HUGHESVILLE, Md. – Are you up for the ‘Challenge’ to buy local during Buy Local Week? The statewide Buy Local Challenge (BLC) encourages Marylanders to support local farms and producers by choosing to buy and enjoy Maryland grown and produced farm products every day during Buy Local Week, July 17 through July 25, 2021.

To set the stage and get consumers’ taste buds prepped for Buy Local Week, the Buy Local Challenge Facebook page and website are now previewing new resources and incentives for consumers to discover the bounty of Maryland’s fields and farms in person and virtually.

The Maryland Buy Local ‘Follow Me To…’ mini video series features 8 new episodes highlighting local small business collaborations with regional farms that are set to be released throughout the month of July. This season’s videos focus on ingenious value-added farm products and the farmers and producers who create them – think cutting boards and spoons made from Maryland grown woods, coffee beans infused with Maryland distilled Bourbon, and delicious jellies lovingly made with local wines, to list a few.

Intrigued? There are many more Buy Local activities for the whole family to enjoy. Starting July 1st, enter to win a ‘Buy Local Swag’ gift bag and other prizes by completing the Buy Local Challenge Scavenger Hunt or posting a photo of fun local finds with the hashtag #BuyLocalChallenge.

Also look out for these special BLC promotions – free giveaway lime green BLC shopping bags (limited quantities) appearing at Southern Maryland markets in early July, and Maryland Market Money (MMM) “Buy Local Bonus Bucks” (an extra $5 incentive plus the MMM match) for all customers shopping with their Federal Nutrition Benefits available during Buy Local Week at participating Maryland Market Money markets across Maryland.

Visit the BLC website at and the Maryland Buy Local Challenge on Facebook to find Buy Local Week highlights, competitions and prizes, plus recipes and extensive statewide farm guides, farmers’ market directories, downloadable pledge certificates and more.

The Buy Local Challenge is a statewide program created by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland and is jointly promoted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Agriculture.