March 1: Montgomery County Food Council: Eat Local Challenge

Montgomery County Food Councils’ Eat Local Challenge is back with new basket ingredients!

For those who don’t know, The Eat Local Challenge is an opportunity for home cooks to take local, seasonal ingredients and create their own recipes using at least three of the following ingredients:

(We have included local farms or stores where each of these items can be purchased in Montgomery County. Please note that availability of farm products varies throughout the growing season.)

Our Winter Basket ingredients:

RumTwin Valley Distillers in Rockville, MD, found in most local MoCo Liquor Stores
ApplesButler’s Orchard in Germantown, MD
Winter SquashComus Market in Dickerson, MD
LeeksPlow and Stars Farm in Poolesville, MD
BeerDenizens Brewing Company in Silver Spring, MD and 7 Locks Brewing in Rockville, MD
KaleChocolates and Tomatoes Farm in Poolesville, MD, available at the Olney Farm Market
TurnipsRed Wiggler Community Farm in Clarksburg, MD
BeefSavage & Sons Farm in Dickerson, MD
Swiss ChardChocolates and Tomatoes Farm in Poolesville, MD, available at the Olney Farm Market

Final recipe submissions are due by March 1st

Recipes will be tested and judged by local chefs and culinary students; the winning recipe will be selected based on taste, creativity, and use of ingredients.

A winner will be announced on April 1st.

Winning recipes will be featured on the Food Council website and Facebook page, and possible other prizes include:
Various gift cards to local businesses, restaurants, and markets
The winning dish featured on the menu of a local restaurant and/or in the prepared food section of a local market

Each submission must include: Name, City/Town, Recipe Name, Step-by-step Recipe with full ingredient list, and a sentence or two about why you choose to eat and buy local.

All recipe submissions become the property of the Montgomery County Food Council

We look forward to seeing the delicious recipes our followers will create!

For more information, to learn more about the contest rules, or if you have any other questions, please email Eatlocalmoco@gmail.com