Michael Histon, with help from Courtney Garber of Union Bridge, background, tend to the automatic milking system as the ewe sheep feed on their ration of cracked corn and soybeans meal and roasted soy beans. The Histon's are currently milking 50 sheep. (photo by Phil Grout / July 11, 2012)

A New Windsor farm is one of three operations in Maryland that will be featured on Monday, July 16, during a Chefs Go Fresh farm tour

Local Washington and Maryland chefs will rev up for the motorcycle tour in an effort to build relationships with area chefs and purveyors of produce, meats and other farm-raised products.

Shepherds Manor Creamery in New Windsor, which produces "artisan sheep cheese," will be one of three stops on the tour.

The creamery and farm is operated by Colleen and Michael Histon, and was named by the Carroll County Department of Economic Development as its 2011 Agribusiness Award winner.


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For more information about the farm, go to shepherdsmanorcreamery.com or email shepherdsmanorcreamery@verizon.net.

The other two stops on the July 16 tour aren't far away — Black Ankle Vineyards and Winery, and England Acres beef sheep and chicken farm — both in the Frederick County side of Mount Airy.

The Chefs Go Fresh tour is being hosted by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Georgetown Media Group. For details, email ChefsGoFresh@georgetowner .com.

Chefs and others attending the event will start the day with breakfast in Washington, then ride motorcycles through the Maryland countryside, stopping at the farms for presentations by farmers.

The day will conclude with a pig roast lunch, which will also have a regional twist — it'll be hosted by television "Top Chef"finalist Bryan Voltaggio at his restaurant, Family Meal, in Frederick.