It’s one of the most common responses given by kids when asked, “Where does your food come from?” Without having walked on a farm or seen the process of growing food, young people can become disconnected from their food and the hard work that goes into feeding Americans every day.
Montgomery County farmers are hoping to build the connection between the farm and food, by hosting their 24th annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale, Saturday July 27 and 28th.
Thirteen farms are opening their doors to the public to have people come and see how the food they eat is grown or raised. Participants in the farm tour will see working farms, orchards, vineyards and an animal sanctuary, right in Montgomery County. There will be opportunities to explore farms, buy fruits and vegetables, pet animals, pick-your-own produce, and have fun with hayrides, games and crafts.
This event is also a celebration of Montgomery County’s agricultural heritage. Montgomery County has 561 farms and 350 horticultural enterprises and has the highest percentage of farmland under agricultural easement in the country.
Most of the farms are in northern Montgomery County near Poolesville, Barnesville, Dickerson, Boyds and Germantown. One farm is in Silver Spring. All thirteen farms will be open on Saturday and seven farms open on Sunday.
The Farm Tour and Harvest Sale is a great way to spend a weekend and educate the family that some of the best, and healthiest, food comes from farms right in Montgomery County’s backyard.