Farm Focused Fun For Kids This Weekend

26 Jul
July 26, 2013

Washington, D.C. is one of the best cities in the country right now for the local food movement. Not only does this area have chefs that are dedicated to buying products from as close as possible, there are farms all over Virginia and Maryland that are capable of providing top-notch produce and meats.

The local food movement is one with staying power. Not only is it good for the environment, it’s good eating. Local tastes fresher. And as all good dining habits start at the home, it’s never too early to teach your children about the benefits of eating local

That makes this weekend the perfect opportunity to show children how to do so, with many local farms opening their barn doors for family-centric and farm-fresh fun.

 

In Chantilly, Virginia, Ticonderoga Farms is hosting a festival dedicated to the quintessential summer treat, watermelon. Ticonderoga Farms is an over 1,000 acre farm with year-round attractions. They are known for throwing big season-themed festivals, from the Spring Easter Festival to the Fall Pumpkin Festival. But in this hot season, there’s nothing like cooling off with a big, juicy slice of watermelon.

Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is Melon Out, where everyone who shows up gets a free slice, and eating and other watermelon-related contests are held. Also for children will be the farm’s numerous standard attractions, such as hay rides, cow pulls, moon bounces and slides.

While Ticonderoga Farms promises fun, a whole different area event will provide both excellent food and awesome educational opportunities. This weekend, in Montgomery County, Maryland, one of the area’s biggest celebrations of agriculture takes place. It’s the 24th Annual Farm Tour & Harvest Sale and it’s never been bigger.

The Farm Tour and Harvest Sale is the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce’s way of showcasing just how large Montgomery County’s agriculture program is. There are 561 farms within the county limits and combined they contribute almost $250 million to the local economy.

 

 

On both Saturday and Sunday, 13 farms in Montgomery County will be open for visitors, from Butler’s Orchard in Germantown to Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard in Dickerson to the King Barn Dairy Mooseum in Boyds.

The farms available to visit are designed to showcase the diverse nature of Montgomery’s agriculture. Some farms will have homegrown melons for sale, while others will have grass-fed beef and freshly laid eggs.

Each of the farms will have plenty of ways to keep children entertained, from pony rides to demonstrations of farm life kids can partake in. And if they head to the King Barn Dairy Mooseum, they’ll have the chance to milk an actual cow. Or they can go to Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary, along the Potomac River, where kids will be able to meet horses, turkeys and goats.

With all the area’s farms being so inviting this weekend, now is the perfect time to teach kids of all ages about Virginia and Maryland’s local agriculture.

All images courtesy of Ticonderoga Farms

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