Ag Legacy Businesses

History runs deep in Frederick County Agriculture, with family farms passed down from generation to generation. We are happy to honor just a few of the countless long standing agriculture businesses this week.

One of the oldest Agriculture Businesses in Frederick is Scenic View Orchards, what began in 1860 as a hay in grain operation has changed drastically over the last seven generations to one of the largest fruit and vegetables growers in Frederick County today. Today three generations are working together to manage a roadside market, wholesale markets and farmer’s markets in Frederick, Montgomery and Washington County.

H.C. Summers has been a staple in Jefferson for 113 years, it began as a means to serve the agriculture community in Jefferson they sold Oliver Machinery along with feed, fertilizer and seeds. In 1979 the fourth generation took over the family business; brothers Michael, Tom, Mark and Jim Summers still run the business today. The fifth generation of this family are also involved in this agribusiness.

Berrywine Plantations and Linganore Winecellars is nestled among 230 acres of spectacular rolling hills in Frederick County. In the fall of 1971, Jack and Lucille Aellen gave their newly acquired former dairy farm the name Berrywine Plantations.  By spring the children were helping plant the 1st three-acre vineyard. With increasing interest in regional wines, Jack’s petition to the Federal Government to award Linganore as Maryland’s 1st Viticulture Area was granted in 1983.  Today two generations work together to ensure the success of Maryland’s largest and oldest winery.

Hillside Turkey Farm began on a whim in 1939, as a way to sell a few turkeys at Thanksgiving time. After a few years, the family transitioned their family farm from Beef and Dairy to Turkeys full time. Today the full time farm also operates a USDA inspected plant and retail store in Thurmont. Today the third and fourth generation operate Hillside Turkey Farms selling products to many third-generation customers.

House in the Woods Farm began in 2000 as a farm offering  Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) as a way to farm without sitting at a market all day.  Today, the CSA has continued to grow, and House in the Woods also offers farming classes and a yearly seedling sale.

Stadler Nurseries has been growing plants and providing landscaping for three generations. Paul Stadler, a Swiss immigrant, started the business in 1932. Today the garden center has three locations, and offers one of the largest and most diverse plant selections. The Frederick location opened in 1991 and is committed to providing plants of the highest quality products.

Farm and Home Service in Brunswick began in 1926 as Brunswick Cooperative Association owned by local farmers but a franchise of Southern States. Providing the farm community with feed, seed, fertilizer and other farm supplies. Today Farm and Home Service is part of a larger group based out of Sykesville.

Brookfield Pumpkins has been in the Ramsburg and Roop Families for over 100 years, with the sixth generation assisting on the farm today. In 1996, Sam and Mary Jane Roop wanted to begin a family project with their three small children and the profits saved for their college education and Brookfield Pumpkins was born. What started a just a one acre of pumpkins has grown tremendously to include a large pumpkin patch and a corn maze for a cause.

Winterbrook Farms was started by the Lawyer family in 1918. Serving as a turkey and crop farm for many years, they started the areas first corn maze in 2000. This 4th generation family farm is known for its fall agritourism operation, consisting of Maryland’s largest corn maze and over 10 acres of pumpkins.

Family farms are a true legacy of Frederick County, we are lucky that these businesses call Frederick County home.