By Matt McCleskey
Maryland's Department of Agriculture is urging residents of the state to buy local, even during the winter. The goal is to promote local agriculture by giving consumers more information on where to find products from Maryland.
In the summer that can mean fruits and vegetables from farmer's markets or plants from nurseries or greenhouses. In the winter, the department says consumers can still buy locally raised meat, from beef and pork, to poultry, emu, and many other meats.
Maryland's Agriculture Secretary, Buddy Hance, says in a statement that buying local produce sustains the state's farmers and rural economies. He says it also helps the environment by keeping land in farming rather than development and by reducing the impact of transporting food long distances from other states.
More information on where to find Maryland produce can be found here.