Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 208
Premiere air date: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 7pm on MPT-HD
Program preview:

Episode Description
  • Joanne checks out the sights and sounds of the largest fiber festival on the East Coast. Along the way she learns to shear a sheep.
  • Some of the organic corn from Mason’s Heritage Farm in Queen Anne's County ends up at Blackwater Distilling—to become part of the company’s new Maryland Rye Whiskey.;
  • Wheat’s been an important crop in the United States since it was first planted in the 1777. Transforming those amber waves of grain into flour is a complex and interesting process. Joanne takes you through it, starting with farmer Eric Spates as he harvests his wheat and ships it off to Wilkins Rodgers Mill in Ellicott City.
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler’s sipping some Maryland Wine with Perigeaux Vineyard and Winery in St. Leonard.

Production stills from episode 208

Press Cake Tool

In winemaking, the remains of the grapes after they are pressed for juice form a compact “cake.” This tool was used to used to break up the press “cake” so it could be used as compost.