When you hear Baltimore, you might not think of farming. But I know that there’s no better place to live when it comes to being surrounded by local produce. Way back in the day I was a happy 4-H member showing cattle, sheep and rabbits at the Baltimore County and Maryland State Fairs. Those days are over (for now) but my love for local Maryland produce and products is stronger than ever. And MD is the place to get it! We are fast approaching spring and summer, when some of the best local produce will be available. Farmers markets, local produce stands, and CSAs will be popping up and coming back all over Maryland.
With my own gardening years in mind I’m highlighting different places to get your own Maryland produce over the next few months. Some may be familiar to you and others may be new, but they are all worth the visit!
Local Homestead Products is a new kid on the farm in terms of farm stores, but as far as farming, this ten-generation farm has done it all. Through word of mouth I stumbled upon this little gem in New Windsor and I’m so happy I did. It might be a bit of a drive, but if you are in the mood for a taking in some Maryland farm scenery with delicious food at the end, I highly recommend going out to see them. Their mission is simple: bring locally and responsibly raised products direct from farm to consumer.
Here’s what they had to say:
just B more: How did this little farm store get started?
Local Homestead Products: Trevor Hoff, owner of Local Homestead, has slowly transformed the farm into a one-stop local shop. Having raised beef cattle alongside his grandfather, Hoff knew that he needed direct and reliable sales for the products. This led to the renovation of a two-car garage, which is now the face of the market today. Starting with beef and selling direct to the consumer has opened so many doors to the production of other farm raised products. Local Homestead is proud to be home to local and responsibly raised products!
JBM: What sets you apart from other local farms?
LHP: Local Homestead is different from other farms and farmers markets for the fact that we have a home base with set hours and welcome people to our farm six days a week (in season). Aside from raising top quality products, we find that having set hours, multiple days a week, allows people to have access to the freshest foods. We make buying local convenient.
JBM: What type of products do you offer? What are you hoping to add?
LHP: We currently offer everything from fresh produce to glass-bottled milk, locally raised meats, dairy, eggs, baked goods, jams and jellies, beef jerky, coffee, honey and so much more! We have a solid line of products as well as seasonal items (flowers, bedding plants, pumpkins, etc.)
A popular item at the farm is the $25 produce bundle. This is a box of produce that changes weekly, for a set price of $25. Know what is in the bundle before purchasing and once you buy 10, the 11th will be free! Learn more here: www.lhp.farm/produce-csa–bundle.html
We are always finding new items to add to the store! Our big goal for 2018 is to pick our own produce during the winter.
JBM: So you say local, where do your produce and animal products come from?
LHP: We currently start all of our produce from seed in the greenhouse. We will begin picking from the field the middle of April and will only stop field picking once the frost hits hard in the fall. We have just completed construction on a brand new greenhouse that will let us grow lettuce, herbs, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers year round! All items that we will start from seed and grow until the plant is finished production.
As far as the animals, we breed all of our own cattle and hogs. Chickens come to us as day-old peeps from a local hatchery. All of our animals are sent to a USDA approved facility for processing.
JBM: What government standards do you meet? What other information about the labeling and health benefits from your food can you give?
LHP: Our market follows every regulation as a regular store. We are inspected regularly by the health department and are required to have our name, address and contact information on any shelf-stable good. Our produce is stored in coolers, and is picked into reusable plastic crates. There is no regulation on labeling produce since it is sold right off the farm. If we were to ship our produce to a grocery store, every bunch/item would need a sticker or some kind of identification tag.
JBM: What events, if any, do you have on the farm that people can put on their calendar?
LHP: On Farm Spring Fest & Greenhouse Reveal
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
9:00am – 5:00pm
This will be the Grand Opening of our brand new greenhouses! We will have our two growing bays available for viewing (also look for tour times). This day will also mark the start of in-season hours and we will begin to sell all of our hanging baskets, bedding plants, herbs, veggie plants and so much more! We will also have live music, a food truck and games for the kids! A laid back day on the farm as we reveal the new Greenhouse!
JBM: Are you involved in the community? How?
LHP: We love to be involved with our local community! In 2017 we hosted a corn maze which benefited the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster, MD. $1.00 from every corn maze admission was donated to their club, helping them build a new facility. We had over 3,000 admissions through the maze in the 2017 season! We are planning for 2018 and hope to have even more people go through!
JBM: How can people get in touch with you?
LHP: The fastest way to get in touch with us is via phone or Facebook Messenger. Email is ideal for non-urgent requests!
January 1st, 2018 – May 5th, 2018
Friday: Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 6th, 2018 – December 31st, 2018
Tuesday: Thursday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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