The holiday season is officially here! There is no better time than the present to express gratitude towards the Homegrown Frederick businesses that provide food, fiber, beverages, experiences and services to our local community. Agricultural businesses encompass the largest commercial industry in the state. Frederick County’s agricultural industry alone has an economic impact of more than $1 billion and a tax revenue impact of $45.9 million according to the 2022 Impact of Resource Based Industries on the Maryland Economy.
Let’s show our support and give back to those who have contributed so much to our economic viability. Say thank you by shopping small for the holidays and committing to spending your money locally whenever possible. Here’s how you can do just that:
- Purchase local foods and ingredients for holiday gatherings. Whether you’re looking for cheese, honey and other charcuterie items, local meat for the main dish, fresh produce for a savory side dish, delectable desserts or baking ingredients, you can find just what you’re looking for at one of Frederick County’s farms.
- Don’t want to show up empty-handed? Grab some local wine, beer or spirits and bring life to the party while graciously toasting to the farmers’ and beverage producers’ unique collaborations.
- Visit a market committed to providing local products. Myersville’s Indoor Farmers Market will be open December 2nd and 16th, The Station in Frederick will host Holiday Markets November 25th, December 2nd, 9th and 16th, or you can visit shops around the county and in the municipalities like Mid-Maryland Farm Market in Middletown.
- Looking for a live Christmas tree, wreath, or other fresh greens? Visit the local Christmas tree farms to fill your home with the scents of the season. You can make your experience even more special by cutting down your own tree.
- Be more practical with your gifts this year. Sign a loved one up for a fresh produce subscription box through a farm that offers Community Supported Agriculture.
- Warm up with blankets, scarves, hats etc made from the fibers sheared off locally grown livestock.
- Give the gift of an agricultural experience. Equestrian farms offer riding classes while other businesses provide educational workshops and events for the public.
We encourage you to support the small ag and craft beverage businesses not only for the holiday season or Small Business Saturday, but year-round! When you shop small, you are making a direct impact on individuals and families within our community. Help the entrepreneurs continue following their passion and dreams. Be sure to visit www.HomegrownFrederick.com to explore all things about Frederick County agriculture and to find local farms and ag products!