2012 ROUTES (Check back soon for 2013 details!)
All routes begin and end at the Home Grown Farm Market in Lexington Park, MD on October 14, 2012.
The Silo Century: The 63-mile metric century ride! The Silo Century features a wide variety of road conditions and scenery. The route is marked by hilly terrain, winding country roads and beautiful rural landscapes. Riders will traverse through shady, wooded roads, pass by breathtaking views of the St. Mary’s river and enjoy some of the best and oldest farms Southern Maryland has to offer.
The four farm stops include Even’ Star Organic Farm, T and A Farm, SMCM Campus Community Farm, and Jubilee Farm.
Two start times: 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
The Harvest Hop: 29-mile ride. The Harvest Hop offers riders a less intense ride than the Silo Century without sacrificing any visual splendor. Riders of the Harvest Hop will enjoy intimate connections with the historic and rustic scenery of one of the oldest parts of Maryland. Southern St. Mary’s County offers unparalleled vistas of true country living and riders can experience the wondrous beauty of the St. Mary’s river.
The three farm stops include Even’ Star Organic Farm, T and A Farm, and SMCM Campus Community Farm.
Two start times: 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
The Barnstormer: 13-mile ride. The Barnstormer gives riders a quick view of Southern Maryland living. This 13 mile route will afford riders a great view of the St. Mary’s river and give those who aren’t well experienced riders a fun and manageable course.
The three farm stops include Fairfield Farm, SMCM Campus Community Farm and Even’ Star Organic Farm.
Two start times: 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
The Sprout Route: The 5-mile family ride! The Sprout Route allows riders a short and sweet taste of Southern Maryland. This 5-mile route is designed to offer the youngest participants an easily travelled course yet give them an unforgettable taste of farm life and culture.
This family-friendly ride sports two farm stops including Fairfield Farm and Even’ Star Organic Farm and offers a short route for children and extra protection along the roads.
One start time: 11:15 a.m.
Home Grown Farm Market
The Home Grown Farm Market opened in the fall of 2011. It is run by the Home Grown Farm Market, LLC . Now in its second year, it continues to expand and offers produce, meats, baked goods and fiber products from area farms. The market will host a special market on the day of the Crop Hop event, and will be open for business. 21078 Three Notch Road (Route 235), Lexington Park, MD 20653. http://homegrownfarmmarket.webs.com/
The Crop Hop and SMADC wish to thank the Homegrown Farm Market for opening their venue for this community event!
Even' Star Organic Farm
Even’ Star a highly diverse, certified organic farm, growing over 120 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers for bouquets. The farm offers a summer CSA and a winter CSA. Even’ Star sells to fine restaurants, universities, and stores, at the Chevy Chase farmers' market in Washington, DC, and the Home Grown Farm Market in Lexington Park, MD. Even’ Star specializes in heirloom vegetables of the finest flavors, and grows foods slowly to maximize quality and to protect the treasured ecosystem. www.facebook.com/EvenStarOrganicFarm
Fairfield Farm is owned by the Sasscer family...Charlie, Donna, Shelby and Charlie III. The family’s farming operation consists of cattle, goats, a small flock of laying hens and a small hog operation. The family also raises hay for the local horse industry.
Jubilee Farm is a 140-acre salt water farm split pretty evenly between woodlands and fields. The fields are planted in corn and soybeans, winter wheat or vineyards. The farm's history is traced to the 17th centure and was part of an established route on the Underground Railroad. Jubilee began its vineyard operations in 2002 and grows multiple varieties of both red and white grapes from countries including France, Italy and Spain. Its finished product, SLACK Wine, is available for purchase at Woodlawn Farm and online. For more information, visit www.slackwine.com
Campus Community Farm at St. Mary’s College of Maryland
The Campus Community Farm was established in the spring of 2010 on a 1/4 acre of the Bean Farm in Historic St. Mary's City. Cultivated and harvested by students, much of the produce is served to the campus community in their “Great Room” cafeteria.
T and A Farm
T & A Farm is a working farm that has been in the Trossbach family since 1893 (119 years as of 2012!). In 1999, Tom and Abby planted the first pumpkin patch and have been inviting the public to come and experience the farm ever since. Their goal is to offer a real farm experience that you will look forward to repeating each pumpkin and strawberry season. For more information, visit www.tandafarm.webs.com