We represent and support all stakeholders including:
We create an annual, comprehensive guide for all Montgomery County food and beverage products that highlights the diverse array of food and beverages produced by farms and kitchens located in our County or made by businesses headquartered here. Our goal is for this Montgomery County publication to generate interest and promote businesses among consumers, wholesalers, retailers and restaurateurs in the area. The 2019-2020 Guide may be downloaded here: Montgomery County Food and Beverage Guide.
The 2017-18 Food and Beverage Guide formally launched the new MoCo Made brand, created in partnership with the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation to celebrate and increase the visibility of our county’s vibrant local food and beverage community. The MoCo Made brand is currently being rolled out to farmers’ markets, farms, supermarkets and other retail locations around the County, so look for the MoCo Made logo and MoCo Made events to support our local businesses and residents!
We are working with the Office of Agriculture and the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation to examine ways that the Working Group can support the farming community and increase local procurement through advocacy and partnerships.
To learn more about becoming a MoCo Made retailer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MoCo Made Happy Hour Series
We introduced the MoCo Made Happy Hour Series in 2019 to bring together community partners, MoCo residents, and state and local leaders in support of the local food and beverage sector. Each Happy Hour event is hosted at a MoCo Made brewery, winery, or distillery, and features food sampling and sales from 3-5 MoCo Made food vendors and/or farmers. Check out our events page to see when the next Happy Hour will be!
Food is Opportunity Day
We co-hosted Food is Opportunity Day in partnership with the Universities at Shady Grove in February 2019, which featured Montgomery County producers of packaged goods, beverages, desserts and confections. The event also included two educational panels for students and businesses to learn more about taking advantage of opportunities within our local food system.
Judy Stephenson is a resource for individuals starting new food and beverage businesses in Montgomery County. As the Montgomery County Small Business Navigator, Judy helps small businesses in their interactions with County Government. Businesses contact Judy with questions about County licenses, permits, regulations and contracting opportunities.
Jan 30-March 20
Montgomery County Master Gardeners are offering three free gardening presentations in Spanish via Zoom!
First Tuesday of each month, 9:30-11am via Zoom.
The UMD AGNR Sustainable Food Systems Lecture Series is kicking off on Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:00 PM with "Building a Localized Waste-free Food System One Apply at a Time".
A SNEEK-PEEK AT HOW KOINER FARM STARTS ITS CROPS - AND TIPS FOR STARTING YOUR OWN SEEDLINGS AT HOME. SATURDAY, MARCH 6TH, 5:00-5:30PM ON ZOOM
Every other Monday, 1:00 to 2:00 or 2:30pm. Please register in advance.
Third Wednesday of each month, 9-10:30am via Zoom.
Register now for a Basic Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training, open exclusively to Montgomery County farmers!
4th Tuesday of each month, 9:30-11am via Zoom.
Mar 25, Apr 1, Apr 8
Western Maryland Food Council presents "Growing a Healthy Food System in a Pandemic World" virtual conference, 1-3:30PM March 25th, April 1, April 8.
April 27, July 27th, Oct 26th
The Food Education Working Group (FEdWG) would like to cordially invite you to our Gardening Grant showcase that we will be taking place over the course of four (4) FEdWG meetings in 2021.