Frederick County, Maryland is 50 miles west of Baltimore, the largest city in the state and a major seaport. The county is the largest in Maryland with an area of 665 square miles. Nearly 46% of the land is used for farming, with 1200 farms. In 2006 the annual revenue from farming was 100 million dollars with one-half from dairy operations. There are also a significant number of horse farms. Much of the farmland is used for pasture and growing food for livestock, though there are farms and orchards that produce food for us humans. Often two crops are grown for feed; grain planted in the fall and harvested in the spring followed by corn or soybeans for fall harvest. We live on the edge of a housing development surrounded on three sides by farms. I have posted a number of photos of the farm behind our house. Here are some recent photos of other farms in the county.