Maryland's Best

    Winter Farmers Market Guide

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    Even though the winter weather has arrived, farmers’ market season isn’t over yet!  More than 15 Maryland farmers’ markets will remain open for business throughout the winter months. Visit a winter market near you to pick up local winter produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, wines and much more! Several markets will also be featuring special holiday […]

    Get Fresh & Fragrant, Buy a Local Christmas Tree

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    This year be sure to visit a Maryland Christmas tree farm with your family. Not only do real trees look and smell beautiful, they are also a renewable, recyclable resource that keep unwanted waste out of our landfills and are good for the environment. Buying locally grown trees, including choose-and-cut trees, supports family owned farms […]

    Homegrown By Heroes

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    The Maryland Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition and MidAtlantic Farm Credit are pleased to announce the Maryland’s Best – Homegrown By Heroes Program. The purpose of this program is to support Maryland veteran farmers by branding products with the Maryland’s Best – Homegrown By Heroes logo and offering assistance through other […]

    Fall Farm Fun

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    Maryland’s farmers offer a variety of fall activities as a low-cost way for families to spend time together outdoors.  October is the perfect time to experience the fun of selecting your own pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns, getting lost in a corn maze, taking a hayride, or attending a fall festival. To find an ag-tourism destination near […]

    Choose Maryland Apples!

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    Maryland pick-your-own operations and farm stands are loaded with lots of local fruit and vegetable options as summer fades. Apple picking season is just underway at many pick-your-own orchards, with plenty of late peaches, tomatoes and other crops available to pick as well. Maryland is home to 171 apple orchards according to the latest U.S. […]

    Maryland’s Best Restaurant Promotion

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    The Maryland Department of Agriculture has launched the Maryland’s Best Restaurant Promotion to identify restaurants, their chefs, and their distribution partners who are supportive in sourcing, purchasing, preparing and promoting Maryland products and ingredients on their menus. Maryland Farmers produce the freshest, best tasting ingredients that are available in season and help to enhance any […]

    The 2016 Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail

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    Maryland has nine dairy farms that offer fresh, delicious on-farm ice cream. Together, they make up the Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail. Visit each creamery and get your trail passport stamped before September 23rd and you may be named Maryland’s 2016 Ice Cream Trail Blazer! 2016 Maryland Ice Cream Trail Passport

    Support Local CSAs

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    There is still time to join a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm and support local farmers while receiving healthful, fresh produce all summer long. CSA members pay an up-front subscription to farmers in return for a share of the season’s harvest, which is usually provided weekly. For convenience, many CSAs deliver to central locations for […]

    Addressing Food Waste

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    Many Maryland farmers and food companies make preventing waste a regular part of their business. One of the great tools available in the state is Maryland Food Bank’s Farm To Food Bank Program. This program engages a network of farms across the state in a partnership to provide hungry Marylanders with fresh, local produce. Through […]

    Maryland Nurseries & Garden Centers

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    Before landscaping and planting your spring gardens this year, be sure to go to a Maryland nursery or garden center. By choosing to purchase your annual bedding plants, perennials, shrubs and trees from Maryland producers, you will not only be supporting our family farmers, but also your local economy. Maryland is home to a thriving […]