Friday, July 16, 2010

Will YOU take the Buy Local Challenge?

It's the Buy Local Challenge, hon!

The last full week of July (is it THAT late in the summer already?) is the week that Maryland farms are challenging everyone to buy at least one local item from a farm this week. But moreover, the best way to meet the challenge is to eat local this week, as much as possible.

That doesn't mean you have to trek all the way out to a farm, though that's the most direct way to do it. You can go to a farmers' market or even a grocery store that sells local produce, dairy and meat. You can go crabbing, or eat at a restaurant that insissts on using locally grown ingredients. Or you can grow your own damn local produce. All these things meet the challenge in spirit, and are a great idea.

I've already met the challenge, and I hadn't even realized it, by buying locally grown corn from Anne Arundel County at Eddie's of Mount Vernon. What will you buy?