Discover the homegrown flavors of Caroline County! Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Caroline County is known as the “Green Garden County” for good reason. Full of growers and makers, Caroline County’s agrarian roots run deep – agriculture has been a key industry for more than 300 years in this vibrant community.
From farm-fresh produce and grass-fed dairy to handcrafted kombucha and hard cider, Caroline County embodies farm-to-table from the ground up! Visitors to Caroline can enjoy u-pick or shop at the many farmstands and markets dotting the countryside.
Clayton Farms is a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike. This seasonal farm-market has everything from herbs, produce and plants to meats, local cheese, candies, and baked goods.
Shore Gourmet Denton Market is another must-stop for any foodie. Here you’ll find a café serving breakfast and lunch and a retail shop offering locally-made specialty food and gift items. You can shop for baked goods, spices, marinades, chocolates, honey, cheese, Federal Brewing Company Kombucha, and more! They also offer to-go cooking kits for those looking to expand their kitchen repertoire.
Looking for pastured dairy? Nice Farms Creamery in Federalsburg produces the finest creamline milk, farm-fresh butter, creamy yogurt, and old-fashioned ice cream. You can order their products online and pick up right at their farm.
Hard cider aficionados will want to bring home a bottle from Faulker Branch Cidery & Distilling Company in Federalsburg, who use fruit from their orchard to craft hard cider. Though their tasting room is currently closed to the public, you can place an order and schedule a pickup.
No summer trip to the Eastern Shore is complete without Maryland blue crabs. Whether you’re looking for a bushel of fat crabs or other fresh seafood to take home, Blough’s Seafood, a family-owned business offering carryout, has you covered.
Those looking for a crab feast can also take a river cruise on the Ellen B with River Run Cruises. They offer crab and shrimp feasts that you can enjoy while taking in magnificent views of the Choptank River.
You’ll find plenty of local flavor at Caroline County’s restaurants. Enjoy a Guinness and Fish n’ Chips at the Market Street Public House in Denton, experience authentic Spanish-American flavors at Tenchi in Greensboro, stop in for lunch and a scoop at Katie Mae’s in Preston, or the Ridgely Ice Cream Parlor, a delightful old-fashioned luncheonette.
Caroline County is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic. Pick up some provisions from our markets or restaurants and head to one of our prime picnic destinations, including the historic Linchester Mill in Preston, Martinak State Park in Denton, or Tuckahoe State Park right outside of Ridgely.
While you’re here, be sure to check out a few of Caroline County’s signature events. Smokey Cat Farm’s Lavender Festival takes place June 12, the Eastern Shore Threshermen’s Annual Wheat Threshing, Steam & Gas Engine Show takes place August 6–8, and Caroline Summerfest, a two-day family arts and entertainment festival in downtown Denton, takes place August 20 and 21. And mark your calendar for next year’s Ridgely Strawberry Festival, which takes place annually on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Check out the Caroline Office of Tourism’s online Calendar of Events for more information on upcoming events. You belong here!
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