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A Home Grown Guide to Beach and Beyond

Discover Worcester’s rural diversity, along with where to go to savor all-things locally-grown and produced, in the pages of the new Worcester County Tourism (WCT) Beach and Beyond “Home Grown Guide—Eastern Shore.” 

“We love local,” WCT Director Lisa Challenger said, “Our new Home Grown Guide recognizes the value of locally-grown and produced items to our residents and visitors. Buying locally-sourced products allows us to enjoy produce at the peak of flavor and nutritional content, support the local economy, help keep local farmers in business, and reduce energy use by limiting the distance food travels.”

Farmer’s markets and produce stands are a scenic staple here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. These coastal treasures offer the perfect one-stop-shopping experience. Each page in the Home Grown Guide is chock-full of where to go for these fabulous local finds.

Discover rural settings to host the perfect farm wedding. Explore farms and farmers markets for fresh, local produce, honey, artisan breads, eggs, and meats, all bursting with flavor. Find shops that offer colorful, aromatic, fresh-cut flowers. Visit farm-to-table restaurants, serving delicious fresh produce and seafood catches. Locate shops scooping ice cream made right here on the shore from happy cows, and sample fresh and lively concoctions at area microbreweries, distilleries, and wineries.

The guide also highlights camping and other nature tourism opportunities, like where to go horseback riding, and spots off the beaten path to explore by canoe, kayak, and standup paddle boards. There’s even information on where and when to visit a working farm where alpacas and mini llamas supply the fiber for fine, soft yarn that’s perfect for knitting hats, gloves, and cozy socks.

Pick up a copy of the Home Grown Guide today at WCT in Snow Hill, all five branch libraries, and area visitors centers. The guide is also available online at www.visitworcester.org. Learn about additional farms, markets, and shops in future editions of the guide.