When Long & Foster agent Taylor Huffman’s father was diagnosed with brain cancer, she and her husband did what they knew they had to do. In 2016, they took out a mortgage loan for over $1 million and bought the family farm – and they were only 21 and 22 years old at the time.
Now Winterbrook Farms in Frederick County, Maryland is a thriving 450-acre crop and hay operation. In addition, to serving their community, each year they open their doors to the public offering a pumpkin patch, sunflower field, farm animals, corn mazes, slides, a jumping pillow and apple cannons. One of their largest attractions are the giant transformers that are built out of old farm trucks and stand 30 feet tall. These transformers have even been featured in an article entitled “5 Weird Roadside Attractions in Maryland”.
Each fall, Huffman and her husband hire 60 staff members to help with the more than 25 activities at the farm and to help orchestrate their many events, such as a sunflower and a wine-tasting festival. “We have Maryland’s largest corn maze, with over five miles of trails,” said Huffman. “Each year, we pick a corn maze and coordinate it with a fundraiser.” The fundraisers started several years ago in memory of Taylor’s father, and since then they’ve raised over $50,000 which has been donated to such causes as the American Cancer Society and the American Brain Tumor Association.
In the past few years, they’ve supported more local causes. “This year, we chose the local non-profit for Veteran’s, Platoon 22, to raise awareness and money for their future veteran’s service center in Frederick,” said Huffman. “Platoon 22 is working to combat the rising veteran suicide rate, so we strongly believe in their mission and are excited to help with their fundraising goal.” Winterbrook Farm will hold a farm fundraiser for Platoon 22 on October 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. To see an interview with Huffman and view photos of the farm, click here.
In addition to running the farm, Huffman is a successful Long & Foster agent as the leader of the Taylor Huffman Team of Long & Foster in the Thurmont, Maryland office. Huffman’s real estate career began at age 16, when she became an administer in Long & Foster’s Frederick office. “I liked the fast-paced atmosphere that real estate offered, so I became a real estate agent at age 18 in 2011 and never left Long & Foster,” said Huffman. “I formed a team in 2018 and with only four people on the team, we did a little over $25 million in sales in 2019.”
Huffman is actively involved in the agriculture community and is a member of the Maryland Young Farmers Advisory Board and the Co-Chair on the Maryland Land Preservation Foundation Board. With this experience, Huffman now mainly focuses on the farms and land portion of her team’s business.