Montgomery County will celebrate 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.
Many of the farms that participated in this year's 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.
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.
Visitors: Pick your own berries, apples, peaches and pumpkins, and come back in December for beautiful, locally grown Christmas trees.
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