Larriland Farm is family owned and operated by the Moores. Larry and Polly started the pick your own farming operation in 1973. Three of their four children work on the farm. The second oldest daughter, Lynn, is the president of Larriland Farm. Their two sons, Guy and Fenby, are the vice presidents. The oldest daughter, Nancy, lives on the farm but is not involved in the operation. Lynn, Guy and Fenby are responsible for the daily management of the farm.
In 1963, Larry Moore sold his farm in Guilford, Maryland to the Rouse Co. and bought this farm in western Howard County. Prior to 1963, Larry had a dairy herd. Each dairy herd required a prefix to the cow’s name to identify the herd and its bloodlines. The prefix that he chose was Larri-, hence, the name Larriland Farm (pronounced Larry land).
After selling the dairy herd, Larry began growing agronomic crops such as soybeans, alfalfa, wheat, etc. He then grew turf. After several years in the turf business, he began looking for other options because he felt that turf depleted the soil too much. He considered the soil to be his most precious resource. About this time, his children expressed an interest in farming (having been brain washed for the prior 15 years to consider this option). And so began the fruit and vegetable operation in 1972.
In 1973, they harvested the first acre of strawberries. In that same year, they planted peach and apple trees. Today they grow 10 acres of strawberries, 3 acres of tart cherries, 2 acres of sweet cherries, 1 acre black raspberries, 3 acres of red raspberries, 1/4 acre of purple raspberries, 5 acres of blueberries, 3 acres of thornless blackberries, 19 acres of peaches, 19 acres of apples and 15-20 acres of vegetables including spinach, beets, tomatoes, broccoli, and pumpkins.
In March 2013, we purchased another farm, one mile north of Larriland Farm, on Route 94, Woodbine Road. This new farm, The Moore Farm, will grow pumpkins for picking on weekends in October. Adding 35 acres of crop ground allows us to do a better job with crop rotation for pumpkins. Pumpkins do best with a 5 year crop rotation. We were out of ground at Larriland Farm.