Maryland's Best

    Take the Buy Local Challenge from July 22 – 30!

    This month, show your commitment to Maryland and eating local by taking the Buy Local Challenge. The Buy Local Challenge is a pledge to support Maryland farms by eating at least one locally grown item a day for a week, July 22 – 30, 2017. The Buy Local Pledge: “I pledge to eat at least one thing […]

    Celebrate Summer with Maryland Crabs!

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    It is crab season in Maryland! Whether making them for customers or for family, everyone will be impressed with the quality of freshly caught seafood from the Bay. Support Maryland fishermen and buy local! Check out the links below to find the nearest crab meat processing facilities, a guide to Maryland seafood, or check out […]

    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 […]