Buy MoCo Made Apparel!

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 Recruiting 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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August: What’s In Season Now?

Rain, rain, go away... that's what all the summer vegetables say! The late July storms have brought some summer crops to a halt, and have brought some early fall crops into premature bloom. As the humidity lingers and the temperatures remain high, there's a variety of produce to dig into! Fruit: Peaches are sure to be found at your local grocery stores and farmers markets through August. Try out a peach cobbler while you still can. Or, for a less hands-on dessert, try grilling halved peaches ...
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Updated Food Assistance Resource Directory is Coming Soon

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be included in the Food Council’s 2018 Food Assistance Resource Directory!  Deadline – September 15th, 2018 As many of you are aware, the Montgomery County Food Council has put together a Food Assistance Resource Directory in order to more effectively connect residents who need food assistance with those organizations in our County that provide it, as well as create stronger connectivity between food assistance providers themselves. Since its completion ...
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The Food Council Visits Two Local Gardens

During the month of June, Food Council Members, Working Group members, and staff had the opportunity to visit two gardens in Montgomery County. We first visited the White Oak Community Youth Garden and met several of the children and Master Gardeners who tend to the produce, herbs, and flowers growing right outside of the White Oak Community Recreation Center. Later in the month, we visited Love & Carrots Urban Garden at The Pearl in Silver Spring. This new urban garden was an intriguing mod...
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Mid July: What’s In Season Now?

The heat has hit in Montgomery County, and it is peak season for some of the best summer produce. Home gardens and local farms alike are coming alive during July, providing our tables with a diverse array of nature's finest offerings. Fruit: Stone fruits, including cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, and apricots, are abundant in grocery stores, at farmers markets, and at local farms during July. There are several MoCo farms that offer pick-your-own peaches, and late July brings blackberrie...
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