The Calvert Board of County Commissioners proclaimed the week of July 20-28th “Buy Local Challenge” in Calvert County. The Buy Local Challenge was launched in 2007 by the Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission (SMADC) to inform citizens of the benefits of buying local for Maryland’s economy and environment. The challenge will be celebrated in Calvert County by encouraging residents to purchase products from places offering local grown food and wine, and to dine at restaurants that include local farm food and wine on their menus.
Calvert County Farmers Markets are:
Tuesdays – CalvertHealth Medical Center 130 Hospital Road, Prince Frederick
April 30-Nov. 19, 2:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursdays – Dunkirk District Park 10750 Southern Maryland Blvd.
May 2-Oct. 24, 3-7 p.m.
Saturdays – Sneade’s Ace Home Center 11861 HG Trueman Road, Lusby
May 4-Sept. 7, 8 a.m.-noon
There are several other farmers markets including the North Beach Farmers Market on Friday night and the Calvert County Fairgrounds on Saturdays, as well as many roadside produce stands for citizens to shop.
There are endless ways to participate in the statewide “Buy Local Challenge.” Add one or two farm items a day to your meals – perhaps fresh eggs and bacon with breakfast one day, a snack of local fruit or a glass of local wine on another.
The proclamation read in part “Calvert County agriculture provides high quality, locally grown and produced food for all citizens of this great state and around the world. Local farms link the past to the present and are important to the county’s economy, environment, and quality of life of future generations. Support for Calvert County farms is found through its citizens’ desire for farmland and their choices to purchase fresh, locally grown produce, which contributes to higher nutrition, better taste, less waste, and less pollution”.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon