The Buy Local Challenge. Coming next week to our area. Are you taking the challenge? Will you be eating a local food at least once a day for the nine days of the challenge?
This year they have included the Farm to Table restaurants in the challenge. If your local restaurant features local foods on the menu, you can help both the farmers and the independent restaurant owners.
Every day until the challenge is over, I will be giving tips on where and how to eat locally, and to buy locally produced items.
I mean, it can be really easy. How about wine, beer or ice cream? A glass of local wine or beer a day. How easy is that? Or, ice cream from the local farms around here. Like Baugher’s. Or the eight dairies on the MD Ice Cream Trail.
Hmm, a nine day event. Nine places to eat ice cream. Sounds like a plan to me.
Head off to Victoria’s GastroPub for Manor Hill draft beers. Brewed here in Howard County. Four of them available.
Head up to Black Ankle. Or Elk Run. Or Sugarloaf Mountain. Or Old Westminster. Or Big Cork. All local wineries making wines with grapes grown in Maryland.
Every day. A different local beer or wine.
Yep, you don’t have to buy vegetables to excel in the Buy Local Challenge.
Oh, I forgot cheese. There are many local cheese makers in the state. More on them tomorrow.
But, if you are into veggies, Wednesday through Sunday, the county has seven farmer’s markets. If you want to do something different, head out to Larriland to pick berries.
No excuses. Eating locally is easy.