FEDERALSBURG, Md. – Monday marked the start of Maryland’s Farmers Market Week.
Governor Larry Hogan says it’s designed to encourage support for local farmers. “Without the support of the people, a lot of the local farming industry that’s developing will go away. So, it is crucial that people come out and go to the farmers market. It’s support for true local farmers,” said Market Manager for Salisbury’s Camden Avenue Farmers Market Bob Miller.
Miller tells us that during COVID-19 – farmers markets have been a key part of making sure people are getting food on the table and supporting farms like his. Miller helps run Nice Farms Creamery in Federalsburg. “Some of the other farmers markets in neighboring states like Virginia and Delaware – they shut their markets which was a terrible thing. We had a lot of Delaware people come to Salisbury and a lot of people from eastern shore Virginia come up to Salisbury,” said Miller.
Miller says not only does boosting awareness about supporting local farmers will be a big help in farmers supporting their businesses. He says that skipping the steps of the supply chain and buying direct from farmers helps with food insecurity. “We were right there, able to get stuff literally from the dairy right to the people without interruption. That is something that I think is an advantage of the farmers market. So long as the area itself isn’t devastated by a terrible storm or a terrible drought or excessive heat, you’re going to be all right,” said Miller.
For a full list of local farmers markets – you can head to the Maryland’s Best Farmers Market Directory.