Colorful, Sustainable, Delicious 

We are a Middletown, MD vegetable farm serving our neighbors and community. We nurture colorful, delicious fruit, herbs, and vegetables using sustainable practices. 

Sustainable Practices

We spent 2019 preparing the soil and getting the farm ready to be a good partner with mother nature. When we say "sustainable practices," we mean that we DON'T use chemicals to kill bugs or weeds. We DO use "good" plants and bugs to keep the "bad" plants and bugs away. We also use flowers to help bring in "good" bugs. 

  • How do we keep our plants safe from pests that might eat them? There are three ways that we protect the plants from pests. First, we look at the plants regularly to spot problem insects quickly. Second, if we find pests we smoosh them with our fingers or we bring in good insects that eat the bad ones. Did you know that ladybugs eat bad bugs? Third, we grow some plants underneath a fabric called row cover. Row cover lets in the light and the water but protects against the bugs. 
  • How do we handle weeds? You might drive by or stop at the farm and think it is covered by weeds. Most of what you see we planted on purpose. Clover, buckwheat, winter peas, and winter wheat might look like weeds. The buckwheat and winter wheat especially get really talll. But all of that is on purpose. They help us to keep away real weeds that would choke the crops and they return important nutrients to the soil. 
  • How do flowers help? The vegetable plants need bees and butterflies to help the vegetables grow. When you see vegetable plants where the flowers turn into the vegetables, they need their flowers to get pollinated. Bees and butterflies do that by landing on multiple flowers. But, the vegetable flowers are not usualy enough to bring the bees and butterflies to the yard. That's why you see the whole front part of our yard covered in flowers and some side parts of our yard that way too. These are called pollinator habitats. 

We Launched Our On Farm Market in 2020

We launched our on farm market for our fisrt Middletown season in June 2020. We set up tents at the end of the driveway and put the veggies out on tables and in bins. Between June and November, we grew and sold all kinds of diferent vegetables such as all types of lettuces, spinach, kale, chard, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, cucumbers, zuchinni, yellow squash, patti pan squash, beets, carrots, onions, green onions, leeks, garlic, eggplant, peppers (sweet, mild, hot -- lots of varieties), corn, cantelope, watermelon, pumpkins, butternut squash, acorn squash, koginut squash, lots of herbs (basil, rosemary, parsely, cilantro, dill), and of course TOMATOES (all types of heirlooms - red, yellow, orange, purple). If you came to the market, you know we sometimes had fruit (apples, figs, peaches) and mushrooms from farmer friends. 

We also sold our veggies through Maryland Harvest and Frederick Fresh On-line Markets. Frederick County Public Schools bought a few items from us. And, we continued to work with Manna (a nonprofit in Montgomery County that provides food to the hungry -- we delivered to them about 12500 pounds of food. 

2021 On-Farm Market

Our on-farm market was open every Saturday, May 8-September 11, 9:00am-1:00pm. This year we added strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries -- all grown right here. We partnered with Into the Woods Farms to bring you farm fresh eggs. 

We also have been offering an on-line Market (last order date this year is December 8 for a December 11 pickup). You order and pay online and we have your bag ready for a Saturday pickup here at the farm. Just click on SHOP to see what it is all about. 

2022 On-Line and On-Farm Market

 

April: Look for Easter and Other Chocolates on-line starting April 4. 

May-September: FIRST MARKET DAY IN 2022 - SATURDAY, MAY 7. Look for the Red and White tents and loads of variety for the on-farm market: veggies, fruits, honey, jams, eggs, and of course chocolates.