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.  If you see her on the farm, please say, “Hi!”

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 Butler and has spent her career growing Butler’s Orchard to the business you enjoy today.  She is recently semi-retired and is a valued consultant for Butler’s Orchard.  She earned her Horticulture degree at UMD and then worked for an apple grower in Washington State before returning to the family farm.  In retirement Susan and her husband, Wash, are continuing the agricultural legacy with Waters Orchard and Doc Waters Cidery.  As a new sister orchard, we welcome them to the neighborhood 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.  He oversees all aspects of the Farm and Market and is eager to extend the success of the business.  Tyler enjoys educating the local community about agriculture and the Orchard and has a passion for providing great customer service.

Hallie Butler-Van Horn

Purchasing Manager, Hiring Supervisor

Hallie is a third-generation Butler. She worked off the farm for several years, gaining experience in guest service, retail management, and human resources. Hallie supervises the hiring of our employees and is committed to helping train staff to provide strong guest service.  She manages the ordering of products for our Farm Market and enjoys finding new products to share with our customers.  She is happiest out in a strawberry field sharing with her daughters, the 4th generation, about the farm and their legacy.

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 joined the Butler team in 2016 and boasts an extensive background in retail management, customer service, visual merchandising, and inventory control.  Angi is passionate about insects, pollinators, animals, nature, and the surrounding communities.  She uses her passions and hobbies to help educate and inspire the “Butler’s Best” in our employees.  Angi is responsible for the day to day operations of our Farm Market, hiring, training and planning, as well as supporting the Butler family farm with various management needs.

Lindsey Boswell

Assistant Market Manager and Social Media Coordinator

Lindsey joined our team in 2010.  She put herself through school, earning her AA in General Education and Nursing.  She excels when working one on one with our younger staff members and prides herself on delivering excellent customer service.  Lindsey’s great smile and positive attitude always brighten our market!

Joseph Wildsmith

Assistant Market Manager and Warehouse Manager

Joseph joined the Butler team in 2011.  After graduating from the University of Maryland with degrees in Japanese and East Asian Studies, Joseph returned to work full time.  Joseph is loved by our customers and often can be found engaged in passionate conversations at our produce counter educating our customers and our staff!  As an Assistant Market Manager, he oversees the market warehouse, produce storage, and wholesale operations, as well as market management duties.

Karen Sawyer

Assistant Market Manager and Bakery Manager

Karen joined the Butler team in  since 2003 and she has a B.S. in Community Nutrition from the university of Maryland.  She puts her passion for nutrition to good use by keeping our delicious bakery fully stocked and ready to fulfill your sweet tooth!  Karen’s background as a teacher and her passion for people make her the perfect Farm Market Mom-a-ger!

Gina Giantonio

Farm Park and Groups Manager

Gina is a “local homegrown girl” who has lived from one end of Montgomery County to the other!  She attended Frostburg State University and graduated with a double major in health and physical education and a double minor in health fitness and coaching.  Gina joined the Butler team in 2018 working primarily with Pick Your Own groups, birthdays and festival management. Always wearing her trademark sunglasses, Gina can be found encouraging fitness on the farm, educating children on healthy eating, & creating fun farm activities for all customers!  You can hear her enthusiasm in her motto, “Teamwork  makes the dream work!”

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.

Catherine “Cat” Hoover

Assistant Pick Your Own  Farm Manager

Cat is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s in plant sciences, and joined the Butler crew in 2018. While an avid traveler, Cat’s passion for local food production has drawn her to put roots down in her home county.  Nothing makes Cat happier than working with plants to help them flourish.  An insatiable nerd, Cat loves learning and talking about crops,  soil health, and plant nutrition.  She can be found on the farm with a set of pruners, a sunburn, and a fun fact about the crop she is tending!