Meet Our Council Member: Tanya Spandhla

Each of our 25 Council Members hold important roles in the Montgomery County food system. These roles range from food assistance work, to running a composting business, to farming. One such farmer is Tanya Spandhla, a Council Member in our Food Economy Working Group. Tanya's farm, Passion to Seed Gardening, is home to a variety of organically grown crops, many of which are native to her birthplace of Zimbabwe. Tanya started gardening in 2010 at the Germantown Community Garden, and moved onto...
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Watershed Cafe: A MoCo Restaurant Using MoCo Made Ingredients

The Watershed Cafe in Poolesville has been open for less than a year and has already managed to become a hotspot for locals. The Food Council interviewed the Cafe's owner, Ben Ritter, to learn more about how he got into the restaurant business and his partnerships with local farmers and businesses. It is arguable that liaising with these partners would be easier through some form of mobile development tools being put in action. Definitely worth considering. After spending about 8 years as a fa...
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Food Council and Dawson’s Celebrate MoCo Producers at Meet the Locals

The Montgomery County Food Council was thrilled to partner with Dawson’s Market on November 14th for a special Meet the Locals event to share The 2017-18 Montgomery County Food and Beverage Guide and MoCo Made logo. The second annual Food and Beverage Guide showcases the diverse array of food and beverages produced in farms and kitchens located in Montgomery County, or by businesses headquartered here. The 2017-18 Guide formally launches the new MoCo Made brand, created in partnership with the M...
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Meet the Makers: Bee America

The Montgomery County Food Council is launching a Meet the Makers series in which we highlight the people, products, and produce featured in the 2017-18 edition of the Food and Beverage Guide. From beer to chocolates to apples to hot sauce, supporting local producers has never been tastier! Get to know the neighbors proudly bringing you MoCo Made products in their own words: (more…)
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Meet the Makers: Dress It Up Dressing, Puree Artisan Juice Bar and Seedy Nutty

The Montgomery County Food Council is launching a Meet the Makers series in which we highlight the people, products, and produce featured in the 2017-18 edition of the Food and Beverage Guide. From beer to chocolates to apples to hot sauce, supporting local producers has never been tastier! Get to know the neighbors proudly bringing you MoCo Made products in their own words: (more…)
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Discover Local Food and Beverage Products in the Montgomery County Food and Beverage Guide

We are thrilled and honored to announce the launch of The 2017-18 Montgomery County Food and Beverage Guide! This second edition of the Guide highlights the diverse array of food and beverages produced by farms and kitchens located in our County or made by businesses headquartered here. (more…)
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Introducing the Meet the Makers Series

The Montgomery County Food Council is launching a Meet the Makers series in which we highlight the people, products, and produce featured in the 2017-18 edition of the Food and Beverage Guide. From beer to chocolates to apples to hot sauce, supporting local producers has never been tastier! Get to know the neighbors proudly bringing you MoCo Made products in their own words: (more…)
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Food Council’s 5% Day at Montgomery County Whole Foods Stores

On June 22nd, we hosted a successful and activity-filled 5% Day at Montgomery County Whole Foods Market locations. We are tremendously grateful to Whole Foods Market for generously donating 5% of all purchases made on that day at all five stores to support our food system work in the County! The Food Council organized entertainment and activities throughout the day at the Silver Spring, Friendship Heights, Rockville, Bethesda, and Kentlands stores, including local product tastings, cooking de...
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Food Economy Working Group Hosts Networking and Discussion Event

New, established and prospective food and beverage businesses gathered at Dawson's Market in Rockville on February 21st for a Networking and Discussion Event: Making it easier to start and run a food or beverage business in Montgomery County. Judy Stephenson, Small Business Navigator in the Montgomery County Office of the County Executive, was on hand to solicit candid feedback from local businesses on the challenges they have encountered launching and operating their businesses. The 35 food or ...
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Everything You Need to Know about the Winter Eat Local Challenge!

The Eat Local Challenge is back with new basket ingredients! We had a great response to the Spring and Summer Challenges, and we are so excited to get started on the next batch. For those who don’t know, The Eat Local Challenge is an opportunity for home cooks to take local, seasonal ingredients and create their own recipes using at least three of the following ingredients: (We have included local farms or stores where each of these items can be purchased in Montgomery County. Please not...
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