Maryland is well known for its crab. And for good reason. Find crab tips below, as well as a guide to seasonal eating - and what you can expect to find at farmers markets - below.
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Baltimore has a farmers market so large and beloved that more than one person of my acquaintance has named it as their favorite thing about Baltimore! Find details - as well as resources for finding markets all over Maryland - with this Guide to Maryland Farmers Markets
Maryland Crab (and Crab Cakes)
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Maryland's famous blue crabs are the state's most valuable fishery. You can buy crabs and steam (or boil
) them yourself. Pick the meat
and serve with vinegar, aïoli
, or melted butter, as you like. Any extra picked crab meat can be used to make crab cakes
Don't want to make your own? About.com's Guide to Baltimore breaks down the Best Crab Cake Restaurants in Baltimore as well as the Top Crab Houses in Baltimore.
Note that because of pollution and varying population rates, blue crabs sold in Maryland aren't always from Maryland. If local provenance is important to you, be sure to ask your fishmonger where the crabs were caught.