• Meet Your Farmers!

    Visit Local Farmers – They Want to Meet You!

    Lots of us have visited farms and orchards to pick apples, strawberries, pumpkins, or maybe on an annual trek to cut down the family Christmas tree. But have you ever toured a working farm? I’m not talking a super farm, one with thousands of acres. I’m talking about a farm with 200 acres or less, one that strives to source its food directly to the local community. A farm whose mission is to remove the middle-man and educate its neighbors on the benefits of getting to know your farmer, and understanding what it means to eat locally and in season. You may remember that I’m a part of this year’s Leadership…

  • 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!

    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! 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…

  • A CSA is where you pay one up-front cost in spring and then get in-season produce on a weekly basis throughout growing season.

    What’s a CSA?

    The term “CSA” used to be a buzz word, but these days it’s pretty common whether you live in the city or a more rural area. Often times, however, the acronym isn’t spelled out. So, what’s a CSA? Let’s keep this simple. The Spruce Eats defines Community Supported Agriculture as: Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a food production and distribution system that directly connects farmers and consumers. Consumers buy “shares” in a farm’s harvest in advance. Or, in simple terms, you can pay one up-front cost in spring and then get in-season produce on a weekly basis throughout growing season (typically June through November). When my sister and brother-in-law operated a…

  • Mystery of Produce Codes Solved

    Mystery of Produce Codes – Solved

    A couple of weeks ago I met up with an old friend who now lives in Chile within a small, self-made, off the grid community that’s thriving as a family in a sustainable lifestyle. We talked about life back in Maryland, and how my family has adopted a lot of the same sustainability principles they have. We chatted about food while eating delicious, juicy, succulent peaches that her parents purchased at a local farmers’ market just that morning. Eventually our conversation led to commercial produce, and how difficult it is to know what you’re buying at the grocery store. I’d love to buy all my produce from local markets where…

  • Imperfect, heirloom, colorful, natural varieties of corn and other produce are truly the best tasting AND best looking.

    Old Fashioned Corn

    Imperfect, heirloom, colorful, natural varieties of like old fashioned corn and other produce are truly the best tasting AND best looking. Yesterday Jack spent the day at my parents’ homestead and when I dropped him off in the morning they told me that there was extra corn from their garden if we wanted any. Of course I wanted some; who doesn’t want corn on the cob in August? But they warned me that this corn was “old fashioned corn” and probably not what we’re used having to from larger scale farms or grocery stores. They were right! It was very different; it was (gasp!) imperfect, less sweet, a little chewy, FRESH…

  • Consider bringing local fruits and veggies for a farm fresh vacation!

    Farm Fresh Vacation

    Consider bringing local fruits and veggies for a farm fresh vacation! We’re on vacation this week in Cape May, New Jersey. The drive up from Maryland was fairly uneventful, except for a few stretches about 20 miles out from the shore where we averaged 5 mph. Painfully slow, especially when you have a five year old and a one year old in the car and there’s no A/C. But there was one good thing that came out of the slowwwwwwwww drive (60 minutes to drive 10 miles, to be exact!), I was able to take in all the local produce stands on the side of the road. Seriously, there must…