Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 410

Premiere air date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7pm on MPT-HD

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Episode Description

  • Most soybeans grown in Maryland go to feed chickens, but some of them are made into soy oil— a ubiquitous product found in everything from food to fuel. MFH visits Coleraine Farm in Talbot County for the soybean harvest then to the Perdue's processing plant in Salisbury to see the beans transform into soy oil.
  • There are about five thousand acres of pickling cucumbers grown on the Delmarva Peninsula, and Hannah Crawley and her family raise about a quarter of them on their farm, Hay Jay Acres in Federalsburg. Follow the cucumber as it leaves the field and eventually ends up in a jar.
  • FIn this final segment of our transformation-themed episode, we'll visit the apple harvest at Gardenhour Orchards in Smithsburg before heading north of the state border to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania where they are processed and made into one of America's favorite healthy snacks: applesauce.
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler visits Habanera Farm, a place that raises herbs and processes them into herbal teas.
  • Then & Now: Soybeans

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Apple Picker

This is an apple picker, used to help farmers reach apples that were way up high. Today's apple trees only grow to a maximum of 12 feet because they devote more energy to producing fruit than growing tall. But this apple picker would have come in handy in the days of 20 to 40-foot apple trees.