The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Goldman Enterprises, Inc. the Farmer’s Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grant in support of a new project entitled A Taste of Southern Maryland. (TSM).
One of three recipients in Maryland, the company plans to honor the area’s heritage by launching initiatives that support one of civilization’s strongest pillars: agriculture.
The Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1946 authorized the FMPP grant. The goals of the grant are to “increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.”
Fillmore J. Goldman (President) and his daughter Ronda R. Goldman (Vice President) are third and fourth generation agriculturalist and consider the preservation of farmland an essential key to wellness.
“Civilizations form around plentiful food sources and thrive with continued access to nutrient-dense foods that are harvested at the peak of ripeness. Access to local produce, meat, dairy and value-added products improve our quality of life while supporting and strengthening the fibers that make our community cohesive.”
A Taste of Southern Maryland is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that partners with local farmers and artisans in order to ensure that residents have access to the bounty produced in this region. The goals of TSM are to
- highlight and promote local options for produce, meat, dairy, and value-added products through the purchase of harvest shares.
- simplify acquisition through a farm-to-doorstep delivery process.
- celebrate Southern Maryland’s agricultural heritage through farm-to-table feasts held at local farms.
Harvest permitting, deliveries will begin the week of 7 April. For more information please visit www.tasteofsomd.com.