Buy Local for the Holidays
Green up your holiday, and year-round shopping, dining and decorating with a little help from Maryland's family farms.
As the holiday season approaches Maryland's farms offer a 'home-grown' alternative to the malls and stores. The "Buy Local for the Holidays" campaign can help you find that special gift, the perfect tree, flavorful farm fresh winter produce and meats for festive tables, and even farm-hosted workshops and holiday events.
Meats, Seafood and Dairy products
Create a holiday feast the whole family will love with farm fresh eggs, locally caught fish, crabs and oysters and flavorful farm raised meats for your festive table. Farm meats are easier to buy than ever before and many farms feature meats raised without hormones, steroids or antibiotics.
Trees and Trimmings
Deck your halls with the natural beauty and fragrance of locally grown trees and festive greenery. Escape the holiday crowds and take a trip to one of the area's Christmas tree farms, you're sure to find the perfect tree and an array of fresh cut trimmings and decorations to suit your home and pocket.
Wine and Gifts
Assemble a gift basket brimming with farm made gifts and award winning wines. Maryland's wineries offer a wide selection for every palate and season including exotic fruit wine blends. Browse farm stores and year-round farmers markets for homemade jams and jellies, tasty pickled beets and relishes, honey, handmade goat's milk soaps, toys and even ornaments made from sheep or Alpaca wool.
Activities and Events
Many agritourism farms host fun family events and workshops during the holiday season, including 'how to' classes for wreathes and table-top decorations, winter hayrides, live 'nativity' performances, Christmas open houses featuring live music and 'Visits with Santa'.
Where to Buy local
Click here for a list of farms and markets throughout Maryland to find locally grown holiday goods and Christmas trees.