Wild Caught Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish
The Chesapeake blue catfish was introduced into the Chesapeake Bay decades ago and has drastically increased in numbers. Tasting similar to rockfish, blue catfish are not your typical “catfish.” The fish is a tasty, white flaky fish that is excellent in a variety of recipes, such as our Maryland’s Best recipes.
Eating the wild-caught Chesapeake blue catfish is not only good for you, it’s helping the Chesapeake Bay. Blue catfish is consuming other species in the Bay, such as crabs, oysters, rockfish, and anything else in its path, which is causing ecological damage.
Consumers can find the fish in select grocery stores and restaurants. Maryland’s Best has compiled a list of both retail and restaurants that serve the wild-caught Chesapeake blue catfish.Learn More
March is Maryland Wine Month!
Get in a Situation-Sip During Maryland Wine Month! Governor Moore has declared March as Maryland Wine Month and there is much to celebrate. The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Maryland’s Best program and the Maryland Wine Association have partnered to highlight fun pairings and offer prizes to consumers. All month long, follow Maryland’s Best Instagram or Facebook pages for suggested “Situation-Sip” pairings; wineries across the state have come up with the best wines for all your situationships. For example, when you’re with the person that always takes you on a “date” at home, we suggest Loew Vineyard’s Ancestry, 2021, which is big and bold – unlike your partner. Consumers are encouraged to submit their own situation-sips by posting online and tagging @mdsbest and @marylandwine. The best ones will be featured online and the consumer will win a gift card to the winery they featured! Additionally, consumers are encouraged to visit three (or more!) participating wineries during the month. “Getting people to experience farms in different ways, like a winery, is one of our goals at the department,” says Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Kevin Atticks, “connecting consumers to the land and where products come from not only enhances […]
You make me want to, SHUCK & STOUT!
Join us in FeBREWary as we celebrate locally made beer and locally harvested Maryland oysters! We’ve put together a list of pairings for you to enjoy that you can find at restaurants across the state in the month of February. Grab your loved ones and introduce them to a palate-pleaser that may tickle their senses and warm their souls. FEATURED PAIRINGS TO TRY IN FEBRUARY: FEBRUARY 1 – Eat at Forward Brewing + Enjoy Forward Brewing Homebrut Hazy Pale Ale (made with Maryland hops and malt in collaboration with Annapolis Green) and Chipotle Oyster Soup, featuring ‘Severn Select’ oysters from Annapolis Oyster Co. and play Oyster Trivia! Please note: Forward Brewing will continue to offer Maryland oysters even after the event on Feb 1. FEBRUARY 10 – Eat at The Pit Shack food truck + enjoy oysters from Kent Narrows at Hopkins Farm Brewery from 12-5pm. FEBRUARY 10 – Visit Burley Oak Brewing Company for their Valentine’s Market + Enjoy their Oyster Stout made with Fallen Pine Oyster Company oysters. Shucking lessons will also be onsite with the owner of Fallen Pine, Dan Worrell. All Month Long – Every Thursday eat at Atlantic Food & Spirits + Enjoy $ Bay and Salt Buoy oysters […]
Got Oysters? A Maryland Oyster Guide
Contrary to popular belief, Maryland oysters are available year-round and you no longer have to wait for an “r” month to come around. Whether you shuck at home or are looking for a place to enjoy, make sure you ask for Maryland oysters! Supporting the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay contributes to the health of the overall Bay and supports the local economy. Oysters are nature’s “filters” and play a vital role in the ecosystem. Check out this video supplied by the Oyster Recovery Partnership on the effectiveness of oysters in the water! Speaking of the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP), did you know you can recycle oyster shells and ORP will pick them up and use them to plant new baby oysters (called spat)?? Look for the ORP logo at your favorite restaurants to ensure they are recycling. To start slurping (or savoring), click the link to find Maryland oysters and always ask the server at a restaurant if you’re not sure. Use the videos and links below to learn the best ways to buy, clean and shuck this tasty seafood! How to Buy Oysters Buying Guide- Maryland Oysters How to Clean Oysters Wild oysters may need a quick […]
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February is the perfect time to enjoy Maryland oysters. Chef Tony Marciante, from Chef Tony’s Seafood, shows us how to fry them up in this simple recipe using local Chincoteague oysters.
Supporting the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay contributes to the health of the overall Bay and supports the local economy. Oysters are nature’s “filters” and play a vital role in the ecosystem. The best way to participate is to eat Maryland oysters whenever you can and to recycle their shells – that’s right, you can recycle oyster shells by visiting restaurants that participate in the Shell Recycling Alliance program. To find a list of restaurants, visit the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s site here.