Take the Buy Local Challenge!

July 19-27, 2014  

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. 

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

Buy Local Cookbooks: Each year, MDA publishes a cookbook of recipes submitted by local chefs who source from local producers. 

See the 2014 Cookbook here!


Previous cookbooks are posted here:


Buy Local Cookout

The 2014 Buy Local Cookout will take place Thursday, July 24, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Government House in Annapolis. This is the seventh annual Buy Local Cookout that Governor and Mrs. O'Malley will host. Attendance at this event is invitation only.

Media Information:

  • Governor and First Lady O'Malley Host 7th Annual Buy Local Cookout (July 24) Read here.
  • Take the Buy Local Challenge; Eat Well - Support Maryland Farmers (July 9) Read here.
  • Governor O’Malley Announces Local Menu for the 7th Annual Buy Local Cookout. (June 24). Read here.   
   2014 Official Rules:


MDA staff members took cellphone photos during the Cookout, which are posted on the MDA Flickr account here. The Governor's Office Photo Gallery will have pictures posted after the event. (Search on July 24, 2014).


Contact Information

Julie Oberg
Director of Communications
Telephone: 410-841-5888

Vanessa Orlando
Public Information Officer
Telephone: 410-841-5889

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