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Harris Teeter Produce, Meat & Seafood Meeting on 4/17

Harris Teeter Produce, Meat & Seafood Meeting on 4/17

The Maryland Department of Agriculture announces an opportunity for produce growers and meat and seafood producers to meet one-on-one with buyers from Harris Teeter. This event includes a presentation from the company, information on GAP certification and one-on-one meetings with produce and meat/seafood buyers. Agenda for the Meeting on Monday, April 17th: 9:00 am – […]

Get Fresh & Fragrant, Buy a Local Christmas Tree

Get Fresh & Fragrant, Buy a Local Christmas Tree

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 […]

Winter Farmers Market Guide

Winter Farmers Market Guide

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 […]

Fall Farm Fun

Fall Farm Fun

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!

Choose Maryland Apples!

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

Maryland's Best Restaurant Promotion

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 […]

Enjoy Maryland Watermelons!

Enjoy Maryland Watermelons!

August is the perfect time to enjoy delicious local watermelons. This sweet treat is not only great tasting, but also has many health benefits including being the lycopene leader in fresh produce. Maryland watermelons are vine-ripened and grown by about 50 farm families. Look for Maryland watermelons in the local section of your grocery store […]

Take the Buy Local Challenge from July 23 - 31

Take the Buy Local Challenge from July 23 - 31

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 23 – 31, 2016. The Buy Local Pledge: “I pledge to eat at least one thing […]

Addressing Food Waste

Addressing Food Waste

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 […]

2016 Maryland Buyer-Grower Expo Directory

2016 Maryland Buyer-Grower Expo Directory

The Maryland Buyer-Grower Expo Directory contains all of the preregistered exhibitors and attendees from the 2016 Expo. Exhibitors include growers, processors, and watermen with products ranging from fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, oysters, specialty products, and more. Buyers include wholesale buyers from grocery retailers, restaurants, schools, and other venues. 2016 MD Buyer-Grower Expo Directory

2016 Maryland Farmers Market Conference

2016 Maryland Farmers Market Conference

REGISTER NOW! March 15, 2016 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm $30 per person Maryland Department of Agriculture 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401 Come and learn all about the best marketing tips for your Maryland farmers market, the new and exciting opportunities for markets in Maryland, and current regulations in preparation for […]

Fresh, Local Maryland Turkeys

Fresh, Local Maryland Turkeys

This Thanksgiving, Maryland families are encouraged to purchase local, farm-fresh turkeys from one of the many Maryland turkey growers across the state. “For the freshest, best tasting turkey this Thanksgiving, order a locally raised Maryland turkey,” said Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “Don’t forget to place your orders early for local Thanksgiving turkeys, as many Maryland […]

You & Your Farmer - Selfie Contest

You & Your Farmer - Selfie Contest

Maryland Department of Agriculture encourages you to take “selfies” with your favorite farmer and tweet or post them on Facebook using #GetYourFRESHon! MDA’s Maryland’s Best program will use some of the hashtagged photos in its promotions of farmers markets and Maryland agriculture around the state. The social media campaign will run until Dec. 1st, after which […]

Small Farm Conference 11/6 & 11/7

Small Farm Conference 11/6 & 11/7

Be sure to sign up for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Small Farm Conference on November 6th & 7th in Princess Anne. The purpose of this two-day educational event is to provide a venue for farmers, landowners and supporters of agriculture to come together to network and learn about new opportunities and strategies that promote farm […]

Celebrate Maryland Farmers' Market Week

Celebrate Maryland Farmers' Market Week

Celebrate Maryland Farmers’ Market Week, Aug 2nd – 8th, by visiting a farmers’ market near you! Purchase fresh and delicious local products, get to know your area farmers, and enjoy some of the Farmers’ Market Week Festivities with family and friends! To find a farmers market near you, use the search box above. Learn more […]

UMES “Exploring New Farm Income Opportunities” BUS TOUR

Although farmers face many challenges today, there still remain alternative ways and strategies to increase farm profits. The purpose of this educational tour is to provide farmers an opportunity to learn from successful agriculture entrepreneurs and experts from the Eastern Shore of MD all the way to Gettysburg, PA. The stops chosen for the tour […]

Sweet Maryland Strawberries

Sweet Maryland Strawberries

Spring is here and so are Sweet Maryland Strawberries. Support our family farmers and local economy by purchasing Maryland 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 […]

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Publications

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Publications

Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a growing business model for farms in Maryland and nationally.  In a typical CSA, members pledge to help cover the anticipated costs of the farm’s production for part of or the entire season.  And in return the members receive a portion of the farm’s crops over the designated time period of […]

Maryland Dairy Farmers

Maryland Dairy Farmers

Maryland dairy farms are producing some great cheese, ice cream, yogurt and other value-added products these days. Part of a national trend toward small artisanal production, our producers are a diversified group with delightful tastes awaiting you. Dairy farmers selling cheese, ice cream and other dairy products direct to consumers Baltimore County Prigel Family Creamery […]

Enjoy Locally Raised Meats

Enjoy Locally Raised Meats

From beef and pork to poultry, lamb, bison and more, Maryland farmers have a wide variety of meats available for consumers who want to buy locally-raised products. You can enjoy locally raised meats year around, while supporting the state’s farmers and economy. The video below is a soundbook profile of SB Farms, a pasture fed bison operation […]

Maryland Grain Farmers

Maryland Grain Farmers

Maryland’s grain farmers manage about a million acres in the state. Much of the corn, soybean, wheat and barley production in the state goes to support Maryland’s top ag sector, poultry production on the Eastern Shore. According to the USDA NASS 2013 Statistics, grain farmers produce about $678 million in grains and oil seeds.

2014 Maryland Buy Local Cookout Recipes

2014 Maryland Buy Local Cookout Recipes

Check out the recipes selected for Governor O’Malley’s 7th Annual Buy Local Cookout, which celebrated Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week, July 19-27, and encouraged all Marylanders to eat at least one locally grown, made or harvested product each day. Recipes for the event, submitted by teams of Maryland chefs and producers, were selected for their […]

Take the Buy Local Challenge

Take the Buy Local Challenge

This month help support Maryland’s family farmers and enjoy fresh local food by taking the Buy Local Challenge. All you have to do to take the challenge is commit to eating local during Buy Local Week (July 19th – July 27th, 2014).  Buying from local farms promotes cleaner air and water and reduces our carbon […]

Maryland Wine Week: June 13th through 23rd

Maryland Wine Week: June 13th through 23rd

Maryland Wine Week is a celebration of Maryland wine, hard cider and mead produced by our 65+ wineries throughout Maryland. You like good things. Good food. Good company. Good wine… Maryland Wine Week is our chance to support the businesses that produce and pour local wine and spread the word about the great fermentations happening […]

Redesigned Maryland's Best Web Site

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has redesigned the Maryland’s Best web site. New features include a smartphone friendly site, advanced mapping features, ability to save favorite locations and much more. If you are a company that is already listed on Maryland’s Best and would like to make changes to your listing, please select the link […]

Maryland Farmer's Markets

Maryland Farmer's Markets

The 2014 Maryland Farmers’ Market listings of locations and hours for each of the state’s markets is now available through the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) website. This year, some 150 markets will be open with at least one in every county and Baltimore City. Several of the early markets in the state, including the […]

Governor O'Malley's Buy Local Cookout

Governor O'Malley's Buy Local Cookout

The 2014 Buy Local Cookout will take place Thursday, July 24, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Government House in Annapolis. This is the seventh annual Buy Local Cookout that Governor and Mrs. O’Malley will host. Attendance at this event is invitation only. The Benefit of Buying Local

Sweet Maryland Strawberries

Sweet Maryland Strawberries

Spring is here and so are Sweet Maryland Strawberries. Support our family farmers and local economy by purchasing Maryland 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 […]

Maryland Wine Week

Live local, eat local, drink local! We’re celebrating Maryland’s wineries June 14-24th. There are more than 400 different wines to choose from in the state. Award winning wines. Wines connected to Maryland soils. Wines with attitude and those with a gentle nature. Participating Wine Sellers and Restaurants Find Maryland’s Wineries   Meet Maryland winemakers Carol […]

We're Talking Turkey!

The holiday season is coming up fast, so be sure to order your local, farm-fresh turkey before it’s too late. Buying a turkey from a local farmer offers a fresh and flavorful alternative to the all too common frozen fare. Not only will your family enjoy delicious local turkey, but you will also be supporting […]

Choose MD Apples

It is hard to find a simple pleasure sweeter than a Maryland apple in the early autumn. A $7.2 million business, apple farmers in Maryland produce some of the best varieties in the world! Varieties from the Crispin and the Ginger Gold to the Stayman and the MacIntosh. All sweet and with a lot of […]

Enjoy Maryland Watermelons

August is the perfect time to enjoy delicious local watermelons. This sweet treat is not only great tasting, but also has many health benefits including being the lycopene leader in fresh produce. With its sandy soils and hot &amp rainy summers, Maryland provides the optimum growing conditions for watermelons. To the right is the 2012 […]

Chefs Go Fresh Ride

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Maryland Grain Farmers

Maryland’s grain farmers are a significant part of our state’s agriculture. According to the latest Ag Census 460,000 acres were devoted to corn production and 386,000 acres to soybeans. Together with wheat and barley, those crops make up more than 20 percent of the farm income in Maryland. In 2010, grain and soybean farmers brought […]

Maryland Real Christmas Trees

This December, make sure to buy a fresh, real Maryland Christmas tree. By buying a real Maryland Christmas tree, you will not only be supporting our Maryland farmers, but you will also be making the overall best “green” choice for the environment and local economy. While they’re growing, Christmas trees absorb carbon dioxide and other […]

Buy Local for the Holidays

This year, for gift giving, consider your Maryland agricultural options. A bottle of wine, a local artisan cheese, plants. Or thinking ahead, why not give the gift of a CSA membership! Imagine 2012 as a year filled with gift giving as your loved one picks up his or her weekly share from a Maryland farm. […]

We're Talking Turkey

The holiday season is coming up fast, so be sure to order your local, farm-fresh turkey before it’s too late. Buying a turkey from a local farmer offers a fresh and flavorful alternative to the all too common frozen fare. Not only will your family enjoy delicious local turkey, but you will also be supporting […]

Time to look for Maryland Apples

It is hard to find a simple pleasure sweeter than a Maryland apple in the early autumn. A $7.2 million business, apple farmers in Maryland produce some of the best varieties in the world! Varieties from the Crispin and the Ginger Gold to the Stayman and the MacIntosh. All sweet and with a lot of […]

Maryland Farm to School

Celebrate Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week, Sept. 12th to the16th as part of the Maryland Farm to School program. School cafeterias around the state are participating with Maryland grown fruits and vegetables such as peaches, watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes and more! Look for Maryland grown fruits and vegetables on the school lunch menu. For home packed […]

Celebrate Farmers Markets

August 7-13 is National Farmers Markets Week. Think of it as a time to make sure you are buying local and eating fresh from the bounty of Maryland farms! The number of Maryland farmers markets has grown from 72 in 2007 to 125 in 2011. Support farmers markets and you are: supporting small family […]

Delicious in August. Watermelons!

Maryland farmers harvest 2,295 acres of watermelons according to USDA’s Ag Census. In addition to many farms around the state (273 farms) who grow watermelons in smaller quantities for farm-stands and farmers markets, the State is also home to one of the nation’s largest watermelon producing regions on the Eastern Shore. […]

Buy Local Challenge

July in Maryland brings with it fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, peaches, greens of every sort and watermelons towards the end of the month! It’s a time to look for local and find it at farmers markets, grocery stores, restaurants and farm stands. In the midst of all this local goodness comes the Buy Local Challenge, […]

Farmers Market Survey

MDA is conducting a Farmers Market Survey, sponsored by a grant from the Federal‑State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) of USDA. This 3‑part survey is the first of its kind at the state level in Maryland and is intended to capture information on the economic activity at markets, consumer preferences, and get a clear sense […]

Maryland Wine Week!

Are you an avid ‘locapour’? Or, are you stuck on those stodgy California and French wines? It’s time to celebrate part of Maryland’s Best during Maryland Wine Week, June 3-12. Local wine is sustainable, keeps green space green and is good tasting! Click here to view a special promotional message for Maryland Wine! http://marylandwine.org/ww-2011/http://www.marylandwine.com/

June is Maryland's Dairy Month

Whether it’s ice cream, artisanal cheese, frozen yogurt or a cool glass of milk, Maryland residents are encouraged to purchase local dairy products to celebrate National Dairy Month. Dairy is the third largest agricultural commodity in Maryland and there are more than 520 dairy farms across the state. Be sure to enjoy Maryland dairy goodness. […]

Strawberry time in Maryland!

It’s time to start looking for local Maryland strawberries! These sweet beauties beat the biggest West Coast berry any day. Maryland strawberry grower Russ Shlagel explains that the ripening process of strawberries truly makes local much better than their cousins put on trucks and shipped a thousand miles or more. So ask for Maryland strawberries […]

Local Recipes Wanted

Governor Martin O’Malley invites teams made up of a chef and one or more farmer, waterman, or producer to submit original recipes using local ingredients for Maryland 4th annual “Buy Local Cookout,” to be held at Government House in Annapolis on Thursday, July 21, 2011. The cookout is the signature kick-off event for the […]

Dishing up Maryland

A new book from Harford County food writer Lucie Snodgrass with photos by Edwin Remsberg, will be released in March. This book features many Maryland’s Best farmers and chefs and their wonderful recipes filled with local food. Part of the proceeds from sales of this book will benefit MDA’s Maryland’s Best program. Read more at: […]