MoCo Made Program Registration Now Open: Member Testimonies

The MoCo Made Brand was created by the Food Council in partnership with the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation in the Fall of 2017. The MoCo Made initiative offers educational and business development resources and support to local farms and food and beverage producers, and increases the visibility and awareness of the diverse products made and grown here in Montgomery County. Today, 84 food and beverage businesses participate in the MoCo Made program, including 44 businesses that identify as women-owned, 19 that identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color-owned, and 20 food producing farms. 

The registration window for the MoCo Made program is currently open, and registrations will be accepted until October 15th, 2021. To register for the MoCo Made program, please click here. As a MoCo Made member, you will:

We asked a few of our current MoCo Made members to share their experiences with the MoCo Made program: 

Coop’s Soups, makes an assortment of locally-sourced, vegan, and gluten-free soups–an awesome way to make friends and fight off loneliness. You can find it at the Olney Farmer’s Market, online at Common Root Farm, and the Family Room in Laytonsville.

What is your favorite MoCo Made activity to participate in? 

“My favorite MoCo Made activities to participate in are Happy Hours and networking events. In both of these spaces I like meeting my fellow small food business owners. I love that we all share tips and tricks, along with resources and support. I also enjoy the sense of “we are all in this together.” Each of us have passion and motivation in starting our businesses and it’s cool to support one another’s journey.”

What is one thing you learned from MoCo Made that has helped your business?

“Through MoCo Made, I have met and partnered with lots of MoCo Made businesses. Through networking events and the Food and Beverage Guide, I have been able to meet and source products from many of our local farmers and food producers. Our soup has vegetables from more than one Moco Made farmer every week.”

Would you recommend MoCo Made to small/local businesses?

“YES! The sense of community, support, and shared resources is what owning a business in context is all about. The business owners in MoCo Made are neighbors across the county. As neighbors we feed, quench the thirst of, and stock the kitchens and fridges of our fellow county members, and beyond. When I meet a fellow MoCo Made Member, there is often an unspoken understanding of ‘You too are grinding…you too care about your craft and about putting something worthwhile out into the world.'”

Caulfield Provision Company is a family operated business offering small batch, artisanal, hot sauces–a delicious way to liven up any dish and add amazing flavors!

How did you first hear about MoCo Made & why did you join? 

“If I recall correctly, it was the summer of 2017. Someone from MoCo Food Council contacted me and I immediately jumped at the opportunity to be listed in the new registry and connect with other local makers. The membership fee has always been quite reasonable and the return on that investment has been plentiful.”

What is one thing you learned from MoCo Made that has helped your business? 

“I have learned to take advantage of any MoCo Made opportunities to sample, sell and promote our sauces. There have been wonderful in person events that have connected me to vendors, customers and fellow makers. I usually make at least one connection resulting in a new relationship that increased awareness and sales of our hot sauces.”

Would you recommend MoCo Made to small/local businesses?

“I would highly recommend any small/local business to join MoCo Made! There are so many amazing opportunities and resources for learning and growing as a result of joining MoCo Made.”

We hope you will choose to join your fellow Montgomery County food and beverage businesses in the MoCo Made movement! Click here to register. The deadline to register for the MoCo Made program is September 30th, 2021. 

Click here for more information or contact Bezawit@mocofoodcouncil.org with questions or for more information. 

Upcoming Events

Oct 22

City of Takoma Park, Request for Proposal & Informational Meeting

The City of Takoma Park is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for services to reduce food insecurity for disadvantaged or underserved populations of individuals and families residing in the City of Takoma Park.

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Oct 24

Healthcare Resources For You, Your Family and Your Community

The American Muslim Senior Society is holding a series of Town Hall Discussions to examine and address the impact of COVID-19.

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Oct 25

Food Security Community Call

Every other Monday, 1:00 to 2:00pm. Please register in advance.

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Oct 26

Food Education Working Group Meeting

4th Tuesday of each month, 9:30-11am via Zoom.

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Oct 26

Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center: Measuring Food Insecurity

Measuring food insecurity is critical for developing food assistance programs; evaluating nutrition, health, and development initiatives; and informing food policy across sectors.

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Oct 26th, Nov 23rd

Gardening Grant Showcase

The Food Education Working Group (FEdWG) would like to cordially invite you to our Gardening Grant showcase that we will be taking place over the course of four (4) FEdWG meetings in 2021.

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Oct 26

MoCo Made Happy Hour

Enjoy local beers from Silver Branch and sample products from Montgomery county businesses while mingling with local Community members!

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Oct 28

Transforming Food Systems through Advocacy: Community Leadership in Policy Change

This two-part series aims to equip nonprofit and community partners with actionable strategies to engage elected officials on key food policy issues at the municipal, county, and state levels.

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Nov 1, 4, 10, 19

Four-Part Virtual Listening Series for the Fairland & Briggs Chaney Master Plan

The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) invites the community to attend a four-part virtual listening series on the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan.

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Nov 2

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

The first Tuesday of the month from 9:30AM-11AM via Zoom.

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Nov 3

Conversations on Food Justice: The Significant and Far-Reaching Impact of the Criminal Justice System in America

Webinar hosted by No Kid Hungry and

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Nov 3-4

2021 Hunger Free Communities Virtual Summit

The Alliance to End Hunger presents the 2021 Hunger Free Communities Virtual Summit!

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Nov 4

Virtual Training: Fresh Produce 101

Join us for a virtual training: Fresh Produce 101
Thursday, November 4th from 11:00am - 12:00pm.

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Nov 17

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

Third Wednesday of each month, 9-10:30am via Zoom.

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Nov 17-18

2021 Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

The Agriculture Law Education Initiative’s (ALEI) annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference.

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