Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford went on a grocery shopping spree about 30 miles from his home today, shopping at Wagner Meats, a butchery at Mount Airy, as part of the state’s “Buy Local Week.”
The initiative, which started on July 17 and continues through Sunday, encourages Marylanders to shop at least one local store each day of this week to support farms and seafood operations. That helps the total economy of the state, Rutherford said, from those who produce to those who sell.
Mickey Wagner, 52, and his father Billy Wagner, 82, said they saw a lot of new faces since the pandemic hit. The coronavirus and the food shortages it temporarily caused led many to turn to local stores, like the one the family has owned since 1957.
“I think it’s important to buy local,” Mickey Wagner said. “You know where your food’s coming from ... and it keeps the finances in the community.”
Rutherford bought hamburgers and dog treats, and stopped by the Mount Airy farmer’s market later in the day to pick up some produce.
“The governor declared ‘Buy Local Week,’ but it should be ‘buy local... always,’” Rutherford said.
Carroll County has set up a website, www.carrollcountygrown.com, listing local farmers market, producers, restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries.