July 25, 2010

Montgomery farm's open for visitors this weekend

Welmoed Sisson delicately wrapped strands of fragrant lavender between ribbon under the shade of a white tent at Star Gazing Farm on Saturday morning. The bound bushels, called "lavender wands" were on their way to the Boyds animal sanctuary's gift shop, she said. It was all preparation for Montgomery County's 2010 Farm Tour and Harvest Sale. Fourteen farms were open to visitors on Saturday, and 10 farms are participating Sunday. The tour aims to celebrate the county's agricultural heritage. There are 561 farms and 350 horticultural enterprises in the county.

Spring and Peter Swineheart of Boyds stopped by Star Gazing on Saturday.

"I think it's great to bring awareness to the Agricultural Reserve and what there is to offer," Spring Swinehart said. The couple had just finished a tour of the sanctuary's housing area, where they scooted around billy goat horns and got up close to a llama.

Germantown brothers Christian, 5, and Steven, 7, hovered near Oscar the barn cat. Christian said "seeing kitties" was his favorite part of the tour. Jody and Steve Hursh brought their grandchildren to Star Gazing early Saturday afternoon. They had stopped at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, also part of the tour, where Steve was left with a "souvenir" of dried pig mud on his pant leg.

Jody Hursh said Star Gazing would be the group's last stop.

"We're going to be wilted after this," she said, partially hidden from the sun's glare by a tree. SOURCE: Gazette

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