Head east from Washington, DC over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, or South from Philadelphia or NYC and down the Delmarva Peninsula, and you’re on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. You’ll know, because highways and shopping malls will quickly give way to fields and water. The history of the Shore began in the 1600s, when some of America’s first settlers sailed up the Chesapeake and realized they’d found an area rich in fish, game and arable land, with a moderate climate and easy access by land and water to the rest of the New World.

Historically speaking, the same can be said of many areas on the East Coast. But the Eastern Shore today has many traits that make it unique. Unlike many areas, the Shore has maintained its rural character and rich history. Take a random drive, and you’ll see farmhouses and churches that predate the Revolutionary War. Just a two hour drive from Washington and Philadelphia, it’s truly a place where old meets new. The Shore is decidedly rural, but you can also find great shopping and Michelin-starred restaurants. It’s also one of the few places that has both farms and tidal water. Where else can you check on the sheep in the morning, and water ski and fish for striped bass (rockfish to the locals) in the afternoon?

Best of all, there’s a sense of community on the Shore that crosses the typical lines, and is sometimes missing from urban areas. The people who moved here or stayed here share a desire to live close to the land and water, and steward a way of life. Go to one of the local watering holes, and you’ll see fourth-generation farmers and watermen chatting at the bar with lawyers and business execs-- in a way that we didn’t encounter as much in the city. We feel like we’re part of something here, and hope we can share that with you in the lamb we offer.

THE EASTERN SHORE

The Eastern Shore

Our Partners

United States Department of Agriculture

Branch Honey Farm is a proud participant in the USDA’s Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) program. Through CTA, the Natural Resources Conservation Service partners with farmers to promote practices that deliver improved water and air quality, increased soil health and reduced soil erosion, improved or created wildlife habitat, and mitigation against drought and increasing weather volatility.

Remember the old joke “I’m from the government, I’m here to help you.” These people actually do! The Talbot County-based USDA professionals have been invaluable in getting our small farm up and running. They’re trusted partners, and we’re proud to be working with them.

ShoreRivers

ShoreRivers' mission is to protect and restore Maryland's Eastern Shore waterways through education, restoration, and science-based advocacy. They believe that "access to waterways fuels environmental stewardship; inclusion of diverse communities is essential to long term success; and diverse representation in our membership, staff, and board makes us stronger."