I recently had the chance to spend a whole day with four DC Food Blogger friends and visit three farms in Montgomery County. The day trip was organized by GM Northeast, and they also gave each of us a one week car loan. Above, you can see Olga, Stacey, Sylvie, and Ashley, in Sylvie’s convertible Chevy Camaro!
I got to test drive the Chevy Sonic Hatchback. The Sonic is a dream to drive, compact enough to park anywhere in the city, and this one came in crystal red giving the car a gorgeous metallic finish. The finish is so amazing that I wish there was a nail polish to match. (Thanks to Olga for the photo!)
Our first stop was Rock Hill Orchard. Here we picked strawberries, blackberries, herbs, and flowers.
Out of all the herbs they have, I first gravitated towards the fragrant basil:
This was my first time picking strawberries. These were small, and plump, and incredibly flavorful.
We sampled peach ice cream with fresh peaches. A nice refreshing treat on a hot and humid day.
This is my basket, with everything I picked.
Next stop was Button Farm. Here, historian Antony Cohen gave us a tour of the farm, and recounted his journey retracing the route of the Underground Railroad from Maryland to Canada.
At Button Farm we got a chance to hang out with their friendly chickens.
Our final stop was Butler’s Orchard. I love Butler’s Orchards for their pick your own sour cherry trees, and the drive to the farm is lovely.
Tyler Butler, grandson of the farm owner, gave us a tour. Here he is showing us freshly dug purple potatoes.
Then we stopped at the raspberry bushes to sample some ripe berries.
We were treated to grilled peaches glazed with raspberry preserves and ice cream. Delicious!
At the end, we even took turns on the slide (Thanks to Stacey for taking my photo!):
Butler’s Orchard sent us home with a basket of fresh produce that included heirloom tomatoes, squash, peppers, and big plump black berries. We packed up all of our goodies in the trunk of the Sonic and headed home with a lot of fresh local produce!
Disclosure: The farm trip was organized and sponsored by GM Northeast. I received a one week car loan from GM Northeast. Butler’s Orchard gifted us a basket of produce. I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are my own.