Celebrate Farmers Market Week in Maryland, Aug. 3-9
Governor Martin O’Malley has designated Aug. 3-9 as Farmers’ Market Week in Maryland to coincide with National Farmers’ Market Week, and MDA encourages you to celebrate by visiting farmers’ market and buying local products. There are 145 markets across the state – at least one in every county and Baltimore; 12 are open year-round. Search here for one near you.
It’s no accident that Farmers Market Week falls during the most bountiful time of year when farmers markets are full of fresh produce and vegetables.
Most Maryland farmers (97%) partcipate in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) for Women, Infants, Children (WIC) and Seniors. This program helps low-income citizens buy fresh local produce at nearby farmers’ market. About a quarter of the markets participate in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) – formerly known as food stamps.
Farmers’ Market Week follows soon after the Maryland Buy Local Challenge, which encourages residents to eat at least one locally grown product every day for a week. MDA encourages consumers to continue to eat local every day throughout farmers market week and beyond. For more info, visit www.marylandsbest.net.
Buy Local All Year!
July is a terrific month 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 take the Buy Local Challenge and pledge to eat at least one thing from a local farm every day during Buy Local Challenge Week, which is July 19-27! (If you missed the challenge
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.