22222 Davis Mill Road • Germantown, Maryland • 301-428-0444

About

Our History

Right after graduating, George and Shirley Butler purchased a 37-acre farm with a log house, where the Butler family grew up. Initially we grew 25 acres of peaches and sold them to a local grocery store and at our own small farm market. Now, we have more than 25 varieties of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and trees on over 300 acres! Three Butler children earned horticultural degrees from the University of Maryland and lived and worked on the family farm. (The other sister chose the corporate life!) Sadly, the family lost Todd Butler in 2010. He started growing pumpkins as a High School project and this led to our popular Pumpkin Harvest Days and Pumpkin Festival traditions.

The Farm Market

Our Farm Market started under an apple tree behind the log house selling peaches. Later, it moved to a former chicken house that still stands on the property as a garage. The red barn was built in 1964 and over the years we increased the variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables we grew and sold. In the 1970’s, we began selling additional products in our Farm Market, including preserves, local honey, gourmet condiments, seasonal decorative items, cider, and more! In 1993, we outgrew our original red barn and expanded the Farm Market to the current facility that you can visit today.

The Farm

The first field of strawberries was planted in 1953 on the site of the present market. Pick your own fruit was a new concept in the area, but soon became very popular. Thornless blackberries and black raspberries were planted in the 1970’s, followed by blueberries, peas, cherries, red raspberries, and apples. We started selling pick your own pumpkins as a project for a high school class. That project led us to create Pumpkinland, a display of fairy tale characters built out of pumpkins, with more added every year. It is one of our biggest attractions and draws families from all over the Washington metropolitan area every October to enjoy the hayrides, giant slides, pony rides, pumpkins, straw maze, delicious country food, and of course, Pumpkinland! Cut your own Christmas Trees became available in the late 1970’s. We also began carrying holiday ornaments, fresh roping, and wreaths in the farm market. We now have thousands of White Pine and Douglas Fir trees to choose from every year. At the request of our customers, we have added several activities visitors can enjoy throughout the year, including Group Hayrides and Bonfires, Strawberry Blossom Tours, Group Pick Your Own Outings, Bunnyland, and Pumpkin Harvest Days.

THE BUTLER’S ORCHARD TEAM

Shirley Butler (affectionately known as Mrs. B)

Farm Founder

Mrs. B grew up in Silver Spring and graduated from Pennsylvania State University. After graduation, she and her husband, George Butler (who passed away several years ago), purchased the farm’s original 37 acres. George and Shirley were pioneers in the Pick Your Own Business, opening their farm for public picking in the 1950’s. As matriarch of Butler’s Orchard, Mrs. B is involved in every phase of development and growth at Butler’s Orchard and continues to work in the office

Wade Butler

Farm Owner 

Wade is the Farm Manager and a second-generation Butler. After earning a degree at the University of Maryland in Pomology (the science and practice of growing fruit), he returned to the farm. Wade’s passion for agriculture is evidenced by his many years of successful farming and the growth of Butler’s Orchard, as well as through his local community work. Over the years, he has served on the boards of the Montgomery Soil Conservation District, Montgomery Agricultural Advisory Committee, and the Maryland Christmas Tree Association, to name a few. Wade wants all who come to the farm to experience what he sees every day. The joy of seeing the harmony between soil, plants, insects, air, and water that creates a product with health benefits that only just picked food can provide. Wade can be found out on the farm at all hours of day and night, observing the plants and soil so he can better attend to their needs.

Susan Butler

Retired Farm Owner, Consultant

Susan is a second-generation Farmer Butler and is a valued consultant for Butler’s Orchard. She earned her Horticulture degree at the University of Maryland, and then worked a season for an apple grower in Washington State before returning to the family farm.  Susan’s community service over the years has included serving on the Montgomery County Agricultural Preservation Board, the Montgomery County Agricultural Advisory Board, and the board of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau, among others. In semi- retirement Susan and her husband are busy at Waters Orchard, a Pick Your Own Apple operation with the Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown.

Tyler Butler

General Manager

Tyler is a third generation Butler. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Horticulture and Crop Production and returned to the farm, where he is responsible for growing and managing various crops, as well as overseeing our festivals. His energy and enthusiasm for farming is boundless and he eagerly anticipates the family farm’s growth and continued role in the community. Tyler participates in the community by serving on both the Maryland State and the Montgomery County Young Farmer Boards.

Hallie Butler-Van Horn

Purchasing Manager

Hallie is part of the third generation of Butler’s. She has a background in Customer Service, Retail Management, and Human Resources. She purchases all the products for our farm market. She also supervises hiring and training and manages the back office for the Farm Market and Pick Your Own operation.  She serves on the planning committee for the Montgomery County Farm Bureau Farm to Table Dinner and is active with Montgomery County Young Farmers and the Young Growers Alliance. Hallie is eager to connect with and educate customers in the farm market about our commitment to growing local, sustainable food for future generations.

Ben Butler

Farm and Finance Manager

Ben is a member of the third generation of Butler’s. He returned to the family farm after graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Horticulture and Crop Production in 2010. Ben is responsible for day to day farm operations, crop production and long-term planning as well as overseeing the financial health of the company. He feels a personal commitment to be involved and give back to the community that has supported Butler’s for nearly seven decades. Ben has an endless desire for knowledge and is dedicated to growing the finest, most nutritious fruits and vegetables possible for his family and yours. He strives to advocate for the agricultural industry serving on the Board of the Montgomery County Agricultural Center, working with the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, and participating in Montgomery County Young Farmers, and the Young Growers Alliance, and the  LEAD Maryland Class X. Ben is proud of our agricultural heritage and humbled by the legacy and reputation of the Butler name within the community.

Angela Butler

On Farm Group Coordinator

Angela has been involved in the farm’s agriculture education and tourism activities since her marriage to Wade in 1979. She has a degree in Horticulture from the University of Maryland and is active in the University’s 4-H and Master Gardener Extension Service programs. Angela finds the most joy in sharing the farm with children and their families. The many thank you pictures and letters she receives confirm that her passion and joyfulness are greatly appreciated.

Angi White

Market Manager

Angi has been with us since 2016. She has an extensive background in the retail management and the customer service industries. Angi is responsible for the day-to-day operations of our Farm Market and supports the Butler family with various management needs.

Lindsey Boswell

Assistant Market Manager

Lindsey started working with us part time in 2010. She earned her AA in General Education and is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing. She has worked in the field, within the Farm Market, and helped with many festival set-ups. She assists in all aspects of the Market, and with training our employees. She enjoys educating our staff, focusing on customer service

Joseph Wildsmith

Assistant Market Manager and Warehouse Manager

Joseph started working at Butler’s part-time in 2011. After graduating from the University of Maryland with degrees in Japanese and East Asian Studies, Joseph returned to work full time. As an assistant market manager, he helps oversee the market warehouse and produce storage along with wholesale and customer services.

Karen Sawyer

Assistant Market Manager

Karen has been working at Butler’s since 2003 and her promotion to a management position was well deserved. Karen earned a B.S. in Community Nutrition from the University of Maryland, which she puts to good use here at Butler’s. While her primary focus is in our bakery area, she especially enjoys sharing her knowledge of canning, baking, and cooking with our customers, who flock to her impromptu lessons. In addition to her work at Butler’s, Karen teaches Nutrition Science classes to high school students.

Andrew Cullen

Farm Park Manager, Assistant Pick Your Own Manager

Andrew started working at Butler’s in 2000 and works to improve and add to our festivals and farm park to improve the customer experience. He graduated from Roanoke College with a degree in Psychology/Business and is now working full-time applying this knowledge to customer service, marketing, and training. Andrew is creative and passionate, and particularly enjoys using his skills to expand our options and offerings for guests visiting our farm.

Jonathan Frith 

Pick Your Own  Manager

Jonathan was born and raised in Laurel, MD and has been working at Butler’s Orchard on and off since 1986. After graduating from the University of Maryland, he lived from coast to coast, including Miami, LA, and the Rocky Mountains, before returning to the farm full time in 2008. As our Pick Your Own Manager, Jonathan coordinates all the daily picking activities at the farm. Whether it’s on a dirt bike, tractor, or on foot, you’ll find him out in the fields living his dream of never wearing a tie to work.