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Frederick ag to debut website at minor league baseball game
By CARYL VELISEK
FREDERICK, Md. (May 2, 2016) — Frederick County plans to launch a new farm website, www.homegrownfrederick.com, to aid people in finding food, farm products and ag-related activities made in Frederick County. The plans will be unveiled at a Frederick Keys baseball game, on Family Night, June 16, at Harry Grove Stadium.
The first 1,000 people at the gate will also receive an agriculture-inspired giveaway.
“The website is consumer driven, and a great place to promote Frederick County agriculture,” said Katie Albaugh, agriculture business development specialist at the county’s Office of Economic Development. “On the website people will be able to find farms that offer agri-tourism, creameries, Christmas trees and much, much more.
“We have a listing of all 15 Frederick County Farmers Markets and the 15 farms that offer Community Supported Agriculture, which restaurants feature locally grown food, local Agriculture events including ‘Family Festival @ the Farm,’ held the third weekend of October each year, and close to two dozen farms that open their doors for self-guided tours.
“Also on the new website will be ‘Homegrown Here,’ Frederick County’s buy local campaign, along with Homegrown Frederick Magazine, which is a yearly publication we started in 2014 with Frederick Magazine, that promotes all of our direct to consumer farms.”
Craft beverages will also be featured, Albaugh said, with consumers being able to find local farm breweries and distilleries listed.
One of the biggest pieces to the new website, she added, will be an interactive map that will allow consumers to find farmers that have the local produce or crops they are looking for.
“Best of all,” Albaugh said, “the new website will be completely mobile-friendly, allowing consumers on the go, to search for products available in real time.”
Earlier in day on June 16, the Frederick Keys and the Office of Economic Development are also hosting a Pre-Game Farmers’ Market in the Keys parking lot from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., along with several agriculture-inspired things planned for the game.