For 17 generations, members of Catherine Webb's family have worked or lived on Springfield Farm in northern Baltimore County, where chickens and turkeys roam the hilly ground and, three days a week, Webb sells eggs and chicken meat from a farmhouse garage-turned-store.
In Webb's view, such direct-to-consumer sales will sustain the farm's operation for future generations, which include her two daughters and her sister's children.
But neighbors have fought a 2006 proposal by her parents to build a farmer's roadside stand inside a three-level barn. The plan sparked a years-long zoning battle and put farm upgrades on hold, Webb said.
This month, the family got word that a decision by Maryland's second highest court could bring the family's vision closer to reality. In an opinion issued Feb. 6, the Court of Special Appeals reversed a Baltimore County Circuit Court decision that denied the request to run the roadside stand.