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Buy Local, Organic, CSA’s & Farms

A healthier you starts with eating fruits and vegetables every day. But did you know that purchasing those fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat locally makes not only you healthier, but your community as well? Or that buying those same products as organic has the same positive result? Buying local means your groceries don’t have to be transported great distances resulting in lower carbon emissions (cleaner air). It also helps support local farmers, which in turn supports your community.

There are sev­eral ways to buy local within Howard County includ­ing Farm­ers’ Mar­kets, Com­mu­nity Sup­ported Agri­cul­ture (CSA’s) sites, pick-your-own farms, road­side farm stands and even the local pro­duce sec­tion of many gro­cery stores.

CSA’s sell “shares” whereby a mem­ber essen­tially owns a piece of the farm and receives a por­tion of the har­vest. The pro­duce is fresh, local and often organic. While buy­ing organic can tend to be more expen­sive the rewards can be plen­ti­ful. Organic farm­ers restrict the use of dan­ger­ous pes­ti­cides so the food that ends up on your plate is bet­ter for you and packs more nutri­tional value. By lim­it­ing the use of pes­ti­cides, organic farm­ers cre­ate less haz­ardous runoff and pro­tect the soil from the addi­tion of harm­ful chemicals.

Howard County Farmers’ Markets

Another excel­lent way to find local pro­duce and sup­port our farm­ers is shop­ping at Howard County’s Farm­ers’ Mar­kets. They fea­ture the season’s fresh­est locally-grown pro­duce, baked goods, fruits of the sea­son, flow­ers, trans­plants, organ­i­cally grown pro­duce and spe­cialty items. This year mar­kets are open 5 days a week through­out the County. Find details, includ­ing the farm­ers and food at each mar­ket here: http://www.howardcountyfarmersmarkets.com

Howard County CSA’s

Please note that the facilities listed here are provided for informational purposes only and do not represent any endorsement by Howard County Government.

Breezy Willow Farm is located in West Friend­ship, Howard County offers a wide range of “value added” prod­ucts as part of its 24 week “From The Land & The Hand” shares CSA pro­gram. Eggs, cheese, Mary­land Maple syrup, breads, pies, noo­dles etc. are included as well as fruits and veg­eta­bles from neigh­bor­ing farms. This pro­vides vari­ety and bal­ance to the weekly assort­ment. Breezy Wil­low pro­duces veg­eta­bles, berries, honey, herbs, jams, goatsmilk soap and nat­ural body prod­ucts. The CSA starts early June with full shares for a fam­ily of 4. Mem­bers may pick up at Breezy Wil­low, con­ve­niently located off Rt.32 & 70 or other loca­tions. To sub­scribe call RJ Caul­der @ 410−442−1807 or email RJCaulder@aol.com. More infor­ma­tion on line. www.breezywillowfarm.com. Breezy Wil­low also has a Farm Store that is usu­ally open on Sat­ur­days 10–2 but check the web­site to be sure they are open.

Gorman Farm, Laurel – CSA grower of a vari­ety of pro­duce. Dis­tri­b­u­tion is located at the Gor­man Farm road­side stand at 10151 Gor­man Road in Lau­rel. www.gormanproducefarm.com. The Farm Stand usu­ally has week­day and week­end hours — check the web­site before you go.

Love Dove Farm – located in Wood­bine, Howard County. Love Dove par­tic­i­pates in the Howard County farm­ers mar­kets and offers a 10 week CSA share. Pick up is at Cen­ten­nial Park. Email john@lovedovefarms.com or visit their web­site, www.lovedovefarms.com

One Straw Farm CSA – offers a 24-week share of the harvest; program beginning in early June. For more information online visit: www.onestrawfarm.com/csa.html (Certified Organic)

Sandy Spring Farm – serv­ing Howard and Mont­gomery Coun­ties. The sea­son runs 24 weeks, start­ing in May. Pick-up in Howard County in Colum­bia or in Ash­ton. Local, organic veg­eta­bles with optional fruit, flower and cheese shares. Check the web­site for more inor­ma­tion and pickup loca­tions. Con­tact Ben­jamin Zuses at 410−804−1880, or online: www.sandyspringcsa.com.

Zahradka Farm – offers a unique alter­na­tive, allow­ing each mem­ber to choose their own veg­eta­bles at pick up for the 24 week CSA pro­gram begin­ning early June. Also offer­ing three lev­els of share sizes and three pick up loca­tions at Howard County schools. For an addi­tional fee mem­bers can add on options such as eggs, bread, meat, and other spe­cialty items. Pick Up Loca­tions: Burleigh Manor Mid­dle School centennialcsa@yahoo.com or Bon­nie Sorak at 410–465-0427. Clarksville Mid­dle School, call Libby at 1–800-953‑8139. Oak­land Mills High School goecsa@yahoo.com or Bon­nie Sorak at 410–465-0427. For more infor­ma­tion about the farm visit: http://www.thezahradkafarm.com or email TheZahradkaFarm@yahoo.com.

Organic Grocers

Please note that the facilities listed here are provided for informational purposes only and do not represent any endorsement by Howard County Government.

David’s Natural Market: www.davidsnaturalmarket.com

Mom’s Organic Market: www.myorganicmarket.com

Roots Market: www.rootsmkt.com

Also look for certified organic products at other grocery stores throughout the area.

Green Tip

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