Whether you're part of a CSA, visiting farmers' markets or shopping at the regular grocery store, learn how to eat seasonally in Maryland with these tips!
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Eating Locally and Seasonally in Maryland

Whether you’re part of a CSA, visiting farmers’ markets or shopping at the regular grocery store, learn how to eat seasonally in Maryland with these tips from my brother-in-law, Shawn!

Whether you're part of a CSA, visiting farmers' markets or shopping at the regular grocery store, learn how to eat seasonally in Maryland with these tips!

Finding ways to eat locally and seasonally has increasingly becoming a priority for discerning eaters.

And for good reason: local food is often grown in a way that minimizes the use of pesticides and other sprays that are harmful to humans (and the environment).

Because local farms are situated in the same communities where their customers reside, they often operate in ways are less taxing to the surrounding ecosystem as well.

Local food also has another advantage: farmers who know that their products will make it onto their customers’ plates within days (or even hours) of being picked, can focus on growing varieties that are nutrient dense and full of flavor, instead of growing varieties that will have a long shelf-life.

Whether you're part of a CSA, visiting farmers' markets or shopping at the regular grocery store, learn how to eat seasonally in Maryland with these tips!

When Josie and I sat down a few months ago to figure out what we wanted to grow this season, we didn’t have to worry about whether our tomatoes would be able to survive a two week trip across Central America, or whether they could withstand weekly doses of insecticides.

The only thing that we’re concerned with is how good the tomato will taste.

Whether you're part of a CSA, visiting farmers' markets or shopping at the regular grocery store, learn how to eat seasonally in Maryland with these tips!

Understanding the benefits of local seasonal produce is easy, but determining what’s actually local and in season can be a little more of a challenge.

Today’s supermarkets are stocked with almost every type of fruit and vegetable all times of the year and from every corner of the globe.

To make it even more confusing, because grocery stores rely on large distribution networks, they often source their produce from halfway across the world, during the very same time of year that that produce is available locally.

Weird, right?

So, then it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the best place to find what’s locally in-season is not the grocery store at all, but either at a producer-only farmers’ market, through a CSA, or by visiting a local farm.

Another option is to shop at a food co-op; readers in Frederick might want to try Common Market, which sources as much of its produce from local farms as possible.

In late May, if you live in Maryland (or the mid-Atlantic), then you can expect to start finding an abundance of local food available, including salad mixes, greens, strawberries, asparagus, radishes, green onions, and broccoli.

Whether you're part of a CSA, visiting farmers' markets or shopping at the regular grocery store, learn how to eat seasonally in Maryland with these tips!

By June, beets, cabbage, chard, kale, snow peas, snap peas, new potatoes, and garlic have come into season.

 

In July, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cucumbers, eggplants, green beens, melons, onions, peaches, sweet peppers, squash, tomatoes and zucchini will all start appearing.

Whether you're part of a CSA, visiting farmers' markets or shopping at the regular grocery store, learn how to eat seasonally in Maryland with these tips!

Whether you're part of a CSA, visiting farmers' markets or shopping at the regular grocery store, learn how to eat seasonally in Maryland with these tips!

August is the time for celery, leeks, okra, pears, plums, nectarines, turnips, watermelon, and winter squash.

Whether you're part of a CSA, visiting farmers' markets or shopping at the regular grocery store, learn how to eat seasonally in Maryland with these tips!

September brings Brussels sprouts, grapes, pumpkins, and shelling beans.

Much of what is available in the spring—greens, salad mixes, green onions and radishes—can be found again in the fall as the weather cools down.

For a complete look at what is in season when in Maryland, click here.

Hi, I'm Liza, a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting sucked into whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life, and as a foodie at heart, I relish the chance to both cook and eat. (No picky-eater here!) I'm always on the hunt for the perfect mojito, inspiration for another tattoo and time to finish my novel.

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