HOLLYWOOD, MD– Locally produced food and home goods are now a click or page flip away. The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) has released the 2016 Farmers’ Market Guide, titled “So Maryland, So Good,” and it is currently available for download.
Guides can also be picked up during the first week of June at the following locations.
Shopping locally reconnects consumers with the cycles of nature and the bounty each new season brings. Fresh asparagus and strawberries in spring, succulent melons and sweet corn in summer, apples and pumpkins in the fall and more are available at the farmers market. The food bought at the farmers’ market is seasonal, that’s what makes it so special, according to the SMADC press release.
The Farmer’s Market Guide is one of the many resources created by SMADC in support of regional agriculture. The guide lists over 30 farmers’ markets in Southern Maryland and around the Metro DC area which feature genuine farm-grown produce, meats, poultry and seafood, baked goods, pickles, jams, dairy products and even local wine and beer.
You can find all kinds of local produce and home goods at local farmers markets from the following local farms:
In Calvert County:
Canaan Farms Pet and Farm Care, Inc., Cedar Spring Farm, Chesapeake’s Bounty LLC, Double Oak Farm, Dreamscape Farm, Finca Serena Alpaca Ranch, Fresh Meadows, Fridays Creek Winery, Hardesty Haven Farm, Holly’s Garden and Pushaw Station Pastured Poultry, Horsmon Farm, Kelly’s Nursery and Farm Inc., Little Cove Farm, Locust Hill Farm, Lucky Cricket Farm, Meadow View Farm, Monnett Farms, New Era Farm LLC, Open Gates Farm Bed and Breakfast, Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery, Prosperity Acres, Running Hare Vineyard, Scrivener’s Choose and Cut Tree Farm, Solomons Island Winery, Spicknall Farm , Spider Hall Farm LLC, Suit’s Chance Farm, Swann Farms, Trott’s Fresh Farm Produce, White Oak Point Farm, Wilson Farm, and Windy Willow Farm.
In Charles County:
Bristol’s Heart Farm, Farmstead of Charlotte Hall, Gilroy Farms, Halloran Lane Stable LLC., Hancock Farm Services, Harry H. Walter and Sons Inc., Homestead Farm, Idaho Farm, KeeP Em’ Buzzin’ Apiary and Honey Bee Farm Locust Grove, Melwood Recreation Ctr. Equestrian Program, Middleton’s Cedar Hill Farm, Next Step Produce, Serenity Farm Inc., Shlagel Farms, Slippery Slope Farm, Tyo’s Christmas Trees, and Williford Farms LLC.
In St. Mary’s County:
Alvey Brothers Farm, A Maze N Place, Arabesque Farm, Basford Creek Tree Farm, Beale Farm, Berrywood Farm, Bowles Farm, Bowles Mulch, Callaway Farm, Cedarhaven Farm, Circle C Oyster Ranchers Assoc. Inc., El Najah Arabians, Endless Endeavor Farm, Even’ Star Organic Farm, Evergreen Acres, Fairfield Farm, Finch Family Farm and Nursery, Forrest Hall Farm, Free Spirit Farm, Friendly Hall Farm, LLC, Friendship Forest Christmas Tree Farm, Greenwell Foundation, Hazlehurst Farm, Hollywood Pony Farm, Kellam’s Seafood, Moore or Less Farm, Nobella Alpaca Farm, Oyster Point Organic Farm, Port of Leonardtown Winery, Quail Field Farm, Russell’s Farm, Scarborough Farm, Southern Comfort Berry Farm, Springridge, Stauffer’s Farm Fresh Eggs, Stoney Creek Farm, Suttler Post, Swell Honey Farm, T and A Farm, Trossbach Produce, WAG Meats, Weaver’s Flower and Herb Gardens, Westfield Farm, and Woodbury Equestrian Center.
The guide will help prospective customers plan for what is coming into market, a regional market map, a harvesting chart unique to the area’s growing seasons and the markets’ web sites and Facebook pages.
The guide comes out in time to prepare for Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week starting July 23. Marylanders are asked to pledge to eat (and drink!) local farm foods for one week. For details, visit the Buy Local Challenge website.
SMADC is committed to a market-driven and sustainable farming future as Maryland transitions away from tobacco. The group is also taking steps towards a Maryland where farmland preservation, and environmental stewardship positively impact the quality of our air and water. By cultivating awareness among consumers and leaders of the vital role farms play in a balanced community, they can continue to provide safe, nutritious food and a healthier environment.
Jacqui Atkielski can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.