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Maryland produce and fresh food that is in season

Strawberries in Maryland

The first of Marylastrawberries in bucketnd strawberries are showing up in fields, at farmers markets, and roadside stands. With the new spring season comes the availability of delicious Maryland fruits and vegetables. Some of the first Maryland-grown produce to be available are asparagus, rhubarb, broccoli, cauliflower, greens, spinach, and sweet Maryland strawberries.

It’s been a dry spring, but strawberries, asparagus, and the other early crops are starting to get into swing,” said Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. “Our surveys say that most Marylanders want local produce. Now’s the time of year they’ll start having a chance to buy local.”

Wondering what to make with your local, in season produce? Visit our recipes section.

When selecting sweet Maryland strawberries, consumers should be sure to look for a full, red color; bright luster; and firm, plump flesh. Strawberries do not ripen after being picked, so consumers should be sure to choose fully ripe berries. The caps should be bright green, fresh looking, and fully attached.

In 2007, Maryland farms harvested approximately 440 acres of strawberries valued at $2.3 million. Due to the warm weather this spring, strawberries are already being picked at farms around the state.  Consumers can buy fresh, local Maryland strawberries at farmers’ markets, pick-your-own operations, farm stands, and grocery stores.

To find a location near you, visit:

http://www.mda.state.md.us/md_products/agritourism_sites-farms/pick-your-own_strawberries.php

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