Howard County is known for their farms and farm to table restaurants. From visiting The Enchanted Forest in Clark's Elioak Farm to having dinner at Elkridge Furnace Inn, there's no wrong way to celebrate farming in HoCo!

Restaurants:

Town Grill at Foster’s Country Store has a long history of feeding Howard County’s farming population and is a great stop during any trip to Howard County. This smokehouse and BBQ restaurant will satisfy any carnivorous craving starting with breakfast! Elkridge Furnace Inn--a popular restaurant and event venue--is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Civil War Trail, Patapsco State Park and the Underground Railroad. Food Plenty in Clarksville is a farm focused restaurant uses high quality, locally-sourced ingredients. They focus on serving local beer as well, with a focus on Manor Hill Brewing which is also part of the restaurant group. They even have a “Featured Farm” list, so you know where your food is coming from! The Turn House restaurant in Columbia brings local flavors and flare to the table. Farm to table style cuisine keeps the menu local, fresh and seasonally inspired.

 Cured: Table & Tap features a locally sourced menu that takes the familiar and makes it new.  Paired with a bar program built around the philosophy that the bar should be a place of comfortable, community experiences. Bolder Food/Drink in scenic western Howard County creates innovative seasonal menus emerging from the collision of ingredients and cultures to create bold flavors and new-American dishes.

Farms:

Clark’s Elioak Farm is a beautiful family farm and the home of the attractions from The Enchanted Forest theme park. You’ll also find a petting farm, hayrides, pony rides and gem mining! The Clark Family has been farming in Howard County since 1797, and continues to raise beef cattle like previous generations. Clark's Never Sell the Land grass-fed beef, produce and more are available for purchase.  Larriland Farm is a pick-your-own destination, perfect for the whole family. From late spring to late fall, farm to table is what it’s all about at this family operation. Depending on the time of year, you’ll find berries, peaches, apples and all sorts of spring, summer and fall vegetables ripe for the picking. Experience a hands-on educational farm tour at Sharp’s at Waterford Farm, a 530 acre working farm that has been family owned and operated since 1903. Schedule a group outing or sign up to attend an open house event. For many families, the holiday season begins with a trip to TLV Tree Farm for a cut-your-own Christmas tree. If warm weather is more appealing, TLV also offers pick your own strawberries from May to June, and they even offer various farm fresh meats!

Located in the rolling hills of Howard County visitors will find a jewel in Breezy Hill Alpaca Farm. This farm breeds and raises prize-winning alpacas with strong bloodlines. The farm offers barnyard tours with many other traditional and not-so-traditional furry and feathered friends (like exotic chickens, peacocks and miniature horses.)  Go beyond organic at Mary’s Land Farm. If you’re curious to see environmentally-friendly farming practices in action, this is a farm to check out. Tours are regularly offered on Saturdays spring through fall and can be scheduled on different days for groups of five or more. The farm store is open seasonally Friday and Saturdays where they offers chicken, pork, beef, lamb, beef, duck eggs and eggs. 

Events:

Luke Bryan at Merriweather Post on June 14

Sugarland at Merriweather Post on July 14

Lady A & Darius Rucker at Merriweather Post on August 2

Kenny Chesney at Merriweather Post on August 22 

The Longest Table at Howard Community College

Elkridge Furnace Inn Farm to Table Dinner on June 10

Manor Hill Farm Fest on June 23 

Farmers Markets

Experience Howard County like a local and enjoy home grown produce and locally made novelties. When visiting local farmers markets remember to bring your own bag or cooler, the earlier you shop the better, bring small bills, and try something new!

What will you cook up using your Farmers Market finds? 

Here's where you can find each farmers market :

  • Wednesdays - Farmers Market at Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, 2pm-6pm
  • Thursdays - Farmers Markets at Clarksville Commons, 12262 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville AND the East Columbia Branch Library at 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, 2pm-6pm
  • Saturdays - Farmers Markets at Ellicott City Old Town Market  8390 Main Street, Ellicott City located next to the Wine Bin AND at Maple Lawn 8191 Westside Blvd, Fulton, 9am-1pm
  • Sundays - Farmers Market at Oakland Mills Village Center 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, 9am-1pm

With so much to see and do, why not make a weekend out of it? Check out our hotel listings, and see you at the farm!