Farm Family of the Year

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development and Agriculture Business Council, in conjunction with the Great Frederick Fair and the Ag Education PR Commitee, awards one Frederick County farm annually as the Farm Family of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding agricultural achievement in proficiency of production, agricultural/civic oranizational involvement, conservation and preservation of soil, water and energy. 

The contest is open to all family farms in Frederick County regardless of production as long as farms have been in operation for at least five years. Past applications are encouraged to reapply for this award. The application can be found here: Farm Family of the Year Application

2016 Winner: Robert Valentine Family – Vales-Pride Farm, Emmitsburg, MD 







2015 Winner: Mehrl Mayne Family – Mayne’s Farm, Buckeystown, MD












2014 Winner: The Jim Stup Family, Teabow Farms, Walkersville, MD

2013 Winner: The Eddie O’Hara Family, Hara-Vale Dairy Farm, Frederick, MD

2012 Winner: The Paul Doody Family, Tulip-Pond Farm, Union Bridge, MD

2011 Winner: The Mike Wilcom Family, Monrovia, MD

2010 Winner: The Trego Zimmerman Family, Auburn Farms, Walkersville, MD

2009 Winner: The Harshman Family, New Market, MD

2008 Winner: The Jack Aellen Family, Berrywine Plantations & Linganore Winecellars, Mount Airy, MD

2007 Winner: The Hawker Family, Walnut Ridge, Middletown, MD

2006 Winner: The Harry Black Family, Catoctin Mountain Orchard, Thurmont, MD

2005 Winner: The Mike & Lisa Gaver Family, Gaver Farm. Mount Airy, MD

2004 Winner: The Jesse & Catherine Burall Family, Monrovia, MD

2003 Winner: Anthony & Alice Wilcom, Glade Creek Farms, Walkersville, MD

2002 Winner: Garnett & Joann Wisner, Gentle Winds, Walkersville, MD

2001 Winner: Michael & Cathy Strite, Gentle-Brook Farm, Jefferson, MD