Overview

According to the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, purchasing local produce is a great idea because:

  • you get fresher and healthier products
  • you get better tasting food
  • you support an economy near your home, rather than thousands of miles away
  • you support Southern Maryland's rich agricultural heritage and natural beauty

Buying local produce is simple. Consumers can choose from farmers markets, CSAs, restaurants, roadside stands and pick your own operations. Local school systems also have the opportunity to feature local produce in school cafeterias through the farms to school program.

Buy Local

When you buy local, you help ensure that the benefits of our farms survive for many years to come. Every year the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) sponsors the "Buy Local Challenge" where consumers pledge to eat at least one thing from a local farmer every day during Buy Local Week which is the last week in July. For more information about the challenge, visit www.buy-local-challenge.com

According to the Buy Local Challenge website, buying local is good for you, good for the local economy and good for the planet. In addition to providing food that's fresh and nutritional, buying from local farms promotes cleaner air and water and reduces our carbon footprint on the planet. If every household in Maryland purchased just $12 worth of farm products for eight weeks (basically the summer season), over $200 million would be put back into the pockets of our farmers.

So Maryland, So Good

So Maryland, So Good is a campaign sponsored by SMADC and is designed to help consumers identify truly Southern Maryland products and buy accordingly. By building a direct link between buyers and growers of the five Southern Maryland counties and promoting the advantages of buying local, this program hopes to help keep farming vibrant and vital in Southern Maryland. Visit www.somarylandsogood.com for more information.

Maryland's Best

Maryland's Best is your source to find the best local products from Maryland farmers. From produce, seafood and speciality foods to grains, nursery items and ag-recreational activities, find everything you need and more. Visit www.marylandsbest.net for more information.

Farmers Markets

Calvert County farmers markets feature fresh, seasonal, locally-grown produce, baked goods, flowers and more. Visit one of these markets for the season's best!

To participate in the Prince Frederick, Barstow, or Solomons Farmers Markets please complete and return an application (.pdf), and review the Farmers Market Operating Rules (.pdf). To participate in the North Beach Farmers Market, please contact the North Beach Town Hall at 301-855-6681 or northbeach@northbeachmd.org All interested applicants are encouraged to review the Processing and Selling Value Added Food Products in Maryland guidelines (.pdf).

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    Calvert County Farmers Market Barstow Calvert County Fairgrounds
    140 Calvert Fair Drive
    Barstow, Maryland 20610
    410-535-4583
    Directions: Route 4 to Hallowing Point Road (Route 231) to Fairgrounds on left.
    Hours: Seasonally May to November every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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    Calvert County Farmers Market Prince Frederick Calvert Memorial Hospital Parking Lot (adjacent to Route 4)
    130 Hospital Road
    Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678
    410-535-4583
    Directions: Route 4 to Calvert Memorial Hospital Parking Lot D.
    Hours: Seasonally May to November every Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m.
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    Calvert County Farmers Market Solomons Riverwalk Parking Lot
    North of Solomons Pavilion
    Solomons, Maryland 20688
    410-535-4583
    Directions: Route 4 to Solomons to riverwalk area parking lot on right.
    Hours: Seasonally May to November every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.
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    North Beach Friday Night Farmers Market 5th Street and Bay Avenue and 7th Street and Bay Avenue
    North Beach, Maryland 20714
    301-855-6681
    Directions: Route 4 to North Beach to Market approximately one mile after Route 260 traffic signal.
    Hours: Seasonally May to October every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spirtually, the community's farm with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food prdouction. Typically, members or "share-holders" of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer's salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvest due to unfavorable weather or pests. By direct sales to community members who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing.

The following Calvert County farm provide CSAs:

Roadside Stands

Calvert County roadside stands and farm stores are brimming with fresh-picked produce, meats and more. Visit one of the following farms for a great selection of tasty vegetables, delicious fruits, meats, eggs and more.

  • Chesapeake's Bounty LLC St Leonard, 410-586-3881
  • Cox Farm Produce Huntingtown, 443-532-7479
  • Linda's Plants & Produce Port Republic, 410-586-1443
  • Lower Marlboro Road Stand
  • Mulberry Hill Farm Huntingtown, 410-257-3885
  • Spider Hall Farm Prince Frederick, 410-535-5819
  • Tettimer's Produce, Port Republic, 410-510-9020
  • Trotts Fresh Farm Produce Dunkirk, 410-257-2175
  • Will & Veronica's Produce, Owings
  • Additionally, many producers sell their products directly from their farms. Information on these farms is available under Farm Products.

    Restaurants

    One simple way for consumers to support local farming is by patronizing area restaurants and caterers that feature local farm products. Restaurateurs are turning to local agriculture for the freshest, ripest produce on the market since the best ingredients make the best dishes. The following Calvert County restaurants and caterers feature local produce:

  • Abner's Crab House, Chesapeake Beach 410-257-3689
  • Dream Weaver Cafe and Catering, Prince Frederick 410-535-4355
  • Hardesty Haven Catering, 443-532-5228 (catering only)
  • The Westlawn Inn, North Beach 410-257-0001