What is the Buy Local Challenge?

The importance of ‘buying local’ to consumers, the economy and the environment is fundamental to SMADC’s mission to support farms and future of agriculture.


The Buy Local Challenge was created in 2007 by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) as a regional promotion for Southern Maryland and is now promoted statewide in partnership with Maryland Department of Agriculture.


The annual statewide Buy Local Challenge (BLC) encourages all Marylanders to pledge to support their local farmers and producers by eating, drinking and enjoying locally produced farm products during Buy Local Week, always the last full week of July.


The Buy Local Challenge website is the main portal for the BLC and provides a variety of resources to engage consumers and help them find Maryland farm products during Buy Local Challenge Week and year-round.

Shop at your local farms, farm stands, farmers' markets, wineries, grocers and markets that stock genuine local products (ask if the products are grown locally). ​



Southern Maryland Meats

Maryland's Best

Future Harvest CASA's Amazing Grazing Directory

In Southern Maryland, find local farmers' markets in SMADC's Farmers' Market Guide 

The following websites were supplied by the Agricultural Marketing Professionals and key Agencies in Maryland:

Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation

Calvert County Department of Economic Development 

Carroll County Grown

Cecil Grown

Charles County Department of Economic Development

Homegrown Frederick

Garrett County Farms

Harford County Farm Finder

Howard County Farms & Markets

Maryland Department of Agriculture

Montgomery County Farm to Table

Prince George's County Fresh.Local.Fun

Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s Counties)


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