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'Buy Local Challenge' — boost community economy and keep tax dollars local

Is everyone ready for Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge? Pledge to eat or drink one locally grown, made or harvested product every day during Buy Local Week, July 23 – 31, and make a commitment that will have a lasting impact on personal lifestyle, the environment and the community.

When community members buy locally grown farm products, they get food that’s fresh and delicious and local purchase ensures that your dollars circulate in your community, helping to keep Maryland’s farms green and growing.

They'll also have the satisfaction of knowing your dollars go well beyond feeding your family. Thriving farms help to protect the environment, they create opportunities for local jobs and investment and they support their communities too, often donating their surpluses to those in need of fresh, healthy food.

Individuals, families and all types of businesses and organizations can take the Buy Local Challenge (BLC) pledge. Participation can start by making a commitment to buy genuine Maryland-grown farm products where locals shop and dine.

It's been made easy! The BLC website, www.buylocalchallenge.com, offers statewide Buy Local Week resources to help you find locally sourced farm foods in your neighborhood. Share the Buy Local Week with others on social media, use the official BLC hashtag #buylocalchallenge on Twitter and Instagram and check out the BLC Facebook page to find the latest Buy Local Week happenings around the state.

The Buy Local Challenge was created by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) and is promoted in partnership with Maryland Department of Agriculture.

To learn more about Buy Local Week and take the pledge to eat local, visit the Buy Local Challenge website at www.buylocalchallenge.com. View or download guides to find Southern Maryland farm products and the region’s farmers’ markets at the “Get the Guides” page at SMADC’s website www.smadc.com.

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