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Take the 'Buy Local' Challenge

There is plenty of good produce (and even south county-raised beef) if you know where to look.

On Thursday, farmers and foodies gathered at the Government House in Annapolis to kick off the 4th annual "Buy Local" campaign, which runs officially from July 23 to July 31.

The challenge encourages Marylanders to eat at least one item from a local farm every day of the challenge.

It couldn't be any easier in South County, a number of local farm stands offer fresh produce, including , Riva Gardens, Dick and Janes, the Cedar Grover Farmer's Market, Back 40 Produce, and more.

In addition to the produce, Ivy Neck Farms provides grass-fed beef at Homestead and My Butcher and More in Annapolis. and offer fresh catch.

In addition, there is a great winery in Harwood, , that sells a smooth red table wine to accompany your locally grown dinner.

This year Marylanders are encouraged to take the Buy Local Challenge to their place of work. In a new contest, participants can win a catered lunch for everyone in the office.  Visit www.buy-local-challenge.com for full contest details.

“I encourage everyone to take the Buy Local Challenge, visit a farmers market and try some fresh, locally grown produce” said Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold in a press release. “Buying items that are locally produced supports our farms, strengthens our economy and provides food that is fresher and safer.”

Anne Arundel County Farmer’s markets will feature local products and events to make it easier to take the Buy Local Challenge.  The following events will take place in Anne Arundel County

  • The Westfield Annapolis Farmers Market will hold a Buy Local Challenge Festival on Sunday, July 24th from 10am -2pm; located in the Sears Parking Lot at Westfield Annapolis Mall
  • The Anne Arundel County Farmers Market will hold a Buy Local Festival on Tuesday July 26, from 7am – 12 noon; located in Annapolis at the Harry S. Truman Parkway and Riva Road intersection.

Visit one of these festivals, or stop by any local farmers’ market to take the  Buy Local Challenge. For a list of farmers market locations, Buy Local Challenge events and other Anne Arundel County businesses that buy locally, visit www.aaedc.org.

Meaghan Massella Walker July 24, 2011 at 01:28 PM
If anyone has details about what is available and when at Homestead Gardens please let us know, I just called them and no one there knew what I was talking about.
Cindy Morgan July 24, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Cedar Grover Farmer's Market is really called the Deale Farmer's Market. They are local farmers selling produce and baked goods on Thursdays from 3-6 PM at Cedar Grove UMC. Their farms are inspected to make sure they actually grow what they sell.
Carol Nida July 24, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Homestead has a refrigerator/freezer next to the coffee/sandwich cafe with meat in the freezer. I am assuming this is the Ivy Neck Farms grass-fed beef. The other "Locally" grown product I saw was white corn - from the Eastern Shore. I saw some tomatoes, though they didn't look as red and "homegrown" as I like to see them.
Meredith Hernandez July 24, 2011 at 05:37 PM
Would someone who is a part of a regular local produce-buying co-op recommend the one they are in? I would like to do the buying local thing on a regular basis and I've heard that can be a great way to do it. Feedback, please!
Associate July 26, 2011 at 02:03 AM
In addition to buying local produce, don't forget to support your other local businesses over using big box stores. Chances are there is someone in the area that has the skills, training and experience to do what you need while supporting the local economy.

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