P.A. Bowen Farmstead
Absolutely, the best place to buy farm fresh, grass fed, pastured egg, chicken,and beef! The staff goes out of their way to be courteous, and accommodating. The store, staff, and surroundings take me back to a kinder, customer oriented era. Thanks Amy for being so kind when I need specific accommodations to meet might dietary need Some!
Simply the best cheeses in the Annapolis area! Aquasco jack is my go to all summer.
We visited this farm for the Saturday educational farm tour. Sally Fallon Morell was our tour guide and she was phenomenal! We learned so much about sustainable farming and it really opened my eyes to how a truly healthy farm can be run. I encourage anyone who is interested in eating healthfully and contributing positivelyto our environment to take this tour and buy their products. We will go back again and again.
My adventure group did a tour on July 16th, and everyone enjoyed it, the children and adults. It was very informative, cheese tasted good. I would not mind going back and purchasing some more cheese and some of their meats. Thanks for the tour Sally.
Buy the groupon and enjoy the tour. Learned some fascinating facts about livestock and cheese. Personally, the making of cheese was the most interesting part of the tour. I have no idea why...
Bring an ice chest just in case, you get an urge to purchase their meats. Pork, beef, chicken, organ meats, etc... Its very expensive but you'll taste the difference. Maybe its in my head but the chicken defintely tasted different, in a good way.
I was surprised after reading other reviews, because before leaving to visit the farm this last Saturday I looked over everything about the farm on their website. It was plainly stated that GMO (beet pulp) had been used for a short time and the one time antibiotic on one of their animals. It was also explained to everyone at the very beginning of the tour.
The farm was wonderful and gorgeous. The people are BEYOND friendly and very interactive with my children. The lady working in the store went above and beyond to help my daughter who had gotten car sick on the way to the farm! Well, worth the visit and we enjoyed all of our purchases after we got home. The cheese is YUMMY!
They know all about healthy foods & they lead by example as to how a farm should be properly run in order to have happy & healthy animals that produce healthy food that you can trust. Love this place!
I bought this book called Nourishing Traditions a few weeks ago, and then completely unrelated, I went with a friend on a farm tour this past weekend (P.A. Bowen). When I got home one night, I was looking at the book, and saw a picture of Sally ( our tour guide). I began to put 2 and 2 together, wow. I cant believe she is the same lady! This guru of health, this author, I had just received a tour from her and had no idea!! We loved the tour by the way, it was so informative and she was approachable and answered all questions. Everyone had the best time, the animals were so tame and the children really enjoyed it as well. Thanks so much for running such a great farmstead. Their responsible farming and dairy techniques dont harm the environment, are actually good for the animals and hence creates foods that are also great for us to consume.
P.A. Bowen Farmstead is a wonderful addition to Southern Maryland. My family lives near the farm and frequently purchases our pork, chicken, butter, eggs, and cod liver oil from their shop. Once you taste their pork it will be hard to eat pork from anywhere else!
They have a wonderful tour on Saturdays where visitors can learn all about their unique way of farming. They also offer valuable classes and family friendly events for the community.
It's definitely worth a visit!
I did a farm visit and meal with my nutrition based group. Mike, Sally, and Barbra helped out on the two hour long tour. It was so educational. I think it would be a great trip for people of any age, of any food knowledge background. The farm is gorgeous. Their food extremely responsibly created and super tasty! The lunch they provided was huge!
Additionally, you can buy animal products in their store, including meats, and wonderful raw milk cheeses! Do check their price specials, as they did have a daily special... as we all know the best quality foods can hit the wallet.
To learn more about their tours, see the website.
My friends & I took a tour & this place is awesome. Sally is very informative of their best practices & showed us the whole farm (in & out). It's clean, the animals look happy & well taken care of, & the farm store is amazing! It's great to learn about a product & be able to purchase it on site. I will definitely go again.
Just finished a delicious breakfast of sunny side up eggs I picked up after the farm tour yesterday! The tour was well planned, educational and I think would be fun for anyone. It offered a lot of information about their farming practices and included opportunities to get up close to the animals, which the kids on our tour enjoyed. Afterwards, our group stayed and had lunch at one of the picnic tables they have set up just outside the store. The cheese we bought there was fantastic (it was the cheddar reserve) and the setting was beautiful. While the prices may seem high compared to traditional grocery store prices, it was no more than what I pay at farmers markets and places like Whole Foods for eggs and cheeses that are supposedly similarly produced and probably not quite as fresh. My only complaint is that there aren't more farms like this!
my family and I took the farm tour last Saturday. . just loved it. . . very knowledgeable guides. . I got a wonderful crash course in land management, cheese making, chicken raising .. . the kids got a kick out of all the farm animals (their favorite was the pig, Mr. Johnson). . . and the food we bought at their store was a bargain. Look forward to going back
So glad we purchased the Groupon for this place. The tour was great not too long and not too short, very informative. At the end, we used our credit to purchase pork ribs and chicken gizzards and it was so good! Best tasting ribs and gizzards I've ever eaten. We definitely will be coming back.
After reading so many positive reviews, I succumbed to a groupon for the walking tour. If you buy the groupon, you get a great deal for 2 adults to take the tour, as well as a $10 credit at their farm store. Once you take a look at their store, you know there's no way you could leave here empty-handed. They sell steaks and chops from every farm animal you can think of, as well as fresh eggs and Amish butter rolls and aged raw milk cheese, and even kombucha. There is a clever young boy behind the cash register, and he will persuade you to buy everything in stock. Their items are very reasonably priced for grass-fed/free-range/happy meats and dairy products, especially when you're tired of paying too much at Whole Foods for lesser quality and freshness.
If you have a genuine interest in learning how a farm works, then you would enjoy taking a tour here, as it's very informative. The manager, Amy, is a wonderful tour guide. She is very patient and will answer everyone's questions. We learned about how they rotate their farm animals to improve soil quality, and about what and how they feed the animals. I wouldn't recommend bringing kids here unless they are extremely interested in farms, and are very patient. Otherwise, they will be bored to tears and will ruin the fun for the farm dorks, like me. If you think this is a petting zoo, it's not. You will see plenty of farm animals running around and/or freely grazing, but it's understood that they don't want folks chasing those free range chickens around.
The whole tour took over 2 hours, which was a little long for me, so I left a bit early to hit up the farm store before the rest of my tour group did. I even ordered one of their last turkeys for Thanksgiving, which I'm beyond stoked about.
I'd highly recommend this tour. Be a little patient, and eat a big breakfast before you come. There are no lunch options within walking distance, so unless you plan on snacking on a hunk of cheese, you might get hungry after the drive and the walking tour and the ooohing and aaahing at these beautifully kept grounds.
It was a wonderful, educational day at the farm. We were treated to a two hour tour of their family farm, including how they got started, what they are currently building into their farm and anything else you could possibly have asked. It was very informative and we all really learned alot about practical farming (even though I grew up in rural PA and have already been exposed to quite a bit of farm life). There was quite a bit to see including: chickens, cows, calves, turkeys, ducks, pigs, chickens, as well as their cow milking area, chicken coops, pig pens, turkey pen and finished off with the family farm store - homemade cheeses, lots of fresh meat products, butter and produce. Great fun, check it out.
The farm did offer a very informative presentation on cheese making and gave you up close access to observe the animals. The tour size is small so you can ask questions and don't feel rushed. Several children were in our group and all seemed to be engaged and got a unique opportunity to get up close to the animals.
Such a late post: Thanks to Groupon, I took my mom on a farm tour since it was Mother's Day weekend. We both enjoyed all the information about the animal care, farm practices, cheese making, etc. The blue cheese was my fave and we also bought some beautiful, colorful fresh eggs. Wonderful staff and beautiful healthy looking animals.
My husband and I bought the groupon for the farm store and store credit. Our tour was given by the owner, Sally, who was knowledgable and friendly. The tour lasted about 2 hours, and we saw cows, chickens, pigs, geese, and ducks. It was certainly a hands-on tour, and we learned a lot about farming and cheese making! Maybe not the best for young kids, but interesting and fun nonetheless. Also, the cheese is delicious.
This tucked-away gem is well worth the drive! The owner/tour guide is friendly and knowledgeable, which is saying something because there is a LOT to learn about farming. Took a tour via Groupon and really enjoyed it. Bought some organic, farm-made cheese and jerky too, which was delicious!
I just took the most interesting tour of the PA Bowen Farm's cheesemaking enterprise and was thoroughly impressed. I highly recommend it!