(ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND) – July 2018 – Buying local and “hyper-local” is still trending as one of the hottest movements in food. And it’s no wonder: Most foods are best when they’re freshest. Our Maryland farmers and watermen work hard to bring you and your family the bounty from Maryland’s land and water while protecting our natural resources.
So, how can you tap into all the benefits of this trend? We’ve got the skinny with these eight tips to making Maryland’s Best foods the stars of your summer table:
- Explore your local options. Log onto marylandsbest.net to find farmers and markets close to you.
- Know what’s in season — check out this handy chart to help plan your menu.
- Keep it simple. When you buy Maryland’s freshest veggies at their freshest peak of scrumptious yumminess, all you probably need is to lightly steam or sauté them and dress them in sweet creamery butter, a good salt and / or Maryland’s iconic Old Bay seasoning.
- Try new flavor combinations. Thai basil on watermelon, anyone?
- Get to know your local farmers and / or watermen.
- Layer your local: Local herbs on top of local cheese; local produce over local seafood.
- Local tomatoes provide that fresh hit of acid flavor that brightens up any savory dish — use them to make your sauces pop. Try this recipe over a Maryland fresh-fish filet or some scallops. (Toss tomatoes in the freezer for winter use, too!)
- Serve it with Maryland wine. Maryland is home to nearly 1,000 acres of wine grapes and 70 wineries making a broad range of award-winning wines.