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Looking for Sod? Bullfrog Sod can help!

Allie Bennett

There’s a new sod farm in town!

Just over a year ago, following a dream, the Bennett and Killian families purchased the well-known Chuck Wade Sod Farm property in Adamstown. Today, the business is known as Bullfrog Sod. Recently we visited the farm and spent some time with owner/operator Allie Bennett to learn about the family and operation.

Allie, a native of New Jersey, spent many years living in New York City. However, this city girl always had the itch to move to the country and dreamt about raising her family on a farm. She and her husband, Andy, a local agricultural insurance agent, ended up moving down the road from Chuck Wade Sod Farm and always admired the property. When the property hit the market, the couple, along with Allie’s parents Steve and Suzanne Killian (who then lived in Herndon, VA) jumped on the opportunity. The two couples decided to go into business together and become sod farmers. “We are proud to uphold the farm’s long-standing tradition of close customer relationships, consistent communication and of course, top quality sod,” Allie says.

Did you know that not only can sod be harvested and laid in the winter, but it can also be beneficial to do so? What better time than the present to beat the spring landscaping rush and create a beautiful lawn now for holiday gatherings? Bullfrog Sod uses a mixed seed sod blend that is 90% Tall Fescue and 10% Kentucky Bluegrass. This cool-weather grass blend can withstand cold temperatures and simply goes dormant during the winter. Allie is proud to produce high-quality sod that is completely Maryland Certified! That means their products are produced under the supervision/inspection of the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Generally, certified products do not contain weeds and have a lower instance of insect and disease problems.

Bullfrog Sod is a true family affair with three generations involved. Allie loves living next to and working alongside her parents. She and Andy also love the opportunity to give their young boys (ages 3 and 1 ½) the experience of learning about and growing up in agriculture. The sole non-family employee, John, has become just like family, says Allie. He is their on-farm sod expert helping to keep the sod healthy year-round. Allie and her family are excited about this venture and appreciate the opportunity to serve the local community in their sod needs. Contact Allie directly at the information listed below to learn more about laying sod this winter. Be sure to visit their website to learn more about how to purchase from Bullfrog Sod and follow along with their Instagram and Facebook pages. (If you’ve never seen a sod cutter in action, make sure to check out their videos because that machine is incredible!) 

Sod cutter

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Allie Bennett
Chief Operating Officer
Bullfrog Sod, LLC
(301) 662-0736
allie@bfsod.com

As always, if you’re looking for a specific local farm product, head to our website where you can search for local ag and craft beverage products!

‘Tis the Season for Local Christmas Trees

Mayne's Tree Farm

The days are getting cool, frost is on the ground and snow is in sight. It’s time to start thinking about Christmas time. As stores prepare for Black Friday, Frederick County Christmas tree farms are getting prepped for the opening of the most magical season of the year!

Consider supporting local by visiting one of eight Frederick County farms that produce locally grown Christmas trees. Whether you seek a new adventure, want to continue a family tradition of selecting and sawing down the perfect tree or want the ease and convenience of purchasing one that is pre-cut, you don’t have to look very far to find the ideal fit for your home. Aside from cut-your-own trees, many of the farms offer pre-cut, ball and bundled trees, as well as fresh wreaths and décor. Decorating your house with a fresh-cut Christmas tree helps to support our local farms while filling your home with the smell of fresh pine and holiday spirit. Take a visit to one of the farms with your family and friends and enjoy a holiday season experience filled with hot apple cider and other holiday treats. Below is a list of the Frederick County farms opening its doors for the Christmas season:

Visit Homegrown Frederick to find more detailed information on each of the local tree farms. While you’re there, be sure to visit our find local products page to search for and learn where you can purchase all of your favorite local agricultural products for your holiday dinners and gifts this season.

November: Maryland Spirits Month

Stills

Did you know the month of November is Maryland Spirits Month? From a beautiful, picturesque visit to a farm distillery to some of Frederick City’s finest craft spirit establishments, Frederick County has a scene and/or craft spirit for you. You can find our listing for the eight distilleries that call the County home here.

Whether you want to gift local craft spirits, show them off at a gathering or share them among your holiday traditions, we are sure you can find something for all your holiday festivities right here in Frederick County. Keep reading to learn more about our local distilleries.

 

American Shochu Company

As the only shochu distillery in North America, Lynn and Taka Amano had a passion to bring awareness to Japanese culture through this spirit unique to Japan. They describe shochu as, “…an ultra smooth white whisky, softer and lighter.” They do not have a tasting room, at this time; however, their products can be found on their website and at local liquor stores.

Dragon Distillery

An ode to Dungeons and Dragons, sci-fi and the like, Dragon Distillery plays off its brand in all that they do. The uniqueness continues in the variety of spirits and canned cocktails they craft. Head to the distillery Thursday through Sunday and have your shot at axe throwing during your visit.

Fordham Lee

Best known for its aged bourbon cream-based liqueurs Cherry Charm, Blueberry Swirl and most recently Snickerdoodle, Fordham Lee has found its niche. Grab one or all of these from a local retailer or their online store as a treat to impress loved ones this holiday season!

McClintock Distilling Co.

As a tribute to the distillery’s namesake, locally renowned innovator McClintock Young, the foundation of McClintock Distilling is based on innovation, creativity and sustainability. The distillery has earned numerous awards for its high-quality spirits crafted from organic ingredients. Head over to the Back Bar and try one of their signature cocktails.

Puerto Rico Distillery

A father-daughter duo leads this veteran and woman-owned business that encompasses their Hispanic Heritage in all that they do. They specialize in Pitorro (also known as Puerto Rican moonshine), a clear distinctive flavored rum distilled from sugarcane byproducts. Visit their tasting room to try signature flavors blended by adding fresh or dried fruits and other flavors.

Rosie Cheeks Distillery

Frederick County’s newest distillery offers premium moonshine produced right there on their Iron Roses Farm in Walkersville. By visiting their on-farm tasting room, customers receive a unique experience with a lovely view and have the choice of seven signature flavors and a variety of seasonal flavors all made with locally sourced ingredients.

Springfield Manor Winery, Brewery and Distillery

The first on-farm distillery in the County, is named for the artisan springs and limestone terrain of the area. Picturesque mountains, woodlands and scenic vistas create gracefully refined and dignified spirits only a historic estate can offer. Visit this one stop shop for local wine, beer or spirits. Distinguished spirits are only available for purchase on-site.

Tenth Ward Distilling Company

Proud to be woman-owned, Tenth Ward specializes in a variety of year-round spirits and canned cocktails. The boss lady, the whiskey woman herself, Monica Pearce advocated for and helped paved the way for craft distilleries in Frederick County. Visit Tenth Ward’s Cocktail Lab to try a flight or hand-crafted cocktail and check out Whiskey Hall for your next event.

Puerto Rico Distillery: Built on Hispanic Heritage

Puerto Rico Distillery

As we wrap up National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), we are highlighting a business that encompasses Hispanic heritage in all that they do: Puerto Rico Distillery. October is also National Women’s Small Business Month, which is the perfect opportunity to highlight part-owner Crystal Rivera.

Just as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning, Crystal and her parents were opening Puerto Rico Distillery on Hughes Ford Road in Frederick. The heart of the business is rooted in Puerto Rican culture and tradition. The foundation of their distillery is Pitorro or Puerto Rican moonshine. This clear rum, distilled from sugar cane byproducts, has a distinctive flavor that differs from other rums many are accustomed to. Base Pitorros are then blended and flavored by adding fresh or dried fruits and other flavors. Flavoring blends soak anywhere from days to weeks, months, or even years (for those extremely patient distillers.)  Similar to the popularity of home brewing in the U.S., making and blending Pittoro is common in Puerto Rico. Culturally, Pitorro is enjoyed straight, sipping while socializing. Around holidays like Christmas, friends and family gather and share their blends (hoping to be the favorite!)

Prior to owning the distillery, Crystal worked for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart program. ProStart, which Crystal participated in as a student, is a high school culinary arts and restaurant management program. The experience and knowledge she gained from her time with ProStart prepared her to open her own business. Crystal Rivera Following Hurricane Maria, while living in Columbia, Maryland, Crystal and her parents’ dream to open a distillery true to their Puerto Rican roots began to blossom. While she loved her work with the non-profit, Crystal wanted something more for herself and to be more involved in her culture. While deciding on a location, they found themselves visiting Frederick often, loving the vibe and supportive community. They took a leap of faith, went with their gut, as Crystal said, and fortunately for us, chose Frederick as home!

“Everything Puerto Rico Distillery does is deliberate,” Crystal said.  Everything from their décor to the tank names help bring a slice of Puerto Rico to Frederick.  They stay true to their roots “Puerto Rican Born. Maryland Made” and are committed to sourcing products from both Puerto Rico and Maryland. They are passionate about staying true to their Hispanic heritage and being able to offer the Puerto Rican community this traditional spirit that many find nostaligic. Crystal is eager to educate the community about the culture and history of Pittoro.

Puerto Rico Distillery has made a valiant effort to give back through charitable donations. Tasting proceeds for the entire 2022 year have been devoted to La Goyco, specifically to La Casa de la Plena founded by their late dear friend Tito. La Goyco is a non-profit organization in Puerto Rico that supports artisans and traditions. They also operate a community center, provide refrigeration to the public for medications and necessities if they lose power, administer workshops and so much more.

Puerto Rico Distillery currently offers 10 flavors of their Clandestino Pitorro. The distillery’s permanent flavors include Traditional (a favorite and family recipe flavored with raisins, prunes and cranberries), Almond (using almond extract brown sugar and honey from the University of Maryland), Coconut, Pineapple and Coffee. Others available at this time include Coconut Chai (very popular, get yours while it lasts!), Kiwi, Passion Fruit and Tamarind. Visit Puerto Rico Distillery for products or check out other locations and ways to purchase on their website. Make sure to follow Puerto Rico Distillery’s Facebook and Instagram pages to keep up with their business!

For more ways to support local Hispanic-owned businesses and resources available to Hispanic entrepreneurs, visit the Frederick County Office of Economic Development’s blog on Hispanic Heritage month, linked here.

Today and every day we are thankful for the Hispanic heritage and culture in Frederick County’s vibrant community.

Andrew Toms: Top Young Ag Professional

Andrew Toms

Each year, the Frederick County Office of Economic Development (FCOED) partners with Frederick Magazine for Frederick’s Top 50 publication. The 2022 issue, released in January, features Frederick’s Top 50 Under 40. Homegrown Frederick wanted to take a similar approach and highlight the young entrepreneurs and leaders in the agriculture and craft beverage industries. The Homegrown Frederick magazine, released June 1, announces Frederick County’s Top Young Agricultural Professionals. Each week we will be highlighting these individuals so you can get to know them better.

Andrew Toms, 37, owner and operator of Monocacy Farms, Inc. is named one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Andrew is a fifth-generation dairy and crop farmer in Walkersville. His passion began as a child, helping on his family farm raking hay. At the age of 15, Andrew rented his first farm to raise heifers and began dairy farming three years later. Now, Monocacy Farms, Inc operates a 150-head dairy cow operation with 340 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and barley. Andrew continues to diversify the enterprise by bringing in other sources of revenue. Monocacy Farms provides custom farming and trucking services to others in the community and has also begun selling fresh produce and eggs. Andrew operates Monocacy Farms with his father and two other employees. He is active in the day-to-day operations including fieldwork, financial record keeping and general farmstead maintenance.

Andrew is involved with a number of community organizations. He currently serves on the Frederick County Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board and is a member of the Frederick County Farm Bureau. He has served on the Frederick County Agricultural Reconciliation Committee and was the ag member on the Business and Industry Cabinet. Recently, Andrew graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law with a Juris Doctorate. He is especially proud of this accomplishment and intends to provide legal services to the local ag community.

Andrew believes his greatest farming accomplishment is his perseverance in the industry. “It is tough to get started in agriculture because most young and/or beginning farmers do not have the capital and other resources. Farming can be difficult- economically, spiritually and mentally,” he says.

We are proud to honor Andrew as one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. The full list can be found here. It is safe to say the local agricultural industry has a bright future ahead with young leaders like him at the helm. Be sure to congratulate Andrew on this well-deserved accolade!

Allison Stewart: Top Young Ag Professional

Allison Stewart

Each year, the Frederick County Office of Economic Development (FCOED) partners with Frederick Magazine for Frederick’s Top 50 publication. The 2022 issue, released in January, features Frederick’s Top 50 Under 40. Homegrown Frederick wanted to take a similar approach and highlight the young entrepreneurs and leaders in the agriculture and craft beverage industries. The Homegrown Frederick magazine, released June 1, announces Frederick County’s Top Young Agricultural Professionals. Each week we will be highlighting these individuals so you can get to know them better.

Allison Stewart, 31, owner and operator of Deer Run Farm in Emmitsburg, is named one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Deer Run Farm is a Red Angus beef, Berkshire pork, and Heritage chicken operation that has been in the Stewart family since 1996. In 2014, Allison met Josh Stewart, her now husband, and began helping on the farm. She dove right into the family business introducing retail beef sales, establishing the chicken hatchery and expanding the operation to include pork sales. Allison recently helped Deer Run Farm secure funding for a no-till grain drill through the Frederick County Agricultural Innovation Grant. With the purchase of this drill, Deer Run Farm can be converted to a no-till operation to better protect and conserve the soil, the Chesapeake Bay and other natural resources. With this, they have also created an opportunity for other farmers to rent the drill and do the same.

Allison is extremely proud of the success of the chicken hatchery. Deer Run Farm is the only hatchery in the United States to regularly test and maintain a disease-free poultry operation. She has expanded the business over the past five years to include shipping hatching eggs, day-old chicks and started birds nationwide. Allison’s greatest business accomplishment is the growth of the hatchery. She has helped the hatchery expand from hatching 3,000 chicks in its first year, to over 10,000 chicks hatched in a year. She says, “Having grown our customer base to support that kind of growth has been humbling.”

Recently Allison was named one of the Top 10 Farmers on the Rise by Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit. She is an active board member of the Frederick Farmer’s Cooperative, secretary for the Mid-Atlantic Red Angus Association, and a member of numerous other regional and national organizations. She says her father has influenced her most in her work with his saying “No matter what you do, do it with all your heart.” She said, “It’s something I always consider no matter what I am doing because you never know who’s watching.”

We are proud to honor Allison as one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. The full list can be found here. It is safe to say the local agricultural industry has a bright future ahead with young leaders like her at the helm. Be sure to congratulate Allison on this well-deserved accolade!

The Great Frederick Fair 2022

Wineries Breweries Distilleries Showcase

Looking to check out the best in Frederick County Agriculture? Then you don’t want to miss out on the 2022 Great Frederick Fair, September 16-24. From prize winning livestock, food, education and rides the fair has it all.

Don’t miss the Homegrown Frederick Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries Showcase located in Building 13. The showcase brings together the best in Frederick County craft beverage products to taste and purchase.

Hours:

  • First Friday 5PM–10pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 12PM–10pm
  • Monday–Friday 2PM–10pm

Participants:

  • Dragon Distillery
  • Fordham Lee Distillery
  • Idiom Brewing Co
  • Linganore Winecellars
  • McClintock Distilling
  • Monocacy Brewing Co/Brewers Alley
  • Olde Mother Brewing
  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery
  • Puerto Rico Distillery
  • Rosie Cheeks Distillery
  • Smoketown Brewing Station
  • Tenth Ward Distilling Company

Meet local farmers and learn about their businesses and the products they sell at the Taste of Homegrown Frederick Booth in the City Streets Country Roads (Building 44).

Participants:

  • Sunday, Sept. 18 3-5pm- South Mountain Creamery
  • Monday, Sept. 19 6-8 pm- Valley Homemade and Homegrown
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 6-8pm- Chestnut Hill Farm and Market
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21 6-8 pm- Clark Family Farms Fiber
  • Thursday, Sept. 22 6-8pm- Moo Cow Creamery
  • Friday, Sept. 23 6-8pm- Fox Haven Farm
  • Saturday, Sept. 24 3-5pm- Lilypons Water Gardens

On Friday September 16 at 7PM, help us recognize local farmers for their outstanding achievements in agriculture at the Agricultural Awards Ceremony.  Awards will be given to Farm Family, Agri-Business, Ag-Advocate and Young Farmer of the Year and Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professional​s.  The ceremony will take place in Bldg. 32 – South Mt. Creamery Large Arena.

Kate Sowers: Top Young Ag Professional

Kate Sowers

Each year, the Frederick County Office of Economic Development (FCOED) partners with Frederick Magazine for Frederick’s Top 50 publication. The 2022 issue, released in January, features Frederick’s Top 50 Under 40. Homegrown Frederick wanted to take a similar approach and highlight the young entrepreneurs and leaders in the agriculture and craft beverage industries. The Homegrown Frederick magazine, released June 1, announces Frederick County’s Top Young Agricultural Professionals. Each week we will be highlighting these individuals so you can get to know them better.

Kate Sowers, 37, is a part owner of South Mountain Creamery and is named one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Her experience in agriculture began at a young age in her local 4-H program. She was involved in a number of 4-H projects where her love for the industry began. In 2003, she married Ben Sowers, son of South Mountain Creamery founders, Randy and Karen Sowers. Since joining the family, Kate has continued to expand her involvement in the business. Now, as a part owner, Kate is responsible for managing the chicken house as well as bookkeeping for the enterprise. Aside from that, she is a mother of four and can often be found on the farm lending a hand to the staff wherever needed.

South Mountain Creamery is a diversified dairy farm operation that became the first on-farm dairy processing facility in the state of Maryland and today is one of the most recognized farms in the DMV, delivering products to approximately 10,000 customers. Kate owns the business with her husband, Ben, and Ben’s sister Abby Brusco and her husband Tony. They currently operate 3000 acres of cropland, milk approximately 500 Holstein and Jersey dairy cows, raise a herd of 150 head of beef cattle and a flock of 17,000 laying hens. South Mountain Creamery has two processing facilities, one on the home farm in Middletown, the other in Chambersburg, PA and a Downtown Frederick Ice Cream and newly added Pizza shop! Between all locations, South Mountain Creamery employs roughly 165 individuals.

Kate signifies South Mountain Creamery’s greatest business accomplishment as a successful purchase and transition from the previous generation to the next. She is also extremely proud of the expansions they have been able to accomplish under their ownership including the purchase of Trickling Springs Creamery, their processing facility in Chambersburg. Recently, during an awards ceremony at The Great Frederick Fair, Kate and her husband were recognized as Frederick County’s 2022 Young Farmers of the Year. The pair also received national recognition by being honored with the 2019 National Outstanding Young Farmer award given to those young farmers with outstanding achievements in agriculture and community involvement. Kate and her husband are active members of the community. Each year Kate donates to the Patty Pollatos Fund which raises money for local cancer victims. During Thanksgiving, she and her husband donate turkeys to the local elementary schools where they are then given to needy families.

The trait Kate most attributes to their success is, “Our willingness to push the envelope. If we don’t try, we’ll never know what we could do.” In her approach to work, she has been most influenced by her husband and mother. “They both work hard and do the job 110%,” she said.

We are proud to honor Kate as one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. The full list can be found here. It is safe to say the local agricultural industry has a bright future ahead with young leaders like her at the helm. Be sure to congratulate Kate on this well-deserved accolade!

Emily Snyder: Top Young Ag Professional

Emily Snyder

Each year, the Frederick County Office of Economic Development (FCOED) partners with Frederick Magazine for Frederick’s Top 50 publication. The 2022 issue, released in January, features Frederick’s Top 50 Under 40. Homegrown Frederick wanted to take a similar approach and highlight the young entrepreneurs and leaders in the agriculture and craft beverage industries. The Homegrown Frederick magazine, released June 1, announces Frederick County’s Top Young Agricultural Professionals. Each week we will be highlighting these individuals so you can get to know them better.

Emily Snyder, 30, is part of Rocky Point Creamery and a Relationship Manager for Farm Credit Express. She is named one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Emily grew up with horses and in her local 4-H program. In high school, she bought her own beef cows which ignited her love for cattle. Later she began a retail beef business on her own. The herd was housed on a dairy operation and there she acquired some dairy cattle and a passion for the industry.

Today, at Rocky Point Creamery, Emily and her husband, Chuck, milk 100 cows robotically to create over 120 flavors of ice cream and farm about 600 acres of cropland. Emily enjoys helping in barns and caring for the cows and calves. At the creamery, she helps with product development, social media, customer relations, payroll and more. With her position at Farm Credit Express, Emily serves farm equipment dealerships in the MidAtlantic region.

Emily currently serves on the Frederick County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and the University of Maryland Alumni Board and is an active member of the Rotary Club and a proud member of the American Society of Agronomy. She enjoys supporting the development of youth in agriculture by helping with 4-H and FFA events throughout the year. Each year, Rocky Point Creamery holds a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital where 100% of the proceeds from their sunflower patch donations go to this amazing organization.

Emily says she started farming because of her love for animals and the outdoors and attributes her success to her hard work. She says, “You don’t have to be the smartest or strongest. Just put your head down and work…you’ll get ahead.” Emily says she is fortunate to have been surrounded by wonderful people her entire life. “I have to say, being a part of the agricultural community has shown me some of the smartest, toughest, most successful people I’ve ever come across. A lot of our farmers are self-made or have taken an operation that was making ends meet and made a wildly successful enterprise. Being privy to their minds has given me bits and pieces to meld together to make my own successes,” she says.

We are proud to honor Emily as one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. The full list can be found here. It is safe to say the local agricultural industry has a bright future ahead with young leaders like her at the helm. Be sure to congratulate Emily on this well-deserved accolade!

Katlyn Robertson: Top Young Ag Professional

Katlyn Robertson

Each year, the Frederick County Office of Economic Development (FCOED) partners with Frederick Magazine for Frederick’s Top 50 publication. The 2022 issue, released in January, features Frederick’s Top 50 Under 40. Homegrown Frederick wanted to take a similar approach and highlight the young entrepreneurs and leaders in the agriculture and craft beverage industries. The Homegrown Frederick magazine, released June 1, announces Frederick County’s Top Young Agricultural Professionals. Each week we will be highlighting these individuals so you can get to know them better.

Katlyn Robertson, 25, is the Field Supervisor for Catoctin Mountain Orchard (CMO) and named as one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. She is the fourth generation to be actively involved in the family operation comprising 100 acres of mixed fruits, berries and vegetables and a retail farm market located directly off Route 15 in Thurmont. Growing up on the farm alongside her grandfather and inspiration, Robert “Bob” Black, and learning how to farm at a young age prepared Katlyn for the responsibilities she now has. “Katlyn has been involved with the family business ever since she could walk. She was my right hand then and now, going to orchard tours, meeting new farmers and making a name for herself,” said Bob. Katlyn expressed gratitude for the opportunities she has been given and the knowledge passed on to her, especially from her grandfather. She is passionate and dedicated to continuing the family legacy and name and providing consumers with the best local, tasting fruits.

Katlyn wears many hats at CMO. She manages the highly successful u-pick blueberry, black raspberry, cherry and apple operations on the farm. Katlyn is responsible for bringing u-pick apples to CMO. Fall has always been the busiest time of the year, and Katlyn thought “what better way to bring in more customers than u-pick apples?” After research, visiting other pick-your-own-apple orchards and developing a business plan, Katlyn was approved to move forward and began operations in 2014. This piece of the operation has increased sales while bringing new customers to the farm. To this day, she signifies the u-pick apples as her greatest farm business accomplishment. Katlyn can also be found helping with field work, assisting customers and ensuring proper food safety within the business.

Katlyn is committed to advocating for agriculture in Frederick County and giving back to the community. CMO partners with Farm to School Frederick to supply fruits to the Frederick County Public Schools lunch program. Katlyn is passionate about and eager to teach children the importance of farms in our everyday lives. Every week from July to November, Katlyn sets up a small farmstand to sell produce at Homewood Retirement Center. Providing this service is one of her favorites because she is helping those who may not have the ability to go to the grocery store. She is an active board member for the Frederick County Farm Bureau and the Vice Chair for Frederick County Young Farmers. She also serves as the Vice Chairman for the State Horticultural Association of PA Young Growers Alliance and is a member of the International Fruit Trees Association where she was a recipient of the young professional scholarship in 2020.

Katlyn is an exemplary young woman in Frederick County’s agricultural community, and we are proud to honor her as one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. The full list can be found here. It is safe to say the local agricultural industry has a bright future ahead with young leaders like her at the helm. Be sure to congratulate Katlyn on this well-deserved accolade!