nina | July 20th, 2012 - 9:00 am

Saval Foodservice’s Corporate Chef/Marketing Manager, Bryan Bernstein, participated in the fifth annual Buy Local Cookout at Government House yesterday and officially kicked-off Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week.  This challenge encourages Marylanders to incorporate at least one locally grown, produced or harvested product into their meals each day.  Governor O’Malley designated July 21-29 as “Buy Local Challenge Week” to raise awareness about the benefits of local farms and food so that Marylanders will become more familiar and more frequent consumers of fresh, local products.

During the five years that the Govenor has hosted the “Buy Local” event, the Challenge has become increasingly popular. 

The Buy Local Challenge, created in 2006 by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, has grown into a statewide initiative that began five years ago and continued to grow. 

It is easier to buy local than ever before and residents should take advantage of these opportunities.  Today, there are more than 130 farmers’ markets in Maryland, and community supported agriculture farms are thriving. 

In May, Govenor O’Malley invited teams of chefs and at least one farmer, waterman or producer to submit recipes featuring locally grown, raised or harvested ingredients.  Of the 27 recipes submitted by chef/producer teams, 17 were selected for the cookout based on their creativity, availability of ingredients, geographic representation, and maximum use of local ingredients.  All recipe submissions were compiled and published in the 2012 Buy Local Cookout Recipes.

For additional information on the Buy Local Challenge visit:

Source:, 7.20.12

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