Maybe you purchased the pumpkin that’s still on your doorstep or in your windowsill from a local farm. Hundreds of people flock to Maryland farms for pumpkins, hay rides, corn mazes…and soon enough some people may be heading to a tree farm to pick out a Christmas tree. These activities are all part of what’s known as ‘agritourism.' We wanted to take a few moments this morning to learn more about Maryland’s agricultural tourism industry. Mark Powell, Chief of Marketing and Agricultural Development for the Maryland Department of Agriculture joins Sheilah in the studio.
We also spoke with Teresa Moore, executive director of the Valleys Planning Council, which focuses on land use and preservation. VPC had some concerns about Third District Councilman Todd Huff, whose initial legislation aimed at expanding agri-tourism opportunities in Baltimore County, but Moore said that the Planning Council is supportive of “ag-related” tourism.
You can see a list of pumpkin patches in the state here.