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Important Weather Related Information for this weekend's Farm Tour

       If you are planning to attend the farm tour this weekend please take all precautions outlined below due to
       the excessive heat that is predicted.

       Heat exhaustion is a very serious health issue and we do not want anyone to be negatively impacted from
       attending the farm tour.

      Who is at risk from exposure to excessive heat?

     Those at greatest risk for heat-related illness include infants and children up to four years of age, people
     65 years of age and older, people who are overweight, and people who are ill or on certain medications.

     If you are not feeling well in the extreme heat please seek a shaded area or where there is Air Conditioning
     as soon as possible.

    You need to bring plenty of water to drink in order to stay hydrated.

    Call 911 for emergency assistance immediately and take steps to begin a cooling down process.
 
    For more information please follow the link below from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
 
    http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/faq.asp


 

Join us for the 2016 Farm Tour and Harvest Sale Saturday, July 23rd and Sunday, July 24th

Montgomery County celebrates its agricultural heritage by promoting local farms, and inviting our residents to indulge in seasonally fresh food during the 27th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest as well as throughout the entire growing season.

Many of the farms that participated in the annual farm tour are open throughout the growing season.
Please feel free to download this brochure as a guide to use to visit Montgomery County Farm's throughout the growing season.

Press Release Announcing the 27th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale (select the link)

Printing Options for the 2016
Farm Tour & Harvest Sale Brochure

Front panel of 2016 Farm Tour brochure (250 KB)

Listing of farms and descriptions  (250 KB)

2016 Farm Tour Map (250 KB)

Full 2016 Farm Tour Brochure (2.5 MB)

 

                     Google Map Farm Tour Farm Participant Locater

                                                      Sign up for Farm Tour announcements via email 

                                                     Create and account and check Office of Agriculture

Important Farm Tour Road Closing and Detour Information

If you are planning a visit to Butler's Orchard please be advised that Wildcat Road will be closed for storm drain and road culvert replacement.   Butler's Orchard is located at 22222 Davis Mill Road in Germantown.  Please see below the suggested route that will detour you around the Wildcat Road Construction Project.  This project will be ongoing and will not be completed for about 3 months.

 

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Farmers: Interested in participating in next year's Farm Tour?   Contact  Melissa Steed at 301-590-2810.

27th Annual Farm Tour Trading Card Contest.

Prizes to be Awarded to the top 5 Card Collectors

Click Here for the Details Concerning the Farm Tour Trading
  Contest Rules and Eligibity


About the 27 th Annual Montgomery County Farm Tour and Harvest Sale

Did you know that Montgomery County’s diverse agricultural industry produces more than $287 million dollars in economic contribution from farm products and operations?  When most people think about agriculture, Montgomery County does not immediately come to mind.                                                                              

They relate Montgomery County to being a leader in biotech and cyber security companies and home to over one million residents that live in highly developed communities like Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville and Silver Spring.  Most people do not know that agricultural activities occupy about one-third of the County’s land area. The majority of the farms in the County are family-run operations, which employ more than 10,000 residents. Did you know that 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? 

Montgomery County farms not only produce food but create an environment whereby the land remains a working landscape, providing jobs and other economic benefits. These same farms provide habitat for local flora and fauna as many of these farms contain natural undisturbed areas as well as other environmental benefits.  Having farms in close proximity to our developed areas creates the opportunity to provide direct marketing of agricultural products fresh from the farm to you! 

This was one of the guiding factors that lead to the creation of the Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale.  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.  This year’s Farm Tour marks its 27 th year and its popularity among farmers and residents continue to grow.   The Tour always occurs on the fourth Saturday and Sunday of the month of July. Mark your calendars now for this year’s Farm Tour which will be held on July 23 rd and 24 th.   It was important to have the tour occur at the same time of year when there is an abundance of agricultural products ready to go to market.

This year’s Farm Tour Brochure which consists of 21 participating farms will be available to download from our website within the next month at the following link: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/AgServices/agfarmtour.html.  Hard copies will be available at Montgomery County Public Libraries, Recreation Centers, and Regional Service Centers or through the Office of Agriculture. The Farm Tour & Harvest Sale is a self-guided tour that enables you to fully explore and experience the farms at your own pace, to learn about each operation, and to indulge in the best Montgomery County agriculture has to offer. 

To further enhance your preference of touring choices, we will be publishing articles highlighting each Farm Tour operation, detailing fun facts about the farms as well as some of their history and heritage.  One of our objectives is to help educate Montgomery County residents about agriculture, as well as where to go to get the best locally grown agricultural products and to promote this annual event.   We hope that you will be enticed to venture out and explore the diversity of the County’s agricultural operations not only on Farm Tour day but throughout the year as some farms offer fall festivals and other seasonal activities including Christmas tree sales.  Please check our website for the upcoming articles on each farm as well as updates and other printable materials as they become available.

We hope to see you on this year’s tour!


Participating Farms in the 27th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale

Please find below the links to the articles about this year's Farm Tour and Harvest Sale Participants.  Please check back regularly as each individual participating farm is spotlighed.

1.  Kingsbury's Orchard (NEW 5/19/2016)

2.  Lewis Orchards (NEW 5/20/2016)

3.  East Rivendell Farm (New 5/23/2016)

4.  Rock Hill Orchard (New 5/31/2016)

5.  Field and Fiddle Festival (New 6/6/2016)

6.  Red Wiggler Community Farm (New 6/6/2016)

7.  Butler's Orchard (New 6/6/2016)

8.  Hilton's Farm & Garden (New 6/15/2016)

9.   Waters Orchard (New 6/22/2016)

10.  King Barn Dairy MOOseum (New 6/22/2016)

11.  R. B Savage and Sons (New 6/22/2016)

12.  Madison Fields (New 6/22/2016)

13.  Star Gazing Farm (New 6/22/2016)

14.  Camp Olympia (New 6/22/2016)

15.  Chocolates and Tomatoes Farm (New 6/22/2016)

16. Rocklands Farm and Winery (New 7/1/2016)

17. Soleado Lavender Farm (New 7/1/2016)

18. Heysers Farm (New 7/14/2016)

19. Homestead Farm (New 7/14/2016)

20. The Button Farm Living History Center (New 7/14/2016)

21. Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary (New 7/14/2016

   

Buy Local Challenge - Our rural economy keeps growing.
Take the Buy Local Challenge

Visitors: Pick your own berries, apples, peaches and pumpkins, and come back in December for beautiful, locally grown Christmas trees.  

Click here for more information about the Buy Local Challenge

 

 

Pictures from 2014 Farm Tour and Harvest Sale

Pictures from Previous Farm Tours :

kids petting a turkey

girl on a pony being led by a man

Man fiddling

People on a trailer loaded with fruit

 

 

The Office of Agriculture · 18410 Muncaster Road · Derwood, Md 20855
Phone: 301-590-2823 · Fax: 301-590-2839

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