July is county fair season! I always seem to be on vacation during the county fairs, but this year I aim to go- they’re a great tradition!
This is also the month when gardens start going crazy and there’s more produce than we know what to do with! Tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, beans, corn- you always know summer has arrived when there’s corn at the farmer’s market and red tomatoes on the vine. Check with your local extension office for classes on canning and preserving the bounty of this time of year.
July 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.- Grilling Cooking Class at Crow Farm, Kennedyville
Grilling Cooking Class featuring Chef Robbie Jester- grill delicious Grass-fed Crow Farm Beef. $40.00/per person. Contact 410-648-5687 or visit http://crowfarmmd.com/ for more information or to register.
July 13-16- Talbot County Fair, Talbot Ag Center, Easton
Admission $2 per person or $5 per car. Visit http://www.talbotcountyfair.org/ for more information.
July 18-22 (ages 5-7) and July 25-29 (ages 8-10), 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.- Colchester Farm CSA Food Fest, Galena
Food Fest is a farming experience for children at Colchester Farm in Galena, MD. Through a series of hands on activities, children experience life on a local farm, harvest fresh vegetables, and learn about the value of locally grown food for health, the environment, and fun!
Cost: $75/week. To sign up or for more information contact Colchester Farm CSA: email@example.com or colchesterfarm.org.
July 21-23, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.- Kent County Fair, Kent Ag Center, Chestertown
Visit http://www.kent.umd.edu/4-H/Kent%20County%20Fair/index.cfm for more information.
July 22-30- Cecil County Fair, Fair Hill Fairgrounds, Elkton
Visit http://cecilcountyfair.org for more information.
July 30-31, 12-4 pm- Queen Anne’s County Buy Local Trail
Queen Anne’s County Economic Development and Tourism is partnering with the University of Maryland Extension, Queen Anne’s County in hosting the second annual Farm Trail. The farm trail is a self-guided tour of farms and agricultural related businesses throughout the county. This year, twenty-four participating farms are opening their doors to the public to tour their farm or business, sample and purchase some of their products and goods.
The farms participating in the event differ in the products they are offering, from fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, wine and more. The farms are located throughout the entire county. No advanced registration for the Farm Trail is required. To obtain a map and brochure of participating farms go to www.discoverqueenannes.com or call 410.604.2100. For a hard copy of the information visit the Extension office, Liberty Building, Farmers Market, the Centreville Free Library and Kent Island Free Library.
Coming up next month:
August 3- Caroline/ Dorchester County Fair
August 7, 12-5 p.m.- Mater Mania, Boonies, Salisbury- Enjoy fresh tomatoes, heirloom tomato tastings, great food and live music. Sponsored by the Local Eastern Shore Sustainable Organic Network. Proceeds benefit the Medora Harvest Fund. Visit http://shorefood.org for more information.
August 8-13- Queen Anne’s County Fair
August 26- September 3- Maryland State Fair