Maryland's Best

    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.

    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: […]

    Sign up for a Maryland 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 pickup closer to subscriber’s home or work on a […]

    MDA’S HOMEGROWN BY HEROES ADOPTS NEW LOGO

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    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 […]

    Maryland Farmers’ Market Directory 2020

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    Farmers’ market season is just beginning and we have a directory that will tell you where you can get all your farmer’s market needs! Visit a farmer’s market near you to pick up local fruits & vegetables, meats, eggs, cheeses, ice cream, wines and much more!  Check out our 2020 Directory below to find a […]

    Try Maryland Blue Catfish!

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    Since they were first introduced into the Chesapeake Bay, the blue catfish population has increased dramatically. This invasive species was first introduced into our waters during the 1970s and is now prolific throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In 2018 there was an estimated 500 million pounds of blue catfish in the bay. Due to lack […]

    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 […]

    2019 Maryland’s Best Expo Directory

    To download a pdf version of the 2019 Maryland’s Best Food & Beverage Expo Directory, please select the link below. 2019 Maryland’s Best Expo Directory

    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 […]

    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