The Food Council visits Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland

There are approximately 5,000 Meals on Wheels chapters throughout the United States, each with the same purpose: to provide home-delivered meals, groceries, and group meals to homebound, elderly, and disabled clients who cannot shop or cook for themselves or have no one to assist them with these tasks on a regular basis. Through these efforts, Meals on Wheels helps to keep the aging and disabled living safely and independently at home. Montgomery County has several Meals on Wheels chapters, i...
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Terra Madre Salone del Gusto

A mother from Prague, a representative of the European Public Health Alliance, a member of the Diné tribe from New Mexico, and young man working for a Brazilian non-profit walk into a room... and discuss the effect junk food consumption has had on the populations they serve and how to combat it. Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, a bi-annual event hosted by Slow Food International in Turin, Italy, is the arena within which conversations such as these can take place among diverse actors from communiti...
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Fall: What’s in Season Now?

Welcome to fall! The leaves are changing and so are the produce offerings. Winter squash varieties continue to expand, and apples take over as the most popular fruit at the farmers market. Fruit: Apple season will linger throughout the month of October, so there's still plenty of time to pick-your-own or whip up some pie! Additionally, pear season is in full swing, and several MoCo farms produce asian pears. Look out for these apple-pear hybrids, boasting a light sweetness like a pear but th...
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Prince Georges County Organics Compost Facility Tour

Here at the Montgomery County Food Council, we love food. We love eating it, we love making it, we love helping others gain access to it, and we love to dispose of it as responsibly as possible. We are even willing (and excited) to take up the opportunity to tour dozens of massive food waste piles when we have the chance! In early September, members of the Food Council, the Environmental Impact Working Group, and other County stakeholders interested in compost-related initiatives visited the Pri...
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Buy MoCo Made Swag!

We are now selling MoCo Made tee-shirts, infant onesies, and pint glasses on eBay! Buy your t-shirt here, an infant onesie here, and pint glasses here! Our MoCo Made Initiative began in 2017 with the launch of the MoCo Made logo in our 2017 Food and Beverage Guide. The MoCo Made brand was 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. Encouraging residents an...
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The Food Council is Currently Accepting Applications for New Members

Join the Montgomery County Food Council The application cycle for 2019-21 Food Council members is now open. The Montgomery County Food Council is now accepting applications for new Council Members. Ideal candidates live, work, or have a strong investment in Montgomery County, have expertise in local food-related issues, represent a food system sector or community stakeholder partner and/or have a capacity to bring specific food system expertise, community relationships and/or resourc...
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September is Food Safety Month

There's a good reason that the lunch ladies always wore hairnets; they weren't making a fashion statement, they were practicing food safety! Food safety is a necessity in the food service industry, and should be practiced diligently in home kitchens, too. Taking precautions to avoid cross-contamination, illness, and unwanted debris in your food are important to ensuring safe, nutritious food for yourself and others. Food Safety Training is required for most restaurant industry and food servic...
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September: What’s in Season Now?

Although the temps are still high most of September, winter is coming! Heartier squash and crisp, juicy apples begin their reign on farmers market tables as peppers, leafy greens, and peaches say their last goodbyes. Fruit: Apple season is upon us! Early September farmers market hauls might include both apples and summer stone fruits like peaches and plums, but as the month progresses, apples will be the most popular fruit at the market. Pick-your-own apples are a feature at many local farms,...
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Meet the Makers: Metro Microgreens

Have you ever visited a friend's house and been inspired to eat healthier? Maybe they had an abundance of fresh fruit overflowing out of a large bowl on the counter, or a well-organized refrigerator stocked with chopped veggies, meal-prepped proteins, and homemade dips. Imagine the inspiration you'd have from visiting the home of Mark and Debbie Ross, founders of Metro Microgreens. Mark and Debbie grow a wide variety of microgreens hydroponically in their home in Rockville. Microgreens are th...
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Food Council Visit to Red Wiggler Farm

Sweet potatoes can be found in nearly every grocery store, and are a common ingredient in American cuisine. However, many people don't realize that sweet potato greens are an edible, tasty treat that can be prepared like any leafy greens--steamed, boiled, or sauteed with olive oil and garlic. In fact, sweet potato greens have been a staple in West African and Asian cuisine throughout history. Most local food-producing farms tend not to harvest this part of the plant because of the lack...
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