Inside the New Urban Farm in Mount Rainier

New Brooklyn Farms thyme Mount Rainier Maryland

Photo courtesy of New Brooklyn Farms.

The Route 1 corridor’s rapidly growing community of farmers, roasters, brewers and distillers are working together in some surprising ways.

In recent years, a number of interesting artisanal businesses have started up locally, a sign of a healthy, dynamic community.

But the cooperative efforts that they’re engaging in are an even better sign.

The latest example: Mount Rainier’s New Brooklyn Farms has launched a “farmer in residence” with Stephanie Freeman to grow produce for Relish Market inside the Savor at Studio 3807 food hall just up the street in Brentwood, slated to open in the coming months.

Doug Adams bought some land next to his childhood home in the heart of Mount Rainier and began growing food in container gardens. As part of New Brooklyn Farms, he is building a 30-foot-by-48-foot high tunnel hoophouse from scratch on the site in order to grow a select variety of rare and specialty herbs, peppers, greens, and flowers. That’s in addition to what he’s already growing: lemon thyme, microgreens and a rare Trinidadian pimento pepper.

The urban farm, which is slated to officially open soon, is also partnering with College Park’s Numi Yoga studio to host a “Yoga @ the Park” event on Sept. 30 in a green event space area of the farm, with yoga followed by a tasting of craft beverage featuring lemon thyme grown at the farm.

And New Brooklyn Farms is just one example of this cooperative effort taking place along the Route 1 corridor.

• Calvert Brewing Co. in Upper Marlboro worked with Hyattsville’s Hope Honey Farm to make limited-edition Honeyville beer.

• Streetcar 82 Brewing Co. worked with Vigilante Coffee to develop a coffee stout using locally roasted beans.

• Maryland Meadworks is also working with Vigilante on a coffee-flavored mead, and uses wildflower honey from Hope Honey Farm and lemon thyme from New Brooklyn Farms.

Sangfroid Distilling is looking into collaborating with Streetcar 82, Franklins, Vigilante or Maryland Meadworks after it opens later this year.

• Vigilante, Busboys and Poets and other local businesses send a lot of their food waste for compost to ECO City Farms in Edmonston.

And that’s not to mention the local businesses selling food from Shortcake Bakery or getting furniture from Community Forklift and Tanglewood Works, or the close relationships between Tanglewood, Cookie Wear and Suffragette City.

It’s great that Route 1 has so many interesting artisanal businesses, but it’s even better that they’re working so well together.

If you want to follow the progress of New Brooklyn Farms, check out their active Instagram page.

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2 Responses to Inside the New Urban Farm in Mount Rainier

  1. This is such a great article about local small businesses are all working together. Just to add to the intertwining of us all, Tanglewood has a dark brew candle with beans donated by Vigilante and we also built and painted all the furniture for Maryland Meadworks with assistance from local Artist Peter McClintock, whose SoHy Art Banner also graces route one. Team Tanglewood looks forward to many new partnerships in the future. Here’s a hint for our newest collaboration, “What’s better than curling up with a great ……..?” New pop-up opens Oct. 4th. Stay tuned.

  2. Thanks Sue! Please continue keeping us posted.

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