Farm-to-Fork Frederick

Urbana Town Courier
Sarah Withers
A new project is coming to Frederick that aims to bring food directly from Frederick farms to forks via some favorite local restaurants. Farm-to-Fork Frederick is coming to the area in August and is slated to bring more than 18 chefs at about 12 restaurants together with 10 locals farms and five award-winning Frederick County wineries. The participating chefs and restaurants have committed to using at least 60 percent locally sourced, locally grown and raised products and to showcase the best Frederick County has to offer.

Putting More Local Foods Back On Frederick’s Plate With Farm-To-Fork

Frederick Gorilla
Lloyd Thompson-Taylor
The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the previous 10,000.” These opening remarks of Food, Inc., a 2008 documentary that followed foods as they made their way from the farms to the grocery stores, got marketing guru and mother Miriam Nasuti thinking about Fredericktonians and their food. Nasuti’s thoughts translated into action: Farm-to-Fork Frederick, a City of Frederick and Frederick County event taking place from Aug. 23 to Sept. 2. It’s all about connecting area restaurants with farmers under the goal of providing fresh, nutrient-rich and locally sourced food to consumers, and bringing farmers and restaurants together to foster close collaborations and new business relationships. And those relationships involve the consumers as well.

Participants meet for the first time, ready themselves for Farm-to-Fork Frederick

Frederick News Post
nspired by the film "Food, Inc." four years ago, Leesburg, Va., resident Miriam Nasuti began changing the way she and her family ate. It was a return to an old-fashioned way of eating and knowing where their food comes from, she said, a movement that is having an impact on the entire country. "Now my husband and I buy a half cow a year and know the farmer. ... We belong to a CSA." After creating a successful Farm-to-Fork initiative in Loudoun County, Nasuti will bring the 11-day culinary event to Frederick beginning Aug. 23, connecting restaurants with local food and wine sources to create a special, temporary menu.

Eating local

Frederick News Post
The subject of The Frederick News-Post’s lead Monday story — “More pick their own” — warrants further comment. The story examined the local trend of residents procuring their fruits, vegetables and other selected food products directly from area farmers. This trend is one that is on the move all around the nation. People everywhere are discovering how much sense it makes to buy local.

Maryland delays growth pollution rules

Regulators need more time to set "offsets" for new development
Baltimore Sun
Tim Wheeler
State rules requiring "offsets" for water pollution from new development have been delayed until next year, Maryland's top environmental regulator told lawmakers Wednesday. Although the regulations originally had been set for issuance by next month, Environment Secretary Robert M. Summers told members of House and Senate environment committees that there are "more details to be sorted out," mainly over a plan to let developers buy pollution "credits" elsewhere or pay a fee to the state for the costs of offsetting their projects' water-quality impacts. The growth-offset regulations are required under the Chesapeake Bay "pollution diet" that the Environmental Protection Agency has imposed on Maryland and the five other states in the bay watershed. A new state lawaimed at limiting development on septic systems also mandates pollution offsets for any large housing subdivision that would not be connected to a sewer system. Summers explained that offsets are needed to ensure that population growth and development don't undermine the states' efforts to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution fouling the bay.

Farms conservation highlighted

Frederick News Post
The farming industry has been in the spotlight recently because of renewed efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, Morrow said. "Farms are the largest source of nutrient pollution to the Bay, and farms have a responsibility to ensure that nutrients remain on the farm and not enter local waterways."