Ladybrook Farm aims to be a sustainable diversified farm selling local products to local people in the town of Monkton, Maryland, in Baltimore County, and in the Baltimore-Washington region.
We are a woman- and veteran-owned business, and we aim to bring energy and enthusiasm to all aspects of farming, from selling at markets to mucking out the stalls.
We operate on 80 beautiful acres in northern Baltimore County on the Little Gunpowder Falls. Our neighorhood is called My Lady’s Manor, 10,000 acres of prime agricultural land, and a registered historic district established in 1713.
The farm has an easement with the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation and a conservation plan developed with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
We are working hard to get our little farm going, with lots of wonderful help from numerous family members, friends, neighbors, and professionals (including Tjaden Design, Riehl’s Construction, Lamar Huber Excavating, Kinsley Construction, Advanced Solar, and Hoy Construction).
Since we started out in 2016, Ladybrook Farm and our farmhouse have been completely solar powered, with 90 solar panels on our barn.
Right now we sell pastured chicken and duck eggs, cut flowers, honey and products of the hive, and hay. When fully operational, the farm’s products will also include goat cheese, meat geese, hops, Christmas trees and wreaths, and horses.
We started out with open fields of corn and soybeans, and now have a barn, a stable, an equipment shed, a roadside stand, two high tunnels, and three run-in sheds; three large and three small fenced pastures; a hay field, a flower field, a hop yard, and a Christmas tree field; an apiary; and 10 additional acres of forest (thanks to our friends at the amazing Chesapeake Bay Foundation).
We are also working to minimize impacts on the Little Gunpowder watershed by using best management practices, including avoiding chemical sprays, planting permanent pastures, rotational grazing, and increasing forest buffers.
We sell delicious pastured chicken and duck eggs both directly to consumers through our farmers markets and farm stand, and wholesale to bakeries. Right now, we have a mix of Barnevelders and Red Sex-Linked laying chickens, and Khaki Campbell and Runner laying ducks.
Our raw unfiltered honey and cremed honey from our own apiary sell out every year at our farmers markets. We also make and sell beeswax food wraps and beeswax ornaments.
We grow and sell cut flowers in bouquets at our farmers markets and farm stands, to bridal couples in buckets for DIY wedding flowers, and occasionally to local organizations that need simple arrangements for events.
Our 23-acre hay field of alfalfa and orchard grass provides great forage for our pastured animals in the winter months when the pastures are dormant, and we sell the extra through a local grain farmer.
goat cheese — coming soon!
We plan to pasture 30 dairy goats and make and sell goat cheese and yogurt. We will also make value added products such as goat milk and honey soaps.
meat geese — coming soon!
Starting in spring 2019, we will raise meat geese for sale for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
christmas trees and wreaths — coming soon!
Christmas trees take about 7 years to grow to a salable size. Beginning in 2023, we can harvest about 400 trees per year for sale.
hops — coming soon!
Our 1/2 acre hop yard will be ready for first harvest in fall 2020.
horses — coming soon!
We plan to adopt retired racehorses from local trainers and re-train them for other occupations, such as school horses, hunter-jumpers, or pleasure-riding. In the meantime, we adopted two mature horses (Blossom and Jim) and a barn cat (Pansy van Gogh) to assist with these efforts.
Where we sell
Crossroads Farmers market
Anne Street at 1101 University Blvd.
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Wednesdays from 11am to 3pm
April through November
overlea Farmers market
6908 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21206
Saturdays from 8:30am to 12:30pm
June through September
Rigdon Farm Stand
Jarrettsville Road at Rigdon Road
Jarrettsville, MD 21084
Ladybrook Farm cut flowers
May through October
chesapeake farm to table
Ladybrook Farm Stand
3906 Hess Road
Monkton, MD 21111
Various open times
May through October
Enjoy these snapshots from Ladybrook Farm:
Ladybrook Farm is in northern Baltimore County, Maryland on the eastern border with Harford County. Our farm stand on Hess Road is open from late spring to early fall.