This year - local is the new normal, outside is the new inside and resilience is the new way- the Ag Reserve has offered resilience to our region in this crisis and this will continue into the colder months with unique gifts and recreation close by. And speaking of supporting local, may we humbly suggest your support your local farmland protection nonprofit? Giving Tuesday is December 1.
Find a park or trail or ride to opt outside to with your family here.
How to recreate safely in the pandemic.
Markets: Staying with the theme of outdoors - many year round markets operate in MoCo and have not just the best local food around but artisans making unique gifts - find a full list of farmers markets here.
MoCo Made: Many prepared foods and spirts are created all over MoCo. Of note, a low carb bread company owned by one of our Land Linked farmers.
Tiewyan Textiles is a small business inspired by beautiful fleeces from sheep raised on our farm in the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve. About 15 years ago I began to develop the skills of the ancient art of felting with wool. There is a rare beauty and elegant satisfaction in the process of creating from the materials at hand: from the flock to the art. My work in wool reflects, is inspired by and celebrates the textures and forms of the natural world around me. I create art to wear and for the home and table. Questions? Call Bev Thoms at 301-461-1287 or firstname.lastname@example.org My studio is open for the Countryside Artisans Holiday Gallery Tour: December 4, 5 & 6 10AM - 5PM and otherwise open by appointment.
Cozzi Family Farm is a Land Linked farm on 2 acres in Poolesville offering pasture raised eggs, baked goods and sustainable body care items of all sorts. See the Cozzi Family guest post for how the pandemic led them from eggs, to soap, to founding a Co-Op farmers market in Poolesville. Find their weekend market hours here.
Re's Bees & Happy Hens I sell raw honey, creamed honey and honey bars, as well as skin salve (one almost exclusively from MoCo ingredients because I use Lavender essence from at Soleado Lavender!), lip balms and bee wraps. You can find them at the Poolesville Farmers market by following on Facebook.
HoneyEffects Apiaries is a beekeeping & honey business located wholly within Montgomery County, Maryland's Agricultural Reserve. We offer delicious, pure local honey at $12 for a 1lb. glass jar of honey, along with squeezable 12oz. PETE squeezable honeybears at $12. We also have our own wax wraps at $15 per set of 3, which are a high-count cotton of wax impregnated cloths with Jojoba oil and Pine resin. The wraps are an alternative to plastic wraps, and are highly antimicrobial. We use them to wrap cheese, fruits, and vegetables. Also, honey flights, my signature, "Black & Tan" honey sets will be available soon. The flights and sets show the amazing diversity and bounty of the Agricultural Reserve. Contact email@example.com
Bread + Beauty Cookbook
Bread & Beauty, A Year in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve captures a real sense of place. Its recipes have been handed down and developed from the particulars of this place and its people. They are a legacy of family and labor, just as the Reserve