2023 Recap: Impactful Homegrown Frederick Blogs

year in review

As we close out 2023, we wanted to take a moment to revisit some of the stories that highlight the past, present and future excellence in Frederick County’s agriculture and craft beverage industries. Read on for a summary of some of the top Homegrown Frederick blogs!

Homegrown 2023 CoverOffice of Economic Development Celebrates 10 Years of Homegrown Frederick

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Homegrown Frederick publication, a partnership between the Frederick County Office of Economic Development and Frederick Magazine. The 2023 edition looks back on a decade of local agriculture stories and is both a marketing tool for farmers to promote their businesses as well as a resource to connect consumers to these local businesses. Learn more here and view the digital copy by visiting Homegrown Frederick 2023-2024 by Diversions Publications, Inc. – Issuu.

farm family2023 Frederick County Farm Family of the Year – Clyde C. Crum & Son, Inc.

We were honored to recognize the Crum Family as the 43rd Farm Family of the Year during the Ag Awards Presentation at the Great Frederick Fair. The family was recognized for their dedication to the land, their passion for agriculture, and their commitment to the wellbeing of our community. To hear their inspirational story, read the blog here. The blog announcing all award winners can be found here.

HopsFeBREWary Brews Produced with Native Hop to Frederick County

Exciting times ahead for Frederick County brewers and hop growers! Through grant-funded research, a hop discovered on Dr. Ray Edigar’s farm in Thurmont is found to be genetically unique to Maryland, a first of its kind. Milkhouse Brewery hosted a FeBREWary celebration of the native hop (named Monocacy by Dr. Edigar) which highlighted the successful research, and production and release of three beers brewed with the hop. Learn more about this potential game changer for the local craft beer industry here.

Farmers Coop Then and NowFarmers Cooperative Celebrates 100 Years

2023 signified the remarkable achievement for a staple in Frederick County’s agricultural business community. Farmers Cooperative Association, Inc. (FCA) celebrated an entire century in business! We had the pleasure of sitting down with General Manager, Richard O’Hara to learn more about the history and evolution of FCA throughout the years. Read more about this legacy business here.

KatieStevens Recognized by Maryland Economic Development Association

Proud moment our exceptional leader, Katie was announced as the 2024 Rising Star by the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA). Each year, this prestigious award recognizes an individual aged 40 or under for their significant contributions to economic development in Maryland. Katie’s proactive approach has broken down barriers, fostering the economic viability and growth of Frederick County’s agriculture and craft beverage businesses. Learn more here.

Stay tuned for the excitement 2024 will bring as the new Frederick County Office of Agriculture becomes established. The easiest way to follow along with us is on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

~Cheers from the Homegrown Frederick staff!