Our goal is to develop and sustain an economically viable local food system.

We represent and support all stakeholders including:

  • Farmers, producers, food entrepreneurs
  • Chefs and restaurateurs
  • Distributors
  • Retailers
  • Consumers of local foods

Working Group Initiatives

  • Facilitate networking, educational, and business development opportunities for Montgomery County food and beverage producers and farmers
  • Expand the MoCo Made program to engage new stakeholders (producers, retailers, buyers, restaurants, etc.)
  • Educate local consumers about and encourage support of the MoCo Made program (MoCo Made Days, MoCo Made Happy Hours, and other events)
  • Promote local procurement opportunities in County institutions
The Montgomery County Food and Beverage Guide

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 MoCo Made Brand

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!

Supporting Local Sourcing Opportunities

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 info@mocofoodcouncil.org.

Recent Events:

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.

 

Resources

Judy StephensonJudy 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.

Phone: 240-777-2012
Email: judy.stephenson@montgomerycountymd.gov

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Upcoming Events

Oct 22

City of Takoma Park, Request for Proposal & Informational Meeting

The City of Takoma Park is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for services to reduce food insecurity for disadvantaged or underserved populations of individuals and families residing in the City of Takoma Park.

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Oct 24

Healthcare Resources For You, Your Family and Your Community

The American Muslim Senior Society is holding a series of Town Hall Discussions to examine and address the impact of COVID-19.

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Oct 25

Food Security Community Call

Every other Monday, 1:00 to 2:00pm. Please register in advance.

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Oct 26

Food Education Working Group Meeting

4th Tuesday of each month, 9:30-11am via Zoom.

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Oct 26

Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center: Measuring Food Insecurity

Measuring food insecurity is critical for developing food assistance programs; evaluating nutrition, health, and development initiatives; and informing food policy across sectors.

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Oct 26th, Nov 23rd

Gardening Grant Showcase

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.

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Oct 26

MoCo Made Happy Hour

Enjoy local beers from Silver Branch and sample products from Montgomery county businesses while mingling with local Community members!

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Oct 28

Transforming Food Systems through Advocacy: Community Leadership in Policy Change

This two-part series aims to equip nonprofit and community partners with actionable strategies to engage elected officials on key food policy issues at the municipal, county, and state levels.

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Nov 1, 4, 10, 19

Four-Part Virtual Listening Series for the Fairland & Briggs Chaney Master Plan

The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) invites the community to attend a four-part virtual listening series on the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan.

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Nov 2

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

The first Tuesday of the month from 9:30AM-11AM via Zoom.

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Nov 3

Conversations on Food Justice: The Significant and Far-Reaching Impact of the Criminal Justice System in America

Webinar hosted by No Kid Hungry and

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Nov 3-4

2021 Hunger Free Communities Virtual Summit

The Alliance to End Hunger presents the 2021 Hunger Free Communities Virtual Summit!

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Nov 4

Virtual Training: Fresh Produce 101

Join us for a virtual training: Fresh Produce 101
Thursday, November 4th from 11:00am - 12:00pm.

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Nov 17

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

Third Wednesday of each month, 9-10:30am via Zoom.

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Nov 17-18

2021 Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

The Agriculture Law Education Initiative’s (ALEI) annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference.

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