Belvedere Farm has been owned and operated by the Harlan family since 1823. Through the years, the agricultural activity on the farm has changed, adapting to the times. In the 1800’s the family sold wool and grains to local mills. In the early 1900’s the family grew vegetables for the canning industry and the Baltimore wholesale market. From the 1920’s to the early 1970’s, J. Maurice Harlan, father of the current owner, Bill Harlan, maintained a purebred Jersey dairy herd at the farm.
Bill Harlan and Judy Harlan began operating Belvedere Farm in 1983. They raised alfalfa, rye, field corn and summer vegetables, which they sold from the farm at their seasonal farm stand. In 1990, Bill and Judy began conducting spring and fall field trips for preschool classes from Harford County and Baltimore County. Over 50,000 children and their parents, in groups of approximately 25 or less, came to the farm over the years and participated in age-appropriate activities that presented the basic concepts of agriculture and farm life. In 1993, Belvedere Farm began to offer families the opportunity to “pick your own” pumpkins on October weekends.
In 1996, Judy and Bill began growing and marketing cut flowers. By 2001, they were cultivating 25 varieties of annuals and perennials, all of which were sold at the farm stand. After Judy Harlan passed away in 2008, Bill made the decision to continue growing flowers, in honor of what Judy had begun. In the following years, more and more varieties of annuals and perennials were added to the growing season. This year Belvedere Farm is growing 90 varieties of cut flowers and green fillers. It is selling to local florists and designers, participating in four farmers’ markets and still selling at its original farm stand.
Belvedere Farm welcomes its fifth-generation farmer, Elizabeth Harlan, for the 2019 growing season. After practicing law for over 20 years, Elizabeth, who lives on the farm with her husband and children, made the decision to help her father run the flower business. She is excited to work side by side with Bill and the amazing group of individuals who have been growing, harvesting and arranging flowers at the farm for several years.
Belvedere Farm welcomes you and looks forward to many more years of growing flowers!
What we grow
Some of the favorite flowers we grow, by season:
Bells of Ireland
Pumpkins on a stick