Buy Local Challenge

July 23 – 31

It’s time again for the Buy Local Challenge, the statewide and now a national campaign in which consumers, institutions and businesses pledge to eat or serve at least 1 local food each day during the week of July 23 – 31. Hosted by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, this annual campaign is supported by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and kicked off by Governor Martin O’Malley with a Buy Local Cook-out.

To Participate:

1. Hospital food service can pledge to serve at least 1 local food* each day during the week of July 23 – 31

2. Employees, patients and other community members can pledge to eat at least 1 local food* each day during the week of July 23 – 31

*Definition of Local Food: food grown or produced (processed and packaged) within a 200 mile radius of your

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1. Special recognition to the top 3 hospital Green Teams with the best participation

2. Enter your department’s picture in the Buy Local Workplace Contest – you could win a free lunch!

3. Find out other ways your hospital can receive significant recognition for top participation

4. Plus, updated marketing tools & resources – flyers, table tents, patient tray bookmarks, point of sale cards

It’s now a state law: For any raw whole foods (not including chopped, cooked or otherwise processed raw foods) that you sell and promote as “local,” you also need to list their state of origin at the point of sale. Here’s a Flyer you can display at your point of sale (and edit as needed) to show which states your local food is from: State of Origin Flyer. This applies to produce stands, farmers markets or farm stands where you promote foods as “local.” More info: