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Eat fresh. Eat local.

The sun is shining, and the local produce is fresh and vibrant!

But, why is eating local beneficial? If you want to eat fresh, you need to eat local! Aside from supporting the community, the food actually is fresher. If a food item is grown in the U.S., it may travel 5 days to reach a distribution center before ending up in a store; if it is harvested from outside the U.S. and travels by refrigerated ship, the travel time could be several weeks. The longer the duration from harvest to consumption, the greater the losses. Produce picked at its ripest point with minimal travel time will yield a better tasting and more nutrient-rich food. This is why eating local means eating the freshest possible food.

The selection of foods available locally varies by farm and time within the harvest season. Commonly available foods might include berries, leafy greens, peppers, beans, melons, cherries, asparagus, beets, radishes, carrots, peaches, and squash.

Fresh, local produce is often featured at local markets such as The Common Market, MOM’s Organic Market, Wegmans and even in smaller quantities at Giant.  Additionally, you can seek out freshly picked items at any of the following farmers’ markets per Homegrownfrederick.com. If you are not local to Frederick, you can search for a market near you:https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets

Farmer’s Market List

Market/Dates

Location

Hours

Emmitsburg

June 22-September 21, 2018

302 S. Seton Ave. Emmitsburg Fridays

3:00pm-6:00pm

Farmers Markets at NCI

April 10-October 30, 2018

Parking Lot in front of NCI Cafe/Scientific Library

NCI-Frederick Located on Ft. Detrick

(open to the public)

Tuesdays

10:30am-1:00pm

Frederick City 

May 13-November 18, 2018

Old Carmack Jays Parking Lot

331 N. Market St, Frederick

Sundays

9:00am-1:00pm

Frederick Farmers Market

April 28-November 17, 2018

Wolf Furniture Parking Lot

1215 West Patrick St, Frederick

Saturdays

10:00am-1:00pm

Frederick Farmers Market at 

Eveready Square & Shab Row

May 31-September 27, 2018

Downtown Frederick

113 North East Street, Frederick

Church St & East St, Frederick

Thursdays

3:00pm-6:00pm

Field Fresh Farmers Market

April 28-November 17, 2018

Holiday Markets: December 1, 8, 15

Frederick Fairgrounds

797 E. Patrick St, Frederick

Saturdays

9:00am-1:00pm

Friends of Frederick

May 20 -November, 2018

1 Wormans Mill Court, Frederick Saturdays

10:00am-2:00pm

Grace Farmers Market 

May 19-November 17, 2018

649 Himes Rd, Frederick Fridays

3:00pm-6:00pm

Jefferson

April 4-September 12, 2018

Jefferson Ruritan Center

4603 Lander Rd, Jefferson

Wednesdays

4:00pm-7:00pm

Key City Food & Farm Market

May- October

121 N. Bentz St, Frederick Fridays

10:00am-1:00pm

Lake Linganore

June 7 – August 23, 2018

6718 Coldstream Drive, New Market Thursdays

4:00p-7:00pm

Middletown 

May 3-October 11, 2018

Christ Reformed Church Parking Lot

12 S. Church St, Middletown

Thursdays

4:00pm-7:00pm

Myersville

April 14 – October 27, 2018

301 Main St, Myersville Saturdays

9:00am-12:00pm

Thurmont

June 2-September 22, 2018

Municipal Parking Lot

South Center St, Thurmont

Saturdays

9:00am-12:00pm

 

Urbana Library

May 20-October 28, 2018

Urbana Regional Library

9020 Amelung St, Frederick

Sundays

11:00am-2:00pm

Walkersville

June 9- August 11, 2017

Walkersville Volunteer Fire Department Fridays

4:00pm-7:00pm

YMCA of Frederick County

May 22-October 30, 2018

YMCA of Frederick County

1000 N. Market St, Frederick

Tuesdays

3:30pm-6:30pm

Community Supported Agriculture

Alternatively, you could choose to participate in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. A CSA is a relationship between the farmer and the consumer whereby you invest an up-front amount in exchange for a portion of the harvest through the season, and you both share the risk. The portion sizes purchased can vary and may include full or half shares. There are several CSA programs out there, including those at Thanksgiving Farms as well as the Big White Barn. Additionally, some of these venues are open to selling their produce harvested directly to the consumer without participating in the farmers’ market.

Make It A Culinary Adventure

Eating with the seasons can present a wonderful opportunity to expand your culinary horizons. Maybe you pick up a vegetable that you’ve never seen before. Or maybe you seek a different way to prepare corn. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong. Take a chance and explore your food, you never know the surprises which await you!