Top 50x2: Hood College and House in the Woods Farm

In this year’s special edition of Frederick Top 50x2, we are recognizing Frederick County’s most resilient businesses that have been serving our community for 20 years or more.  Each week we will be highlighting businesses and organizations that were selected for the publication.  These are the companies that prove that Frederick County is a great place to do business. 

Hood College
401 Rosemont Ave | Frederick
Established: 1893

Founders: Potomac Synod of the Reformed Church of the United States—now the United Church of Christ

Founded in 1893 in Frederick, Maryland, Hood College is a coeducational, independent, liberal arts college. Hood offers 30+ bachelor’s degrees, 25 concentrations, 45+ minors, and pre-professional preparation in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry and law. With small class sizes, students receive individual attention from supportive faculty. Hood’s Graduate School serves the needs of Frederick and surrounding regions with 19 master’s degrees, two doctorates and 11 graduate certificate programs. The graduate programs provide leading-edge content in business, STEM, the humanities and education.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

The College’s proximity to Washington, D.C., Baltimore and the I-270 technology corridor gives students access to countless internships and research opportunities.  Downtown Frederick is within walking distance of Hood’s campus, so students have easy access to shops, galleries, restaurants and a vibrant downtown.

House in the Woods Farm
2225 Park Mills | Emmitsburg
Established: 2000

Founders: Phil and Ilene Freedman

House in the Woods Farm is a certified organic, national award-winning farm in Adamstown, Maryland, celebrating 20 years in production with a mission to connect you to the food, the land and the community. Our CSA/farm share program offers a 20-week growing season of organic produce and member-only U-Pick rows, all grown on the farm and featuring heirloom varieties. Extended season produce available. Phil and Ilene have a passion for education, inspiring families to explore the farm through our U-Pick rows, kid-friendly farm-to-table experiences and harvest events.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

In Frederick County, people like to support local businesses. We like serving the community that we live in, growing food for our neighbors, giving their families a destination and helping to enrich our own county.

What is a significant event in your company’s history?

The Crop Mob has been a favorite annual event on the farm. We co-host the event with The Common Market. It is a great way to involve the community; participants get their hands in the dirt, help get some spring tasks done and learn how an organic farm operates.

Frederick County is very fortunate to have an amazing business community, especially those that have been in business for over 20 years.  We understand that there are more than 100 legacy businesses in Frederick County, but unfortunately, we were not able to include all these businesses in the Top 50x2.  The businesses included were selected from responses submitted to a business survey.  OED staff verified the responses and then selected the businesses on a first come first serve basis.  If your business would like to be included in future opportunities, please email

Some photographs included in the publication were taken pre-COVID.  OED encourages everyone to follow precautionary guidelines set forth by the Frederick County Health Department.