Time to Visit a Farm
Maryland’s farmers offer a variety of fall activities as a low-cost way for families to spend time together outdoors. October is the perfect time to experience the fun of selecting your own pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns, getting lost in a corn maze, taking a hayride, or attending a fall festival. Depending on the farm, visitors may be able to enjoy a variety of other activities including farm stands, scarecrow-making, petting farms, pony rides, live music, decorations, fresh apple cider, home baked goods and more.
“The fall is a wonderful time for families and friends to get outside and onto a farm,” said Secretary Hance. “Agritourism is a booming industry here in Maryland. Visiting a farm is great fun for all ages and supports our family farmers too. On-farm tourism operations look great and are ready for visitors with their fresh products and lively activities.”
According to the most recent agricultural census completed in 2012 by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, there are 33,161 agri-tourism farms nationally with revenues totaling $704 million. In Maryland, there are 307 agri-tourism farms with revenues of $7.2 million.
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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.
For a free cookbook of recipes submitted by local chefs to the cookout, click here.