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! It's not just hair nets that they would wear though, they would also be wearing things like these antimicrobial gloves (which helped prevent cross contamination). 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 ...
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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 – October 5th, 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 in ...
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