7 Ways to Participate in the Buy Local Challenge

Mayor Randy McClement at the Everedy Square and
Shab Row Market. 
The annual Buy Local Challenge encourages City residents to make a personal commitment to eat local during Buy Local Week, July 19th - July 27th, 2014. This year, Mayor Randy McClement is encouraging all citizens to take the challenge.  

In addition, Mayor McClement challenges the Frederick community to try one new local product weekly during the growing season. 

Mayor McClement said, “We are very fortunate to have several wonderful Farmers’ Markets conveniently located within the City limits. Seeing the crowds that gather at the markets attest to the fact that people want to eat healthy and feel good about supporting our local economy. Buying local, eating fresh is a win for everyone.”  

Residents can easily step up to the challenge any time of the year, not just during Buy Local Week

7 Ways to Participate in the Buy Local Challenge in Frederick
Seasonal pick-your-own options at Glade Link Farms.

1.  Shop at one of the 8 Farmers Markets located in the City of Frederick or at a county market.

2.  Sip and sample at a local winery or farmhouse brewery.

3.  Visit a farm or orchard's farm market on site and take home some locally produced treats. Hours vary, so verify hours in advance.

4.  Visit one of Frederick County's two creameries, Rocky Point Creamery and South Mountain Creamery, for a farm-fresh treat.

5.  Dine at one of Frederick's many restaurants that source their products locally, or make plans to dine at one of the area restaurants participating in Farm-to-Fork Frederick.
6.  Pick-Your-Own - Take a trip to a local farm such as Catoctin Mountain Orchard, Glade Link Farms, or Pryor's Orchard to pick your own farm-fresh products.  

7.  Enter the Buy Local Photo Challenge to "Take the Challenge to the EXTREME." Snap and enter a creative photo showing how you participated in the challenge.