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Celebrate ‘Buy Maryland Seafood Days’

Celebrate ‘Buy Maryland Seafood Days’
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 ...

Buy Local During Stay at Home Order

Buy Local During Stay at Home Order
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 far...

March is Maryland Wine Month!

March is Maryland Wine Month!
There are nearly 1,000 acres of grapes growing in Maryland, from the mountains of Garrett and Allegany through the sandy shores of the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland. From full body reds, to crisp whites or a dry rosé, wineries in our state offer a wide selection that is sure to appease your...

MDA’S HOMEGROWN BY HEROES ADOPTS NEW LOGO

MDA’S HOMEGROWN BY HEROES ADOPTS NEW LOGO
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, mo...

Crunch Into Maryland Apples

Crunch Into 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 tomatoes and other crops available to pick as well. Many farms have roadside markets or pick-your-ow...

The 2019 Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail

The 2019 Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail
Maryland has nine dairy farms that offer fresh, delicious on-farm ice cream. Together, they make up the Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail. Visit each creamery and get your trail passport stamped before September 23rd and you may be named Maryland’s 2019 Ice Cream Trail Blazer! 2019 MD’s Best...

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...

Maryland's Best Seafood seeks Blue Catfish recipes!

Maryland's Best Seafood seeks Blue Catfish recipes!
Maryland’s Best Seafood—a program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture—is soliciting blue catfish recipes for inclusion in its upcoming Maryland Seafood Cookbook. The program is promoting the consumption of this tasty invasive species in an effort to mitigate its impact on other Chesa...

Choose Maryland Oysters

Choose Maryland Oysters
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 ha...

2018 Maryland's Best Expo

2018 Maryland's Best Expo
The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s annual Maryland’s Best Expo will be held on January 24, 2018 from 10am – 2pm at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the Banquet Room in Annapolis, MD.The meeting is designed for Maryland growers, producers, and processors interested ...

Maryland True Blue Crabs

Maryland True Blue Crabs
Only a small number of restaurants in Maryland reliably make their crab cakes from local crabmeat and the state does not require restaurants to identify the specific source of the meat. It’s time to stand behind our crab cakes and crab meat and proudly support this local luxury. True Blue, a promo...

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....

Caring for Local Cut Flowers!

Caring for Local Cut Flowers!
Spread happiness with beautiful flowers cut by Maryland growers! They serve as wonderful gifts, and by following the tips below, you can extend their longevity. You can also find out what is in season and meet local growers at Maryland Grown Flowers. Tips to make your flowers last longer: Clean Va...

Maryland Fruit and Vegetable Seasonality Guide

Maryland Fruit and Vegetable Seasonality Guide
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...

March is Maryland Wine Month

March is Maryland Wine Month
This March is the first ever Maryland Wine Month. Check out the Maryland Wineries Association web site for a calendar of events & activities taking place at wineries across the state as well as more info on an official Wine Month Challenge! Maryland Wine Week Calendar of Events Join us for the...

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! Sev...

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 ...

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 t...