Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 502

Premiere air date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7pm on MPT-HD

Program preview

Episode Description

  • In the first story of our "transformation" episode, we'll learn how wool becomes yarn. At the picturesque Shepherd's Hey Farm in Montgomery County, farmer Lee Langstaff cares for her sheep's wool while it's both on and off the animal. But it's up to professional sheep shearer Emily Chamelin to remove the wool in one continuous piece—a task that takes some careful choreography. Then it's off to The Mill at Meadowlands, where Ruth Lamb cleans the wool and spins it into yarn.
  • Next, we'll learn how milk becomes cheese—specifically, gooey, stretchy, mozzarella cheese. It's part of an effort by a Maryland-based dairy cooperative to create a new market for its 650 member farms by restoring an old cheese plant to its former glory. Lanco Pennland in Washington County is where we'll find logs of mozzarella floating down a "lazy river" of brine, but the story begins at Mercuro Farms in Frederick County, where farmer Katie Kearns preforms a morning ritual—the daily milking.
  • The craft beer business is booming in Maryland, and farmer Aaron Hopkins and his business partner are getting in on the action with their company, Chesapeake Malting. We follow along as they transform some of the barley grown on Aaron's family farm—Hopkins Farm in Harford County—into a key ingredient in craft beer: malt.
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler joins farmer Bubba Hill and his son Adrian for the potato harvest at Beagle Hill Farms in St. Mary's County. Along the way, he learns how to cook up a colorful potato salad using some of the farm's more unconventional spuds.
  • Then & Now: Fiber

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Horn Straightener

This is a cattle horn straightener. It was used on prized bulls to make sure their horns looked just right, or on other cattle with especially deformed horns.

Horn Straightener

Thingamajig provided by the Historical Society of Baltimore County.