Celebrate Maryland Agriculture Week

Governor Hogan declared March 20-26, 2017 as Maryland Agriculture Week. Frederick County has over 181,000 acres of land that is devoted to agriculture, providing a large variety of products to the residents of this county and region. Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate Maryland’s largest industry? Frederick has lots of great options for fun things to do, and here are a few suggestions:

  1. Visit a Winery/Brewery/Distillery - Frederick County is a state leader in the craft beverage industry. Did you know we are home to the first farm brewery, first cidery, first meadery and the largest winery in the state? Check out our Frederick County Craft Beverages guide and visit one of our 3 farm breweries, 12 wineries, or distillery to try out some locally grown and produced beverages.
  2. Visit a Creamery - Frederick County is home to 2 on-farm Creameries. South Mountain Creamery offers a variety of dairy products such as ice cream, milk, butter, and cheese. Rocky Point Creamery offers a wide variety of Ice Cream flavors.
  3. Sign-up for a CSA - 14 Frederick County farms offer Community Supported Agriculture programs, or CSAs. You can purchase your “share” and receive a box or bag of seasonal produce each week throughout the season. Looking for a CSA nearby? Visit Homegrown Frederick-CSA
  4. Dine out at a local restaurant that buys local - Several Frederick County restaurants support local farmers, serving up dishes with fresh local ingredients. If you’re interested in a restaurant that pledges to buy local visit Buy Local Restaurants.
  5. Plan out the Farmers’ Markets you will visit this summer – Farmers’ Market season is right around the corner, with many markets opening in May. There are 14 Farmers’ Markets located all around the County, offering a variety of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, plants and other items. Buying local helps support our local economy and guarantees that you are getting fresh, local products. Check out Farmers Market in Frederick County
  6. Learn firsthand by planning your own garden - Warmer weather is almost here and it will soon be time to get your hands dirty planting your own garden. Now is the perfect time to plan, and the University of Maryland Extension offers a great resource to get you started: Grow It Eat It
  7. Pick a Recipe and vow to only use local products - visit our Homegrown Frederick Directory to find a farmer offering the ingredients you are looking for!
  8. Follow Frederick County Agriculture on Social Media at Homegrown Frederick- We are on Facebook and Twitter