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Insider’s Guide to Maryland Wines

(CARROLL COUNTY, MARYLAND) – From light, fruity and bright white wines to dark, smoky and oaky reds, Maryland wineries offer something for every palate – and promise adventure, opportunities to educate that palate and unique experiences when you visit. We put...

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Insider’s Guide to Maryland Wines

Tastes Like Summer: Maryland Style

In Maryland, we “do” food. Especially in summer. With more than 12,000 farms raising fresh, delicious fruits, veggies, meats, dairy, eggs and more, and more than 500 million pounds of seafood harvested from the Chesapeake Bay each year, there are infinite ways to...

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Tastes Like Summer: Maryland Style

8 Tips for Rocking Maryland’s Best on Your Table This Summer

(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...

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8 Tips for Rocking Maryland’s Best on Your Table This Summer

Will the Real Milk, Please Stand Up.

“Milk does the body good.” From an early age, you’ve been told this time and time again. Why? Because it really is good for you! Let us start by saying that nutrition is based on science, not opinion. And, according to science, milk plays a key role in your overall...

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Will the Real Milk, Please Stand Up.

Summer Kid Solutions: Make Maryland’s Best Your Best Friend

(ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND) – It’s June. School’s out. They’re roaming the house, looking for food, already complaining that they’re bored. Houston, we’ve got a problem. Fortunately, we’ve got answers. Maryland has about 12,000 farm families. And while farm kids usually...

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Summer Kid Solutions: Make Maryland’s Best Your Best Friend

Lawns 101: The 10 Best Practices for Healthy Lawns and Water

(ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND) – Ah, spring. The air is crisp, the birds are singing, the daffodils are blooming and your lawn … well, your lawn looks like a swamp. This calls for a trip to a “big box” store, and a big bag of fertilizer, right? Not so fast, cautions...

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Lawns 101: The 10 Best Practices for Healthy Lawns and Water

Eight Truths About the Dairy Industry

A gallon of milk. It’s a simple thing that’s found in most of our fridges. And, whether you choose whole, skim or 1- or 2-percent, we’ve got some dairy truths for you. 1. You can tell a lot from a cow's name. “Cows are all named the same way: First the name of the...

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Eight Truths About the Dairy Industry

10 Ways You are Like a Farmer

You will be surprised at how many things you have in common with a farmer. Ready to find out? 1. You can track your health with a fit bit. Farmers monitor their dairy cows using ankle bracelets that track things like how much milk each cow produces, how much...

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10 Ways You are Like a Farmer

I’m Never in the Doghouse

(FEDERALSBURG) – March 2018 – With gray clouds stretched across the sky and a sharp breeze blowing, Rick Uva hunches his shoulders against the cold and steers his golf cart into his fields to find his crew. It’s about 40 degrees at Seaberry Farm — the Caroline...

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I’m Never in the Doghouse

It’s Like Having 100 Kids

(FRIENDSVILLE, MARYLAND) – It’s 7 a.m. and “the girls” are already lined up, tails swishing impatiently as Garrett County farmer Billy Bishoff switches on the lights in his family’s milking parlor. Cows have been a central part of life on the farm here since 1958,...

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It’s Like Having 100 Kids

Do you know where your milk comes from? You’d be surprised!

When you grab a gallon of milk from the shelves of your local grocery store, do you ever wonder where it came from? You might be surprised. Billy Bishoff, a dairy farmer in Garrett County, Maryland, sells his milk to United Dairy in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, where...

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Do you know where your milk comes from? You’d be surprised!

Five Ways Buying a Tractor is Nothing like Buying a Car

(CHAMBERSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA) – In some ways it’s exactly the same: You look under the hood, take a test drive and do a ceremonial kick of the tires. Then, you prepare to negotiate with the salesperson. After checking the lot of the local dealer and not finding a...

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Five Ways Buying a Tractor is Nothing like Buying a Car

Do You Need A Rooster To Get Eggs?

(VALLEY LEE, MARYLAND) — It’s one of those things that you don’t really think about. Until you think about it. And then, you can’t stop thinking about it until you know. Where do eggs come from? Are they the beginning of baby chicks? If they’re not, then what are...

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Do You Need A Rooster To Get Eggs?

What Do Farmers Do in the Winter?

(HOLLYWOOD, MARYLAND) — While most grain farmers are wrapping up harvest and transitioning to “winter mode,” one farmer in St. Mary’s County spent the day after Thanksgiving putting a new crop in the ground. Priscilla Wentworth of Anchored Roots Farm in Hollywood...

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What Do Farmers Do in the Winter?

Maryland Grape Growers Have Nothing to Whine About This Year

There’s nothing better than sipping an exceptional wine. But, sometimes, we take for granted what makes a wine so good: great grapes and skillful winemakers. In Maryland, there’s no doubt that our winemakers have the expertise. It’s the unpredictable weather that...

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Catoctin Breeze

What do Livestock Farmers do in the Winter?

Spring through fall, Jamie and Benson Tiralla stay busy caring for livestock and selling meat at the farmer’s market. But what about winter? “It’s just as busy on the farm in the winter as it is any other time of the year,” Jamie said. Maryland weather is...

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What do Livestock Farmers do in The Winter?

This Causes 36,000 Traffic Accidents in Maryland Each Year

(AND NO ONE IS DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT) (DAVIDSONVILLE, MARYLAND) – Katie Ward was slowing down to make a turn when the eight-point buck sprang from the woods. Within a split second, the big deer bounded into the roadway, colliding with the front end of her...

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Whitetail- n crop

How to Pick the Best Cut of Meat for Your Holiday Feast

When Benson and Jamie Tiralla started Monnett Farms, their first product was grass-fed beef. They sold it by the quarter or side, which means a customer would buy a portion of the beef and customize the cuts to their preferences. This was a crash course in learning...

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My Maryland Farmers Beef

The Science-Based Approach Behind Maryland Crops

(POOLESVILLE, MARYLAND) – October 2017 – When the letter came, it was during a busy week, and Eric Spates tossed it on his desk with the rest of his mail, thinking he’d get to it later. When he opened the envelope several days later, he realized he had just two...

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Nutrient Management

Tips to Preserve the Taste of Summer Throughout the Winter Months

Fall’s here! You may not miss the dog days of summer. But what you might miss is fresh produce from your local farmers or your own garden. Hopefully, you were able to stock up on your favorites before the end of the season. So, what can you do with your surplus of...

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Tips to Preserve the Taste of Summer Throughout the Winter Months

What Costs $350,000 and has the Top Speed of a Golf Cart?

(POOLESVILLE, MARYLAND) – October 2017 – As he turned the key of his combine, the big engine turned over and started to hum. That’s when Maryland farmer Eric Spates breathed a sigh of relief. In July, when he was harvesting oats, the combine had gotten clogged....

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What Costs $350,000 and has the Top Speed of a Golf Cart?

The Surprising Link Between GMOs and the Chesapeake Bay

(QUEENSTOWN, MARYLAND) – The spark that helped ignite a nationwide revolution in modern farming practices was discovered growing near a pear tree in Queenstown, Md. That’s where the first glyphosate tolerant soybean emerged from a small plot of plants, all of which...

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The Surprising Link Between GMOs and the Chesapeake Bay

Insider’s Guide to Maryland Farmer’s Markets: Fall Edition

   The days are getting cooler and summer may be coming to a close, but farmer’s markets across Maryland are open for business. Many farmer’s markets are open through November and there’s lots to choose from. We spoke with three Maryland farmers to get the inside...

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Insider’s Guide to Maryland Farmer’s Markets: Fall Edition

Giving the Livestock Something to Chew On

For people, being put out to pasture isn’t a good thing. For livestock, it’s a different story. When Benson and Jamie Tiralla moved to their family farm in 2007, it wasn’t in the best shape.  “My grandfather was a part-time tobacco farmer,” said Benson. “He grew...

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Giving the Livestock Something to Chew On

Do Farmers Ever Get to Take a Vacation? What Do They Do?

(REYKJAVIK, ICELAND) – August 7, 2017 – Watching the runway rise up beneath him, Eric Spates had that sinking feeling there would be trouble. His flight had run over an hour late. Now he was going to miss his connection, and that would cut a rare chance to visit...

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Second Cutting Timothy Hay

The Real Hometown Farm Team

(BALTIMORE) — Before the beer, there’s the barley. Before the burgers, there’s the beef. Before the fries and the ink for the tickets, there are soybeans. Who knew Maryland’s farms had so much in common with the Ravens Nation? Maryland farmers are game-day MVPs...

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My Maryland Farmers Supports the Baltimore Ravens

The Real Hometown Farm Team

(BALTIMORE) — Before the beer, there’s the barley. Before the burgers, there’s the beef. Before the fries and the ink for the tickets, there are soybeans. Who knew Maryland’s farms had so much in common with the Ravens Nation? Maryland farmers are game-day MVPs...

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My Maryland Farmers Supports the Baltimore Ravens

It’s an awesome place to be, so I want to give back

(CENTREVILLE, MARYLAND) – July 27, 2017 – Travis Hutchison takes a deep breath, glances at his notes one more time, and steps up to the podium. Before him, 300 faces are looking expectantly back, fanning themselves with the day’s program against the 85-degree heat....

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Maryland Soybeans

It Starts With Healthy Soil

When people think about sheep, they usually think about wool. At a farm in Southern Maryland, Benson and Jamie Tiralla are raising sheep to produce meat. “Lamb isn’t something people eat every day,” said Jamie, co-owner of Monnett Farms in Prince Frederick. “People...

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It Starts With Healthy Soil

Farming at the Mercy of Nature

(POOLESVILLE, MARYLAND) – Early July 2017 – It’s been over two weeks without a single drop of rain and the crops are looking thirsty at Stoney Castle Farm. Plants wear their feelings on their sleeves, so to speak. After two long hot weeks of Maryland summer sun...

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Farming at the Mercy of Nature

It’s All in the Family for the Hutchisons

During the Great Depression, when the Hutchison family bought a farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, farmers used horse-drawn tools to plow and harvest fields. “We have come a long way since my great grandfather started this farm,” said Travis Hutchison, now the...

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It’s All in the Family for the Hutchisons

Ice Cream Cones, Soybeans, Rain and Beetles

(POOLESVILLE, MARYLAND) – Mid-June 2017 - Over at a farm called “Surmont,” Eric Spates watches his new farmhand begin to master round-baling hay. “He just started,” Spates explains. “There’s an art to it. The first couple ones look like ice cream cones, and then...

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Ice Cream Cones, Soybeans, Rain and Beetles

4 things you won’t find on Maryland food labels

(SUDLERSVILLE, MARYLAND) - Food packaging performs several functions: It protects the food inside, creates convenience and portion control, and perhaps most importantly provides nutritional information and ingredient listings of the food inside. Here are four...

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4 things you won’t find on Maryland food labels

5 Ways You Can Help Maryland Farmers and the Chesapeake Bay

(POOLESVILLE, MARYLAND) - Farmers are having a moment right now. It seems like everyone is in love with the romance of farming and the seemingly simple life it promises. Beyond the romantic soft-focus photos you see of neat rows of crops and fiery sunsets, Maryland...

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Beautiful Maryland Lawn

3 Things Ocean City Vacationers Should Know About Maryland Farms

(OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND) - If someone else is driving, it’s tempting to bury your nose in your cell phone and use a beach-bound road trip to catch up on your Insta. Every now and then, though, it’s good to give your eyes a break and focus on a distant sight. Here are...

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3 things Ocean City vacationers should know about Maryland farms