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“We have customers who come by weekly
to buy their meat. This little market has
only been open for a year, but it gets a lot of
The Grove is an initial step toward establishing a centralized agriculture center that
has been among Harford County Executive
Barry Glassman’s major initiatives.
“Agriculture is still the biggest industry in
Harford County,” said the Republican, who
announced in April that he would run for
state comptroller. “So it makes sense to have
one centralized agricultural center.”
The Grove isn’t a farmers market; it’s a
The project provides edgling entrepreneurs with a low-risk way to determine if
they have a viable business model. Most
vendors pay a monthly rent of $275, while
the kiosks will cost $100 for that period.
The market was open this spring on Friday
nights and weekends, but those hours could
expand if the demand increases.
Tenants include Three Oaks Farm, which
sells mittens, stuffed animals and clothing made from the wool sheared from the
farm’s alpacas. Gratify & Astonish (the name
is based on a quote from Mark Twain) sells
such home-cooked treats as fresh bread, tomato sauce, cookies and lemonade. Bel Air’s
Southern Charm Candle Co. hand-crafts soybased candles with such intoxicating scents
as apple and maple bourbon, bamboo and
coconut, and magnolia and peony.
But the market merely represents the
rst phase of Glassman’s vision. By the end
of the summer, there will be an agriculturalthemed playground and a walking/running
trail on the approximately 90-acre property.
A short distance from the barn, the
county agriculture center houses ofces for
the local branch of the University of Maryland Extension and provides meeting space
for 4-H Club members inside what was once
a furniture store. A former bank is being
converted into a library.
Perhaps the most ambitious project has
been the renovation of the 1730-era Gorsuch
Mansion. Originally located on the grounds
of the Winter’s Run Golf Club near Bel Air,
by 2014 the historic house had fallen into
disrepair and was scheduled for demolition.
Eventually, the Blue House will become
a visitor center and an agriculture-themed
Vendor Pam Purce, owner of Three Oaks
Farm, cheers each new development.
“Soon the walking trail will be open, and
then the playground and then library,” she
said, “Little by little, it just keeps getting bigger and better.”
The Grove is located at 3519 Conowingo
Road in Street. For operating hours and other
details, visit harfordcountymd.gov.
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