More than any other season, fall draws body and spirit toward the wonders of Mother Earth, whether in the bursts of flaming color or the bounty of reaped fields. Pumpkins and pots of mums fill roadside stands teeming with customers.
Corn husks seem to be the iconic symbol of the season. Scarecrows are transported from the vegetable patch to the lamp post or front porch. Apples and cider rule. All flourish in the crisp air under a vivid blue sky.
In response to the need for body and spirit to be closer to the action, farms everywhere open their gates to throngs of nature lovers. Hence, the pumpkin patches, hayrides and corn mazes.
Maryland is blessed with its share. For those wishing to take a Saturday of Sunday ride, with or without kids, here are three autumnal offerings — all within a 60-mile radius from Baltimore.
Calvert County’s 11th annual Farm Tour will be held today from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Running Hare Vineyard in Prince Frederick. This 350-acre vineyard in the heart of Southern Maryland’s wine country was established in 2002 with wines now bottled for sale. The proprietors will be on hand to assist visitors in a number of free events highlighting Calvert County’s rich agrarian history. Entertainment, farm animals and petting zoo, wine tastings, horse-drawn wagon rides, exhibits, demonstrations and pony rides for the kids are some of the day’s activities.
“I think events like this allow people to get into their cars, enjoy the scenery and come home with a bag full of bounty,” said Danita Boonchaisri, with Calvert County’s Department of Economic Development. “Even though the vineyard just opened to the public this spring, we expect good things from them.”
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