DNR To Host Anne Arundel County Farmer’s Market

Annapolis, Md. (May 31, 2011) – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host one of six Anne Arundel County farmers’ markets again this year. The DNR Farmers Market will be located in the parking lot of the Tawes State Office Building at 580 Taylor Avenue in Annapolis. The market will run from 3 to 6 p.m. from June 2 until September 29, and feature locally-grown fruit, vegetables, and specialty items from Anne Arundel County and Maryland farms.

“We look forward to hosting the farmer’s market each year in support of our local farmers,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “We invite everyone who lives or works in and around Annapolis to stop by and pick up some fresh, local produce.”

Buying locally is one of the tenets of Governor Martin O’Malley’s Smart, Green & Growing initiative, which aims to secure a more sustainable future for the state of Maryland. The program urges Marylanders to buy locally-grown products at farmer’s markets, restaurants and grocery stores, as this keeps land open and productive, leading to a healthier overall environment.

“Farmers’ markets continue to be an important part of the community, providing Anne Arundel County residents the opportunity to purchase fresh, locally grown produce,” said County Executive John R. Leopold “Farmers markets are a place for our citizens to connect while supporting local farmers.”

“Buying locally-grown products, especially directly from farmers, strengthens our local economies, the health of our environment and our families, and keeps land open and productive,” said MDA Secretary Buddy Hance. “Farmers’ markets across Maryland are increasingly popular sources of farm-fresh, locally-grown, nutritious produce. Every dollar spent on local products supports independent family farmers who contribute to the economic health of the community.”

With 93 farmer’s markets in every county and Baltimore city, buying locally can be easy and convenient. Find a farmer’s market near you, or read more about how you can participate in creating a better future for Maryland’s communities at www.green.maryland.gov/communities.html. For more information about Anne Arundel County Farmer’s Markets, contact Lisa Barge at the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation 410-222-7410 or visit their website www.aaedc.org.

   May 31, 2011

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov.

The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation manages and promotes agricultural and environmental programs on behalf of Anne Arundel County. These programs are part of the AAEDC mission to serve business needs and to increase the County’s economic base through job growth and investment. For additional information on agriculture programs or Farmers Markets’ in Anne Arundel County please contact Lisa Barge at the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, (410) 222-7410 or visit our website at www.aaedc.org/initiatives.