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Butler's Orchard

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. “We combine agriculture and Ag-tourism activities to offer our customers a unique agricultural experience that can’t
be found anywhere else in the County” Tyler Butler explains.

The Orchard initially consisted of 25 acres of peaches that were marketed to local stores and food markets. As their family grew, so did
the business.  Today 2nd and 3rd generations of Butlers’ run the 300+ acre farming operation.  The Orchard produces a wide assortment
of agricultural products that include both fruits and vegetables that customers may purchase at the on-farm market or for a “down on
the farm” experience, customers may choose to pick-your-own. Some of the products the Orchard specializes in growing are blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, black raspberries, tart cherries, as well as peas, potatoes, and tomatoes.  The Orchard also grows
pumpkins that are perfect for cooking or for a festive fall seasonal display.  

Farming is more than a job for the Butler family; it’s an important way of life.  “It’s rewarding” says Tyler “there is nothing like being
able to work your families land, producing healthy food for our customers to enjoy”   The Butler family is very passionate about
farming and acknowledge that farming can teach you a lot about life.  “Farming has taught me more patience because Mother Nature
does what she wants to do and you have to be flexible and adapt to change” explains Tyler.

  Tyler remarked that his greatest influence in wanting to be a farmer came from working alongside his grandfather and father.  “I
grew up around farming and like my brother and sister; I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I grew up”.  According to Tyler,
farming provides the pathway to form solid relationships with the community, it’s also about family, but most importantly it enabled
him to follow in his father’s footsteps to create memories that will secure his family’s farming legacy.

Whether on Farm Tour weekend or throughout the growing season Butler’s Orchard offers a variety of activities on the farm.  On
Farm Tour weekend they will have activities for the entire family that include veggie races, peddle tractors, 4-H demonstrations, a
wagon tour of the farm and farm animals.  During the spring, the Orchard hosts blossom tours and will have their beekeepers on site
to talk about the important role bee’s play in pollination.  During the fall weekends the Orchard hosts their fall festival along with
seasonal products and on-farm activities.  The Orchard can be reserved for birthday parties and other special events! The Orchard
is typically opened from April to December.  Please visit their website at http://www.butlersorchard.com/ for specific dates of product availability and for on-farm events and activities.  “There is always something going on here at the Orchard” says Tyler “We hope
you choose to visit us during the Farm Tour weekend, and allow us to provide you some of the best in locally grown fruits and
vegetables while enjoying all our farm has to offer”

If you want to learn more about Butler's Orchard, please visit their website which is http://www.butlersorchard.com/

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