Montgomery County brings back annual farm tour after two year hiatus

GERMANTOWN, MD OCT 03: A field of sunflowers at Butler’s Orchard farm make for a serene backdrop as seen from the cab of a restored 1948 Chevy pick-up truck. The truck is sort of the mascot for the farm and visitors are welcome to take a photo with the truck and one can also choose a sunflower, cut it and take it home for a fee of 50 cents. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

From beers to beets, to hay rides and fruit picking, the annual Montgomery County Farm Tour is back this weekend!

Beyond the tall buildings in some of Montgomery County’s busiest cities is a vast agricultural community that farmers call “up county.” 

So to give visitors a look at what the “up county” farm experience is like, the county relaunched its Annual Farm Tour & Harvest Sale event. The self driving tour event will be held Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 at various participating farms.

“What’s great about the tour is that it provides opportunities for the families to have an experience on the farm and be out meeting the farmer and understanding the importance of not only agriculture in the county but the agricultural reserve,” Jeremy Criss from the Montgomery County Office of Agriculture tells FOX 5.

The self-driving farm tour had to be put on hold for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Now that the tour has resumed, Criss says visitors will have a chance to take part in activities like hay rides, pony rides, farm-animal petting and fresh from the field produce.

But besides all the fun, the weekend long event is also focusing on celebrating

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