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News Release, Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission
The Buy Local Challenge (BLC) encourages all Marylanders to show their support for local farmers and ag-related businesses by taking an informal pledge to enjoy one Maryland grown product every day during Buy Local Week, July 18 through July 26, 2020.
All of July through BLC week, the BLC website, Facebook page and associated social media are showcasing recipes, farm and market guides, cookery demonstrations, BLC photo-contests and a new series of virtual farm tours that make it easy (and fun!) for consumers to find, explore, shop and enjoy the bounty of Maryland’s farms.
Buy Local Week highlights include the “Follow Me To…” video series (airing now on the BLC Facebook page) which takes consumers on a virtual tour across the state to get to know their farmers and discover the exciting selection of specialty products they offer. Featured producers include flower growers, mushroom producers, locally raised meats, orchards and fruit growers, cheese dairies and creameries, and meet the makers of delicious locally produced foods such as garden inspired desserts, locally made kombucha, summer rum cocktails, beer, wine and more. The variety is endless and all available here in Maryland during BLC week and beyond.
“Since the onset of the COVID pandemic, Maryland farms have been working hard to overcome enormous challenges to keep their fields and businesses in production and to ensure our food supply chain is robust and safe,” said Shelby Watson-Hampton, SMADC director, “Now more than ever, it’s important to show support for your local farms and food producers and pledge to buy local.”
Other BLC ‘specials’ invite consumers to post photos of their buy local fun finds using #BuyLocalChallenge for a chance to win a BLC Bundle Prize Pack. Twenty winning photographs will also be showcased on SMADC’s social media pages. And look out for bright orange BLC insulated tote bags, mini hand-sanitizers and Succotash recipe cards (in limited quantities) at participating farmers’ markets around the state.
Take the pledge now at www.buylocalchallenge.com and find the full inventory of Buy Local Week highlights, competitions, prizes and extensive statewide ‘buy local’ resources, plus downloadable ‘Take the Pledge’ certificates. Post and share the ‘challenge’ on Facebook using the BLC Media Kit, and ‘tweet’ local with the Buy Local Challenge twitter hashtag #buylocalchallenge.
The Buy Local Challenge is a statewide program created by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, and is promoted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Agriculture.