The optimism and hope that the start of a new year brings is inspiring! It’s a chance to make changes, or try new things. Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, or maybe to buy more local products? As Maryland’s largest agricultural county with the most number of farms and farmland acres, agriculture plays a vital role in our economy and has far reaching effects on Frederick County’s quality of life. As an added benefit, local agriculture could also assist with your own personal New Year’s resolutions to be healthier.
Homegrown Frederick , an OED marketing initiative, is a tool for farmers and citizens that promotes local agriculture and business in order to preserve the rich heritage of our county.
At Homegrown Frederick, you’ll find the following tools to help with your goals to get healthy, and more:
- Find Local Agricultural Products – looking for local chicken, eggs, apples and more? Homegrown Frederick has the most comprehensive list available of local products from Frederick County’s farms.
- Buy Local Restaurants – support the restaurants who made the commitment to purchase food from local farms.
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Listing – sign-up for one of the 11 local CSAs ready to grow seasonal produce for you each week.
- Harvest Calendar – there’s no taste like home. To find out when a specific fruit or vegetable is ready to harvest, check out the chart of what’s in season in Frederick County agriculture.
- Farmers’ Markets – the first Farmers’ Market in Frederick County kicks off in April. Mark the 16 local markets now on your calendar and enjoy picking out the best fruits and vegetables in Frederick County.
- Creameries – not just for ice cream, Frederick County’s creameries also carry a variety of fresh-all-natural dairy products.
If your New Year’s goals are to grow your own products or maybe even to start a farm, we can help. Be on the lookout for informational and practical workshops all year long on our Calendar of Events. You’ll also find upcoming events such as Marketing Beyond the Brochure – tips on branding and social media for farmers, and the upcoming Central Maryland Forage Livestock Conference.