Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 505

Premiere air date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7pm on MPT-HD

Program preview

Episode Description

  • During the soybean planting, The Hermitage in Queen Anne's County may seem like any other Eastern Shore farm. But if you take a closer look around the property, you'll find clues to the farm's more than three-hundred- year-old history. Throughout that time, the land has stayed in the same family, from Richard Tilghman in 1658 to Benjamin Tilghman, who shows us around today.
  • During the bloody Battle of Antietam in 1862, some of the heaviest fighting between the Union and Confederate soldiers took place in an apple orchard. More than 150 years later, farmer Eric Rice of Willow Oak Craft Cider is working to restore the Washington County orchard using historic apple varieties that would have been grown at that time. He also grows the apples at his own orchard in Frederick County for use in hard cider.
  • Farmers Paulette Greene and Donna Dear raise organic grain and produce on 70 acres that was once a part of the Underground Railroad. As African Americans, Paulette and Donna feel a special connection to the property, and, as a way to help other black farmers become established, they've chosen to share a portion of their acreage with farming newcomers Blain Snipstal and Aleya Fraser of Black Dirt Farm.
  • WEB EXTRA: Learn how Mount Pleasant Acres is helping to give children in Philadelphia better access to healthy food.
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler travels to Baltimore City to learn about the centuries-old tradition of Arabbing—or produce delivery via horse and wagon.
  • Then & Now: Arabbers

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Tobacco Basket

This is a tobacco basket, used to transport dried tobacco leaves to market. The baskets were invented in 1880 to keep the leaves clean. Instead of unloading tobacco on the dirty market floor, it could be displayed in these shallow baskets in bunches called "hands."

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Thingamajig provided by the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum.