Long time ago…
Maryland west of the Chesapeake Bay might seem like an overflowing land of townhouses and car dealerships, but just 10 years ago there were still a lot of small farms and you-pick operations. Every year the number of farms that will allow me to run wild on their property diminishes, and I cry real tears at the thought of not being able to pick 15 pounds of PERFECTLY ripe berries.
Our family has always gone to the farm to pick fruits–getting all dirty and damp, each of us boasting that we’ve found the perfect, biggest, best morsel. The few short weeks of the strawberry season mean strawberries on cereal, salads, sandwiches, and tried-and-true Bisquick drop biscuits with heavy whipped cream.
Fellow agriculture fans do a better job of keeping track of those farms than me, and I’ve found substantial fresh-food listings for Maryland at these sites.
Maryland Agriculture Farm listing
Things I didn’t know. Dragonfly Farms in Mount Airy: producing things like black currant wine vinegar. I see what you did there.
Maryland Farmer’s Markets
Wow! TONS! With this map I can see that there are markets in the area of my job on Wednesday, Tuesday, AND Saturday.
Farmer’s Markets via the tourism bureau
Glen Burnie Mall has a farmer’s market?! I don’t believe it.
Chesapeake Bay area Freshfarm Markets
A little frou-frou, but there are D.C. and Annapolis locations that are convenient. I just prefer my farmers to actually roll up on a tractor.
Maryland Agriculture and Farming
Agriculture is still the largest land use in this state. Educate yourself!