Fresh assorted vegetables in boxes on farmer's market

Prince George’s County Residents: Let’s ‘Buy and Eat Local’ During Maryland Buy Local Week, July 22-30 — Support Our County Restaurants and Local Farms

July 21, 2017

For Immediate Release

Prince George’s County Councilman Mel Franklin Urges County Residents to ‘Buy and Eat Local’ During the Maryland Buy Local Challenge Week of July 22-30

Councilman Promotes Locally Grown Food and County Restaurants During the Maryland Buy Local Challenge Week

Contact: Mel@melfranklin.net

Upper Marlboro, MD – July 22nd – July 30th is designated by the Maryland Department of Agriculture as Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week when state residents are encouraged to eat at least one locally grown food item each day.  Councilman Mel Franklin is taking it a step further, urging county residents to (1) visit one or more of Prince George’s County’s many farmers markets to stock up on locally grown food and (2) for dining or eating out, only eat at restaurants located in Prince George’s County from July 22 – July 30.  Tomorrow (July 22), Councilman Franklin will visit Miller Farms in Clinton at 11AM to stock up on locally grown food and encourages other residents to do the same at their closest farmers market.  Today, Councilman Mel Franklin (D-District 9) issued the following statement:

“When we buy and eat locally, we send a strong economic message that we want successful and thriving businesses here in Prince George’s County and support our local farmers who work extremely hard to provide healthy eating choices for our communities.  For those eating or dining out from July 22-July 30, I encourage you to take pride in our wonderful county and support the restaurants that call Prince George’s County home by eating or dining only in the county on those days.  I also hope you will join me in visiting one or more of our many farmers markets across the county so that you can eat at least one locally grown food item each day during the Buy Local Challenge Week.  The ‘Buy Local’ message is a critical part of the ‘Jobs First’ philosophy that we are stronger when our dollars stay and circulate within our own county.”

Take the Pledge for the Maryland Buy Local Challenge Week here: http://www.buylocalchallenge.com/survey.html.

Miller Farms is located at 10140 Piscataway Rd, Clinton, MD 20735 and is open 8AM-7PM Monday through Saturday and 9AM-5PM on Sunday.  Here is a listing of farmers markets from across the county: http://www.pgcountyfarmfun.com/.

Here is a list of featured Prince George’s County restaurants: https://www.visitprincegeorgescounty.com/featured-restaurants/

Here is a broader list of county restaurants by category: https://www.visitprincegeorgescounty.com/dine-in-prince-georges-county/

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Help spread this message on social media by doing the following:

FIRST

Please like and share the “Buy Local” facebook post with your friends/followers on your facebook page with the hashtags #pgcbuylocal #jobsfirst. Here is the facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofmelfranklin/posts/1510345085688666

If you are on twitter, please like and retweet the “Buy Local” twitter message with the hashtags #pgcbuylocal #jobsfirst. Here is the tweet: https://twitter.com/melrfranklin/status/888600281856061440

If you are on instagram, please like and share the “Buy Local” instagram post with the hashtags #pgcbuylocal #jobsfirst. Here is the posting:  https://www.instagram.com/p/BW1ZCDWAhWZ/

SECOND

If you visit a local restaurant or farmers market from July 22-30, please snap a pic and post to whichever social media platform(s) you are on and use the hashtags #pgcbuylocal #jobsfirst and encourage your friends to do the same.

For yesterday’s full Prince George’s County “Buy Local” message, go to: http://www.melfranklin.net/prince-georges-county-residents-lets-buy-and-eat-local-during-maryland-buy-local-week-july-22-30/

Please help support our local businesses and create jobs!