"Maryland has long been called 'America in Miniature' because of the variety of its terrain. We have the ocean, the sandy shores of the Chesapeake Bay area, the rolling hills of its central plain leading up to the mountains in Western Maryland -- and grapes can be grown in all of these areas. This year’s Thanksgiving Market features two of these distinct areas and their equally distinctive products.
"Black Ankle Vineyard, in the rolling foothills of Frederick County, is one of the major success stories in Maryland viticulture. Just look at the thoughtful way husband and wife Ed Boyce and Sarah O’Herron from Silver Spring went about their venture. It took them awhile, but dedication to the principle of biodynamics -- creating a healthy environment, relying as much as possible on natural controls to farm their grapes, has produced results. Their Crumbling Rock and Leaf-Stone Syrah are considered some of the most complex and interesting wines produced in the mid-Atlantic region, winning state competitions and local food and wine critics’ acclaim. And their tasting room at the vineyard was built with hay-bale insulation and “local” plaster -- a wonderful place to spend an afternoon in any season. Part of their success has been maintaining close connections with friends and family -- and creating quite a family of their own in the process.
"Husband and wife Mike and Barbara Scarborough of Running Hare Vineyard in Calvert County aspired to create some of the flavors Mike had tasted in France as a young person living there. The transition of Southern Maryland's economy from dependence on tobacco to something sustainable was fortuitous for the young couple. A new cooperative agricultural economy was being born just as they set about creating their dream. Their constant search for the flavors that wine drinkers want has led them to produce wines that can be paired with any cuisine or course has made them a favorite at wine festivals and farmer’s markets alike. Whether it be their award-winning Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Malbec or Jack Rabbit White with your holiday meal is yours to ponder deliciously -- at the Market.
"And remember to give a little bit of Maryland to your family and friends for holiday gifts. Let them taste where you live!"