TGIF – and it’s a fact!
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With Preakness Week at our fingertips, today we decided to kick things off with a visit to Willowdale Ranch in Butler. This is the home of two extraordinary things: Dr. Michael Harrison and Farmacy Brewing. There’s a lot going on there, but let’s start with a good doctor and nationally recognized equine veterinarian.
As you might have guessed, horses are a big deal in Maryland. In fact, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, of which Dr. Harrison served as president, stated: “Maryland. We grow horses”.
Dr H points out that more than 800 ponies were born here last year. Here are some other facts: the industry employs 28,000 people, making it one of the largest employers in the state; this industry generates $78 million in tax revenue; There are 10.5 horses per square mile in Maryland, or about 101,000 in total.
In addition, horse farms occupy a quarter of the state’s agricultural land. On top of that, 88,000 acres of horses will be preserved as farmland here – forever. And the industry spends $80 million a year on feed, hay and straw.
Horse farms make up 25% of the state’s farmland. 88,000 acres of horses are preserved as farmland. Forever. It is also worth noting that tHis industry spends $80,000,000 per year on animal feed, hay and straw. And you think children are expensive!
Aside from the highlights – Black Eyed Susan, Preakness and Triple Crown of the Steeple Chase race – Maryland stands out as a national leader in the equine industry.
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In 40 years, Dr. Harrison has produced more ponies than he can count. Willowdale Farm, his family home, is beautiful. And in places where horses don’t graze, he and his cubs grow the plants that make up the ingredient of the very popular Farmacy Brewing (get it vet bound?).
Like other breweries and wineries, Farmacy has great tasting areas, nice outdoor seating and a great selection of beers made from the on-site crops. It is a wonderful work of love. In other words, this isn’t a bad place to visit for a weekend getaway if you’re looking for something fun to do soon.
(As always, be sure to check the website hourly, rules, and other details.)
It’s been a great morning, and it’s been a great week for “Where’s Marty?” And next week is shaping up very well too! And it’s for your support. THANKS A LOT. Behind the faces you see on WJZ at 9 years old, there are many other people making this machine work.
Have a nice, safe and fun weekend!
– Marty B!
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https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/05/13/wheres-marty-willowdale-farm-farmacy-brewery/ Where’s Marty? Visiting Willowdale Farm & Farmacy Brewing – CBS Baltimore