The Grove at Harford

2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Harford County, Md., MD

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About the Program

Category: Community and Economic Development (Best in Category)

Year: 2022

The Grove at Harford was founded as an outlet for farmers, artists, and food processors in Harford County to sell their products directly to local consumers and to promote local agriculture commerce and sustainability. Billed as “Harford County’s agribusiness incubator,” the Grove is an open-air building with eight interior stalls, with two kiosks and exterior stands available, each leased to a local agricultural entrepreneur with varying handcrafted products and specialties. The creation of The Grove at Harford was a collaboration between numerous Harford County departments – Administration, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Facilities and Operations, and Parks and Recreation – to fill the need for a local marketplace and to give vendors a centralized, direct connection to customers in a rural part of the county. The Grove also serves as an event space for festivals, farmers markets, and more, functioning as a gathering place for county residents to enjoy food, entertainment, and to support local business. After construction is completed in 2022 on a playground, pavilion, and trail system, the Grove location will complete its transformation into an agricultural destination for all Harford County families to enjoy.