Recipes celebrate the bounty of Maryland’s farms and food 

News Release, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, a division of theTri-County Council for Southern Maryland, is inviting Maryland chefs and home cooks tosubmit originalrecipesusing predominantlyMarylandgrown and produced ingredients fora limited editionBuy Local Challenge Celebration Recipe Book.

The annual statewide Buy Local Challenge(July 18 – 26, 2020), jointly promoted by SMADC and the Maryland Department of Agriculture, encourages all Marylanders to support their local farmers and producers by eating(or drinking)locally produced farm products during Buy Local Week.

This year SMADC is adding an extra incentive to engage consumers during Buy LocalChallenge (BLC) week, a special editioncookery bookwithoriginal recipesthatcelebratethe bounty of Maryland’s farms and food. Recipesmustinclude at a minimum two Maryland-grown, caught/harvestedorproduced ingredients; suggested pairings are also invited of Marylandproduced beverages(wine, beer, distilled spirits),and soft drinks or cocktails that featurelocal ingredients.

SMADC’s Recipe Book invitation is open to all Maryland chefs and residents (no formal trainingisrequired!).Recipe categories include appetizers, soups and salads, side dishes, main course, desserts, cocktails and soft drinks.

Ten recipesusingMarylandinspiredingredientsthat exemplify the bounty of the seasonwill beshowcasedin the printed 2020 BLC Recipe Book. And 20 additional recipes will be selected to be published on the BLC website ‘Tips & Recipe Page’as a Buy Local Weekresourcefor everyone to enjoy.

SMADC hopes that the Recipe Book will raise awareness for the wealth of farm foods and beverages that are now readily available at statewide farmers’ markets, through on-farm stores and CSA’s, and at local stores and restaurants that feature Maryland farm products. The 2020 BLC Recipe Book will be offered as a ‘giveaway’ for upcoming BLC week contests and incentives (look out for more information coming soon).

Buy Local ChallengeCelebrationrecipes must be submitted byJune 15,2020for consideration.To submit a recipe and find extensivestatewide‘Buy Local’resources(farmer’s marketand farmguides),,

Duringthe COVID-19pandemic,Maryland farmsandmarketsareplayinga critical role in providing fresh, nutritious, locally produced food to consumers. The Maryland department of Agriculture considers farmers markets essential businesses and has asked markets to remain open during the current state of emergency and, wherever possible, make operational changes and adjustments to protect the health of their customers and vendors.Check farm/market websites and Facebook pages for vendors,productselections,order ahead and curbside pick-up details.


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...