On a small corner of Kent County a family farm is supporting a very important part of the Maryland economy and tourism. The Crow family, owners of a 3rd generation 365-acre farm, are real pioneers in the Maryland wine industry. Their vision to diversify the farm in a way that shares the farm winery experience with tourists from around the country is certainly paying off. In June of 2023, Governor Wes Moore and Secretary of Agriculture, Kevin Atticks visited Crow Farm so they could see firsthand the farming diversification and sustainability model that the Crow family respectively promotes.
A tour through the newly remodeled hay barn and winery included a presentation by Roy and Judy Crow that outlined the changes in the farm during the past 15 years. A group of about 45 folks representing local and state officials admired the farm as they became aware that it used to be a dairy, corn and soybean farm, with various buildings just waiting for a new vision to be implemented. Brandon Hoy, son and owner of Crow Vineyard, and Michael Zollo, the Winemaker, explained to the group in the winery how Crow’s team goes about harvesting grapes and making award winning wines. Governor Moore in his remarks thanked the family for their vision and imagination to reinvent the farm. He personally thanked the grand children and the dedicated volunteers that faithfully serve and help wherever they are needed.
Crow Vineyard and Winery tasting room is open each day 12 noon to 5 pm for travelers to stop by and see firsthand the vineyard and Angus beef grazing on large pastures. Lunch is offered and made from local products. Each customer is hand poured their tasting as they hear about the wine making process and the history of Crow Farm.
A documentation of the visit can be seen in this photo album from the Governor’s office: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mdgovpics/albums/72177720309284531/with/52997035902/
Submitted by: Crow Team