Maryland's Best

    Maryland Oyster Weekend 8/5 – 8/8

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    To celebrate Maryland Oyster Weekend, Maryland’s Best Seafood—a program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture—has partnered with the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) to promote restaurants that participate in their Shell Recycling Alliance, which reclaims oyster shells and uses them to rebuild oyster habitat in the Chesapeake Bay. During Maryland Oyster Weekend, participating restaurants in Maryland, […]

    Try Chesapeake Bay 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 […]

    Enjoy the Ice Cream Trail!

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    The Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail’s 2021 season officially begins on May 28, and will run through September 30. Now in its ninth year, the Ice Cream Trail is designed to promote the state’s dairy industry, and has become increasingly popular, drawing participants from across the state and beyond. The 2021 Ice Cream Trail features […]

    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 […]

    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: […]

    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.

    Local oysters, kale, cheese goodness! Enjoy!

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    The holidays are here! While seasonal celebrations will be smaller this year, it is still a perfect time to include local seafood and farm products on your table. “This is a holiday season unlike any other, and it is more important than ever that we continue to support the men and women who have worked […]

    Make the Holidays Local!

    Maryland farmers offer some of the freshest holiday trees available, including the popular Fraser fir and Canaan fir as well as the Douglas fir, Concolor fir, Scotch pine, White pine, and Blue spruce. According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture for Maryland, there are more than 185 Christmas tree growers in the state with nearly […]

    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 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: