What is Chocolates and Tomatoes Farm?
Chocolates and Tomatoes Farm strives to be sustainable, colorful, and delicious. The founding of Chocolates and Tomatoes in 2013 was the start to realizing a long-time dream. The founder, farmer, and chocolatier of Chocolates and Tomatoes is Mark Mills. He graduated from pastry school in 2013, but has long worked in the restaurant industry. Chocolates and Tomatoes allows him to share his passion for unique foods and flavors by growing them sustainably, creatively crafting edible yumminess, and selling locally. Learn more about our milestones by visiting our Facebook page.
Growing the Fruits, Herbs, and Vegetables
We grow fruits, herbs, and vegetables using sustainable practices that respect and protect the soil (see our agricultural practices page). After searching for the perfect spot for many years, we have settled in Middletown, MD.
On our 11 acre property, we have 3 acres fenced where we do much of our growing out of reach of the deer. In our high tunnel at the top of the hill, we grow most of our tomatoes. We have begun an orchard in the side field where we hope to have apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries, apricots, and more in the future. We planted over 100 trees there, but it will probably be 2022 or 2023 before the trees are ready to share yummy treats. We also grown potatoes in that field because the deer don't find those leaves so tasty.
Growing vegetables requires many materials and resources. We are thankful that we have many friends and colleagues who have helped us. See our Thank You page for more information.
Crafting the Chocolates
Mark hand-crafts his chocolates. He is inspired to create unique flavor combinations by the flavors of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. He hand-paints and air-brushes the colors with cocoa-butter colors. He would be happy to collaborate with you to develop special flavors and designs for your special occasions. We have provided chocolates for weddings, bar mitzvah's, and other special events. Contact Mark and let us help you make yours unique.
Buying Our Fruits, Herbs, Vegetables and Chocolates
We sell our fruits, herbs, vegetables, and chocolates right on the farm! In 2021, come see us (7957 Hollow Road, Middletown, MD) on Saturdays between May 8-September 11, 9:00am-1:00pm. You can order online directly from Chocolates and Tomatoes for Saturday on-farm pickup (see our shop tab). We also sell through Maryland Harvest (check them out if you want a Montgomery County pickup location) and Frederick Fresh (they have pickup sites in Frederick and the more southern parts of Frederick County).