Take the Challenge!

July 23-31, 2016 

The Buy Local Challenge was created by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission and has since become a statewide program. The Challenge encourages all Marylanders to eat at least one locally grown or raised product each day of the Buy Local Challenge Week, which is always the last full week of July. 

Buy Local ChallengeThe Buy Local Pledge: "I pledge to eat at least one thing from a local farm every day during Buy Local Week." Sign the pledge

Use #BuyLocalChallenge on social media!

Buy Local Cookout

The 9th annual Governor's Buy Local Cookout will take place July 21, 2016 at Government House in Annapolis to kick off the Buy Local Challenge. Attendance at this event is invitation only. Follow #BuyLocalCookout on social media.

The recipe submission period is closed! We invited chefs to submit original recipes for the Governor's Buy Local Cookout. The invitation was open to Maryland farmer(s)/chef teams. A "chef" is a person with culinary training. We also considered recipes from students currently in culinary classes. Recipes were to reflect creative ways to use Maryland-grown or Maryland-raised products. Entries may be included in the 2016 Buy Local Cookout Recipes Cookbook. See the official rules.

Buy Local C​ookbooks

Each year, MDA publishes a cookbook of recipes submitted by local chefs who source from local producers. The 2016 Cookbook will be posted before the event. Past cookbooks are available below.

2015 Cookbook Cover 
 Previous cookbooks are posted here:

    Contact Information

    Julie Oberg
    Director of Communications

    Vanessa Orlando 
    Public Information for Digital Engagement

    Jason Schellhardt
    Public Information for Media Relations

    Chef / Recipe Contact:
    Karen Fedor
    Senior Marketing Specialist

    Videos & Photos from 2015 Buy Local Cookout 

    2016 Press Kit: 
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