News Release, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission

There’s nothing like a fresh Maryland oyster! Raw, steamed, fried, or grilled, they’re treasured for their delicious taste, as well astheir cultural significance, history, and environmentally friendly life cycle.

As a local Marylander, you want to know how they grow, where to buy them, and how to prepare them; the brand-new Southern Maryland Oyster Guide website has you covered! The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, is pleased to announce the launch of their Southern Maryland Oyster Guide website.

The,reveals Southern Maryland’s oyster industry with an invitation to explore the web-hosted guide to “Find, Eat, and Savor” Southern Marylandoysters, to meet the community that grows and harvests them, and experience the oyster’s unique regional, cultural, and maritime heritage.

“SMADC programs support farmers of the land and water, sowe’re excited to launch this new online consumer resource,”said Susan McQuilkin, SMADC’s marketing specialist. “We’ve worked hard to build a website that is informative, easy and fun to navigate, and connects the general public with this iconic industry and the producers who work hard to bring their delicious harvest to our tables to enjoy year-round.”

Originally hosted by Morgan State’s Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL), the former ‘Trail’ website was handed over to SMADC in 2019, and has since been completely revised into a fully comprehensive region-wide industry ‘Oyster Guide’ featuring over 70 profiles – including all types of oyster producers (wild-caught and aquaculture) plus industry related businesses such as heritage sites, museums, restaurants, stores and watermen tours.

The primary focus of the Guide are the 21 oyster producers whose profiles offer a glimpse into their lives, work, and backgrounds. Details include contact information, links to producer’s websites and social media platforms, plus harvesting criteria (farmed/aquaculture or wild), oyster ‘flavor profiles’, and ‘where to buy’ at producer recommended retailers and restaurants. Additional sections highlight oyster affiliated ‘Attractions’, ‘Restaurants’ and ‘Tours’ all with detailed descriptions of the services offered.

The broader website features key resources that enhance the web-visitor experience and maximize engagement of the consumer – to buy, eat, experience and develop a preference for Southern Maryland oysters. An ‘Events’ Calendar provides information on upcoming oyster related public events and activities, and ‘News’, ‘Education’ and ‘Resources’ sections offer information that engages and educates the consumer – including fascinating oyster facts, farming and harvesting techniques, how oysters benefit the environment and the local economy, conservation, advocacy and support programs and more.

The entire website is illustrated with vibrant and insightful photography, by renowned Remsberg Photography Inc., that reveals a unique and personal windowinto the life of those working on the water, strengthening the connection between the producers, the environment and the many affiliated businesses that support the oyster industry in Southern Maryland.

View and explore the Southern Maryland Oyster Guide now at: www.SOMDOysterGuide.comand pick up a free promotional card highlighting the Southern Maryland Oyster Guide (while stocks last) at regional welcome centers, public libraries, and some participating producers, restaurants, retailers, and heritage sites.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...