Food Economy

Food Economy Working Group

 

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

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 2017 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!

Click here to register for the 2018 Food and Beverage Guide.

To become a MoCo Made retailer, please email info@mocofoodcouncil.org.

Meet the Locals – We partnered with Dawson’s Market in November 2017 for a special Meet the Locals event to share the 2017-18 Montgomery County Food and Beverage Guide and MoCo Made logo. More than fifteen Montgomery County producers shared delicious samples of their products at the event.

img_2657The MoCo Made Food and Beverage Fair – We hosted the MoCo Made Food and Beverage Fair in September 2016, which featured Montgomery County producers of packaged goods, beverages, desserts and confections.

Eat Local Challenge – We coordinated the first year-long Eat Local Challenge, featuring four seasonal recipe challenges, in partnership with local farmers, restaurants, and markets to connect local producers with local purchasers, promote place branded marketing, and highlight the quality of county products.

Support County Farmers – 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 through advocacy and partnerships.

Food Hub Feasibility Study – Conducted a supply chain analysis and advocacy to examine the feasibility of a Food Hub as a way to establish greater connectivity between farmers, food retailers, and food producers.

Kitchen Incubator – Advised on the progress of the County’s kitchen incubator project by monitoring and facilitating the development process and continuously engaging with stakeholders.

Resources

Judy Stephenson

Judy 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