Agricultural Reserve

Montgomery County, Maryland is home to a surprising number of rural areas. In 1980, the Montgomery County Council made one of the most significant land-use decisions in county history by creating an Agricultural Reserve, or what the locals call the “Ag Reserve.” Heralded as one of the best examples of land conservation policies in the country, the Agricultural Reserve encompasses 93,000 acres, almost a third of the county’s land resources.

Fun on the Farm

Visit farms in the Agricultural Reserve in the spring for pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries, tart cherries, blackberries, red raspberries, and tomatoes. In the fall, families head out to the pumpkin patch, and during the holidays, they cut fresh trees.


Tastemakers Trail

From savoring a pint on a working horse farm to relaxing with a Cabernet Franc at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy a weekend visiting breweries and wineries throughout the Ag Reserve.

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Montgomery County sets the scene for an unforgettable weekend in the Ag Reserve. Visit breweries & wineries, pick-you-own farms and sunflower fields. Download the Visit MoCo Adventure Planner App to start planning your stops. Learn More