Lo­cal api­ary par­tic­i­pates in Buy Lo­cal Cook­book

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JA­COB OWENS jowens@ce­cil­whig.com

AN­NAPO­LIS — “It was serendip­ity I sup­pose.”

For Lee and Neil Vosters, of Ran­dalia Farm near Ch­e­sa­peake City, it was a bit of chance that con­nected them to Gov. Larry Ho­gan’s 2017 Buy Lo­cal Cook­out, an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of dishes cre­ated by chefs us­ing Mary­land-grown or raised in­gre­di­ents.

“We oc­ca­sion­ally man a booth at a street fair in An­napo­lis and some­one must have bought a jar of our honey and ac­ci­den­tally left it at the nearby Gal­way Bay pub,” she said.

It was there that chef Kevin Duffy, who was work­ing on his third sub­mis­sion to the an­nual cook­book, found one of the last in­gre­di­ents on his list for his Irish spiced beef dish — a corned beeflike meal pop­u­lar in Ire­land at Christ­mas­time.

“I knew I wanted to make a beef dish and I thought a honey mus­tard sauce would pair well with it,” he said. “I hadn’t re­ally started look­ing for a lo­cal honey though when I came across a jar of Ran­dalia Farm’s in the bar. I just thought, ‘Well there it is.’ I looked up the info on the label to get ahold of Neil to get more of it.”

Lee said the cou­ple, who have op­er­ated Ran­dalia Farm off-and-on since 1981, had never heard of the gover­nor’s an­nual cook­out, which pro­duces a cook­book of lo­cal recipes and en­cour­ages res­i­dents to seek out lo­cal sup­pli­ers. Af­ter con­nect­ing with Duffy’s recipe, which was cho­sen for in­clu­sion in the 10th an­nual cook­out on July 20, the Vosters were among the dozens in

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PHOTO COUR­TESY OF LEE VOSTERS

Lee Vosters, of Ran­dalia Farm near Ch­e­sa­peake City, poses with Mary­land first lady Yumi Ho­gan at the Buy Lo­cal Cook­out in July.

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