By: Lynne O’Meara, Southern Maryland Resturants

I strive to find interesting places, hidden gems, special food, people, and experiences in Southern Maryland. I’ve succeeded again!! I’ve found a great place that provides fresh, local food and products!

I went to North Beach to check out the local food market, Chesapeake’s Bounty. According to their website, “We believe in the health and economic benefits of local food, supporting local farmers, watermen, and other producers and paying fair-market prices (or better) for their products. Our goal is to find new and innovative ways of connecting local food producers with steady markets while considering the ecological consequences of food production. With your support, we hope to continue building a local, sustainable food production network in Southern Maryland that is both ecologically sound and economically viable. For this reason, all of our products are grown, caught, or processed in the Chesapeake Bay region, with no exceptions”.

Chesapeake’s Bounty was founded, in southern Calvert County, in 1994 by the late Greg Ciesielski and his daughter, Marci Kreamer. Since September 2007, Chesapeake’s Bounty has been run by his grandson, William Kreamer. There are two locations, one in North Beach and one in St. Leonard.

The North Beach location, open since August 2015, is managed by Veronica Cristo. Veronica is delightful! She describes herself as “passionate about local sustainable food”. When talking with her, her passion is evident! She told me she wants people to know shopping local is better for the community, better for the economy, and better for everyone.

Since all the products available at Chesapeake’s Bounty are grown, caught, or processed locally, you know where your food is coming from. They offer local seafood, produce, meat, dairy, baked goods, jar products, cut flowers, herbs, and plants. They also have non-food products such as soaps and lotions. Some of the produce comes from their own 40-acre farm in St. Leonard. They are an active part of a sustainable local food network in Southern Maryland. In addition, the fresh, high-quality seafood and produce are used by many local restaurants.

When I was there, they had a case full of oysters (in season until the end of March), clams, soft-shell crabs, and live hard crabs. Veronica was busy sorting and bagging the crabs for customers. They had beautiful produce and a lot of local meat. I bought a basketful of produce (including apples), a beautiful bouquet of fresh-cut flowers, and a bag of Vanilla Lavender Granola (to add to yogurt). I wanted to get some meat and dairy products, but I was on my way to try a new restaurant (review to come in a couple of weeks). So, I will return!

They really are a community asset! They share their building with the Bay Arts Center. Their mission is to create a community for creative people. They offer art classes, clubs, and a meeting place. Check out their Facebook page. In the back of the building, GROW Yoga offers a variety of daily yoga classes. Check out their website (below).

The hours at the North Beach location are every day from 9:30-7:30. Veronica said they cut back the hours a little during winter. She told me to stop in before Christmas for fresh wreaths and trees. I plan to visit the St. Leonard location soon. The hours at that location are seven days a week, 9 am-7 pm.

I love knowing I can get fresh local products. I know where they are coming from and I am also supporting farmers, watermen, and others in the community!

Check out their Facebook pages and websites.

9124 Bay AvenueNorth Beach, MD  20714,

6415 Saint Leonard RoadSt. Leonard, MD  20685,

Lynne O'Meara

Lynne retired after 30 years of federal service with the Office of Naval Intelligence in 2015. After retirement, she was a Commercial Real Estate Agent, which is where she learned about the business side...