Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge cel­e­brates 10th an­niver­sary

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In July 2007, the South­ern Maryland Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SMADC) launched the Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge (BLC), a pro­mo­tion dur­ing the last full week of July that en­cour­ages con­sumers to buy Maryland farm foods. Each year, the BLC has grown in size and pop­u­lar­ity en­gag­ing con­sumers around the state to “pledge to eat lo­cal” and sup­port their lo­cal farms.

To mark the 10th An­niver­sary of the BLC, SMADC will host a cel­e­bra­tion event of farms, food and fun “South­ern Maryland Style”, to show­case pro­duc­ers from the land and wa­ter that rep­re­sent Maryland’s vi­brant agri­cul­ture. Open to the pub­lic, the event will be held on the evening of Mon­day, July 31 at 5:30 p.m. at Robin Hill Farm and Vine­yards in Brandy­wine.

The 10th An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion fea­tures tast­ings of lo­cal farm prod­ucts from ven­dors of fruits, veg­eta­bles, meats, wine and other lo­cally pro­duced bev­er­ages, ice cream, baked goods, and more. Event high­lights in­clude, a lo­cally-sourced South­ern Maryland style buf­fet din­ner, live music, the Sut­tler Post Farm Cly­des­dales, a raf­fle and lawn games, and the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase from Maryland farm­ers, pro­duc­ers, ar­ti­sans, and crafters. Tick­eted guests will also re­ceive a ‘Buy Lo­cal’ in­su­lated tote bag for their farm food pur­chases.

Event tick­ets must be pur­chased in ad­vance and are avail­able now on a first come first serve ba­sis un­til sold out. To pur­chase a ticket and for full event de­tails visit the ‘What’s New Page’ at SMADC.com.

The Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge 10th An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion event is spon­sored by the South­ern Maryland Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion and in part by Grow & For­tify, Maryland Agri­cul­tural Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion, MARBIDCO, Maryland’s Best, Maryland Farm Bureau, R&D Cross, Inc. and the Ru­ral Maryland Coun­cil.

House­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion sched­uled for June 3

The Charles County De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works would like to re­mind res­i­dents that the next house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion for this year will be held on Satur­day, June 3. The house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion site is lo­cated in the park­ing lot of the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works build­ing, lo­cated at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Ra­dio Sta­tion Road in La Plata. Col­lec­tion hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

House­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion will oc­cur on the first Satur­day of each month through De­cem­ber. Up­com­ing 2017 col­lec­tion dates are: June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the Charles County De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works, En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sources Di­vi­sion at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the land­fill and re­cy­cling in­for­ma­tion line at 301-932-5656.

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