by Lisa Tome
There's a bumper crop of vineyards popping up in Cecil County.
According to Joanne Richart-Young, Agriculture Coordinator for Cecil's Office of Economic Development, the county is now home to five vineyards.
The Bohemia Manor Farm is home to the newest vineyard - Chateau Bu-De. Approximately 14,000 vines will be planted. Eventually, a tasting room will be part of that operation.
Chateau Bu-De joins the existing vineyards Dove Valley near Rising Sun, Terrapin Station, Elk Manor, and Turkey Point Vineyard. Turkey Point Vineyard will have a tasting room in downtown North East which is expected to open in May.
"The niche market for vineyards and wineries continues to grow in our county," said Richart-Young. "Cecil County will now, not only be part of the Chesapeake Wine Trail, but will have its very own wine trail." She said she expects that will bring in visitors from Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington D.C.
In other business from the Cecil County Office of Economic Development:
• Maryland Public Television (MPT) is focussing on Cecil County agriculture. MPT produced a popular 13-week series "Maryland Farm and Harvest". Two local agri-businesses will be spotlighted in coming episodes. Priapi Gardens in Cecilton hosted a camera crew about a month ago. Last week, MPT staffers were out at Warwick Mushroom Farms.