July 17th, 2017

Take the Buy Local Challenge (July 22 to 30th)

by Juliet Glass

The Maryland Buy Local Challenge is just around the corner! Participation is easy, all you need to do is pledge to eat at least one thing from a Maryland farm every day of the week, July 22nd to July 30th.

Maryland is brimming with beautiful locally grown food these days, including (but not limited to) sweet corn, juicy peaches and plums, snappy green beans, and vine-ripened tomatoes. So taking the pledge and sticking with it should be easy and delicious. For a complete list of what’s in season, check out our July shopping list.

If a week of glorious summer eating isn’t motivation enough, know that your participation bolsters the rural Maryland economy. According the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, if every household purchased just $12 worth of Maryland farm products for eight weeks (basically the summer season), over $200 million would be put back into the pockets of our local farmers!

Take the pledge today (you’ll automatically be entered to win a t-shirt).

Bonus:  The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission  is hosting a not-to-be-missed 10th Anniversary Bash on July 31st at Robin Hill Farm. Get your tickets here.

See you at a Maryland market soon!

About the Author Juliet Glass Juliet Glass

Born and raised in New York City, Juliet Glass attended Reed College in Portland, OR and the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Although trained as a historian, her passion for food and cooking led her to a career as a freelance food writer. Driven by a desire for more real world experience in food system management, Juliet joined FRESHFARM in Washington, DC where she managed markets, programs, and lead communications efforts. Juliet joined Maryland Farmers Market Association as the External Relations coordinator and works to increase the organization's visibility and impact, advance its mission, and expand community involvement. When not working, Juliet enjoys cooking, visiting farmers markets, yoga, and spending time with her husband, sons and cats.