The Buy Local Challenge was created by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission and has since become a statewide program. The challenge encourages all Marylanders to eat at least one locally grown or raised product each day of the Buy Local Challenge Week, which is always the third week in July.

We’re all over the buy local idea: it’s better for the environment (saves gas transporting produce), is better for you (it’s freshest!) and it supports the local economy. If you need help identifying what’s “local,” click here to find a farmers market near you.

To celebrate the event, Governor Martin O’Malley is hosting a cookout at Government House tomorrow night that will feature local chefs and recipes. Classic Catering was chosen to participate and feature its Honey Brined Smokey Rub Chicken with Quick Pickle Salad and Chesapeake Lettuce Bouquet.

Sound good?  You can get the recipe and other ones from local chefs in the Buy Local Cookbook. Each year, the Maryland Department of Agriculture publishes a cookbook of recipes submitted by local chefs who source from local producers.   A copy of the cookbook is free and available to all!  To check it out, click here. Just remember to buy local when you buy your ingredients!