Montgomery County Farm Tour Set for July 27 & 28
Montgomery County’s 24th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale will take place rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 27 and 28. More than a dozen Montgomery County farms will participate in the tour on Saturday, and nearly one half dozen will also participate on Sunday. Visit the Montgomery County Farm Tour webpage for the names, locations, activities and offerings of all participating farms. Jeremy Criss, Montgomery County Agricultural Sevices Manager organizes the farm tour and reports the tour will feature activities like tractor rides, pony rides, music, picnic areas and food booths.
Montgomery County’s annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale provides a wonderful opportunity for residents to purchase locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants and more and in the process meet the hardworking families who produce those goods. Many local families look forward to this annual event because they have built lasting relationships with community farmers over the years and in doing so they have become active participants in supporting our local food system,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett.
The farms scheduled to be open include:
- Butler’s Orchard – 22222 Davis Mill Rd., Germantown
- Button Farm – 16820 Black Roack Rd., Germantown (open Saturday only)
- Fox Hollow Farm – 21804 Woodfield Rd., Rt. 124, Gaithersburg (open Saturday only)
- Heyser Farms, Inc – 14526 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring
- Homestead Farm – 15604 Sugarloaf Rd., Poolesville
- King Farm Dairy Mooseum – 18028 Central Park Circle, South Germantown Recreational Park, Boyds (open Saturday only)
- Lewis Orchards – 18901 Peach Tree Rd., Dickenson
- Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary – 15200 Mt. Nebo Rd., Poolesville (open Saturday only)
- Red Wiggler Community Farm – 23400 Ridge Rd., Germantown (open Saturday only)
- Rock Hill Orchard – 28600 Ridge Rd., Mount Airy
- Rocklands Farm – 14525 montevideo Rd., Poolesville (open Saturday only)
- Star Gazing Farm – 16760 Whites Stone Rd., Boyds
- Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard – 18125 Comus Rd., Dickenson
Rock Hill Orchard in Mount Airy will be open both days and will offer pick-your-own flowers and berries, along with hayrides and a tour of their new robotic dairy.
I think people will enjoy learning about our cows and their individual milking preferences. We put in a robotic milking machine so that we could focus our attention on our cows. Our cows are always on pasture and some come in twice a day when they switch fields and others come up to be milked every six to eight hours. Just watching the variation between how each cow is milked by the robot is both educational and fun,” said John Fendrick, owner of Rock Hill Orchard.