News Release, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission
The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, is pleased to announce that Spider Hall Farm, in Prince Frederick, will be the host venue for the 3rd Annual Buy Local Challenge Celebration (BLC).
The Annual Celebration invites the general public to experience the bounty, the food and the fun of Maryland’s farms. The summer evening event will take place at Spider Hall Farm on Monday, July 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and will feature tastings and sales of local farm products, food trucks, live music, and entertainment for the whole family.
Spider Hall Farm is a family-owned and operated 362-acre tobacco, corn and grain farm that offers agritourism and educational events every Fall. The farm also features a road-side store selling a wide variety of farm products from around the region. “We are excited to co-host the third Annual BLC Celebration with Spider Hall Farm,” said Shelby Watson-Hampton, SMADC’s director. “Everyone is invited to come celebrate the bounty of Maryland’s farms and producers. It’s a evening that the whole family can enjoy; there’s food, fun and great activities for the kids.”
The SMADC board intends the BLC Celebration to be annually recurring and rotate to a different Southern Maryland county and venue each year. Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County previously hosted the Celebration which has grown in popularity since it was launched in 2017, with close to 700 people attending last year’s event. Venues have been confirmed two years in advance, with Serenity Farm, Charles County in 2020 and Flat Iron Farm, St. Mary’s in 2021.
SMADC is now seeking Maryland farms, wineries, distilleries, breweries, watermen/aquaculture, craftsmen and artisans to attend as vendors. Vendor participation is free, but space is subject to availability and suitability. Ticket sales for the general public will commence in May.
The BLC Celebration is the official ‘book end’ event for the statewide Buy Local Challenge Week which takes place during the last full week of July (July 20 – 28, 2019) and is jointly promoted in partnership with Maryland Department of Agriculture. The BLC engages consumers around the state to pledge to support their local farms by eating locally raised farm products during buy local week.