This week is “Buy Local Challenge” week, which encourages Marylanders to incorporate at least one locally-grown, produced or harvested product into their meals each day.
Buying local is good for you, good for the local economy, and good for the planet. In addition to providing food that’s fresh and nutritional, buying food from local farms promotes cleaner air and water and reduces our carbon footprint. Buying local keeps your dollars circulating in the community. Buying local cuts down on the distance food travels reducing the consumption of oil and carbon emissions nationwide. As Governor O’Malley said; “as anyone who has driven the Beltway knows, a tomato that has had to come a long distance to get here will be so stressed out that it can’t possibly taste as good as one grown right here in Maryland.”
The Buy Local Challenge is simple. For one week; July 17-July 25th, everyone in Maryland is encouraged to eat local items every day. Please don’t stop with just the farms…remember our hardworking local watermen as well.
Here is a recipe for a wonderful Tomato, Corn and Crab Salad that will make a wonderful main dish on a hot summer evening.
1 Lb Maryland lump crab meat
2 large local tomatoes
3 ears of local
1 local onion
1/8 c brown sugar
Splash of apple cider vinegar
1 tsp Old Bay
1 bunch chopped parsley
1 bottle local white wine reduced to 1 cup.
Dice onion and tomato, remove corn from cob and toss everything together.