Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 603

Premiere air date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 7pm on MPT-HD

Program preview

Episode Description

  • "Wind from the west, sap runs best"”" is a mantra sugarmaker Leo Shinholt has followed since he first began tapping trees for maple syrup in the mountains of Allegany County six decades ago. After a visit to Leo’s S&S Maple Camp for a tutorial on how sap becomes syrup, we travel to Baltimore County where Michele Tsucalas of Michele’s Granola explains why her company uses Leo’s syrup in their muesli.
  • Agriculture is a volatile business; year to year, profits depend on factors outside a farmer’s control, like market prices and the weather. But even among farmers, milking cows is recognized as one of the most difficult ways to make a living, and consistently low milk prices have pushed a number of Maryland farmers to sell their herds. We meet the Haines family of Locust-Ayr Farm in Carroll County and then the Grossnickle Family of Ellerton View Farms in Frederick County. They’ll explain why the lifestyle is a challenging one, but it’s so ingrained in their DNA they can’t imagine doing anything else.
  • Harford County farmer Lee McDaniel takes us on a tour of his historic Indian Spring Farm in Pylesville—a place where French troops once camped during the Revolutionary War on their way to the decisive battle of Yorktown. Lee’s farm has a fascinating past, but his focus is on its future. He employs a number of conservation practices on his 850-acre grain farm, and as a past president of the National Association of Conservation Districts, Lee is an advocate for sustainable farming on a national level. He explains why Maryland is ahead of the curve when it comes to growing food while being good stewards of the land.
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler visits Crooked Fence Farm in Baltimore County to harvest spearmint before heading to Belvedere Square in Baltimore City to see how Jinji Frasier of Pure Chocolate by Jinji incorporates it into a ganache. But it’s not all about the sweets; Jinji explains her philosophy that chocolate is a food, not just a dessert.
  • Then & Now: Maryland Dairy Industry

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Milk Centrifuge

This is a milk centrifuge used to measure the cream content of milk. Samples of milk were poured into glass vials and placed into the centrifuge, which was cranked to separate cream from the non-fat milk. By measuring the amount of cream, the tester could determine the percentage of cream in the milk.

Thingamajig provided by the Historical Society of Baltimore County.