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. 

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

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 ChallengeAttendance at this event is invitation only. Governor Hogan invited chefs to submit original recipes for the cookout. The invitation was open to Maryland farmer(s)/chef teams. A "chef" is a person with culinary training. Recipes from students currently in culinary classes were also considered. Recipes were to reflect creative ways to use Maryland-grown or Maryland-raised products. See the official rules.

The Buy Local Cookbooks: All entries submitted are included in the 2016 Buy Local Cookout Recipes Cookbook. We are pleased to present the 2016 cookbook below as well as all past cookbooks for free download. See reprint permission policy​.


    ​The Maryland's Best website, maintained by MDA's Marketing Section, has the latest information about what's in season and how to find local products and farmers markets near you. Eat local! 

    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

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    2015 Buy Local Cookout 

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