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Perry Hall: Summertime, and your produce should be local

Ah! The good ole summertime — hands down the best time of year for tasty fruits and vegetables. I've yet to meet a fellow Marylander who doesn't agree there's nothing like the taste of a juicy, ripe Maryland tomato. Isn't it comforting to know the summer bounty of healthy foods is readily available at your local grocer? Yes, but it may be the bounty of some other country. When it comes to "locally grown" foods, not all food stores are stocked. The next time you visit the produce department, be sure to check exactly where their selection and your planned purchase originated. You may be in for a quite a surprise like my friend whose oranges were marked Product of South Africa. Not that she was expecting Maryland oranges, but she thought her summertime oranges came from one of our United States. With a new-found fondness for checking produce labels, she went back to the store to find other fruits and vegetables that farmers grow in Maryland were also shipped in from other countries instead. Remember: locally purchased does not equal locally grown.

To enjoy locally grown produce, why not try one of the local farm markets. Although their hours of operation are limited in comparison to your food store, the flavor more than makes up for any inconvenience with the time constraint. You will also be supporting our local farmers.

Starting from northern Belair Road and working south, please visit one or all of the following. First, there is K.P. Huber Family Farm located at the corner of Mt. Vista Road and Belair Road, in Kingsville. They have a massive selection to choose from, lovely grounds, gift shop, greenhouses with plants of all types and their own eggs, too. The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Secondly, there is Hubers Farm at 11898 Philadelphia Road, in Kingsville. Hours of operation are also 9 a.m to 6 p.m. daily. This farm has pick-your-own fields that are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a great summer experience for non-farming folk. Last but not least, is the 2012 Farm Market at The Avenue at White Marsh located behind A.C. Moore and Staples. Hours of operation are every Friday, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July through October. The great attraction of this market is the variety of farms from which to purchase. Participating farms include Bee's by the Bay for regional honey, hand-made candles made of 100 percent beeswax, The Breadery with fresh, whole grain breads and baked goods from scratch, Deep Run Farms for assorted fruits and vegetables, Emerge Greenhouses offering assorted annuals and perennials, Galloway Farm and Apiary with assorted fruits and vegetables, Hills Forest Fruit Farm, and Wilson's Farm Market for assorted fruits and vegetables.

For your listening pleasure, don't miss the August events of the Friends of Jerusalem Mill Summer Concert Series. On Sun, Aug 5, hear the classic rock 'n' roll of Great Train Robbery and on Sun, Aug 19, enjoy the Cajun, zydeco music of the Crawdaddies. Jerusalem Mill Village is located at 2813 Jerusalem Road in Kingsville. The concerts are held in the meadow, near the blacksmith shop, alongside the Little Gunpowder. Concert admission is as follows: $7 for non-members; $5 for members, seniors and children ages 13 – 16, and all children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. All concerts are held rain or shine. Please bring your own seating. Sunshine Grille will be the food vendor in the Meadow for Concerts.

From Councilman David Marks: Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan will donate $20,000 to replace the sign at the Perry Hall High School stadium. This is part of a major initiative to upgrade the athletic facilities at Perry Hall High School, the largest high school in Baltimore County. A huge community thanks to Rosedale Federal for their generous donation and continued positive involvement in Perry Hall!

Thinking about getting a new addition for your family? Take advantage of the Free 'n Easy Summer Special at the Baltimore Humane Society. Now through the end of July, there is no adoption fee for all dogs and cats older than one year.. Save the life of a homeless cat or dog; each comes with a complete medical exam, all up-to-date vaccinations, microchip, and a bag of starter food — for free! The shelter is located at 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, 21136. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Call 410-833-8848 for details or see their website

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