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Fruit and Vegetable Growers Striving for the Best



Summer Tour

We are adding an additional bus stop for the Summer Tour!

The Maryland State Horticultural Society Summer Tour is scheduled for July 10th 2024.

We will be visiting the Eastern Shore of Maryland this year.

This years tour will include stops at

Emily's Produce,


Seaberry Farm


Blades Orchard.

We are offer a bus this year. The bus will leave from Frederick MD at the Extension office at 7:00,stopping at the Park in Ride on MD 27 in Mt Airy at 7:40, stop at in Gambrills for another pickup at 9:00, and then arrive for our first tour stop at Emily's Produce. We expect to arrive at 10:30. From 1998 until today this farm has grown and has a great deal to offer. They have fruit and vegetables that are produced and sold on the farm and local beef also.

The next stop is Seaberry Farm. We anticipate arrival at 12:20. Seaberry Farm specializes in specialty horticultural products for wholesale and special events. On this 36-acre farm, they grow a large selection of woody cut stems as well as a variety of perennial and annual cut flowers and other specialty fruits, most notably beach plum.

The next stop is Blades Orchard, producing a wide variety of fruit on this farm.

Lunch will be provided for all tour attendees.

Registration is open.

If you have any questions please contact Chuck Schuster, 410-596-2159


The membership year runs from January 1st to December 31st.  Membership dues are collected during the registration process for the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention.  For those seeking membership after the convention click here... for more information.


Tree Assistance Program (TAP) is to provide financial assistance to qualifying orchardists to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines that were damaged by natural disasters. To learn more about this program and eligibility, click here for more info >>


Click here to access handouts >>


Click on the links below:

Horticultural Technology Newsletter

Spotted Wing Drosophila Monitoring and Management 
University of Maryland Fact Sheet 1023, November 2015



Click on the links below:
Maryland Apples

Maryland's Best
National Peach Council
University of Maryland Extension: Grapes and Fruit
University of Maryland: Aronia
Mid-Atlantic Aronia Growers Association


Bay Area Fruit School  (link to presentations & videos) 
Western Maryland Regional Fruit Meeting (presentations)

Something New!

The FarcuhLab has started a YouTube channel for you to subscribe and follow!

The Farcuh Fruit Quality Lab's channel showcases latest research and extension activities for improving fruit quality, nutritional value, shelf-life capacity, safety and marketability throughout fruit development, harvest and postharvest storage. The Farcuh Lab 's mission is to find novel strategies to decrease fruit loss/waste, support environmental sustainability and, at the same time, enhance fruit consumption by meeting consumers’ expectations.

To view these videos use the tab below.



Apple Maturity Assessments for the Mid-Atlantic

We do the lab work so you don’t have to.

The determination of apple harvest maturity and optimal harvest dates can be achieved by using different maturity indices.

We take measurements of percent blush apple skin, skin chlorophyll content (DA index), fruit firmness, starch content, soluble solids and titratable acidity.

Would you like to learn more? If so, please click the link below. 

 2024 - 2025
MSHS Executive Board Officers

Hallie Butler-Van Horn, President

Brad Miller, 1st VP

Daniel Heyser, 2nd Vice President

Bob Black, Treasurer

Haley Sater,  Secretary

Board members are 

Paul Jackson

Stephen Milburn

Trevor Hoff

Emily Moore

2019 Summer Tour visiting Arterra     Photo Credit:Christopher Black

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