2019-2020 Food and Beverage Guide Sponsorship

Are you or your business interested in placing an ad in our 2019-2020 Food and Beverage Guide? If so, we invite you to be a sponsor!   2019’s Guide: Even bigger and better than last year! The MoCo Made Program has gained considerable traction and visibility since its launch in 2017. In 2018 and 2019, we distributed “MoCo Made” signage and nearly 2,500 copies of the 2018 Montgomery County Food and Beverage Guide to approximately 20 business locations throughout the County. The Food and Beverage...
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2019-2020 MoCo Made Registration

Registration for our MoCo Made program and the 2019-2020 Food and Beverage Guide is now open. 2019’s Guide: Even bigger and better than last year! The MoCo Made Program has gained considerable traction and visibility since its launch in 2017. In 2019 and beyond, the Food Council is building on the brand’s momentum to expand its scope and impact. These expansion initiatives include additional resources to (1) facilitate market linkages between producers and retail, wholesale, and institutional ...
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MoCo Made Summer: Highlighting our Local Food and Beverage Businesses

Summer is the perfect time for shopping at farmers markets, meeting friends at a brewery, and enjoying fresh, local foods. The Food Council and our MoCo Made partners are celebrating summer exactly this way! On July 7th, we co-hosted our second annual MoCo Made Day at the Olney Farmers and Artists Market. Multiple Mo   Co Made farms and vendors sell at the market on a weekly basis, and three were in attendance for our MoCo Made Day: Common Root Farm, Sandy Spring Gardens, and Twin Valley Dist...
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Plant Forward Cooking in Montgomery County: Aglio e Olio with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

 Welcome to our “Plant-Forward Cooking in Montgomery County: Sustainable and Delicious Solutions” blog series! Created by members of our Environmental Impact Working Group, this series intends to encourage greater adoption of sustainable plant-based eating by Montgomery County residents. Featured blog posts will contain recipes and cooking tips for plant-forward, vegan recipes, with a focus on hyper-local ingredients and seasonal eating options in Montgomery County. We will be working with a var...
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Meet the Makers: Mayorga

The “Meet the Makers” blog series highlights the people, products, and produce featured in the 2018-19 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. Mayorga has been a beloved Maryland company since 1997. The company was founded by Martin Mayorga in 1995 as a means to support small coffee farmers in Nicaragua with market access to the ...
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Agricultural Reserve Tour 2019

The 500+ farms located throughout Montgomery County offer a diverse array of crops, animals, and plants: everything from corn, to horses, to garlic, and even turf can be found within the 93,000 acres of the Agricultural Reserve. We had the opportunity to tour the Agricultural Reserve with the Office of Agriculture, and partners from MCEDC, Manna Food Center, Marbidco, Central Farm Markets, Dawson's Market, the Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-Op, the Montgomery County League of Woman Voters, and oth...
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MoCo Made Happy Hour at True Respite

Throughout the summer of 2019, the Food Council will be hosting a series of MoCo Made Happy Hours in partnership with local breweries. These events will bring together community members, partner organizations, local food and beverage businesses, and County leaders to support MoCo Made and celebrate our amazing local food and beverage sector. Montgomery County is home to more than a million residents, thousands of businesses, hundreds of farms, and roughly a dozen breweries. These breweries o...
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Meet the Makers: True Respite

The “Meet the Makers” blog series highlights the people, products, and produce featured in the 2018-19 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. Brendan and Bailey O'Leary decided to open True Respite in April of 2014 while living in Denver, CO. They had both been home brewing for years and had completely fallen in love with the b...
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Food is Opportunity Day

"What does food mean to you?" This is a question that we ask our new Council Members each year at our New Council Member Orientation. Answers often include "happiness" or "family gatherings" or "tradition." In thinking about what food means to our organization and our community, we developed another answer: food is opportunity. Having access to food creates the opportunity for improved learning for school-aged children, security for hard working parents, and a sense of dignity for those that ...
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Coming up on February 12: Food is Opportunity Day!

Food is Opportunity Day will be held in partnership with the Universities at Shady Grove on February 12th, 2019! This event provides a great opportunity for local food and beverage businesses and farms to sample their product to retail, wholesale, and institutional buyers, build connections and new relationships with buyers and students, and network with other local food and beverage producers. The event will also feature educational panels to showcase the diverse career paths within the local f...
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