Adventist HealthCare is proud to be participating in the 2014 Buy Local Challenge. The Buy Local Challenge was created by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission and has become a statewide program. The Challenge encourages all Marylanders to eat at least one locally grown or raised product each day of the Buy Local Challenge Week, which is always the last full week of July.

Adventist HealthCare’s Chef Randall Smith won a spot at this year’s Buy Local Cookout, hosted by Governor Martin O’Malley, with his recipe for Mid Summer Melon Agua Fresca. This healthy and refreshing beverage can be easily replicated at home!

Mid Summer Melon Agua Fresca

(Local ingredients used: cantaloupe, basil)


1 large cantaloupe (peeled and cut in chunks)
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups water
1 lime (the juice)
1/4 cup chopped basil
2 tablespoons sugar
Additional chopped basil for garnish


Place melon, lime juice, basil, sugar and first listed water in a blender. Blend until smooth and pour in to serving pitcher. Add second listed water and add more sugar to get desired sweetness. Pour in glasses over ice and garnish with a little chopped basil.

About the Recipe

Chef: Chef Randall Smith

Randall has over 20 years of experience in hospitality, catering and institutional foodservice. His focus is on sustainability and responsible food choices. He has worked closely with Central Rivers Farmshed, The Wisconsin Local Food Summit, The Chesapeake Food Leadership Council and The Humane Society of the United States and has been a tireless advocate for cooking at home and cooking with products from farmer’s markets, CSA’s and local sustainable farms.  He is the author of “Farm Fresh Flavors”, an invaluable guide for cooking fresh, seasonal food.  A practicing vegetarian, Randall’s recent efforts have been toward increasing the visibility, variety and appeal of meatless options.

Producer: Michael Protas, One Acre Farm

Despite its name, One Acre Farm is on almost thirty acres of farm land in  Boyds, Maryland in the greater D.C. metropolitan area – right in your backyard!  Farmer Mike started One Acre Farm  because he wanted to create a community where people can  feel an association with the farm, crops and vegetables they  serve their family. Michael Protas has been running One Acre Farm for the past five years.