Philosophy

Chesapeake Harvest is building a vibrant local food economy on the Eastern Shore with healthy food bursting with flavor. Chesapeake Harvest is committed to sourcing local, clean, and diverse ingredients that fuel the growth of a regional Chesapeake Cuisine. Chesapeake Harvest seeks out farmers who show their commitment to regenerative agricultural practices that protect the future of the Chesapeake Bay. Chesapeake Harvest gives preference to those who share our belief that sustainability is not a fixed point but a pathway of continuous improvement.

Vision and Mission

Chesapeake Harvest envisions a regional food production and distribution system that increases agricultural employment on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and contributes to a vibrant regional economy, with enhanced food production, distribution infrastructure, food security and the preservation of farms.

Background

The Chesapeake Bay watershed contains much rich agricultural land in close proximity to Washington D.C. and other large markets. In the state of Maryland, unmet demand for local fruits and vegetables is estimated at $937 million; unmet demand in Washington DC is estimated at $135 million.

The Easton Economic Development Corporation established a regional brand – Chesapeake Harvest – to actively manage the marketing and sales of source-identified food products from local and regional producers to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.

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