MPT series Maryland Farm & Harvest Visits Howard and Prince George’s Counties and Baltimore City During January 23 Episode

ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 19, 2024) ~ Maryland Public Television's original series, Maryland Farm & Harvest, is back for its 11th season and will be featuring farms and locations in Howard County, Prince George's County, and Baltimore City in its upcoming episode premiering on Tuesday, January 23. Viewers can get a sneak peek of the episode on the series' webpage at

The popular weekly series takes viewers on a journey across the Free State, showcasing the farms, people, and technology that are essential to sustain and grow agriculture in Maryland - the state's number one commercial industry. The show airs on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on MPT-HD and can also be streamed online at For those who miss the broadcast premiere, episodes are available to view on the free PBS App and MPT's online video player. Encore broadcasts air on MPT-HD on Thursdays at 11 p.m. and Sundays at 6 a.m., as well as on MPT2/Create® on Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

The January 23 episode begins with an introduction filmed at Basil Harding Farmstead in Frederick County - part of the Peace and Plenty Rural Historic District. The episode will feature three segments highlighting different farms in Maryland.

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The first segment takes viewers to Clagett Farm in Prince George's County where they will learn about regenerative agriculture techniques used to improve soil health, water conditions, and food quality both on land and in the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's research farm in Upper Marlboro is working towards reducing sediment runoff that contributes to high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus entering the bay - threatening its delicate ecosystem.

Next up is Heron's Meadow Farm in Howard County where viewers will get an inside look into Maryland's first and only tea growing farm. Despite tea being one of the most popular beverages in the world with over 3.5 billion cups consumed daily, tea farming is a unique and challenging industry in the state. Farmers Lori and Bob Baker share their journey of trial and error as they work towards making tea farming a booming business in Maryland.

In the final segment, viewers will join host Al Spoler as he visits Gwynns Falls in Baltimore City to pick peppers with Joe Panella, owner of Ellicott City Sauce Co. Joe's "swagger sauce" is made from a variety of hot peppers including red savinos, ghost peppers, and Carolina reapers - each having held the title of hottest pepper on earth at some point. Al gets a taste of the final batch and is left gasping for air and reaching for some pineapple to cool his palate.

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Maryland Farm & Harvest has been a hit with viewers since its debut in 2013, with nearly 16 million viewers tuning in to watch the show on MPT. The series has covered every county in Maryland, as well as Baltimore City and Washington D.C., visiting nearly 450 farms, fisheries, and other agriculture-related locations.

Past episodes can be viewed on MPT's website at, while episode segments are available on the series' YouTube channel at Viewers can also engage with the show on social media by following @MarylandFarmHarvest on Facebook and @mdfarmtv on Instagram.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is MPT's co-production partner for Maryland Farm & Harvest. Major funding for the show is provided by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board. Additional funding comes from various organizations such as Maryland's Best, Rural Maryland Council Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund, MARBIDCO, Maryland Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Program, Farm Credit, Maryland Soybean Board, Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts, Wegmans Food Markets, Maryland Nursery, Landscape & Greenhouse Association, Maryland Farm Bureau, The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, and contributions from the Citizens of Baltimore County. Other support comes from the Mar-Del Watermelon Association and Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation.

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