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Maryland Sunrise Farm
(410) 923-0726
Gambrills, MD
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Piney Orchard Farmers Market
(410) 867-9162
Stream Valley Dr. off Rte. 170; Piney Orchard Community & Vistor Center Par
Odenton, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
November 5-November 26 Thanksgiving Special, 12:00 noon- 4:00 p.m.
County
Anne Arundel

Westfield Annapolis Farmers Market
(410) 222-7410
Mall Parking lot near Sears Automotive
Annapolis, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 6-September 28 Sunday, 12:00 noon- 3:00 p.m.
County
Anne Arundel

Radix Farm
(202) 744-0373
Upper Marlboro, MD
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Annapolis FRESHFARM Market
(202) 362-8889
Donner Parking Lot
Annapolis, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 1-October 5 Sunday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Anne Arundel

Bowie Farmers Market
(301) 809-3078
15200 Annapolis Road; Adjacent to Bowie Center for the Performing Arts
Bowie, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 18-October 26 Sunday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Prince George's

Severna Park Farmers Market
(410) 827-9192
Ritchie Hwy. (Rt. 2) & Jones Station Road
Severna Park, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
April 26-October 25 Saturday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Anne Arundel

Anne Arundel County Farmers Market
(410) 349-0317
Riva Rd. & Henry S. Truman Pkwy.
Annapolis, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 10-October 28 Tuesday, 7:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Anne Arundel

Laurel Farmers Market
(301) 854-2917
300 Block of Main St.
Laurel, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 5-October 30 Thursday, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
County
Prince George's

Greenbelt Farmers Market
(202) 281-4789
Parking lot of Roosevelt Center, Crescent Rd. & Southway
Greenbelt, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 8-November 2 Sunday, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
County
Prince George's

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Organic Foods - FAQ

1. What is organic food?
Organic refers not to the food itself, but how it is produced. Organic food production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes the fertility of the soil. Organic foods are produced without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Organic foods are minimally processed to maintain the integrity of the food without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation.

2. How is "certified organic" food different from other organic food?
"Certified" means that the food has been grown according to strict uniform standards that are verified by independent state or private organizations. Certification includes inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping, and periodic testing of soil and water to ensure that growers and handlers are meeting the standards that have been established.

3. Who regulates the certified organic claims?
The federal government set standards for the production, processing and certification of organic food in the Organic Food Production Act of 1990. A National Organic Standards Board was established at that time and now is developing the guidelines and procedures that will regulate all crops from produce, grains, meat, dairy and eggs to processed foods. The law was activated April 21, 2001. Those who grow or market "organic" products were required to comply with the rule as of October 21, 2002. The Act provides that a person may sell or label an agricultural product as organically produced only if the product has been produced and handled in accordance with provisions of the Act and these regulations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the program.

4. Is organic food completely free of pesticide residues?
Organic food is not produced with toxic synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. However, there are some instances where residues may be carried to organic fields from neighboring conventional farms and environmental pollution.

5. Do organic farmers ever use pesticides?
Yes. However, only natural pesticides are permitted with restrictions as a last resort when growers are threatened with crop failure. Organic farmers' primary strategy is "prevention." By building healthy soils, healthy plants are better able to resist disease and insects. When pest populations get out of balance, growers will try various options like insect predators, mating disruption, traps and barriers. If these fail, permission will be granted by the certifier to apply botanical pesticides under restricted conditions. "Botanicals" are derived from plants and are broken down quickly by oxygen and sunlight.

6. Is organic food better for you?
There is no scientific evidence at this time to suggest that organically produced foods are more nutritious. However, well-balanced soils grow strong healthy plants that many people believe taste better and contain more nutrients. Many restaurant chefs across the country are using organic produc...

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