Fall Harvest is Underway; Watch for Big Equipment
The Fall harvest has started throughout most Maryland farms, and that means motorists may find themselves sharing the road with large, slow-moving farm equipment from one of Maryland’s 12,300 farms.
“Farmers are legally allowed to operate farm equipment on public roadways and there are times when farm vehicles must operate on highways to move between farm and field,” said Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. “I encourage all motorists to be patient when traveling on roads near Maryland farms and drive with caution to ensure the safety of motorists and farmers.”
A farmer understands that your trip is being delayed, so he or she will pull off of the road at the first available safe location to allow you to pass. Do not assume that the farmer can immediately move aside to let you pass. Road shoulders may be soft, wet or steep, and this can cause a farm vehicle to tip, or the shoulder may be unable to support a heavy farm vehicle.
“Farmers continue to learn more about highway safety. Over 400 farmers attended five Farm Bureau trucking forums early this year held in partnership with the State Highway Administration and the Maryland State Police,” said Maryland Farm Bureau President Chuck Fry. “However, even with precautionary measures from farmers, drivers may be in too much of a hurry to recognize farm equipment moving to and from operations.”
For tips that will help ensure the safety of motorists, passengers, and operators of slow-moving equipment, click here.
Buy Local All Year!
Summer and, yes, even early Fall is a terrific time for dedicating yourself to buying and eating local. So much is in season and available for cooking and eating.
MDA (and Maryland farmers) encourage all Marylanders to to eat at least one thing from a local farm every day.
It's not only good for you, it's a great way to find out what nearby farms are growing and how critically important they are to our state's economy.
To practice eating local, visit a farmers market or stand near you. Find one near you on our recently redesigned Maryland's Best website.
On July 24, Governor Martin O'Malley hosted the seventh annual Buy Local Cookout. Sixteen teams of chefs, working with local producers, will showcase the delicious meals they make with ingredients they source close to home. For more on the event and buying local.
For a free cookbook of recipes submitted by local chefs to the cookout, click here.