Every Week is Farmers Market Week This Time of Year
Governor Martin O’Malley designated Aug. 3-9 as Farmers’ Market Week in Maryland to coincide with National Farmers’ Market Week, but every day is Farmers Market Day to us this time of year. With so many items plentiful and in season, MDA encourages you to visit market and buy 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.
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 followed 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 possible.
For more info, visit www.marylandsbest.net.
Buy Local All Year!
Summer and 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.