Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 601

Premiere air date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7pm on MPT-HD

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Episode Description

  • The season premiere of Maryland Farm and Harvest kicks off with a look at the world of tractor pulling. For the uninitiated, the goal is to pull a weight-bearing sled as far as possible—and to give the crowd a show, complete with roaring engines, smoke, and wheels that leave the ground! We meet some of the competitors at the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department’s bi-annual tractor pull, including dairy farmer DJ Burrier of Pleasant View Farm in Frederick County, who arrives at the tractor pull straight from the milking parlor.
  • If you can’t beat ‘em, eat em! The blue catfish is an invasive species that has quickly become a top predator in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, outcompeting native species and putting ecosystems at risk. Enter a concerted effort to get these gilled gluttons out of the water by putting them on the menu. We’ll follow the fish from the Potomac River in Charles County to Congressional Seafood in Howard County to be processed, and, finally, to The Hamilton in Washington DC to see how they’re made into a delicious dish.
  • Maggie Mills of Hope Honey Farm in Prince George’s County isn’t your ordinary beekeeper. Sure, she raises bees and bottles honey, but her specialty is breeding bees—specifically, a process called grafting queens. We get an up-close look at how a queen bee ascends to the throne—and also learn why much of the food we eat relies on healthy colonies.
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler visits Leaning Pine Farm, a grass-fed beef operation in Allegany County, where farmers Amanda Paul and Sam White explain the challenges of raising a herd in Western Maryland. Some of the meat they raise is sold to local chef and restauranteur Josh Horevay, who shares a recipe for a mouthwatering meatloaf.
  • Then & Now: Draft Animals

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Bee Colony Transport Package

This is one way to transport a colony of bees as a package. Commercial beekeepers receive a package like this, usually containing three pounds of bees. The queen is kept in a smaller box inside, known as a queen cage. The can is filled with sugar syrup, which the bees eat while they’re in transit.