OWINGS MILLS — Maryland Public Television’s original series “Maryland Farm & Harvest,” now in its seventh season, will feature farms and locations in Caroline, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Wicomico counties during a new episode airing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14.
“Maryland Farm & Harvest” takes viewers on journeys across the state, telling stories about the farms, people and technology required to sustain and grow Maryland’s number one commercial industry: agriculture. MPT’s production team filmed episode segments at more than four dozen farms in preparation for its seventh season, according to a news release.
Introductions for the Jan. 14 episode were filmed at Star Bright Farm in Baltimore County’s White Hall community.
The segment “Farming in Winter” was filmed in Kent County. Despite being in the middle of winter, there’s no shortage of work to be done at Hill Haven Farm in Kennedyville. There are animals to feed, farm equipment to repair and seed corn to sell in preparation for spring planting. Viewers find that even in the so-called “off-season,” a farmer’s work is never really done.
“Poultry Flock Management” focuses on Caroline County. With more than 300 million “broilers” — meat chickens — produced annually, poultry is big business in Maryland. As a contract grower, Jamie Robinette’s Way Moore Farms in Federalsburg grows chickens on behalf of international producer Mountaire Farms, which provides him with the resources necessary to grow his birds. Viewers meet the Robinette family and gain greater understanding of the state’s poultry supply chain.
The segment “High Oleic Soybeans” was shot in Harford, Wicomico and Queen Anne’s counties. In Maryland, soybeans are second only to corn in total acreage farmed. From tofu to toothpaste and even car interiors, the small beans are used to make all kinds of goods. Through visits to Schmidt Family Farms in Sudlersville, Holloway Brothers Farms in Darlington, Schillinger Genetics in Queenstown and Purdue Farms in Salisbury, viewers learn about the Maryland Soybean Board’s Soy Checkoff program and its role in helping to develop high-oleic soybeans, a recent innovation designed to produce new food and industrial uses for soybean oil.
Lastly, “The Local Buy: Crabcake.com” is set in Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. Segment host Al Spoler visits Angelina’s Crab Cakes in Stevensville, which ships the Maryland delicacy across the country through its website, crabcake.com. Then, Spoler visits J.M. Clayton Seafood Company in Cambridge to see where the crab meat used in Angelina’s signature recipe comes from. A recipe for gazpacho will be available at mpt.org/farm.
“Maryland Farm & Harvest” airs at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays on MPT-HD and is rebroadcast at 11:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 6 a.m. on Sundays. Each show also airs on MPT2/Create at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays.
Episode segments are made available for streaming on the series’ YouTube channel. Full episodes can be viewed online for free on the MPT app and at video.mpt.tv/show/maryland-farm-harvest.
Viewers can join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by using the hashtag #MDFarmHarvest.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture is MPT’s co-production partner for “Maryland Farm & Harvest.”