The Maryland Buy Local Challenge began yesterday. An annual event that encourages people to buy from our local farms and small businesses that support farmers in the state.
With all this heat around here, who is in the mood to cook? Still, you can participate in the challenge in cooler, creative ways. Like visiting local wineries.
We visited a new one for us, last weekend. Up in Thurmont. With weekend music. Catoctin Breeze.
A bonus up there is the relatively close location to a covered bridge over a babbling brook. A perfect place to get you toes wet, and cool down.
On your way to or from the winery, you could stop in at Catoctin Mountain Orchards for some fresh fruit and other homemade goodies. Made with mostly local fruit, they have all sorts of desserts you could bring home.
Or, you could head out on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail.
Other options. Visit a brewery.
Or, pick berries at Larriland, or another pick your own place.
Hmmm, berries, ice cream, wine, beer, desserts, do you need anything else?