The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, (SMADC), is updating the annual ‘So. Maryland, So Good’ Buy Local Guide featuring regional farmers markets, farm stores, and stands, and new this year farm CSAs.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 edition of the online ‘So. Maryland, So Good’ Buy Local Guide. Listings are open to farmers’ markets and Southern Maryland farms that host a farm store or farm stand, and farms that offer CSAs located in the 5-county region (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties).
The intent of the Buy Local Guide is to provide a region-wide directory of farmers’ markets and farm retail options (in-person or online) that can be easily accessed by consumers without prior appointment.
Eligible listings include farm CSAs, farmers markets, farm stores, and farm stands open to the public with regular business hours/days (seasonal or year-round), offering predominantly producer-only farm-raised, or farm-made value-added products (meats, dairy, veggies, plants, and flowers, jams, pickles. etc.) and other Maryland grown/sourced farm foods. Farmers markets located in greater Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia that host one or more Southern Maryland farm vendors are eligible to be included in the Buy Local Guide.
The guide also indicates which markets, stores, stands, and CSAs accept federal nutrition program benefits, and those that offer Maryland Market Money (MMM) matching dollars. Farmers markets or farmers (hosting farm stands/stores and CSAs) looking to augment and diversify their revenue stream by accepting federal nutrition benefits are encouraged to apply to the MMM program. For more details visit marylandmarketmoney.org.
To submit a Buy Local Guide listing, find the Application under ‘News and Events’ on the SMADC website. Listings are due by February 28, 2022. There is no charge to be listed. To request a ‘paper’ application form call Susan McQuilkin: 240-528-8850 Ex. 327. The 2022 ‘So. Maryland, So Good’ Buy Local Guide will be published in the early spring and available view on online on the ‘Get Our Guides’ page at www.SMADC.com.