Maryland's Best

    Celebrate Summer with Maryland Crabs!

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    Maryland crabs sold here!  That sign says it all.  There are none better.  Whether you are eating at your local crab house or bringing Maryland Blue Crabs home by the bushel to steam and share with family and friends, support your Maryland watermen and buy local crabs harvested in Maryland.  Check out the links below to find a guide […]

    Maryland Peach Season!

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    Maryland is known for quality peaches, and harvesting is underway! To pick the best peaches, look for fruits that are deeply colored and firm, but slightly soft to the touch. Store them in a fridge and eat within a week for maximum freshness. Peaches are great raw but can also be incorporated into desserts, smoothies, […]

    Maryland Watermelon Season!

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    It’s watermelon season! To pick the juiciest, sweetest melon, look for firm melons that smell sweet on the ends. A single yellow splotch is a sign of ripeness, but avoid melons with many splotches. Local watermelons tend to be sweeter and fresher than imports. Watermelon stored in a refrigerator can last for several weeks. When […]

    Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program

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    The Farmers Market Nutrition Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture supplemental nutritional grant and provides checks to low income senior citizens and participants of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Theses checks can be redeemed to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, and cut herbs at local farmers markets.   Find the nearest […]

    Caring for Cut Summer Flowers!

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    Spread happiness this summer with beautiful flowers cut by Maryland growers! They serve as wonderful gifts, and by following the tips below, you can extend their longevity. You can also find out what is in season and meet local growers at Maryland Grown Flowers. Tips to make your flowers last longer: Clean Vases: wash containers and […]

    The 2017 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 25th and you may be named Maryland’s 2017 Ice Cream Trail Blazer! 2017 Ice Cream Trail Passport

    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 […]

    Maryland Fruit and Vegetable Seasonality Guide

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    From Cucumbers, watermelons, and apples to strawberries and sprouts, Maryland farmers produce a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Check out the link below for fruit and vegetable seasonality guides to find when your favorite produce is in season. Maryland Fruit and Vegetable Seasonality Charts  

    Support Local CSAs

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    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 pick up closer to subscriber’s […]

    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 […]