Kicking off the fall season in Baltimore is never complete without a trip to Weber’s Cider Mill Farm. When I think of Weber’s Farm, it really takes me back to being a child and begging my mother to buy me every oddly shaped, alien looking gourd and pumpkin I saw. I can smell the fresh baked pies, and wonderful breads. Echoing in my head, is the laughter of other children as I would impatiently tug on my mother’s shirt in an effort to wrap up her browsing so we could go out and play. For some reason, when you’re a kid, you get bored of shopping around the farm chic decor and decorations much faster. I can almost still feel the lingering cold chill on my hand from toting around one of their apple cider slushies, and feel the warmth of the sun on my face as my siblings and I raced out of the barn to go pet the goats.
Making a stop at Weber’s Cider Mill Farm is a give in for my family, as well as many others from all over Maryland. Well, for my family we would go there multiple times a year. The Weber’s started their farm business four generations ago in 1908. Taking the produce they would grow in Baltimore County with a horse draw cart to Baltimore City and selling it door-to-door. Much of their land had been sold off over the years, including the campus where Pine Grove Middle School is now. Leaving them with just 14 acres on their family land. In 1947 they purchased a cider press in New Jersey, which is the same press used today. Although, today the cider is stored in steel barrels instead of wooden ones. Their peak season runs from late October and into the Christmas season. If it’s a weekend expect to find kids everywhere.
As to be expected, much has changed at Weber’s Farm over the years. They now offer apple picking at their farm in Harford County on select days. They brought in many more farm animals and even hold duck races. As well as the growing attractions to keep kids occupied. From the massive hill side slide, to the scarecrow workshop to the boo barn, there is a ton to keep the little ones busy. They can pretend they are mining for gold and precious gems with a sifter. Or get lost in a huge hay maze that has a bridge over top so parents can watch, or a little hay maze for the smaller kids. A quarter gets you a couple little pellets to feed the goats. Tire mountain, and the wooden tractors are great for expelling their endless energy. There’s even a short tractor ride, with matching carts hooked up behind it for the kids to sit in. With all of these added attractions came the addition of the wrist band that you need to purchase in order to enjoy any of these things. It is $5 for adults and $7 for children 2 years and up. Purchasing the wrist band does give you access to everything Weber’s has to offer including the hay ride that circles their property and passes some silly scarecrow displays. And trust me, many adults enjoy the games and amusements, especially the slide.
I hope Weber’s Farm is around for many more years to come. Their staff is clean and friendly. Their baked goods, treats, and produce are locally made and delicious and if you get a chance while you are inside shopping around, make sure to look up. The old barn that houses their shop is adorned with all kinds of amazing old world farm tools and signs. The massive wood beams, antique pot belly stoves, and old ladders fashioned into display shelves are an often over looked feature. Yet in my opinion, very much worth slowing down and taking in the history of a business that is almost 110 years old.