BW farms, artisans featured on annual Ag + Art tour

Gregory Brown of Greenleaf Farms sold his garden fresh produce at Doko Farm on Cedar Creek Road. | Photos: Barbara Ball

BLYTHEWOOD – Three Blythewood farms offering their own produce and featuring a number of artisans participated in an 11-county Ag + Art Tour last weekend, opening their front gates to hundreds of visitors Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors loaded up their cars with farm produced eggs, fresh flowers and vegetables, artwork and took fun photos of their children posing with barnyard animals. Musicians performed at some of the farms on back-to-back sunny days.

Many told the farm owners they would be back, using the tour as a year-long guide to find locally grown food and handmade artisan treasures.

The Purple Tuteur Farm on Langford Road, which grows and sells a wide variety of garden flowers to local florists as well as to the public, featured not only its blooming gardens, but several vendors – May Vokaty’s Molly Creek Soaps; Sculptor Ellen Emerson Yaghjian’s hammered copper artwork, and others.

Doko Farm on Cedar Creek Road offered a virtual petting zoo as well as a vendor from Elgin selling shabby-chic cottage furnishings, a gardener selling his potatoes, flowers, and round green squash and graphic de signer  Caroline McKay’s note cards, some of which were designed from the farm setting, and a specially designed Father’s Day card.

Fabel Farm on Hinnants Store Road featured not only the farm’s own vegetables but several vendors including Kevin Cullis’ demonstration of turning a block of cedar into a charming potpourri pot topped with an intricately carved silver lid.

For those families who toured Blythewood’s Ag + Art farms, it was a weekend in the country they will remember.

Master Gardner Linda Bradley, owner of Purple Tuteur Farm, conducts a garden tour on Sunday.
Paula Green, left, and her pup, Sebastian Wolfington, shop May Vokaty’s Molly Creek soaps at the Purple Tuteur Farm on Langford Road.

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