Montgomery County celebrates its agricultural heritage by promoting local farms, and inviting our residents to indulge in seasonally fresh food during the 28th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest as well as throughout the entire growing season.
Did you know:
- There are 540 farms in Montgomery County of which there are about 219 farms that produce table food crops that help feed our 1 million residents
- The majority of the farms in the County are family-run operations, which employ more than 10,000 residents.
- Agricultural activities occupy about one-third of the County’s land area.
- Montgomery County’s diverse agricultural industry produces more than $287 million dollars in economic contribution from farm products and operations
About Montgomery County’s Farm Tour and Harvest Sale:
Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23
The Farm Tour is an event that helps the County promote its farms by making County residents aware of the diverse agricultural industry and products that are locally available during the growing season. The Farm Tour provides a way to link County residents to our farming operations.
More About Some of the Participating Farms in the 28th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale
Kingsbury’s Farm is about 132 acres of land and has been farming for 50 years now. They produce more than 50 different varieties of peaches and this diversity enables the orchard to provide fresh locally grown peaches to their customers throughout the growing season.
Driving along Maryland Route 28 just east of Beallsville, you will find Lewis Orchards, one of the County’s premier fruit and vegetable farms. Lewis Orchards is a family owned business and operation that is owned and operated by Robert and Linda Lewis. It has been a treasured part of Montgomery County since 1888.
Nestled in between Damascus and Mount Airy along Route 27 is where you will find Rock Hill Orchard,
family owned and operated by John and Mary Fendrick. Products produced on the farm include Grade A bottled milk from their grass fed cows, their own brand of ice cream, apples, peaches, sweet corn, lettuce, tomatoes, eggplant, okra, and squash. They also sell flowers and herbs, blackberries, and pumpkins. They recently started to produce more exotic crops like ginger plants, imported from Hawaii.
Located along Maryland Route 27 between Germantown and Damascus is Red Wiggler Community Farm. The main goal of the Red Wiggler Community Farm is to provide meaningful employment for adults with developmental disabilities and educational experiences through a unique agriculture program that uses organic and minimal input of agricultural practices.
Located between Damascus and Germantown you will find Butler’s Orchard, a family owned and operated farm. The Orchard was established in 1950 by George and Shirley Butler and has become one of Montgomery County’s most popular farm destinations for residents to visit. The Orchard initially consisted of 25 acres of peaches that were marketed to local stores and food markets.
The MOOseum was founded to celebrate the rich dairy history and all the contributions the industry brought to the county. In the 1950’s the dairy industry was a major economic benefit for Montgomery County. The MOOseum helps educate the community about how dairy was produced and it retells the history in a way that helps everyone reconnect with the agricultural roots.
Madison Fields Farm in Dickerson functions primary as an equestrian operation that has a state-of-the-art riding stable as well as producing hay and pumpkins and leased acreage for small grain production.
Click here for more participating farms and more information.
For more information on heritage sites around the county, visit HeritageMontgomery.org
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