A wise local farmer, Ilene Freedman of House in the Woods farm in Adamstown once said something I'd never thought of before. In Maryland, she said, you actually can't harvest the lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes for a salad all at the same time. That perfectly describes where we are in the seasonal eating calendar- wiping the last of the strawberries from one's chin in preparation for more and more produce to ripen. As Amanda Cather of Plow and Stars Farm said in their always excellent newsletter "This is the time of year when you can almost see and hear things growing."
Blueberries: Pick -our-Owns are open and this "superfood" freezes very well. A few places to pick (call in advance): Butler's Orchard, Blueberry Gardens, Farm at Home, Homestead Farm.
The Orchards are open! Kingsbury's Orchard is open for the season. This 5th generation orchard is famous for peaches - including one of their own cultivars- Kingsbury's Pride. Lewis Orchard is also open just up both are on Peachtree Road - you can hit both and make the most amazing fruit salad EVER! Homestead and Butlers are linked above.
Local Produce is available all over the county at your local farmers market. Find your closest market here.
Our friends at Rock Hill Orchard in Mt. Airy are the only MoCo stop on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail. They have a fascinating and innovative voluntary robotic milking system that you can see along with pick your own opportunities. Taste their ice cream there on the farm or come on out to Field & Film: Babe on a Barn on July 20th to grab a cone and a film.
The Montgomery County Farm Tour is July 27-28 - farms will be open to the public and offer special programs.
Get Yer Veggies:
Cucumbers are coming in slowly - we heard recently that cucumber water not only makes you feel fancy like a spa, its also very good for you.
Most people wait patiently for tomato season which is not here just yet, but it is not too early to share the tomato name generator. What sort of hierloom tomato would you be? "Fiery Traveler"?- I'll take it.