Maryland's Best

    Get your greens, turkey, oysters and sip Maryland wine!

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    November is a great time to be a Marylander! A bit of the Southern warmth remains, while the days take on the chill of the season to come. It’s the perfect time to eat and drink local. Maryland farmers produce a bountiful crop of collards, kale, mustard greens and turnip greens. Most of the local […]

    Autumn is Apple Time!

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    The work of Maryland’s apple growers is paying off for you now! It’s Apple Month in Maryland! Varieties that range from Crispin, big golden green globes of sweetness, to the Stayman, with its tart and spicy flesh are ready for the eating. All these types of apples and the growers who produce them have stories […]

    Celebrate ‘Buy Maryland Seafood Days’

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    Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed Saturdays in the month of September as “Buy Maryland Seafood Days,” encouraging all Marylanders to support the state’s iconic seafood industry. From blue crabs and rockfish, to oysters and blue catfish, our state’s watermen provide a wide range of top quality, fresh seafood products. Purchasing these local products helps the […]

    Buy Local During Stay at Home Order

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    Click the map to go to our interactive web site connecting you directly with farmers and seafood companies doing direct sales to replace markets unavailable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Food and agriculture businesses remain essential under Governor Larry Hogan’s Stay at Home order; including farmers markets, farm stands, and local seafood suppliers.

    Make Summer Sweet!

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    Maryland’s watermelon harvest is well under way. Time to enjoy an ice cold slice of local goodness! Maryland’s farmers produced about 3,700 acres of melons in 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The melons are sold direct to consumers through farmers markets and farmstands. Also, many of the melons are sold through distributors […]

    Visit the Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail!

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    Maryland Department of Agriculture’s famous Ice Cream Trail is open this summer. Things are a bit different in light of COVID-19, but there is still dairy farm made ice cream to be tried all around the state! In fact, we’ve added one more farm this year, Nice Farms Creamery in Caroline County on the Eastern […]

    Celebrate life!

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    Maryland’s vineyards and winemakers offer a wonderful way to celebrate our great state! Curbside service is widely available and seating to provide social distancing as well. Learn about our wineries and cider producers here: For pairings of Maryland wine from Governor Hogan’s 2019 Buy Local Cookout, check this cookbook:

    Keep local beauty in your home

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    Make your safe space beautiful with Maryland cut flowers. A splash of living color and scents of nature can really lift your mood. To find Maryland cut flower growers, search our web site, or go to Maryland Grown Flowers Web Site Learn about Butterbee Farm in Baltimore County Butterbee Farm Soundbook

    Keep Calm and Carry Out

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    The “Keep Calm and Carry Out” social media campaign is a partnership between MDA, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Office of Tourism and the Maryland Restaurant Association to promote the many restaurants across the state that continue to offer carry-out and delivery services. For a full list of these restaurants, please visit: […]


    The Maryland Department of Agriculture—in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition and MidAtlantic Farm Credit— has adopted a new logo to for the Maryland’s Best Homegrown By Heroes program. Working with the Farmer Veteran Coalition, the new Maryland logo features refreshed colors and, most notably, the inclusion of a female service member. In an effort […]