Buy Local Tips & Recipes

The ways you participate in the Buy Local Challenge are as individual as you are.


Take a simple approach and add one or two farm items each day to your meals -- perhaps fresh eggs with breakfast one day and a snack of local fruit or a glass of local wine on another. If you want to get more creative, here are few ideas to get you started.

• Visit a farmers’ market or a pick-your-own farm with your family and friends and create a dish together like strawberry shortcake or peach cobbler. 

• Take a basket of locally grown fruit to your office to share with co-workers. 

• Plan a dinner party menu around locally grown produce or a tasting event featuring local beer, wine, and/or spirits.

• Dine out at local restaurants that are participating in the Buy Local Challenge – show them your support.

Sample menus by Chef Brett Grohsgal and Chef Julia Shanks for
Eight Days of Delicious Dining featuring local products in season.​

These sample menus feature eight days of fabulous dishes highlighting fresh local produces. Click the photo for a detailed recipe for items marked with an asterisk. Thanks to Chef Brett and friends of Even' Star Farm for this sample menu selection.

Want More Recipe Inspiration?

Check Out the Governor's Annual Buy Local Cookbooks


Buy Local Cookout

The 13th annual Governor's Buy Local Cookout will take place July 16, 2020 at Government House in Annapolis to kick off the Buy Local Challenge. Attendance at this event is invitation only.


Governor Hogan invites chefs to submit original recipes for the cookout. The invitation is open to Maryland farmer(s)/chef teams. A "chef" is a person with culinary training. Recipes from students currently in culinary classes are also considered. Recipes are to reflect creative ways to use Maryland-grown or Maryland-raised products.


See the 2019 Recipe Guidelines. 

The Buy Local Cookbooks

All entries submitted are included in a Buy Local Cookout Recipes Cookbook. We are pleased to present the 2019 cookbook below as well as all past cookbooks for free download. See reprint permission policy​.

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