What a busy and productive year 2021 was at Wildberry! We had plenty of ups, and a few downs throughout the year, but overall 2021 was full of fun Farm Events, Workshops, and plenty of Field Markets. Read on to see how the year went!
We began our season with a Photographer's Open House in April. We hosted many local photographers at Wildberry for a free Open House. We began with a tour of the property, and then photographers were invited to photograph various models at different locations around the farm during Golden Hour.
We were thrilled to be interviewed and photographed by The Capital Gazette in April about the farm and how we served the community through the COVID 19 Pandemic. You can read the full article here.
In May, we hosted 20 guests and the special women in their lives for a Mother's Day Tea on the farm. Each table setting was beautifully styled by Posh Plates Vintage, and guests were treated to treats from various local women-owned businesses while sipping local Maryland teas.
Also in May, we debuted our new Market Stand Trailer before the first Field Market of the season in June. This one-of-a-kind trailer was hand built here on the farm by Matt, his dad, and his cousin Joe! This trailer changed our lives this year when setting up for the Field Markets, and I am so glad we had the forethought to add a Market Trailer to the farm.
In 2021 I challenged myself to source all of our Wildberry merchandise from small businesses. I am proud to say that I was able to meet that goal, and we ended the year with only small-business-made merchandise! Thanks to Two Ridges Pottery for our amazing logo mugs, Jami Creates for our t-shirts, and C. Richards Leather for our hats!
On the second Saturday in June we hosted our first Field Market of 2021. We hosted 30+ unique small businesses, makers, and creators, and a food truck for the Field Market opening day. Kelly Dear Photography was there to capture the morning, and we had goodie bags filled with local small business goodies for the first 50 guests packaged by Howard and Bow. We continued our Field Market on the 2nd + 4th Saturday of the month through November in 2021!
Another fun new offering we added to the farm this year was the ever-popular Farm to Table Series with Graze Gourmet. We hosted four Farm to Table dinners total, two in summer, and two in fall. The entire three course meals were all made from ingredients sourced from Wildberry!
In the fall, we debuted our "Must Love Dogs" line! We teamed up with Jami Creates and together, between her design skills and our vision, came up with adorable Doggie Bandanas, and our matching "Must Love Dogs" long sleeve t-shirts! Dogs are a big part of our Field Markets, and we are so glad we could give a nod to this aspect of Wildberry.
One of the saddest moments of 2021 was when our original rainbow flock was taken by a predator. This flock was so loved by our family, and we were devastated when we lost our girls. In October we launched our Support a Chick Program and ordered 28 new babies to rebuild our rainbow flock.
We hosted our second annual Flower Crown Workshop in September. Guests made their own one-of-a-kind flower crowns with flowers grown at Wildberry.
In November we launched our 2021 Wildberry Holiday Line. From Mix 'n Match Stockings and Christmas travel mugs, to Tobacco Stick Trays and Star Toppers our Holiday line encompasses all that the ways that makes Christmas on the farm unique!
Our season ended with the Vintage Christmas Market. Over two weekends in December, our Field Market Field was transformed into the Vintage Christmas Market, modeled after open air German Christmas markets. The market was full of fun things to do like a photo op loosely based on the 1968 version of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, free balloon creations from Clementine the Clown, on-site gift wrapping by Howard and Bow, a Beer Garden by Pherm Brewing, and Sweet Annie's Flower Truck loaded down with all the beautiful winter blooms! The Market Stand Trailer was filled with Tobacco Stick Stars and Trays, Sugar Scrub, Mix 'n Match Christmas Stockings, and all of the other fun Wildberry goods. Plus a consignment tent featuring 30+ local vendors and artisans!
Throughout the year we have been constantly humbled by the support from our community. Thank you all for partnering with us to keep Wildberry an operational farm. We love you all and can't wait until 2022!
A special thank you to Megan Evans Photography for being the official Wildberry photographer throughout the year. Megan worked so hard to capture all of our most special moments on the farm. These are images we will cherish forever!