie Stevens, Associate Director of Agriculture Business Development, where her primary focus is to promote agricultural opportunities and assist agricultural businesses. She has played a critical role in supporting Frederick County’s craft beverage businesses and has filled a huge void in connecting farmers to the resources they need to grow and diversify. Katie has been a leader in the ag community her whole life. She grew up on her family’s dairy farm, went to Virginia Tech majoring in dairy science and worked for the University of Maryland on its dairy farm. She is a member of the Farm Bureau and the chair of Maryland Young Farmers. She is on the board and an
active volunteer for the Show Like A Pro Dairy Workshop that helps young kids get into showing cows. She contin- Katie Stevens and Becca Tucker ues to raise her own cows to show and be milked, along worked for years with the USDA-Farm with helping her family produce hay, Service Agency assisting local farmers corn, beans and wheat. Katie has also with the federal program funding. started her own cut flower farm. Becca’s roots also run deep in Frederick Becca Tucker is one of the newest memCounty agriculture, growing up on her bers to the FCOED team. As the Senior family’s dairy farm in Jefferson. Upon gradBusiness Development Manager of uating from Virginia Tech with a degree in Agriculture, Becca’s focus is to provide Dairy Science and a minor in Agricultural service to farmers starting and expanding Applied Economics, she returned as a fifth their ag businesses and expanding the generation to her family’s farm. Homegrown brand while marketing local agriculture producers. You can follow Take time to read through all our Top her blogs on the Homegrown Facebook Under 40 Agricultural Professionals—we page. She brings a wealth of knowledge think you’ll agree that Frederick’s agriculwith her to the FCOED Ag team, having tural future is in good hands.
Small Farms Offer Growers & Clients Big Rewards
By Gina Gallucci-White Photos by Turner Photography Studio
After spending months growing and nurturing plants, Dandelion and Rust Farm owner Laura Genello loves seeing the final product in the hands of customers. “It is so great to have somebody send me a photo of a meal they made with vegetables that I grew,” she says. “That is such a cool thing. I think that contact you have with the people who are actually using and enjoying the products is really nice.” Small farms can offer a wide variety of locally grown produce, along with strong relationships with customers. Genello was first drawn to agriculture about 15 years ago during an apprenticeship at a Rhode Island farm where she learned about planting, weeding and harvesting to using equipment and keeping financial records. “I didn’t grow up on a farm or anything like that,” she says. “I have always enjoyed being outside and working with my hands. When I started studying environmental science, I realized that
agriculture is a field where so many things that interested me really connected. …The unexpected thing that came out of (the apprenticeship) is I really fell in love with the actual work itself and the actual process of farming.” Genello has spent years in food education including her current work as a Farms to Schools program specialist with Baltimore City Public Schools. While getting her master’s degree in organic agriculture several years ago, she realized she missed the hands-on aspects of agriculture. In 2019, she founded her Myersville-based farm, focusing on growing the unusual like aromatic culinary herbs and funky fruits. “I really like to cook so I love trying to play around with different varieties that you would not find in the grocery store,” Genello says. “You can find green zucchini anywhere. …But I think one of the advantages to shopping local is that with local farms you can get things that you might not be able to find at your local grocery store.” Her most popular products include varieties of tomatoes, ginger and melons. The farm’s name comes from Genello’s love of nature, mixed with her husband’s career as a metal worker. “Dandelions, I think, are very under appreciated flowers that most people just think of as weeds, but they are actually hugely useful as medicinal plants and great pollinator plants,” she says. “Both dandelions and rust are nature’s way of saying ‘You think you can win but you can’t.’”
New this year is a pick-your-own flower Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Genello plans to have different flower colors and textures for people to play around with for bouquets, including snapdragons, dahlias, sunflowers and zinnias. “There is something really nice about freshly picked flowers,” she says. Andrew Grimm has always been interested in gardening, fascinated by watching plants grow. His wife, Katie, grew up on a farm, but not one focused on produce. For years, the couple had a garden. “It got to the point where we were producing way more than we could consume,” she says. They started giving it away “and everyone was raving about it.” After being encouraged by 11
family and friends, they began selling at the Myersville Farmers Market, their most popular items include lettuce, carrots, garlic, onions and strawberries. Patrons also love their eggs which come from over 15 different breeds--about 30 to 35 hens. Location played a role in their farm’s name—A Piece of Harmony, located off Harmony Road and Harmony Cemetery. “Our little piece of property — we thought it was a little piece of harmony and (the name) just felt right,” Katie Grimm says. Being at the farmers market and talking to customers is Katie Grimm’s favorite part of farming. “It is nice seeing the same friendly faces and getting to know them and their families even to the point where we know what our customers like to eat and what they don’t like to eat.”
Deeper than Money Laura Genello
Andrew Grimm adds, “It is not just a transaction anymore when we have (so many) repeat customers. You really get to learn about them, their family. It is just deeper than a money transaction.”
Ben and Heather Sayler started the Walkersville-based Pleasant Hill Produce nearly a decade ago primarily because they wanted to start a business that directly impacted people’s lives. “We think that eating healthy food and having a healthy diet is one of, if not, the most important things you can do for yourself. … We wanted to be able to provide that for people,” he says. Some of their best sellers include tomatoes, mixed salad greens and garlic. For the third year in a row, they are offering a customizable pay as you go CSA which is one of, if not the only, farm to offer this option to customers. “There is no big up-front cost,” Sayler says. “Members can skip any and all weeks they do not want a share. If they are going on vacation for a month then that is fine. They just put their share on hold. We don’t pack them a box and they do not pay anything for it.” They also offer home delivery (within 30 miles of the farm) for their CSA participants for a fee. The Saylers provide these options because “we wanted it to be set up where there is no reason for a customer to not join our CSA,” he says. “After doing it for so many years now we looked at all the different reasons why we were not retaining customers year to year. One of the biggest ones were people were getting items in their shares that they didn’t need. So, by offering customization people are getting exactly what they want each week and that has helped our retention tremendously.” They added delivery because in the past some of their locations were not convenient for their customers.
parents a call if I have a question on how to do something,” she says. Sayler says, “Be ready to have failures and learn from them and know you are going to have to adapt a lot.” Being a small farmer means being a jackof-all-trades. “It is a business as well and there is a lot more to it than just growing the food,” he says. “…I have to be the accountant, the electrician, the plumber, the everything around the farm. Growing the food is only half the battle.”
Andrew Grimm checks out salad greens growing in a hoop house on the farm, A Piece of Harmony, that he owns with his wife Katie. The Myersville farm also has over 15 different breeds of chickens that supply customers with eggs.
“We are trying to make ourselves stick out in the marketplaces,” Sayler says. When it comes to being a small farm, there are numerous challenges. “Any time you start a business there is a need for a lot of capital investment and it takes a lot of money to basically build the infrastructure that you need to start a business,” Genello says. “My approach has been to continue working full time while starting a business so I can have an income and use some of that income not only to support myself but also to support some of the investments I need to make.”
Not Enough Hours The need for more time is also huge. Genello notes small scale agriculture is very labor intensive. “I never feel like there are enough hours in the day,” she says. She works during the day at her
full-time job and then comes home to tend the farm for several hours. Andrew Grimm works as a school bus driver and shoes horses while Katie Grimm is a nurse, and they have a young family. “We rest whenever we can but pretty much when we are awake, we are up and moving nonstop,” Katie Grimm says. Working with Mother Nature can also be difficult. “Sometimes we luck out,” Sayler says. “It is raining now which is great. It is supposed to rain for the next couple of days. We finished all our spring planting on Monday, so we were able to get all our plants in the ground right before this rain came. But sometimes it doesn’t work out like that.” Genello also notes there can be knowledge challenges as a first-generation farmer. “I can’t fall back on giving my
There is also a huge difference between large and small farms. “Most of our sales need to be directly to the customer just because small farms can’t afford to sell all their products at wholesale pricing, so we need to market directly to the consumer and with that there is lots of time and effort to do that,” Sayler says. “We also have to diversify our crops. We couldn’t just grow tomatoes and be able to sell all those tomatoes directly to customers as an end customer.” Pleasant Hill grows over 80 varieties of vegetables while large farms can grow just one crop over hundreds of acres and market straight to wholesale outlets. This is a challenge, but Sayler also sees a benefit. “Some of these large corporate farms, if their tomato crop fails, they are out of business. With us, if our tomato crop fails, yes, it is going to be very hard on 13
us but we will likely not lose the farm because of it because we have so many other crops to fall back on.” Small farmers see many rewards in their work. Genello says, “I love seeing the results of my work, that hands-on process. At the end of every day, you know exactly what you got done because you can look at it…I love also just the mix of working both my body and mind. …I think running a business really requires such a variety of skills that I find it really interesting and challenging.” Katie Grimm says being outside and not stuck behind a desk is a great benefit to farming. “I like just being with the animals,” she says. “I find them therapeutic.” Because they always have excess produce, she has gotten into canning, dehydrating and freezing. Andrew Grimm says. “It is something that our kids have gotten to see which is a benefit for our family.”
Ben and Heather Sayler, owners of Pleasant Hill Produce, Walkersville, have had the operation for nearly 10 years. They wanted to start a business that directly impacted people’s lives.
Sayler enjoys the relationships with their customers as some have been with them since the beginning nine years ago. “We go to the farmers market, and I remember some of these 9-year-old kids that are coming with their parents when they were babies,” he says. “Being able to grow up and living alongside our customers is awesome.”
He also finds joy in harvesting the first tomato. “We put in so much work to baby every single plant for months before they produce and to see that happen and be able to put in the time and effort and work and (handle) all the challenges that come with it and in the end to have a high-quality product for somebody to eat and be healthy, we just love it.”
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The annual fall festival sponsored by the Frederick County Office of Economic Development-Homegrown Hay Days-is a way to make the public aware of where their food comes from while at the same time offering fun excursions. The self-guided tour includes farms where visitors can pick apples, ride on a farm wagon, interact with alpacas or countless other activities. This year’s event is Oct. 15th and 16th.
7. Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch 8. Linganore Winecellars* 9. Mayne’s Tree Farm 10. Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm* 11. Nick’s Organic Farm 12. Orchid Cellars Meadery and Winery* 13. Rocky Point Creamery
14. Scenic View Orchards 15. South Mountain Creamery 16. Summers Farm 17. Sycamore Spring Farm 18. Thanksgiving Farm 19. Whispering Meadows Alpaca Breeders 15
Direct Dairy FA R M E R S L O O K B E Y O N D L A R G E C O O P E R AT I V E S By Karen Gardner Most dairy farms in Maryland are small, with less than 100 cows per operation, but there’s nonetheless a tendency for those farmers to sell their milk to large dairy cooperatives, the end products showing up in your local supermarket. But some farmers have decided to change the way they do business. Instead of selling to large cooperatives, they’re processing the milk on the farm and selling it and other dairy products directly to customers. Still a niche business model, only 5 percent of dairy farmers sell directly to the consumer. But for some, this has allowed them to not only stay in business, but also to implement some practices they might never have tried otherwise. Emily and Craig Walton, of Glamourview Creamery in Walkersville, are just starting their venture of bottling their own milk and directly marketing milk and ice cream to their customers. Ben Sowers, of South Mountain Creamery in Middletown, has helped to oversee his dairy’s growth in bottling milk and directly marketing to consumers over the past 24 years. And Middletown’s
Moo Cow Creamery has found a specialty market in making cheese from milk produced on the farm.
Moo Cow Creamery
Glamourview Creamery When Emily and Craig Walton bought the former Biser farm in Walkersville in 2014, it had an old brick farmhouse and fields that for decades had been rented out. There was no barn, no farm equipment, no outbuildings. Emily, 43, grew up on a dairy farm in Indiana and Craig, 47, spent his youth on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania. Currently, they milk 180 cows that produce roughly 1,000 gallons of milk daily, shipping it to a dairy cooperative. Selling to a co-op, Craig says, means “we’re supporting five other people in the process, which has run small family farms out of business.” Wholesale milk prices have dropped considerably in the past year, from $25 per hundredweight to $15 per hundredweight (100 pounds of milk). Along with lower wholesale prices, farmers are also having to pay more for feed. The couple consulted with friend, partner, and fellow farmer Gene Iager of Howard County to start the process of bottling and selling milk directly to consumers. “The more you can be 17
the creaminess. There’s also a large cooler to store milk. Eventually, there will be a walk-in cooler and freezer. By summer, there will be a two-story store where customers can buy milk and ice cream on the farm. Across from the store is the pole barn, where visitors can see the cows and watch them be milked. There’s also a large solar array, which generates enough electricity to power 25 houses. It provides most of the power the farm needs. There’s also a rainwater collection system to provide water for the cows.
South Mountain Creamery “The more you can be direct to the consumer, the better it is for everyone,” says Glamourview Creamery owner Craig Walton, who, with wife, Emily, runs the Walkersville farm where 180 cows are milked.
direct to the consumer, the better it is for everyone,” Craig says. The couple is starting small. They plan to make and sell ice cream on their farm this summer, selling it from a food truck they bought and outfitted for local events. Last year, they set out to learn what they could from other farms with similar setups. Along with the food truck, they bought a 53-foot shipping container to hold the equipment, which soon will be used to process milk and make ice cream. Their cows are a mix of Holsteins, Jerseys, and Ayrshires, but they’re gradually adding more Jerseys to increase the butterfat content. They also plan to make their own ice cream mix, rather than use a commercial product. Emily and Craig have also implemented other farming processes they hope will make their milk and ice cream more appealing to consumers. They have put 18
in three robotic milkers, which allow the cows to be milked whenever they prefer. “They eat, sleep and get milked whenever they want,” Emily says. The couple also grows feed for the cows, providing them with corn, silage and haylage. The cows alternate their time between the barn and the pasture. The couple has installed a milk pasteurizer. Dairies typically pasteurize twice, once to purify the milk and a second time to homogenize it, but the couple plans to skip the homogenization step and instead sell creamline milk, which means the milk and cream will separate. At first, they plan to use plastic containers for their milk, but eventually, expect to switch to reusable glass containers. “The glass process is more involved,” Emily says. The shipping container is equipped with a bottle washer, an ice cream maker and a Beast freezer that freezes ice cream quickly to help retain
Ben Sowers has been part of his farm’s milk bottling and direct marketing business for 21 years. His parents, Randy and Karen Sowers, started dairy farming in 1981, but by 1999, prices had dropped, making it tough for the family to earn a profit. “It was pretty rough,” Ben says. “We were going to either go out or do something else.” Ben and his wife, Kate, opened South Mountain Creamery in 2001, bottling their own milk and making ice cream. They began home delivery of milk and other dairy products, plus selling at farmers markets. Ben worked with his parents to make the business a success, but the early days were a bit rocky. They were able to pay their bills, however, through a combination of profits and credit cards. An article about them in The Washington Post back in 2004 gave South Mountain Creamery the publicity it needed to boost dairy delivery sales, which grew exponentially in the next few years, continuing through the 2008 economic downturn. Those robust sales marched through the next decade and during the pandemic. Today, the farm delivers milk, dairy, and other farmraised products to 10,000 customers.
running the farm side of the operation with the help of Kate. His sister, Abby Brusco, and her husband, Tony, run the farm’s business operations. Tony is the farm’s CEO, but Ben is still concerned with the farm’s marketing challenges. Advertising used to be easy with radio and newspaper ads, but today’s market is different. The farm uses social media, but Ben isn’t sure that’s the best way to reach new customers. “We’re in a niche market,” he says. Fortunately, this area, like much of the Northeast, is receptive to customers who enjoy South Mountain Creamery’s dairy products from grass-fed cows raised in a humane environment. Although most of the milk they produce is not certified organic, it’s produced using most of the processes used by organic farmers. The creamery also sells Trickling Springs Creamery milk and butter, which is produced at
Above: Kate and Ben Sowers opened South Mountain Creamery in 2001, bottling their own milk and making ice cream. Right: Moo Cow Creamery in Middletown is known for its line of cheeses as well as butter.
Marketing, however, has changed. South Mountain Creamery now only sells at two farmer’s markets in Baltimore. Karen and Randy Sowers are retired, but each Saturday, they go to the Baltimore farm markets to sell the creamery’s milk and ice cream. Ben stays home and milks every Saturday morning. He’s in charge of 19
a farm in Chambersburg, Pa., using certified organic processes. The farm has found a few new markets. They partner with the Washington Nationals to sell its ice cream at FedEx Field and is also selling its ice cream at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium, home of the minor league Aberdeen Iron Birds. They sell at some local markets, including MOM’s Organic Markets in Frederick and around the D.C. area. Many Harris Teeter supermarkets also carry South Mountain Creamery products. Last year, the creamery opened a new ice cream shop on Carroll Creek at what was once Hometown Harvest Kitchen. Most South Mountain and Trickling Springs products are sold in glass bottles, with only about 15 percent of the company’s milk and cream sold in plastic bottles. Most of the glass bottles are returned, steam cleaned and refilled. “In 2001 when we did it, it was nostalgic,” Ben says. “Today, the business is striving to be green, and aiming for netzero emissions. We’re already thinking that way.” The farm is 100 percent no till, which reduces erosion and promotes soil conservation. The farm goes beyond dairy products. At South Mountain Creamery, 130 beef cows are raised, and there are flocks of laying hens for humane-certified eggs and some chicken. The farm’s 470 dairy cows are raised at the farm’s Middletown headquarters, but by next year, they will be moved to pasture near Brunswick, where the creamery is building a robotic milking facility. “I’m thinking about getting into lambs, but I don’t really jump into things,” Ben says. 20
Moo Cow Creamery in Middletown has mostly Guernsey and Jersey cows, which tend to produce milk that is high in fat and protein resulting in a richer taste.
Moo Cow Creamery The cows at Moo Cow Creamery in Middletown produce milk that’s sent to standard dairy cooperatives. What sets them apart, however, is its specialty cheese, says farmer Pam Moser. “In our case, once they taste it, they’re in,” Pam says proudly. “The cows we milk have a high fat, high protein content, and it makes for a richer taste. We started out with two flavors and worked our way up to 18.” They produce varieties of cheddar, colby, swiss, and gouda cheese, along with butter. “The other thing that sets us aside is the casein proteins,” she says. Milk consists of A1 and A2 proteins. A1 proteins can be harder to digest for lactose intolerant people. Pam includes herself among them, even though she grew up drinking milk. Most of their milk contains A2 proteins. “We get no complaints for our cheeses or our butter from people with digestive issues,” she says.
The farm’s 125 dairy cows, mostly Guernsey and Jersey, are raised on 350 acres of Middletown farmland, some family owned for over 100 years and some rented. “The best part is we’re local, we’re family owned, and we’ve been here forever,” she says. Glamourview Creamery www.facebook.com/GlamourviewCreamery-105726321366712 Happy Cow Creamery at Grandview Acres Farm https://happy-cow-creamerygrandviewacresfarm.business.site Moo Cow Creamery www.moocowcreamerywrf.com Rocky Point Creamery www.rockypointcreamery.com South Mountain Creamery www.southmountaincreamery.com
Farmers Markets F R E S H , H E A LT H Y A N D F U N By Kristi Johnson
Get psyched for a big summer (and fall) of full-on, unique and flavorful Frederick County Farmers Markets. Find your favorite vibe as you visit 18 markets located in your own backyard. They all have something different to offer, from a petting zone for the kids, to food trucks and live music. The Frederick County farmers markets are the new “no cover charge, free parking, totally inclusive” community event you won’t want to miss. You can find the list of markets, with dates, times and directions at www.homegrownfrederick.com From numerous varieties of fresh mushrooms, fresh-frozen pork, sweet, juicy peaches, and leafy kale to handmade candles and soaps, cut flowers and homemade dog treats, you’ll find something unique and tasty at the farmers market scene. Besides the amazing fresh fruits, vegetables and meats grown right down the road, what are some of the other reasons to support your local farmers’ markets? Case studies by Civic Economics show that for every dollar spent at a large supermarket chain, only 15 cents stay in the area. Compare that to locally owned farm enterprises that capture 30 to 45 cents, and it’s a huge bonus for local farmers. Neighboring communities also reap the benefits of farmers markets where the market is located. Money you spend at a farmers market stays in circulation in the local community, preserving and creating jobs. Seventy percent of farmers market customers will also frequent other downtown businesses, more money that stays in the local community. One of the best ways to champion small producers is with direct-to-
consumer products. Frederick County has over 1,300 farms, accounting for almost 20,000 acres of farmland. By cutting out middlemen, farmers receive more food dollars, helping to keep their enterprises economically sound.
markets to receive customer feedback on new crop varieties and on-farm enterprises. As far as helping farms stay healthy, there’s good news, according to Katie Stevens, Associate Director of Agriculture Business Development, Frederick County Office of Economic Development. “Farmers markets are a great way to test a new item and get direct feedback from customers.”
A couple strolls through the Frederick City Market held Sundays at 331 N. Market St., through the end of November.
As the farmer population ages, the ability for young entrepreneurs to get into farming becomes more of a challenge and requires extra financial creativity. Farm markets are one of the only low-barrier points for new farmers, providing a way to start small and test the market. Many farmers, both new and established, use farm
Safe, Accessible Food for All Local and regional food systems, including farmers markets, are critical to the future of the nation’s food system. Farmers markets can pivot quickly, when needed, to implement guidelines and 23
health operating requirements, ensuring a safe food supply to the public. During the pandemic, when retail grocers suffered with longer supply chains and being out of stock, farmers markets earned a reputation as a source of safe and healthy food. Farmers markets have the ability to operate with a more flexible business model, allowing them to adapt and protect themselves from drastic economic changes. These changes can ensure the safety and variety consumers are looking for.
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Stevens believes that farmers markets did well the last few years. “We saw an increase in demand for local food, predictably in 2020 when there wasn’t much food in the grocery stores,” she says. In addition, in 2014 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) partnered with the Farmers Market Coalition to provide eligible farmers markets and direct marketing farmers with the equipment necessary 24
to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Over the last five years, more farmers markets are authorized to accept SNAP, and the amount of SNAP dollars spent at farmers markets has almost tripled. Of the over 8,000 farmers markets in the country, Frederick County is home to 18, each providing a different experience. Rachel Gagne and Kelsi Sembel, comanagers of Frederick City Farmers
Market, are gearing up for a successful season for producers and consumers alike. They have been running the market at 331 N. Market St., since 2012 and have seen a lot of growth over the years. Gagne is excited about the new season “We’ve seen the customer base change over the years with the increase in building in Frederick,” she says. “A rejuvenation of the Downtown area is bringing in younger people.”
One of the farms providing produce to several Frederick County Farmers Markets is Rich Calimer of Scenic View Orchards in Sabillasville. Calimer has been a long-time farmers market vendor, working since 1991 on his family-owned farm. Scenic View Orchards is unique in that it is comprised of five families, farming over 250 acres. “We’re all related,” says Calimer. “There’s my sister, nephew, mom, and my cousin and his wife. The family of farmers produces apples, peaches, pears, strawberries, black and red raspberries, blueberries and cut flowers, as well as apple sauce, apple butter and dried apples.
The market’s vendor list is filled for the year, with a full range of products. “Vendors such as Twin Bear Bakery, Map & Rye and Sweet Hollow Bakery are big draws on Sunday morning when not a lot of stores are open,” Gagne says. Business stayed good through the pandemic for the Frederick City Farmers Market, and this year new experiences are on the horizon. “We’ll have live music and entertainment,” says Gagne, “and a food truck.” You can follow the Frederick City Farmers Market on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
varieties of peaches alone throughout the season.” Like many area producers, Calimer and Scenic View Orchards can be found at a few farmers markets during the year. While business is still good, Calimer reflects on customers and how they have changed over the years. “The quantities that customers purchase has gone down, but of course prices have gone up over the years. Our clientele comes back year after year. They are aging along with us.” At the Thurmont Farmers Market, co-managers Karen Schildt and Vicki Grinder have seen a growth in younger families with children looking for fresh
The Middletown Farmers Market at 12 S. Church St., is held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through mid-October.
Calimer begins the spring with spinach and asparagus. In mid-May, strawberries, lettuce, kale, and chards begin. Then in late summer, “We roll into peaches and other stone fruit. We have 20 different
fruits and vegetables. “We have customers that come from a 60-mile radius, as far away as Taneytown and Eldersburg, looking for fresh fruit and vegetables and anything homegrown.” 25
The market stayed open, as did most, in 2020 and 2021 during COVID. Management implemented precautions— barriers for spacing, hand sanitizers—and had very strong attendance. This year they are still recommending health precautions. Thurmont market’s experience is similar to what is happening around the country according to a 2016 study by the research firm, Packaged Facts. The report notes that “Over the past two decades, farmers markets have boomed in popularity across the nation, and more and more are now remaining open all year, even in winter.” As one of the largest farmer markets in Frederick County, the Thurmont market has a host of variety for shoppers. This year, the outdoor market, which runs May through September is hosting live music, an ice cream truck, a snow cone truck, and a petting zone. “Last year was the first indoor market,” says Schildt, “and our winter pop-up shops, which are held the four Saturdays in December, include an alpaca farm, handmade candles and handmade backpacks. Specialty retailer, Josh Lewis, owner since 2016 of Mid-Maryland Farm Market, manages three of the local farmers’ markets: Brunswick Main Street, Myersville Farmers Market, and Middletown Farmers Market. All three have a different flavor, according to Lewis. “Brunswick Main Street has become a destination,” he says. “We look for producers who are established and are doing the best they can do.” A unique feature of the Brunswick Main Street market is ‘After-Market Music’, free live music one block over 26
Farmers market customers are able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables that likely were harvested earlier that same day.
from the market in Square Corner Park. The collaboration is designed to keep foot traffic in the downtown area.
People Helping People All the local Frederick County Farmers’ Markets are run by a board of directors and are entirely volunteer driven. For those interested in getting involved with a farm market, Stevens recommends checking out the marketing training offered through the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Stevens works almost daily with producers, helping them navigate the finer points of vending at farmers markets. Now go out and thank your local farmers and farm market volunteers.
The Secretary of Agriculture has proclaimed the first week in August (7-13) as National Farmers Market Week—one of the best ways to get out and support the small producers who help communities champion farmland preservation and our rural heritage. Before leaving home visit the Frederick County Office of Economic Development website at homegrownfrederick.com for updated info on dates and time.
Farmers Markets Filling Plates FARMERS MARKETS Brunswick Main Street Farmers Market Potomac Street at 1st Avenue, second and last Fridays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 13 through September 30. Downtown Thursday Market 331 N. Market St., Thursday 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., June 2 through September 29. Emmitsburg Farmers Market 302 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, Fridays 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., June 24 through October 7.
FSK Mall Farmers Market Outside Sears Automotive Center, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 16 through November 19. Field Fresh Farmers Market The Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 30 through November 19. Frederick City Market 331 N. Market St., Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 8 through November 20. Frederick Farmers Market 1215 W. Patrick St., Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 30 through November 19.
Jefferson Farmers Market 4603 Lander Road, Jefferson, Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 18 through September 14. Middletown Farmers Market 12 S. Church St., Middletown, Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 5 through October 13. Myersville Farmers Market 301 Main St., Myersville, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, April 23 through October 29.
Good Soil Farm LLC 443-536-1830 www.goodsoilfarmllc.com House in the Woods Farm 301-607-4048 www.houseinthewoods.com The Little Red Wagon Produce 240-439-9401 Moon Valley Farm 240-207-0241 www.moonvalleyfarm.net Open Book Farm 240-457-2558 www.openbookfarm.com
New Market Farmers Market 93 W. Main St., second and fourth Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 11through October 22. Thurmont Mainstreet Market 21 Frederick Rd., Thurmont, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, May 14 through September 10. Urbana Library Market 9020 Amelung St., Frederick, Sundays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 15 through October 30. Walkersville Community Farmers Market 2 S. Glade Road, Walkersville, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 7 through Sept. 3. YMCA of Frederick Market 1000 N. Market St., Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., May 24 through November 1. 28
COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA) Chestnut Hill Farm & Market 240-734-2021 www.chestnuthillfarmmarket.com Chocolates and Tomatoes 571-271-2686 www.chocolatesandtomatoes.com Dandelion and Rust 240-385-9023 www.dandelionandrust.com Frederick Fresh Online www.frederickfreshonline.luluslocal food.com Full Cellar Farm 301-639-9711 www.fullcellarfarm.com
Pleasant Hill Produce 301-471-2699 www.pleasanthillproduce.com
E&E Trees 9420 Dublin Road, Walkersville 301-829-2799 www.eandetreesinc.com Eberle Christmas Farm 13415 Liberty Road, Union Bridge 301-898-4232 www.eberlechristmasfarm.com
Rendezvous Farm 908-528-3923 www.rendezvousfarmmd.co
Country Pleasures 301-371-4814 www.countrypleasuresfarm.com
Serenity Grove Farm facebook.com/serenitygrovefarm
Pryor’s Orchard 301-271-2693 www.pryorsorchards.com
South Mountain Creamery 301-371-8565 www.southmountaincreamery.com Sycamore Spring Farm 301-788-6980 www.sycamorespringfarm.org Thanksgiving Farms 301-662-1291 www.thanksgivingfarmandgarden.com
ORCHARDS Catoctin Mountain Orchard 301-271-2737 www.catoctinmountainorchard.com
Scenic View Orchards 301-271-2149 www.scenicvieworchards.com
CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm 10120 Clemsonville Road, Union Bridge 410-848-6083 www.clemsonville.com
Gaver Farm, LLC 5501 Detrick Road, Mount Airy 301-865-3515 www.gaverfarm.com
Dreamland Christmas Tree Farm 2700 Sumantown Road, Middletown 301-418-5348 www.dreamlandchristmastreefarm.com
Mayne’s Tree Farm 3420 Buckeystown Pike, Buckeystown 301-662-4320 www.maynestreefarm.com
WET YOUR WHISTLE FREDERICK A BEACON IN THE LIBATION SEARCH Maryland has more than 1,000 acres of grapes being turned into wine. Frederick County is front and center with many vineyards located here. The county is also home to a growing number of breweries and distilleries, many relying on local growers to provide ingredients to make their products special and in many cases awardwinning. Visit www.homegrownfrederick.com to view a map of locations.
AMERICAN SHOCHU COMPANY
CELEBRATION CELLARS WINERY
FREY’S BREWING COMPANY
4539 Metropolitan Court, Frederick www.americanshochucompany.com
9831 Fox Road, Frederick www.celebrationcellarswinery.com
8601 Mapleville Road, Mount Airy www.freysbrewing.com
ATTABOY BEER CO.
DISTILLERY LANE CIDERWORKS
HIDDEN HILLS FARM AND VINEYARD
400 Sagner Ave., Suite 400, Frederick www.attaboybeer.com
5533 Gapland Road, Jefferson www.distillerylaneciderworks.com
7550 Green Valley Road, Frederick www.hiddenhillsfarmandvineyard.com
BLACK ANKLE VINEYARDS
IDIOM BREWING CO.
14463 Black Ankle Road, Mount Airy www.blackankle.com
1341 Hughes Ford Road, Suite 108, Frederick www.dragondistillery.com
340 E. Patrick St., Frederick www.idiombrewing.com
BREWER’S ALLEY 124 N. Market St., Frederick www.brewers-alley.com
CATOCTIN BREEZE VINEYARD 15010 Roddy Road, Thurmont www.catoctinbreeze.com
ELK RUN 15113 Liberty Road, Mount Airy www.elkrun.com
FLYING DOG BREWERY 4607 Wedgewood Blvd., Frederick www.flyingdogbrewery.com
THE KOMBUCHA LADY 9750 Appolds Road, Rocky Ridge www.thekombuchalady.com
LINGANORE WINECELLARS 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy www.linganorewines.com
Rosie Cheeks Distillery
LINKS BRIDGE VINEYARDS 8830 Old Links Bridge Road, Thurmont www.linksbridgevineyards.com
SMOKETOWN BREWING STATION
1781 N. Market St., Frederick www.monocacybrewing.com
223 W. Potomac St., Brunswick www.smoketownbrewing.com
NEW MARKET PLAINS VINEYARD
SMOKETOWN BREWING STATION—CREEKSIDE
11111 W. Baldwin Road, New Market www.newmarketplains.com
400 Sagner Ave., Suite 100, Frederick www.smoketowncreekside.com
OLDE MOTHER BREWING CO.
SPRINGFIELD MANOR WINERY, DISTILLERY & BREWERY
526 N. Market St., Frederick www.oldemother.com
11836 Auburn Road, Thurmont www.springfieldmanor.com
ORCHID CELLAR MEADERY & WINERY
STEINHARDT BREWING CO.
14001 Liberty Road, Mount Airy www.loewvineyards.com
8546 Pete Wiles Road, Middletown www.orchidcellar.com
340 E. Patrick St., Suite 102, Frederick www.steinhardtbrewing.com
MAD SCIENCE BREWING AT THANKSGIVING FARMS
PROSPECT POINT BREWERY
1619 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown www.madsciencebrewing.com
MAZZAROTH VINEYARD 8333 Myersville Road, Myersville www.mazzarothvineyard.com
McCLINTOCK DISTILLING 35 S. Carroll St., Frederick www.mcclintockdistilling.com
MIDNIGHT RUN BREWING 912 N. East St., Frederick www.midnightrunbrewing.com
MILKHOUSE BREWERY AT STILLPOINT FARM 8253 Dollyhyde Road, Mount Airy www.milkhousebrewery.com
5500 Jefferson Pike, Frederick, www.facebook.com/prospect pointbrew
PUERTO RICO DISTILLERY 1341 Hughes Ford Road, Unit 113A, Frederick www.puertoricodistillery.com
RED SHEDMAN FARM BREWERY 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy www.redshedman.com
ROCKWELL BREWERY 880 N. East St., Suite 201, Frederick www.rockwellbrewery.com
ROSIE CHEEKS DISTILLERY 10229 Woodsboro Pike, Walkersville www.rosiecheeksdistilling.com
Springfield Manor Winery, Distillery & Brewery
TENTH WARD DISTILLING CO. 55 E. Patrick St., Frederick www.tenthwarddistilling.com
WILLOW OAKS CRAFT CIDER 6219 Harley Road, Middletown www.willowoakscraftcider.com
AGRICULTURE IN GOOD HANDS WITH LATEST GENERATION STEPPING FORWARD Agriculture, with its mission to feed and clothe the world, comes with pressure on farmers and growers to succeed. Responding well to the important mission is the next generation of those with ties to the land. Let’s meet 24 of Frederick County’s Top Under 40 Agricultural Professionals: Melissa Aellen, 31, of Linganore Winecellars, Mount Airy. Melissa is a third-generation winemaker and director of operational change at Linganore Winecellars, a true farm-to-glass operation growing 70 acres of grapes while producing over 40 different wines. Melissa is a member of the executive team and a key part of the decision-making process while overseeing day-to-day operations, their wine club and public events. She has been treasurer for the Young Farmers Committee of the Frederick County Farm Bureau since 2017 and is co-chair of the education committee for the Maryland Wine Association.
She attributes her success to being able to listen. “In a world that moves so fast it can be extremely challenging, but letting others speak and hear what they have to say can promote confidence which will only allow the team to be stronger. As an active listener, I reflect upon others’ thoughts before starting my own.” Mary Kathryn Barnet, 38, and Andrew Barnet, 36, Open Book Farm, Middletown. In 2011, Mary Kathryn (MK) and Andrew founded Open Book Farm, a diversified livestock and certified organic vegetable farm with a focus on direct-to-consumer sales. They practice
rotational grazing with their livestock and poultry while utilizing intensive and mainly no-till practices to grow produce. They are most proud of the ways they have worked to grow a new generation of innovative farmers by continuing to mentor past employees in their endeavors toward the start-up and management of their own operations. MK currently serves on the board of Future Harvest: A Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and was a co-director for the Chesapeake Regional Alliance for Farmer Training Program. “We came into farming as adults when we met at Serene Farms in Palmetto, Ga.,” MK says. “The learning curve was steep for city kids, but the work felt fulfilling and purposeful, and we were excited about the prospect of building a farm business together.
Farming seemed like the best way to feel connected to a full process, rather than feeling like one cog in a giant machine.” Amber Beachley, 36, of Moo Cow Creamery/ Walnut Ridge Farm, Middletown. Amber is part owner/ operator of Moo Cow Creamery. Her main farm duties are milking the cows and feeding/tending to the young stock. She also helps with herd genetics, fieldwork as needed, and landscaping around the farm during summer. On the creamery side, Amber partners with her mother, Pam Moser. She is responsible for picking up the cheese and butter, made from their cows’ milk, from the processor in Pennsylvania. Amber labels and weighs products, fills farm pick-up orders, and delivers products to local businesses selling them. Moo Cow Creamery works to give back to the community through the donation of cheese and butter to local foods banks. “My grandfather, Douglas Hawker, has influenced me the most,” she says. “He showed me the love for our ground and cattle. He spent his life doing what he loved and showed me that not every day is easy, but if you love what you do then it is not work.” Becky Burall, 37, and Jarrod Burall, 38, of Burall Farms,
Mount Airy. Since meeting, Jarrod and Becky have shared a dream to work in production agriculture, starting with renting 60 acres in 2011. They built their family farm while working full-time jobs, and in 2021 purchased a farm. They produce corn, wheat, soybeans, hay and straw on approximately 900 acres. They have 200 head of steer and run a custom application business. Jarrod oversees daily farm management including crop production, grain and beef marketing, and their custom operation. Becky works part-time as a registered nurse, and on the farm she manages animal care, record keeping, accounting and hay and straw marketing. In 2015 they received the Maryland Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award and represented Maryland Farm Bureau at the American Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Contest. Jarrod and Becky have been involved with Frederick County Farm Bureau (Jarrod is a board member) and Frederick County Young Farmers. Becky also volunteers as a camp nurse for the Frederick County Farm Bureau Safety Camp and is a member of the Linganore Grange, serving as the Health and Safety Committee chairperson. “We wanted to build a legacy for our family, they say. “Hopefully, we will have something that our children can continue if they so choose. We are teaching them priceless values that they will hold onto regardless of what they choose to do in their futures.”
Jamie Derr, 36, of Valley-Ho Farm, Middletown. In 2013, Jamie and her husband, Chris, began their own dairy operation on his family’s farm. In 2018, she diversified, starting a cut flower business on the farm as well. She sees starting two new operations within five years as her biggest accomplishment, helping them stay viable into the future. She milks, feeds calves and heifers, helps with fieldwork as needed, and manages the cattle reproduction for the dairy while managing all aspects of the flower business. She received the 2021 Young Farmer of the Year Award for Frederick County. Jayme Eaves, 34, loan officer for USDA Farm Service Agency and Brandon Eaves, 29, Oak Bluff Farms, LLC, Woodsboro. Jayme and Brandon Eaves were born into the Frederick County dairy farm community and grew up working on their families’ farms. They married in 2017. While both are employed separately, they started a small beef operation together in 2018. They are active in the agricultural community through 4-H, FFA, and Frederick County Farm Bureau. Brandon was appointed by the governor to the Maryland Young
Farmers Advisory Council. In her work as an FSA loan officer, Jayme gets the opportunity to provide service to help a variety of farmers with diverse operations across half of the state. “Farming was bred into each of us. Growing up on a farm, you learn the value of hard work from a young age while getting to experience a sense of reward and of pride…We wanted the same upbringing for our children and want them to develop a passion for agriculture. In five years, we hope to own a farm of our own so we can continue expanding our beef herd, while also still being involved in our current positions,” they say. Adam Fitzya, 36, of Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Thurmont. Adam is a part-owner of one of Frederick County’s farm wineries, Catoctin Breeze. As of 2021, they have five acres of vines; 100 percent of their wines are made with grapes grown in Maryland and nearly 90 percent of the grapes are sourced within 12 miles of Thurmont. In 2018 and 2019, their Cabernet France won “Best in Show” at Maryland’s annual Comptroller’s Cup. Adam is involved in the hands-on farming and behind-the-scenes management to events with club members. He is in his second term as vice president of the Maryland Wineries Association which strives to grow a sustainable wine community throughout Maryland.
The person who most influenced him is “My Dad. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1981 with practically nothing. He went on to build a successful business from scratch, leveraging his knowledge, relationships, and ability to overcome adversity.” Laura House, 35 and Brian House, 38, of Gaver Farm, New Market. Laura and Brian are members of Gaver Farm. While they are both involved in all aspects of the operation, Laura spends most of her time managing the agritourism and direct marketing, while Brian steers his focus toward apple and livestock production. Gaver Farm is a diversified operation with row crops, hay, Christmas trees, pumpkins, apples and livestock. They host a Fall Fun Fest with a corn maze, hayrides and other family attractions such as pick your own apples, pumpkins and sunflowers. In 2008, they were awarded the Take Pride in America Award for the outstanding conservation and environmental stewardship practices on Gaver Farm. Brian also served on the Agriculture Business Council from 2014 to 2021. “We will be continuing to teach our kids to love and respect agriculture,” they say. “We hope to still be farming and expanding our operation and offerings for our customers while being more involved with organizations that support agriculture.”
Emma Jagoz, 36, of Moon Valley Farm, Woodsboro. Emma is a firstgeneration organic vegetable farmer who founded Moon Valley Farm (MVF) in 2012. MVF produces specialty and staple vegetables and herbs for its year-round CSA and for restaurants in the DMV. They also grow seedlings for gardeners in the spring and provide the Frederick County Public School system with hyper-local produce. There is nothing Emma won’t do on the farm. She oversees all daily business operations and can be found on the tractor doing farm work, leading team meetings or talking with customers and everything in between. “My gratitude practice is really important to me,” she says. “Every day I take the time to list things that I am grateful for, and it really helps me put my life and the unexpected things that crop up, into perspective. There’s always something to be grateful for if you’re looking.” Matt Morris, 31, of Sowers Dairy/ South Mountain Creamery, Middletown. Matt is the crop and manure manager at Sowers Dairy and is a part-owner of Middletown Valley Beef. Growing up in Prince George’s County, Matt didn’t
come from a farm family background, but is excited to be living the dream of raising his own cattle while operating a profitable beef business, signifying his greatest business accomplishment. While a University of Maryland student, he was a recipient of the Joseph Newcomer Award given to students who exhibit leadership and excellence within the plant science field. He is on the board of directors for the Frederick County Farm Bureau and Maryland Grain Producers and represented the farming community for the Frederick County Climate Mobilization Workgroup. As to who influenced him the most, Morris says, “My friend and the smartest person I know, Ben Sowers.” Karen Nicklas, 31, of The Great Frederick Fair, Frederick. Karen is in her dream job serving as General Manager. She partners with organizations such as Farm Bureau and FFA and works with the many volunteers in Frederick County’s ag community. Karen is part of the fair organization, which continues to advocate, educate and promote local agriculture. During the pandemic and a canceled fair in 2020, Karen was able to hold a youth livestock show. She also received recognition as part of Frederick County’s Top 50 Under 40. Karen serves on the Frederick County Farm Bureau Safety Camp planning committee, is a member of the MD FFA
Association Board of Directors, and the fair representative of the Maryland Amusement Ride Safety Advisory Board. “I am genuinely thankful to be part of the agricultural community and… am grateful for each person that I work alongside of to help promote the ag industry and educate the public through our amazing event each year. It is important to understand how valuable each team member is and trusting their contributions helps us all work cooperatively and achieve success,” she says. Amy Jo Poffenberger, 39, Catoctin High School, Thurmont. Amy Jo is the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Catoctin High School. She teaches Horticulture 1-3, Introduction to Agriculture Science and Technology, Large and Small Animal Pre-Vet, and Horse Care Management. The FFA chapter at Catoctin is visible in the community, hosting an annual Ag Day at Sabillasville Elementary, facilitating demonstrations at the fair, and sharing their knowledge at the Thurmont/ Emmitsburg Community Show. Amy Jo’s students were part of the National Chapter Awards, receiving state and national recognition. She received appreciation awards from three of her students who then went on to hold a Maryland State FFA office. Amy Jo is the Region 2 FFA coordinator, the Frederick
County FFA representative on the MD FFA board of directors, on the Frederick County Farm Bureau board of directors, and has served as a chairperson for the Frederick County Safety Committee for over 10 years. “I am very fortunate to have been close to all four of my grandparents (Paul and Verna Heffener and Harold and Edythe Harshman). All of them had a great work ethic. I was taught early on that if you do a job, you should always do it right the first time, to be patient and kind, and to treat others the way you want to be treated. I always try to embody these three things in my personal and professional lives,” she says. Katlyn Robertson, 25, of Catoctin Mountain Orchard (CMO), Thurmont. Katlyn is a fourth generation farmer at CMO, who was fortunate to be able to grow up on her family farm alongside her grandfather and inspiration, Robert Black. She is the field supervisor for 100 acres of mixed fruits, berries and vegetables and manages the pick-yourown elements of the operation. She is most proud of starting up their u-pick apples which has expanded sales and customer visits immensely. Katlyn serves as a board member of the Frederick County Farm Bureau, vice chairman for the Frederick County Young Farmers, and vice-chairman for the State Horti-
cultural Association of PA Young Growers Alliance. She started farming “to continue my family’s legacy and name, while providing our community with the best, local-tasting fruits.” Ali Sharifzadeh, 36, of District Farms, Frederick. Ali is co-founder of District Farms, a commercial hydroponic greenhouse. It provides sustainably grown leafy greens year-round to local customers. They are in the process of expanding the greenhouse and processing areas to over five acres which would make them one of the largest greenhouse operations in the MidAtlantic. Ali has been heavily involved in all aspects from the time of its inception including planning and construction, growing and sales, and research and development. They successfully planned, constructed, and started operating a commercial greenhouse employing an advanced hydroponic growing system as well as having the ability to expand during the Coronavirus pandemic. Where does he see himself in five years? “Further expanding District Farms in the county and entering into other produce segments such as berries and vine crops,” he says.
Emily Snyder, 30, of Rocky Point Creamery, Tuscarora. Emily is part of Rocky Point Creamery, a cowto-cone operation where she handles marketing, customer relations and feeding calves. She also works as a relationship manager for Farm Credit Express, serving the MidAtlantic region farm equipment dealerships. Her first job out of college was writing nutrient management plans for farmers through a state agency. She continues to serve farmers by writing these plans through her private consulting business. Emily serves on the Frederick County Farm Bureau Board and the University of Maryland Alumni Board and is active in the Frederick County ag community. Emily and Rocky Point Creamery work alongside the DMV chapter of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital to hold a fundraiser where 100 percent of collected funds are given to St. Jude’s. “You learn something from everyone you meet, but I have to say being a part of the agricultural community has shown me some of the smartest, toughest, most successful people I’ve ever come across,” she says. “A lot of our farmers are self-made or have taken an operation that was barely making ends meet and turned it into a wildly successful enterprise. Being privy to their minds has given me bits and pieces to meld together to make my own successes.”
Kate Sowers, 37, of South Mountain Creamery (SMC), Middletown. Kate is co-owner of SMC. They have two creameries, Middletown and Chambersburg, Pa., along with an ice cream shop in Downtown Frederick and 10,000 home delivery customers. They milk about 550 cows between the two facilities, crop farm 3,000 acres, have a 150-cow beef herd, and 17,000 laying hens in a cage-free house. Kate is responsible for the farm accounting and managing the chicken house. She and her husband, Ben, received the National Outstanding Young Farmer award in 2019. What behavior or personality trait does she most attribute to her success? “Our willingness to push the envelope. If we don’t try, we’ll never know what we could do, she says. Allison Stewart, 31, of Deer Run Farm, Emmitsburg. Allison is an owner/operator of Deer Run Farm Heritage Chicken Hatchery, the only hatchery in the U.S. to regularly test and maintain a disease-free poultry operation. Deer Run has been in the Stewart family since 1996, and she has been on the farm since meeting her husband, Josh in 2014. Allison has established the chicken
hatchery, helped introduce retail sales for their beef, expanding into raising pork for sales as well. They recently secured funding for a grain drill to convert their farm to a no-till operation while also creating a rental opportunity for other local farmers. She was recognized as one of the Top 10 Farmers on the Rise by Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit. Allison serves as a board member of the Frederick Farmers’ Cooperative, and secretary for the Mid-Atlantic Red Angus Association. “No matter what you do, do it with all your heart—This is something my dad would always tell me as a kid. I never knew why it stuck with me, but it’s something I always consider no matter what I am doing. You never know who is watching,” she says. Andrew Toms, 37, of Monocacy Farms, Inc., Walkersville. Andrew is a fifthgeneration dairy and crop farmer and owner of Monocacy Farms, Inc. Along with tending to their 150 cows and 340 acres of cropland, Monocacy Farms also provides custom hire farming and trucking, and selling eggs and vegetables. Andrew is responsible for day-to-day operations including financial record keeping, fieldwork and farmstead maintenance. He is involved with the community and is a member of the Frederick County Land Preservation Advisory Board and has served in the Frederick County Business and Industry
Cabinet. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law with a Juris Doctorate- cum laude. Andrew hopes to provide legal services to Frederick County’s ag community in the future. “My first job was working on my father’s farm, although I never considered it a job because I enjoyed it,” he says. “My first off-farm job was working for Morningstar Farms (now Saputo), where I worked in the shipping and receiving of dairy products.” Cathleen Wastler, 27 of Tulip Pond Farm, Union Bridge. Cathleen is a partner and the herd and crop manager of Tulip Pond Farm, which consists of 170 milk cows, 162 replacement dairy young stock and 45 head of beef cattle. They farm around 800 acres in total. Cathleen is usually found milking, caring for youngstock, or operating equipment. In the spring, she can be found planting all of the corn and soybeans for their farm, and during harvest, she is either on the combine or planting cover crops to help protect and conserve the soil. She is most proud of Tulip Pond for receiving the Dairy of Distinction Award. Cathleen currently serves on The Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Leadership Council. “My parents have instilled in me a trait that no one can take away from me. I was always taught to work for what
you want and that has carried over into all aspects of my life,” she says. Julian Wilson, 33, of Elk Run Vineyards, Mount Airy. Julian is a co-owner of Elk Run Vineyards and the primary vineyard manager He works in sales and marketing and is an assistant winemaker. Elk Run has been open for 42 years, has 30 acres of vines, grows 10 varieties of grapes, and makes 18 wines. Elk Run just received a gold for its Cabernet Franc in the Maryland Governor’s Cup. The past couple of years have been hard on everyone, and they are confident by making it through those tough times that they can make it through anything. Elk Run partners with and donates to a horse rescue farm, The Foxie G Foundation, as well as other local charities. Julian is president of the Frederick Wine Trail. Who has influenced him the most? “My late mother, Carol Wilson, is the biggest influence in my life. She put so much of herself and her love into our family vineyard. I’m honored to carry on her legacy,” he says.
FINDING IT ALL ON THE FARM PROVES POSSIBLE Farming continues to play an important part in the local economy with 65 percent of the land zoned for agriculture. Increasingly, consumers are seeking fresh, locallyproduced food and other products and Frederick County farmers and growers are meeting the demand—whether it’s raising alpacas, beef cattle and heirloom vegetables, or inviting you to pick-yourown fruits and vegetables and enjoy a corn maze and hay ride. THE FOLLOWING ICONS DESIGNATE SPECIAL FARM FEATURES. Pick-YourOwn
Homegrown Hay Days
ALLEN’S APIARY 9980 Harvest Drive, Frederick 240.409.3589 • 240.793.5532 www.allensapiary.com
Allen’s Apiary is a great source for fresh, local honey. Allen sells only raw extracted honey. Other than being lightly filtered, this minimally processed natural honey has characteristics that are important to the consumer. It contains the goodness of royal jelly, propolis and other important enzymes and antioxidants found only in natural, local honey. They are important in maintaining good health and, many claim, in building immunities to allergies. Stop by to pick up your honey or visit either Common Market locations in Frederick.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT The apiary has more than 100 hives spread throughout Frederick County and is producing honey for a few local restaurants.
BARTGIS FAMILY FARM, LLC 1699 Shookstown Road, Frederick 240.285.7005 • www.bffarm.us
Bartgis Family Farm is family owned and operated, raising beef cattle for over 35 years. Their beef is pasture raised with no antibiotics, no hormones. They mix their own feed with grains harvested on the farm, or locally sourced, consisting of corn, barley and oats. They offer their all-natural, freezer ready beef by the pound, choose your cuts, as well as by the quarters, halves, or whole. Visit the website for more details.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Monthly specials are posted on Facebook or call 240-285-7005 for more information.
BELLE BLOOMS FARM 3311 Paprika Court, Adamstown 240.277.0275 • www.bellebloomsfarm.com
Belle Blooms Farm is a family farm growing high-quality, specialty cut flowers. Seasonal flower CSA shares are available, as well as buckets of blooms for DIY weddings and events. Call or visit the website for information on floral workshops, farm tours and farm stand hours.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Monthly farm tours highlight unique blooms of the season.
BLACK ANKLE VINEYARDS
14463 Black Ankle Road, Mount Airy 301.829.3338 • www.blackankle.com At Black Ankle Vineyards, they believe that a prime vineyard site marked by rolling hillsides and rocky soils, combined with meticulous care of their vines and land, will yield grapes that make wines of depth, nuance and character. Cozy indoor/outdoor seating fits perfectly in a valley with rolling hills and vineyard views. Wine is offered by flight, glass or bottle. Entertainment/events, groups welcome, private event rentals. Refer to website for hours.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT All wines are sold at the farm and online. In addition, they have a local fare menu featuring an assortment of hand-selected artisan cheese, spreads, treats and more. 43
BLUE DREAMS USA
11700 Old Annapolis Road, Frederick 301.882.4747 • www.bluedreamsusa.com Blue Dreams USA is the first of its kind lavender, roses and tea garden boutique in the country. Surrounded by scenic views, it’s a place you can unwind while enjoying the beauty of lavender, roses and tea gardens on a 25-acre farm. They offer pick your own lavender in summer, tea tasting, afternoon tea, plus thoughtful gifts and artisan quality crafts inspired by nature, lavender, roses and tea. Open to the public on weekends from June to October with special shopping days during the holiday season. If you are looking for a special place for your family this summer, or to celebrate special occasions, please contact them for more information.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT They offer pick your own lavender on a limited schedule.
BROOKFIELD PUMPKINS, LLC
8302 Ramsburg Road, Thurmont 301.898.3527 • www.brookfieldpumpkins.com Brookfield Pumpkins is a pick-your-own pumpkin patch located on a six-generation cash crop farm with a beautiful view of the Catoctin Mountains. Many customers start their visit with a hayride to the 15-acre patch to explore the fall produce and pick the perfect pumpkin. Also enjoy the family-friendly Corn Maze for a Cause (100 percent of proceeds are given to local charities), petting zoo, corn tables, and countless photo opportunities. Call or visit the website for more information.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Hayrides (Friday – Sunday), petting zoo, corn tables, Corn Maze for a Cause ($), face painting ($, SaturdaySunday), and apple cider ($).
CASTLE HILL FARM 5814 Broad Run Road, Jefferson 301.371.4111 • www.voracsuffolks.com
Farm-fresh, excellent-tasting lamb from Frederick County is the specialty of Castle Hill Farm. Lambs are grain- and grass-fed, with no growth hormones or steroids. USDA inspected. Processing is done at Hemp’s Meats, Jefferson. The farm was settled in 1803 and Castle Hill is the fourth owner from the original land grant. They have been farming for 35 years.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Castle Hill specializes in: Custom-processed lamb: whole or half lambs, lamb for a BBQ, lamb sausage, lamb burgers; 4-H market lambs to show at county fairs; lamb leasing program to 4-H members— lambs leased for the summer, at no leasing cost to the 4-H family; Registered ewe and ram breeding stock; ewe breeding services; Greek Easter lambs; also selling square bales of second cutting grass hay, and straw.
CATOCTIN BREEZE VINEYARD
15010 Roddy Road, Thurmont 240.578.3831 • www.catoctinbreeze.com Catoctin Breeze is a boutique vineyard and tasting room located at the base of Catoctin Mountain. They produce a vast array of high-quality, single varietal and blended wines which, for the 2021 vintage, will be entirely locally sourced. All work in the vineyard is done by hand through the meticulous efforts of their small, but dedicated production staff. The winemaking itself is approached with minimal intervention in mind, seeking to achieve flavor profiles that are uniquely Maryland. Catoctin Breeze offers walk-in tastings seven days a week.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Live music is hosted every weekend, spring through fall, a perfect time to unwind and enjoy a beautiful day with wine, family and friends. Visit www.catoctinbreeze.com/events for more information.
CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN ORCHARD
15036 N. Franklinville Road, Thurmont 301.271.2737 • www.catoctinmountainorchard.com Catoctin Mountain Orchard is a fourth generation fruit, vegetable, and berry farm celebrating more than 55 years in business. One hundredplus acres produce products sold at the retail market on the farm. Pickyour-own crops and flowers are available including apples on Saturdays and Sundays in September and October. Call or visit the website for days and hours at their retail farm market.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Products also include plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, apples, pears, grapes, kiwiberries, blackberries, sweet cherries, black raspberries, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, kale, fruit pies, cookies, crumb cakes, apple cider donuts, apple butter, cider, honeycrisp apple sauce and local honey. Supplies the school lunch program with fruit.
CHESTNUT HILL FARM AND MARKET LLC
14343 Stottlemyer Road, Smithsburg 240.734.2021 • www.chestnuthillfarmmarket.com Nestled in Catoctin Mountain and close to Camp David, Chestnut Hill Farm and Market LLC is a sixth-generation farm that has recently diversified to bring fresh produce, “From our fields to your table.” With over 20 acres of diversified produce, product is sold at various farmers markets throughout the county, as well as their on-farm market. In 2022, they will be offering a CSA. Visit their website for additional information. Add-ons will include a weekly cheese, flower, and meat option with pick-ups available throughout the county.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Being committed to providing sustainable, high quality, healthy options to consumers, they also raise beef, lamb, goats and turkeys that are available in cuts, halves, and wholes. They also offer high quality hay in small square bales and round bales. Find all your family’s needs, here on a family farm. 46
CHOCOLATES & TOMATOES 7957 Hollow Road, Middletown 571.271.2686 • www.chocolatesandtomatoes.com
Chocolates and Tomatoes Farm sustainably grows more than 100 varieties of fruits, herbs and vegetables. Founder, farmer, and chef Mark also creates artisan chocolates. They sell February through December through their on-line service at www.chocolatesandtomatoes.com, and an on-farm stand May-September. They partner with other local businesses to sell eggs, honey, mushrooms and fruit and sell their own products through other online services or business. You can commission Mark to make unique chocolates for your special events.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Chef and farmer Mark, also teaches culinary arts at Frederick Community College. He hopes to blend his love for growing and cooking food by creating a demonstration kitchen on the farm and hosting farm dinners in the future.
CLEMSONVILLE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM 10120 Clemsonville Road, Union Bridge 410.848.6083 • www.clemsonville.com
At Clemsonville’s 250-acre Christmas tree farm you can cut or dig fir, pine and spruce trees, plus get wreaths, swags and tree stands. All trees are $35. The farm dates to 1775 and has a historic mansion copied from George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon. The farm is the home of the Guinness Record-breaking wreaths and “Tiny Clem” a 4-foot evergreen “TO GO.” Pets welcome.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Clemsonville has been a Christmas tradition for over 50 years. Visit the Christmas Barn, explore the nature maze, see Boulder Garden Christmas Wonderland and go to Picnic Park. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday after Thanksgiving until Christmas 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cut your own firewood, pine tips and boughs— truckload $20. Saws and rope available. Check or cash. 47
COPPER PENNY FARM 2110D Pleasant View Road, Adamstown 301.874.3802 • www.copperpennyfarm.net
Copper Penny Farm is a small, family-run farm that produces heritage breed, pasture-raised pork, beef and lamb. They believe in treating their animals with love and affection and allow them to live as naturally as possible. All their animals live in large pastures and are allowed to move around and forage at will. Animals are never given drugs, such as growth stimulants, hormones or antibiotics, unless medically required.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Copper Penny Farm offers their pasture-raised meats by the cut, as well as by the quarter, half or whole. Meat can be ordered online and delivered, picked up at their onfarm store or at area farmers markets, as well as through Frederick Fresh Online. Visit the website for details. 48
DANDELION & RUST FARM
Highland School Road, Myersville 240.385.9023 • www.dandelionandrust.com Dandelion & Rust Farm is a small vegetable, herb and flower farm nestled in the mountains west of Frederick. Motivated by a love of food and a love for plants, they grow what inspires them with a focus on specialty varieties. You can find Dandelion & Rust products at local restaurants, on their website, or through Frederick Fresh Online.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT This year, they plan to launch a pick-your-own flower CSA. They strive to create robust and resilient ecosystems on their farm, working with nature to enhance natural pest suppression and internal nutrient cycling. Visit the website to learn more about how you can get involved or visit the farm.
DEER RUN FARM
15131 Sixes Road, Emmitsburg 717.357.4521 • www.deerrunfarmmd.com Deer Run Farm is a combined registered Red Angus cattle and Berkshire pork operation, alongside their heritage breed chicken hatchery, located in northern Frederick County. The farm has been owned and operated for more than 25 years by the Stewart family. Deer Run Farm offers an on-farm retail store of humanly raised beef, pork, chicken and pasture-raised eggs. During spring and fall, chicks are hatched on the farm and sold all across the United States, including to backyard operations here in Frederick County.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Deer Run Farm puts Maryland on the map by being the United States’ cleanest, certified disease-free chicken hatchery. They’re the only chicken hatcher in the United States to test regularly for MS, MG, AI and PT.
DREAMLAND CHRISTMAS TREE FARM 2700 Sumantown Road, Middletown 301.418.5348 www.dreamlandchristmastreefarm.com
Dreamland Christmas Tree Farm is a choose and cut farm in the beautiful Middletown Valley. They also offer pre-cut trees of all sizes. Dreamland was started to honor the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ. They are a family-friendly farm with a beautiful old barn which has been lovingly restored as a Christmas shop. The barn offers a cozy atmosphere including a stone fireplace and wood stove, wreaths, garland, crafts, ornaments, and a café serving hot food and beverages.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Children love the farm’s turkeys, pheasants, chickens, and playground. Visit weekends from Thanksgiving to Christmas to make this your family’s tradition. 49
EBERLE CHRISTMAS FARM
13415 Liberty Road, Union Bridge 301.898.4232 • www.eberlechristmasfarm.com They are a family-owned and operated Christmas tree farm located on 40 rolling acres with Civil War-era buildings. They offer a variety of trees for you to cut and also offer fresh cut trees from 6 to 11 feet, harvested weekly and kept in water to assure freshness. Open the day after Thanksgiving with hours 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT A full service farm with a wide variety of trees and accessories. Fresh custom garlands and hand-made wreaths of all shapes and sizes by on-site artist. Shaking and baling included.
3405 Sumantown Road, Middletown 301.471.3435 • www.esworthyfarms.com Esworthy Farms raises completely grass-fed, grass-finished black angus beef cows. The cows can roam in large pastures, and are also fed only alfalfa and orchard grasses grown on the farm. No grain, ever. The combination of great conditions and great grasses creates high quality beef. The Esworthy family is proud to offer great beef as they continue their lifetime of farming in Frederick County.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Beef orders are accepted for quarter, side, and whole beef quantities, only. Hay (alfalfa and orchard grass) and straw are also available for purchase when supply allows. Check the website for availability, or follow Esworthy Farms Grass Fed Beef on Facebook. 50
FLYING GOAT FARM
5241 Bartonsville Road, Frederick 443.538.8303 • www.flyinggoatfarm.com Flying Goat Farm is a 25-acre family farm. They raise fiber goats and sheep using regenerative and sustainable practices. They sell beautiful local yarn and roving, as well as those from commercial sources. Many products sold are Fibershed certified which means they are locally sourced, dyed with local dyestuffs and made with local labor. They are open during the Fiber Art Studio Tour dates and by appointment. Please check their website for open studio days.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT They offer spinning, dyeing, weaving, knitting and needle felting workshops throughout the year.
FLYING PIGS FARM
9233 Bessie Clemson Road, Union Bridge 301.524.3968 • www.flyingpigsorganic.com You can find delicious organic blueberries at Flying Pigs Farm. Blueberry season runs from mid-June to early August. This year they are celebrating their 20th anniversary—20 years of working to improve the soil and water quality, removing invasive species, adding pollinator strips and this year adding a forested easement to their efforts through the Creek ReLeaf Program, all while growing some very tasty blueberries.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Fresh organic blueberries are available by emailing or calling the farm directly, and at The Common Market and Frederick restaurants.
FOX HAVEN ORGANIC FARM & LEARNING CENTER 3630 Poffenberger Road, Jefferson 301.748.2427 or 240.490.5484 www.foxhavenfarm.org
Emphasis on nature and conservation practices designed to improve quality of soils and water. Organic produce, plantings of CRP trees, Organic hay and a new venture to grow a large food forest for production of fruits and nuts.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Available for seminars, workshops and meetings. Farm Stay rentals are available in four renovated farm houses.
FREY’S BREWING COMPANY
8601 Maplevillle Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771 240.394.6336 • www.freysbrewing.com Frey’s Brewing Company is nestled in a peaceful valley among the rolling hills of Frederick County. Their rustic and spacious tasting room and expansive outdoor seating area provides a gathering space where patrons can come and appreciate the scenic and relaxing farm atmosphere while enjoying delicious farm-brewed beverages. Frey’s prides itself in outstanding customer service, beautiful ambiance and an extensive drink menu, including a variety of beers, hard cider, hard seltzer, seltzer-based smoothies and cocktails, as well as several craft mocktails, sodas and hot beverages. Frey’s has a light food menu and guests are welcome to bring food.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Frey’s is open year-round and can host parties and other events in their beautiful tasting room. For more details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
GAVER FARM, LLC 5501 Detrick Road, Mount Airy 301.865.3515 • www.gaverfarm.com
Gaver Farm’s fall season features a farm market with pumpkins, apples, cider, decor, preserves, and farm fresh food including cider donuts, pumpkin donut holes and cider slushies. Take a free hayride to pick your own sunflowers, pumpkins and apples and enjoy the Fall Fun Festival complete with farm animals, corn maze, straw activities, jumping pillows, mini mazes, playgrounds, games and over 65 family-friendly attractions. During the Christmas season Gaver Farm provides cut-your-own and fresh-cut Christmas trees, hayrides, Wreath Shop with fresh wreaths, pine roping, swags and greenery. Have you tried Gaver Farm’s famous apple cider donuts?
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Gaver Farm is a family-owned and operated working farm offering seasonal farm products, fresh-baked pies, their famous apple cider donuts and family fun on the farm.
GLADE-LINK FARMS, LLC
12270 Woodsboro Pike, Keymar 301.898.7131 • www.gladelink.com Glade-Link Farms is family owned and operated. They have been in continuous operation for almost 50 years. Customers can come to Glade-Link to pick their own strawberries and blueberries and find them at Field Fresh Farmers Market and Greenbelt Farmers Market with lots of homegrown flowers, berries and vegetables. Wedding and event flowers have also become a specialty of GladeLink. Visit the website for more information about the farm or call the 24 hour “hotline” to see what is in season and for directions and hours.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Acres of strawberries and blueberries available for pick-your-own. Beautiful cut flowers, including wedding and event florals. 53
THE DAIRY BAR AT GLAMOURVIEW
9847 Woodsboro Pike, Walkersville 301.801.1438 (Emily) • 301.741.0753 (Craig) www.cattleclub.com/glamourview/glamourviewcreamery.com This creamery on wheels serves soft custard and homemade hard ice cream, ice cream bars and sandwiches, milkshakes, floats, fresh cheese curds and bottled cream-top milk, straight from their on-farm creamery. They also are available to serve all your catering and event needs. Contact them to get some fresh goodies straight from the cow.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT More exciting news is the Glamourview Creamery storefront coming late this summer. Visitors can view the farm’s Jersey cows getting milked by a robotic milking system.
GOOD HOPE FARMSTEAD 10820 Renner Road, Woodsboro 240.367.9676 • www.goodhopefarmstead.com
Good Hope Farmstead is a pasture-based family farm, passionate about raising food that’s good for you and the environment. The well-being of their animals and preservation of the land and soil is at the forefront of their farm planning. They offer 100 percent grass-fed beef, pasture-raised and non-gmo chicken, pork, lamb and mutton.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Products are available year-round for local home delivery, and at area farmers markets. Visit the farm website for further details.
GOOD SOIL FARM, LLC 9736 Keysville Road, Emmitsburg 443.536.1830 • www.goodsoilfarmllc.com
Join their vegetable CSA and receive a generous share of vegetables each week of the growing season. Mushrooms, flowers, sourdough bread and pastured chickens and eggs are also available. The owners focus on community—from the community of people they feed to the community of fungi, bacteria and microbes in the soil.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Fans of the farm include this customer who posted on the farm’s website that “I have participated in the Good Soil Farm CSA for the last two years, and will be buying a full share again for this summer. I recommend this local farm to you on account of the variety and quality of the produce and their regenerative agriculture methods. The greens in particular make amazing salads.”
4309 Cap Stine Road, Frederick Bakery: 301.788.5409 • Farm: 301.471.5968 www.edscountrybakery.com Hara-Vale Farm is a four-generation family farm which has successfully transitioned from dairy farming to all natural, pasture-raised beef, eggs, hay and straw sales and a livestock hauling business. The farm is also home to Ed’s Country Bakery featuring old-fashioned baking at its best. Their eggs and select beef cuts are available for sale in the bakery. Visit the bakery website or follow Ed’s Country Bakery on Facebook for current hours and information.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT They offer baked goods, all natural pasture-raised and grain-finished beef sold by the quarter or half or in a variety of cuts and ground beef; hay and straw bales and livestock hauling.
3760 Buckeystown Pike, Buckeystown 301.662.0226 • www.hedgeapplefarm.com Hedgeapple Farm dates back to 1731. Since 1956, the Jorgenson family has operated a dairy and a beef farm on the property. Since 1997, it has been a nonprofit research and educational foundation farm dedicated to improving and promoting grass-fed Angus beef. In 2006, the owners reconstructed a 1790s-era log cabin to serve as a market to sell the grass-fed and grass-finished beef raised here. Call or visit the website for hours.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Individual cuts of beef are available and sold by the pound. Their beef is dry-aged and sold vacuum-sealed and flash frozen. They also offer outstanding beef jerky and monthly beef specials. Beef is 100 percent grass-fed and grass-finished. No grain ever. Open three days per week all year-long. 56
HIDDEN HILLS FARM AND VINEYARD 7550 Green Valley Road, Frederick 301.660.8735 • www.hhfav.com
Nestled among the hills of this 103-acre horse farm are acres of vines which produce some of the region’s most elegant dry wines. Come and enjoy the breathtaking views of Frederick County’s gorgeous horse country. Enjoy carefully spaced seating both inside and out and a beautiful new outdoor stone fire pit.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Minutes from historic Downtown Frederick, off of Route 70, come drive through Frederick County’s breathtaking horse country. Learn about this important and growing wine region, while sipping on elegant and approachable dry wines and port.
HILLSIDE TURKEY FARMS 30 Elm Street, Thurmont 301.271.2728 • www.hillsideturkey.com
Hillside Turkey Farms is a family-owned, third generation farm and retail store specializing in today’s families’ needs. The main focus is further processing of poultry to make meals more fun and interesting. They carry many fresh poultry products, deli items and some prepared foods. Hillside Turkey Farms is a USDA inspected plant serving the public with a retail store and in many local restaurants. Call or visit the website for store hours and more information. Don’t forget to order your fresh turkey or turkey breast for the holidays!
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Fresh turkeys and breasts, turkey sausage, ground turkey, soups, turkey jerky, turkey snack sticks, fresh chicken, deli-sliced roast beef and country ham, pork bacon, smoked turkeys and breasts, cheeses, turkey pot pies and other products.
HOUSE IN THE WOODS FARM 2225 Park Mills Road, Adamstown 301.461.6575 • www.houseinthewoods.com
House in the Woods Farm is celebrating 20 years of production, offering their farm share/CSA program and farm experiences. House in the Woods is a certified organic, diverse farm near Sugarloaf Mountain. Their farm share program offers member-only U-pick rows and a full growing season of organic produce, all grown on the farm featuring heirloom varieties. In May, they sell seedlings to home gardeners, featuring heirloom tomato plants.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Fresh turkeys and breasts, turkey sausage, ground turkey, soups, turkey jerky, turkey snack sticks, fresh chicken, deli-sliced roast beef and country ham, pork bacon, smoked turkeys and breasts, cheeses, turkey pot pies and other products.
J BAR W RANCH
10530 Green Valley Road, Union Bridge www.jbarwranch.com This father, son and daughter partnership has received recognition nationwide for producing and hosting pro-bull riding. The ranch has been credited for professionalism displayed at their Battle of the Beast. They maintain more than 750 head of Generation of Genetics Bucking Livestock. Call or visit the website for hours and event dates.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Battle of the Beast event, pro-bull riding, cowgirl barrel racing, mutton bustin’, face painting, food, souvenirs, including T-shirts, cowboy hats, etc.
JUMBO’S PUMPKIN PATCH, LLC 6521 Holter Road, Middletown 301.371.6874 • www.jumbos.org
Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch, LLC is a part of Homestead Farms, owned by the Huffer family. Homestead was purchased in 1870 and has now been home to seven generations. Pick your pumpkins from the 30-acre patch and find your way through a 15-acre corn maze.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Hayrides, fall shopping, yummy food, activities for children and fun for the whole family. Visit the Craft Attic to shop for handmade items from over 50 local vendors, enjoy a fresh-squeezed lemonade and funnel cake at the Snack Shack and marvel at the gorgeous selection of farm-grown chrysanthemums. 58
LILYPONS WATER GARDENS 6800 Lily Pons Road, Adamstown 301.874.5133 • www.lilypons.com
Lilypons is an aquatic plant farm that was started in1917. In addition to harvesting and selling aquatic plants, they offer a full line of water gardening products such as liners, pumps, filters and fish. The farm is located along the scenic Monocacy River and is a destination for nature lovers. Visit the website for hours and events.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Aquatic plants, fish, pumps, filters, gift items, birding products, heaters for ponds, nets and more.
13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy 301.831.5889 • www.linganorewines.com Linganore Wine Cellars is the oldest family-run vineyard on the Maryland Wine Trail. The Aellen family first opened Linganore in 1976 and it currently boasts 86 acres of active vineyards. The Aellen family produces more than 30 varieties of wine, ranging from elegantly dry white and red dinner wines to luscious semi-sweet varietals, fruit and dessert wines.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Celebrating over 40 years, Linganore offers it all—wine tasting, tours, festivals, and hosts private events. Open seven days a week, 361 days a year. Come and join the family adventure.
LINKS BRIDGE VINEYARDS 8830 Old Links Bridge Road, Thurmont 301.466.2413 • www.linksbridgevineyards.com
At Links Bridge Vineyards, owners Robert Thompson and Joan Cartier have been growing premium grapes for more than 10 years. In 2015 they began crafting estate wines in small batches, focusing on style, taste and excellence. Their vineyards, winery, and tasting room overlook the scenic Monocacy River, just north of Frederick at the site of Old Links Bridge. Come for a visit, sample some good wines, and enjoy a leisurely walk or picnic along the river.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Links Bridge Vineyards may be the only vineyard in Maryland that can be visited by canoe or kayak, located on the Monocacy River between Creagerstown and Devilbiss Bridge. If paddling downriver, look for three old stone bridge piers (not connected by an actual bridge). Pull your boat up on the shore in front of the right-bank pier. From there, the tasting room is a short walk up the hill. Please call in advance to let them know you’re coming. 60
THE LITTLE RED WAGON PRODUCE 11434 Keymar Road, Woodsboro 240.439.9401
The Little Red Wagon is a family-operated roadside stand that is open from early spring through late fall. They offer a full line of vegetable plants and flowers, all grown in their own greenhouses, as well as many hanging baskets and planters. They also offer a broad variety of fruits and vegetables as they are in season, from asparagus and strawberries in the spring to apples and pumpkins in fall, with everything in between. Open March-October, Monday-Saturday, 10a.m.-6 p.m.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Beautiful flowers and tasty fruits and vegetables, in a quiet country setting. Come find something to suit your taste. Call to ask about custom arranged planters and hanging baskets.
14001 Liberty Road, Mount Airy 301.831.5464 • www.loewvineyards.com The history of winemaking in the Loew family dates back to the mid-19th century in Eastern Europe. To renew that tradition, Bill and Lois Loew put down roots (literally) in Frederick County. They planted their first grapevines in 1982, and since that time, have focused on producing a diverse selection of fine handcrafted wines. They take great pleasure in sharing their love of wine with visitors to the winery.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Wine tasting, winery and vineyard tours and picnic grounds. Several varieties of wine, from traditionally crafted dry white and dry red selections to unique semisweet and sweet wines. Wine-related crafts and gifts also are available.
MAD SCIENCE BREWING COMPANY AT THANKSGIVING FARMS 1619 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown 240.409.8723 • www.madsciencebrewing.com
Mad Science Brewing Company is located at Thanksgiving Farms & Garden Center just south of Frederick on Md. 85 (Buckeystown Pike). Mad Science Brewing is open to the public for retail sales on Saturdays and Sundays from April to Christmas. Their emphasis is on high-quality, hand-crafted beer using their own homegrown hops, fruits, and vegetables that are available throughout the growing season at Thanksgiving Farms.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Mad Science Brewing Company offers a community-supported brewery (CSB) program, which allows members to have access to special events, discounts and unique single-batch beers.
3091 Will Mill Terrace East, Monrovia www.marylandmicrogreens.com Craig and Sherill Carlson founded Maryland Microgreens in early 2017 to offer a wide variety of microgreens sold in living form to farmers markets, restaurants, caterers and individuals. Only pure water is used in the growing process utilizing non-GMO seeds grown on recycled and compostable cocoa fiber mats. Microgreens can have from four to 40 times the nutritional value of their mature counterparts. Plants are grown indoors with controlled temperature and humidity.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Microgreens are not just a healthy garnish on salads. Research shows these tiny seedlings harvested and eaten when they are just a few inches tall are a super food packed with antioxidants and other healthy nutrients.
MAYNE’S TREE FARM
3420 Buckeystown Pike, Buckeystown 301.662.4320 • www.maynestreefarm.com This is a full-service farm offering everything from asparagus and pickyour-own strawberries in the spring and sweet corn all summer long to a hayride to the pumpkin patch in the fall. In December is the opportunity to come cut your own Christmas tree and to visit the wreath barn. Call or visit facebook for hours.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pick-your-own fruits, vegetables and pumpkins, cut-your-own Christmas tree. Pumpkin barn set up for group and bus tours and gatherings. 62
MAZZAROTH VINEYARD 8333 Myersville Road, Middletown 301.639.0303 • www.mazzarothvineyard.com
Mazzaroth Vineyard is a family-owned and operated boutique winery in the Middletown Valley. Achieving a goal of crafting premium Maryland wines requires them to maintain a relentless focus in the vineyard and winery, combined with a respect for nature. They currently grow five varieties well-suited for the region. They enjoy sharing a passion for grape-growing and wine-making. Guests welcome by appointment.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT They are proud to be a glyphosate-free vineyard. Eliminating this herbicide allows them to cultivate a managed cover crop that moderates soil temperatures and produces more flavorful wines.
MILKHOUSE BREWERY AT STILLPOINT FARM 8253 Dollyhyde Road, Mount Airy 301.829.6950 • www.milkhousebrewery.com
Milkhouse Brewery is Maryland’s first Class 8 Farm Brewery specializing in traditional and 100 percent Maryland grown beers. The brewery, an integral part of the 47-acre farm, offers 16 draft lines with handcrafted beer as well as hard cider. The farm also raises heritage Leicester Longwool sheep and offers wool products, lamb, breeding stock and hay. Milkhouse is a dog-friendly, kid-friendly community gathering space that offers music, rotating food trucks, the best sunsets around, and other family friendly events. Look for their upcoming mercantile.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Tom Barse and Carolann McConaughy and all of the folks at Milkhouse are excited to share their journey with you. Visit the tasting room and share a perfect pint or two.
MOO COW CREAMERY
MOON VALLEY FARM
Moo Cow Creamery at Walnut Ridge Farm is an eighth generation, small family-owned and operated dairy farm located in the beautiful Middletown Valley. Currently, they are milking Guernsey’s, Jerseys, Milking Shorthorns, and Brown Swiss, a unique combination where they strive for A2A2 milk proteins. They concentrate on highquality milk with a richer flavor and golden color. This enhances their artisan cheeses and butter and gives them a more unique flavor. Moo Cow Creamery offers 18 unique varieties of artisan cheeses including Crabby Cheddar, Gouda, Swiss, Cheddar and Colby. They offer both salted and unsalted sweet cream butter.
Moon Valley Farm is a specialty vegetable and herb farm growing for a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and restaurants in Frederick, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Their farm is on 25 acres in Woodsboro and is owned and operated by Emma Jagoz. They offer their customers the best produce in the Mid-Atlantic, including veggies and herbs, as well as local honey, organic eggs, fruit, gourmet mushrooms, grains, beans and more from select partner farms throughout Maryland.
3935 Bussard Road, Middletown 240.549.9183 • www.moocowcreamerywrf.com
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT The farm is the birthplace of Yankees baseball great Charlie “King Kong” Keller. In addition to artisan cheese and butter, they offer farm-fresh eggs and seasonal produce. Stay tuned this year as they add chicken, beef, and other farm-raised products to their line-up. 64
9700 Gravel Hill Road, Woodsboro 410.207.0241 • www.moonvalleyfarm.net
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT They offer home delivery and pick up locations. They’d love to be your farmers.
MUDDY RIVER FARMS, LLC
Muddy River Farms is owned and operated by Josh and Colby Grossnickle in Walkersville. Josh is a third-generation farmer and grew up working on his family’s dairy farm. Today they farm about 1,800 acres in corn, soybean, wheat and hay. Josh and Colby raise and sell freezer beef, pork and chicken. They also sell eggs and seasonal produce, mostly bicolor sweet corn which is grown on their farm as well. They grind all their own feed for the cattle and pigs from grains harvested on their farms. They strive to raise delicious meats that are all-natural. The cattle are pasture raised, grass-fed and grain finished to achieve optimum marbling. The pork is mostly heritage breeds that consists of Berks, Yorks and Hampshires.
Needwood Farms is a fifth generation, family-owned and operated farm that has been in business for over 100 years. Recently recognized as Maryland Century Farmers and Frederick County’s Farm Family of the Year, the Pry family raises Angus and Angus-influenced cattle. Their cattle are bred for tenderness and flavor. They offer all-natural freezer beef by the quarter, half or whole. If you are looking for smaller portions, they are now selling individual cuts of beef as well. To see their wide selection of steaks, roasts, ground beef and other specialty cuts available, schedule an appointment at the newly opened Needwood Farms Corner Beef Market. They finish their beef on hay and grains grown on their farm located just outside of the historic town of Burkittsville. Please call 301-834-8752 to schedule an appointment.
8816 Devilbiss Bridge Road, Walkersville 301.712.5494 • www.muddy-river-farm.square.site
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT In the near future they will also have butter and artisan cheese available, made from milk produced from the family dairy operation.
Burkittsville 301.834.8752 • www.needwoodfarms.com
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT They sell only all-natural freezer beef raised on their environmentally-friendly family farm. They invite you to treat your family to a product that you’ll enjoy and trust. 65
NICK’S ORGANIC FARM 2733 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown 301.983.2167 • nicksorganicfarm.com
Founded in 1979, Nick’s Organic Farm sells directly to consumers. They raise all grass-fed Black Angus cattle, pastured chicken and turkeys, pastured eggs, food-grade corn and soybeans, small grains, poultry feed, hay and straw. Located outside of Buckeystown on an agriculturally preserved 175-acre certified organic farm, they are committed to constant improvement of their soil. To receive notice of when to purchase products, or to pick up eggs year-round, join the mailing list at email@example.com.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT 100 percent grass-fed beef, no hormones, grain or antibiotics; ground beef, all beef sausage and jerky, beef bones and organ meat; organic pastured chicken; organic pastured heritage and standard breed turkeys; organic pastured brown shell eggs; non-GMO organic heirloom grinding corn, popcorn, and stone-ground cornmeal; organic poultry feeds, hay, and straw.
OPEN BOOK FARM
6600B Roy Shafer Road, Middletown 240.457.2558 • www.openbookfarm.com They are a diversified livestock and vegetable farm serving Frederick and the larger Middletown Valley. In their farming methods they focus on soil health, livestock well-being and direct to consumer sales.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Their farm offers a seasonal farm stand on Saturday mornings from May-October featuring their pasture-raised meats and eggs and their own certified organic produce. Customers may also participate in a main season CSA (shop at the farm stand with your CSA tab) or a monthly winter CSA (November-February).
ORCHID CELLAR MEADERY & WINERY 8546 Pete Wiles Road, Middletown 301.473.3568 • www.orchidcellar.com
They are Maryland’s premier meadery and winery specializing in complex honey wines, and unique red and white varietals. Visit their scenic tasting room in the Middletown Valley for an intimate tasting experience and an introduction into the divine world of mead. The tasting room sits among 15 acres of land, two acres of grapevines and a handful of beehives. They welcome mead fanatics, wine lovers and beer snobs to sample libations and engage with their questions and thoughts.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT They produce the oldest known alcohol: mead, a wine made from honey. Pick-your-own sunflowers available.
PICNIC WOODS FARM 6433 Picnic Woods Road, Jefferson 301.371.9202 • www.picnicwoodsfarm.com
Picnic Woods Farm is the home of a flock of Romney Sheep and miniature donkeys to guard them, Angus cattle and bossy geese. Their wool is sent to Prince Edward Island in Canada and spun into wool blankets in many colors. Visitors are welcome, including to see “Hank” the wellknown soccer ball playing donkey.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Natural Maryland wool blankets are available in a variety of colors, both tweed and solids and are made from the wool from Picnic Woods Farm sheep. 67
A PIECE OF HARMONY
Myersville 240.215.5649 • www.apieceofharmony.com Their products are available weekly on Frederick Fresh Online, plus they have an online store on their website where customers can place orders for pickup or local delivery within 10 miles of Myersville town center. They plan to participate in Farm to School this year, and grow a lot of microgreens for South Mountain Creamery.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT This year they added a Caterpillar Tunnel for season extension and to explore the benefits of growing crops in them. They continue to put a strong emphasis on growing better food and better soil.
PLEASANT HILL PRODUCE
8444 Fountain Rock Road, Walkersville 301.471.2699 • www.pleasanthillproduce.com Pleasant Hill Produce was founded in 2014 by Ben and Heather Sayler. Pleasant Hill Produce grows a wide variety of high-quality seasonal vegetables and partners with other local producers to offer a diverse, fully-customizable CSA experience. Visitors are welcome by appointment.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT They offer a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, eggs, and other local products including meats, honey, and bread. CSA shares are available at several pick-up locations in Frederick County. Home delivery offered.
POTOMAC SPROUT COMPANY
PROSPECT POINT BREWING
Potomac Sprout Company is a hydroponic farm that grows and sells certified organic sprouts including broccoli, radish and alfalfa. The main focus of Potomac Sprout Company is setting the best practice standards for sprouting. Everything they do is geared towards bringing the highest quality sprouts to the market. For more information and recipes visit their website.
Prospect Point Brewing is a farm brewery located on Carroll Farms just south of Frederick off Md. 180. The open floor plan tasting room overlooks a 10 acre hop yard and beautiful western views of the mountains. They pride themselves for having only the best variety of beers using hops from their farm.
8202 Blacks Mill Road Thurmont 240.483.4891 www.potomacsproutcompany.com
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT You can pick up Potomac Sprout Company sprouts at The Common Market, MOM’s, Giant Food and other grocery stores along the East Coast.
5500 Jefferson Pike, Frederick 240.529.2747 www.facebook.com/prospect-point-brew
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Check them out on Facebook for hours of operation. They look forward to hosting you soon.
RED SHEDMAN FARM BREWERY & HOP YARD 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy 301.703.5474 • www.redshedman.com
Red Shedman Farm Brewery & Hop Yard was established in 2014 in the beautiful hills of Mount Airy on over 200 acres of farmland between Frederick and Baltimore. They cultivate several varieties of hops on the farm and brew a variety of beers from Lagers to Farmhouse-inspired ales, porters, sours, and even barrel-aged beers. They have ciders and new varieties available, which rotate every season. Red Shedman is open Wednesday and Thursday from 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon-8 p.m., and Sunday from noon-7 p.m.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT In addition to having 16 rotating beers and ciders on draft, they’re also brewed and packaged on-site; always fresh and available for sale in the brewery and many locations throughout the state.
ROCKY POINT CREAMERY, LLC
4323A Tuscarora Road, Tuscarora 301.874.5810 • www.rockypointcreamery.com The creamery has over 100 flavors of homemade ice cream, along with milk, brown eggs, cheese and beef. They milk 140 Holstein and Jersey dairy cows and raise 700 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay to feed their animals. Each year a beautiful two-acre sunflower field is planted and flowers are available for sale in late summer, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Visit their Facebook page or website for hours.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Cheese made from their cows’ milk is now available for purchase. There are six flavors of cheddar to choose from. Enjoy with their farm-raised beef and ice cream—it doesn’t get any more local than this. 70
SCENIC VIEW ORCHARDS
16239 Sabillasville Road, Sabillasville 301.271.2149 • www.scenicvieworchards.com Scenic View Orchards is a seven generation owned and operated family farm. Their farm heritage requires sustainable farming practices—erosion control, field contouring, cover crops, crop rotation, farm land preservation and use of integrated pest management practices. They meet the needs of customers at farmers markets in Washington, DC, Frederick and Montgomery counties, in addition to the Sabillasville farm market. The farm motto is “Get Fresh with Us.”
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Strawberries, peaches, nectarines, lopes, melons, plums, apples, berries, cherries, sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash, peppers, potatoes, honey, cut flowers, pears, pumpkins, cider in season and hay/straw.
SERENITY GROVE FARM Mount Airy • www.serenitygrovefarm.com www.facebook.com/serenitygrovefarm www.instagram.com/serenity.grove.farm
Serenity Grove Farm brings the personal touch to your family’s weekly dinner plans. This compact farm, owned and operated by farmer Jenni, demonstrates that we all have the power to bring sustainable values to our homes and community. Each week they offer a mix of garden staples and culinary favorites in their meal box. Punch up the weekly lettuce salad with the lemony herb sorrel, or upgrade your salsa by swapping tomatoes for the sweet and tangy ground cherry. Alternatively, go off script and share your culinary inspirations on their Facebook and Instagram. At Serenity Grove Farm they know that healthy meals fuel healthy communities, and all that starts on the farm.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Ask the folks at Serenity Grove Farm how sustainability inspires everything they do, from soil to packages. 71
16436 Four Points Bridge Road, Emmitsburg 301.447.2255 • www.shrivermeats.com Shriver Meats is a third generation, family-owned and operated farm and retail store specializing in beef production and processing. Raising grass-fed grain-finished cattle, and crops which is fed back to their cattle. Shriver Meats offers beef by the quarter, half or whole for your freezer. Give Shriver’s a call to order, or come in and pick up a pack of steaks, a few roasts and some hamburger patties to try.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Shriver Meats raises and processes their own cattle for your freezer. Selling freezer-wrapped steaks and roasts as well as cut-to-order amounts.
SOUTH MOUNTAIN CREAMERY
8305 Bolivar Road, Middletown 301.371.8565 • www.southmountaincreamery.com When you know your farmer, you know your food. South Mountain Creamery is a proud family and farmer-owned creamery, wholesaler, and home delivery service. They bring the farmers market to you, delivering all-natural dairy products, cage-free eggs, grass-fed beef, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade bakery items, home-cooked family meals and more. With an ever-expanding delivery area in MD, D.C., PA, VA, and WV, their home delivery service makes it easy to get healthy, wholesome, local food. Shop online for products delivered to your doorstep, saving you time and energy.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Visit their farm year-round for guided or self-guided tours or register online to feed the calves. Stop by the farm store to sample products, purchase fresh goods, or enjoy a scoop of their renowned ice cream.
SPRING PASTURES FARM 6801 Mountain Church Road, Middletown 240.490.2058 • www.springpasturesfarm.com
Spring Pastures Farm raises grass-fed, grass-finished beef without hormones, antibiotics or growth supplements. They are a small family farm in Middletown Valley where their animals thrive on a rich diversity of grasses. The herd lives outside year-round, supplemented with local hay in the winter as necessary. Their animals have access to spring or well water at all times. They handle their animals in a low-stress manner. They hope to share some of the family’s passion for this land and food with you.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT They sell retail freezer-wrapped cuts from their farm store as well as cut-to-your specification sides of beef. Everything from soup bones to delicious, fork-tender standing rib roasts. On-farm store open by appointment.
SPRINGFIELD MANOR WINERY, DISTILLERY, BREWERY 11836 Auburn Road, Thurmont 301.271.0099 • www.springfieldmanor.com
Maryland’s first winery, distillery and brewery. Come for a taste, stay for the experience. The historic barn tasting rooms serve 15 award winning wines, assorted craft beers on tap, and Maryland’s most awarded fine spirits. Aged straight bourbon, rye and corn whiskey are crafted entirely from corn grown on the farm. Visit the lavender fields which produce the prize winning Lavender Gin. There’s indoor seating, patio space and event space for 300 guests. Voted Frederick’s best wedding venue. Come enjoy food, live music, great events and a beautiful country setting.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Handcrafted fine spirits, Lavender Gin, rye, bourbon, rum, brandy and vodka. Ten award-winning varieties of wine. Assorted beer on tap. Lavender plants, flowers and products. Home to the Maryland Lavender Festival in June. 73
SPRUCE RUN FARM
12924 Spruce Run Road, Myersville 301.293.1070 • www.sprucerunrd.com Located near Wolfsville, Spruce Run Farm focuses on sustainable living and producing local foods. In addition to growing produce and beekeeping, they raise dairy goats, Katahdin sheep, Mangalitsa pigs, as well as poultry and rabbits for fiber, meat or pets. Produce and honey from the farm can be found at Mid-Maryland Farm Market as well as Brunswick Main Street, Middletown, and Myersville farmers markets.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Spruce Run Farm strives to bring the best of locally-grown or handmade items, featuring seasonal produce, jams and jellies, raw local honey, goat milk soaps, as well as fresh poultry and live or dressed rabbit.
5504 Mount Zion Road, Frederick 301.473.9042 • www.stadlernurseries.com Stadler Nurseries has been a growing family business since 1932. Their first three garden centers, in Frederick, Gaithersburg and Manassas, Va, are where you will find an exceptional selection of trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials. They also have a wide selection of native plants and organic garden care products. Stadler is known for trees with over 300 acres in production. Almost all plants sold are locally grown. The staff is enthusiastic gardeners who love sharing ideas and advice with customers. Landscape design services are available.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, bulbs and holiday plants, garden accents including fountains, statuary, wind chimes, firepots, birdbaths and containers of every size and style, also garden care products including an extensive selection of organic plant health care options. Now offering curbside pickup, delivery only and delivery and planting services from their website. 74
SUGARLOAF’S BREEZY VALLEY FARM
1215 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown 301.874.0958 www.facebook.com/sugarloafsbreezyvalleygoats This family farm is nestled in the picturesque valley between Catoctin Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain. They humanely raise Boer and Boer Cross goats. The health and well-being of their animals is of the utmost importance. They sell goats for breeding stock, 4-H projects, companions for horses, weed control and pets. They also sell small square bales of hay and welcome visitors by appointment. For more information see their Facebook page.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT March and April are a great time to visit. Come in March and meet the goat kids. If you come at feeding time, you will get to see the goat stampede.
7503 Hollow Road, Middletown 301.304.3031 • www.SummersFarm.com Summers Farm is moving to its new location for the 26th season of homegrown fun and farm fresh adventure. They host an annual sunflower and harvest festival to share the family’s agricultural heritage. Activities include slides, jumping pillows, farm animals, farm golf, obstacle course, live music and more. Farm fresh food and bakery items available, including our famous apple cider donuts.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Join them for their 26th season, featuring the third annual pick your own sunflower festival with local beer and wine to enjoy. In the fall, take a free wagon ride to the pumpkin patch and select your perfect pumpkin (sold by the pound) or get lost in a corn maze. 75
Ijamsville 301.536.2259 • www.suneatsfarm.com Located only five minutes from the bustling community of Urbana, Sun-Eats Farm specializes in completely grass-fed and grass-finished Red Devon beef, Kathadin lamb and organic blueberries. Hilltop Blooms at Sun-Eats farm offers the delight and excellent quality of local, seasonal flowers, which they sell to a local gift shop and to floral designers. Custom arrangements and bouquets available.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT For more information about Sun-Eats Farm grass-fed beef, lamb and Hilltop Blooms seasonal flower availability or to plan a flower arranging workshop with friends, please visit their website, www.suneatsfarm.com.
SYCAMORE SPRING FARM
6003 Elmer Derr Road, Frederick 301.788.6980 • www.sycamorespringfarm.org A 14-year-old CSA program on a 340-year-old farm that practices “Do No Harm Farming.” They produce over 65 varieties of vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts and herbs, plus pastured beef, poultry and eggs. Healthy food from incredibly healthy soil is available year round at the farm’s market and country store. Tours, workshops and delivery sites are detailed on the website.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Educational tours and classes, pastured meats, beef by the quarter or half. Winter program features hoop house produce and poultry.
1619 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown 301.662.1291 • www.thanksgivingfarmandgarden.com Thanksgiving Farms is a diversified 57-acre family-owned and operated business. They grow a vast selection of fresh fruits and vegetables March through December, and grow and specialize in unusual annuals, perennials, herbs and shrubs in a three-acre greenhouse and nursery garden center. They offer a CSA program throughout most of the year. ‘We Grow Our Own’ is their motto and they take great pride in an ability to offer products grown from start to finish on their sustainable family farm. Call or visit the website for hours.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Pick-your-own options are available along with fruits, vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, evergreens, shrubs and trees, a selection of gardening enhancements—pottery, statuary, trellises— and tools and gifts for gardeners.
VALLEY HOMEMADE AND HOMEGROWN
7800 Picnic Woods Road, Middletown 301.305.9796 • www.valleyhomemadeandhome grown.com Jamie Beth Derr, a Middletown dairy farmer and mother of two boys, has always had a passion for growing flowers in between all the other farm activities. Three years ago, she turned her love of flowers into a side business of growing and arranging blooms. The family farm, Valley-Ho Farm, has a roadside stand at 7704 Picnic Woods Road where cut flowers are available daily. Find their beautiful flowers at the Middletown, Myersville and Brunswick Farmers Market.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Jamie Beth Derr offers flower arranging classes at the farm. Cut your own flower events held twice a month July through September; follow on social media for event details. To set up a private picking event contact Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org 77
VALLEY VIEW ACRES 4005 Valley View Road, Middletown www.valleyviewacresmd.com
Valley View Acres started as a fun idea tossed around in a casual conversation. In 2018, they planted a field of sunflowers as a trial run. The response from the community was very encouraging, creating the concept of an Annual Sunflower Festival, first held in July 2019. They are passionate about agriculture and sharing it with everyone who visits, hoping their festivals become an annual tradition. Stop by and unwind. There is plenty of fresh air and smiles to go around. For more information and updates visit our website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Visitors can pick sunflowers, wildflowers and zinnias, enjoy local ice cream and food including fresh cut fries. There are play areas, games, and activities for kids. Shop at the curated craft barn and with local vendors, all while soaking in picturesque views. They have expanded to include a fall and Christmas festival.
WHISPERING MEADOWS ALPACA BREEDERS 13959 Unionville Road, Mount Airy 301.452.9460 www.whisperingmeadowsalpaca.com
Established in 1999, the farm maintains 30 alpacas. They started the first 4-H alpaca club in Frederick County. Their motto is “first in fiber, first in fun, first in Frederick.” They breed high-quality alpacas as well as their own hay and have a variety of other animals on the farm year round. Call or visit the website for hours.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Hand-made, home-grown, made in the USA, and Peruvian alpaca products available. Natural and dyed yarns, raw fiber, rovings, dryer balls, bears, hats, scarves, gloves, purses, sweaters, socks, and more socks, throws and more. Vendors, food, games, hay tower, tot lot and good family fun. Friend them on Facebook to see the latest news. For $5 per car receive a hay ride. 78
WILLOW OAKS CRAFT CIDER
6219 Harley Road, Middletown 301.371.4814 • www.willowoakscraftcider.com Eric Rice and Lori Leitzel Rice craft their farmhouse style cider from certified organic, American heirloom apples on their 35-acre farm in Middletown. Organic pears, blueberries, black currants and other fruits make tasty additions to Willow Oaks’ ciders. Fabulous fruit, unique terroir and small-batch barrel fermentation let the flavors and aroma of the fruit shine through to a crisp, dry finish. Visit the website for tasting room hours and information.
HOMEGROWN HIGHLIGHT Fresh organic produce, beef, jam, flowers, seedlings, potted fig trees and more are available at the farm store in the Willow Oaks barn. Relax on the deck, enjoy a glass of cider and take in the view.
FARM FACTS FROM WWW.FARMERSFEEDUS.ORG 1. Two million farms appear on America’s rural landscape, with 98 percent operated by families.
2. Cattle and calves, corn and soybeans are the top U.S. farm products.
3. Twenty-five percent of all farmers have been in business less than 10 years. Their average age is 46. 4. One acre of land can grow 50,000 pounds of strawberries or 46.4 bushels of wheat.
5. One day’s production for a high-producing dairy cow yields 4.8 pounds of butter, 8.7 gallons of ice cream, or 10.5 pounds of cheese. 6. Women make up 36 percent of the total number of U.S. farm operators; 56 percent of all farms have at least one female decision-maker.