Hughesville, MD – The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, is inviting Maryland chefs and home cooks to submit original recipes using predominantly Maryland grown and produced ingredients for a limited edition Buy Local Challenge Celebration Recipe Book. 

The annual statewide Buy Local Challenge (July 18 – 26, 2020), jointly promoted by SMADC and the Maryland Department of Agriculture, encourages all Marylanders to support their local farmers and producers by eating (or drinking) locally produced farm products during Buy Local Week.

This year SMADC is adding an extra incentive to engage consumers during Buy Local Challenge (BLC) week, a special edition cookery book with original recipes that celebrate the bounty of Maryland’s farms and food. Recipes must include at a minimum two Maryland-grown, caught/harvested or produced ingredients; suggested pairings are also invited of Maryland produced beverages (wine, beer, distilled spirits), and soft drinks or cocktails that feature local ingredients. 

SMADC’s Recipe Book invitation is open to all Maryland chefs and residents (no formal training is required!). Recipe categories include appetizers, soups and salads, side dishes, main course, desserts, cocktails and soft drinks.  

Ten recipes using Maryland inspired ingredients that exemplify the bounty of the season will be showcased in the printed 2020 BLC Recipe Book. And 20 additional recipes will be selected to be published on the BLC website ‘Tips & Recipe Page’ as a Buy Local Week resource for everyone to enjoy. 

SMADC hopes that the Recipe Book will raise awareness for the wealth of farm foods and beverages that are now readily available at statewide farmers’ markets, through on-farm stores and CSA’s, and at local stores and restaurants that feature Maryland farm products. The 2020 BLC Recipe Book will be offered as a ‘giveaway’ for upcoming BLC week contests and incentives (look out for more information coming soon).

Buy Local Challenge Celebration recipes must be submitted by June 15, 2020 for consideration. To submit a recipe and find extensive statewide ‘Buy Local’ resources (farmer’s market and farm guides), visit, and

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland farms and markets are playing a critical role in providing fresh, nutritious, locally produced food to consumers. The Maryland department of Agriculture considers farmers markets essential businesses and has asked markets to remain open during the current state of emergency and, wherever possible, make operational changes and adjustments to protect the health of their customers and vendors. Check farm/market websites and Facebook pages for vendors, product selections, order ahead and curbside pick-up details.