MoCo Made Summer: Highlighting our Local Food and Beverage Businesses

Summer is the perfect time for shopping at farmers markets, meeting friends at a brewery, and enjoying fresh, local foods. The Food Council and our MoCo Made partners are celebrating summer exactly this way! On July 7th, we co-hosted our second annual MoCo Made Day at the Olney Farmers and Artists Market. Multiple Mo   Co Made farms and vendors sell at the market on a weekly basis, and three were in attendance for our MoCo Made Day: Common Root Farm, Sandy Spring Gardens, and Twin Valley Dist...
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2019 Food Security Plan Community Update

The Montgomery County Food Council (MCFC) and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services co-hosted a successful Food Security Plan Community Update on Friday, June 28th, attended by nearly 100 food security stakeholders and community partners. The event featured a welcome from MCFC Board Chair Sharon Feuer Gruber, a greeting from County Executive Marc Elrich, as well as presentations from Dr. Travis Gayles, Montgomery County Health Officer and Chief of Public Health Services, ...
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Plant Forward Cooking in Montgomery County: Aglio e Olio with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

 Welcome to our “Plant-Forward Cooking in Montgomery County: Sustainable and Delicious Solutions” blog series! Created by members of our Environmental Impact Working Group, this series intends to encourage greater adoption of sustainable plant-based eating by Montgomery County residents. Featured blog posts will contain recipes and cooking tips for plant-forward, vegan recipes, with a focus on hyper-local ingredients and seasonal eating options in Montgomery County. We will be working with a var...
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Support the Food Council through Nickels for Nonprofits!

The Food Council is honored to be selected as the Nickels for Nonprofits partner at all five Whole Foods Markets Montgomery County locations from July 1st-December 31st, 2019! Nickels for Nonprofits encourages customers to shop with reusable shopping bags while providing the opportunity to give back to the community at the same time. At participating Whole Foods Market stores (see below), customers who bring in and use reusable bags at checkout from now through the end of the year can choose to...
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Meet the Makers: Mayorga

The “Meet the Makers” blog series highlights the people, products, and produce featured in the 2018-19 edition of the Food and Beverage Guide. From beer to chocolates to apples to hot sauce, supporting local producers has never been tastier! Get to know the neighbors proudly bringing you MoCo Made products. Mayorga has been a beloved Maryland company since 1997. The company was founded by Martin Mayorga in 1995 as a means to support small coffee farmers in Nicaragua with market access to the ...
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Composting in our Community: an EIWG Special Presentation

In May, our Environmental Impact Working Group (EIWG) meeting featured special presentations from Ryan Walter of the Compost Crew and Brenda Platt of the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR). Both Brenda and Ryan have been actively involved in increasing community composting in Montgomery County for years, in different yet equally important capacities. This meeting brought together more than 20 local community members and environmental stakeholders to learn more about successful community...
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Plant Forward Cooking in Montgomery County: Zucchini Tian

 Welcome to our “Plant-Forward Cooking in Montgomery County: Sustainable and Delicious Solutions” blog series! Created by members of our Environmental Impact Working Group, this series intends to encourage greater adoption of sustainable plant-based eating by Montgomery County residents. Featured blog posts will contain recipes and cooking tips for plant-forward, vegan recipes, with a focus on hyper-local ingredients and seasonal eating options in Montgomery County. We will be working with a va...
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Agricultural Reserve Tour 2019

The 500+ farms located throughout Montgomery County offer a diverse array of crops, animals, and plants: everything from corn, to horses, to garlic, and even turf can be found within the 93,000 acres of the Agricultural Reserve. We had the opportunity to tour the Agricultural Reserve with the Office of Agriculture, and partners from MCEDC, Manna Food Center, Marbidco, Central Farm Markets, Dawson's Market, the Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-Op, the Montgomery County League of Woman Voters, and oth...
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Meet the Council Member: Mike Houston

Mike Houston is one of seven new Food Council Members joining us in 2019. He works closely with our Food Economy Working Group, our Policy Committee, and our Licensing Subcommittee. He is the General Manager at the Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-Op, and he joins the Food Council with extensive experience in the natural foods industry. Mike started out as a cashier at an independent natural food store in downtown Brooklyn called Perelandra.  It had opened as a small store in 1976 and grew throug...
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