Retail venues including grocery stores, butcher shops, farm stores, on-farm markets and other specialty stores are encouraged to apply for a Southern Maryland Meats (SMM) freezer display case dedicated for the sale of locally farm-raised frozen Southern Maryland Meats. Retail host sites must market and sell a variety of local farm products and be able to stock and sell locally produced SMM meats. Venues may be considered in the five county area of Southern Maryland (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s Counties) and the metropolitan DC area.
Southern Maryland Meats was created in response to the growing demand by consumers for locally raised and produced farm meats. The program was launched in 2011 by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) together with meat producers from the five county area. SMADC grant funds have made it possible for managing entities representing the five Southern Maryland counties, to purchase and locate SMM display cases at approved retail sites for direct-to-consumer sales of SMM (USDA-approved) products. Visit the Southern Maryland Meats website for more information: www.southernmarylandmeats.com
Applications must be received by Friday, May 8, 2015 to be considered. To download the SMM Display Case Application Form and Evaluation Criteria visit the ‘News and Announcements’ page at the SMADC website www.smadc.com or call SMADC staff at (301) 274-1922, Ex.1