Maryland's Best

    The 2018 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 2018 Ice Cream Trail Blazer! 2018 MD’s Best Ice Cream Trail Passport

    Crabs and Rockfish! Make it Maryland

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    The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Seafood Marketing Program encourages you to celebrate Father’s Day weekend with fresh Maryland seafood. Blue Crabs and Rockfish are two delicious options for your holiday menu and both are currently in-season. With its sweet, mild, and medium-firm and flaky texture, Maryland’s state fish, Rockfish can stand on its own as […]

    PICK LOCAL STRAWBERRIES

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    Strawberry season is in full swing. Find your local Farmers Market, U-pick farm, or farm stand for fresh, local strawberries! When selecting strawberries, be sure to look for a full, red color, bright luster and firm, plump flesh. Strawberries do not ripen after being picked, so be sure to choose fully ripe berries. The caps should […]

    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’s Best Seafood seeks Blue Catfish recipes!

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    Maryland’s Best Seafood—a program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture—is soliciting blue catfish recipes for inclusion in its upcoming Maryland Seafood Cookbook. The program is promoting the consumption of this tasty invasive species in an effort to mitigate its impact on other Chesapeake Bay mainstays like blue crab, rockfish and oysters. Recipes will be compiled […]

    Choose Maryland Oysters

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    One of our most intriguing foods, oysters are like fine wine, its flavor a mirror of its habitat. Move a grapevine, you get a different wine. Oysters are same. Maryland oysters are sweet and delicate A result of merroir, the content and characteristics of the sea in which it grows, the Chesapeake haunts every slurp […]

    Support A Local CSA

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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 […]

    2018 Maryland’s Best Expo Directory

    To download a pdf version of the 2018 Maryland’s Best Food & Beverage Expo Directory, please select the link below. 2018 Maryland’s Best Expo Directory

    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 tomatoes and other crops available to pick as well. Maryland is home to 171 apple orchards according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture Ag […]

    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 […]