Woman-Owned MoCo Made Business Guide

During Women’s History Month, the Food Council is highlighting woman-owned MoCo Made businesses that are growing and producing delicious food and beverage products right here in our community, with the release of this “Woman-Owned MoCo Made Business Guide.” This guide features a diverse assortment of locally made and grown products, including baked goods, craft beverages, and farm fresh delights–dozens of options to support women every time you shop. Be sure to head to the brand websites for more information and additional products.

  1. GrainBooster shares its original blend of grains and seeds to prepare delicious smoothies and shakes, and ships it right to your mailbox. Fuel your body with a delicious protein packed smoothie with a pleasant WHOLE GRAIN-NUTTY flavor–a tasty original recipe made with 100% natural ingredients. Easy to prepare and a perfect option for those on the go!
  2. Doc Waters Cidery is located at Waters Orchard in Germantown and produces high quality hard ciders from their own apples, which can be enjoyed on the farm at the outdoor taproom. Their Orchard Blend Carbonated Cider is an unfiltered, off-dry, lightly carbonated cider made from a selection of apples, then slowly cold fermented in small batches and blended to give you the best cider drinking experience. Available from Doc Waters Cidery for on-site enjoyment or carryout.
  3. Dip-n-Dill specialize in delicious, gluten free dried mixes made with all natural ingredients. Their dips can be used to accentuate your grilled fish, hamburgers, chicken and other favorite dishes. Available online and at select retailers throughout Montgomery County, including Dawson’s Market and Butler’s Orchard Farm Market. Based in Germantown, MD.
  4. The Red Bandana Bakery is a happy healthy little bakery–100% gluten-free with many other allergy and special diet-friendly custom cakes, breads & pastries. Custom cakes, breads and pastries made-to-order with 48 hours notice and a variety of pastries, coffee and sandwiches available for purchase every day off the shelf. All products are handmade 100% gluten-free on dedicated equipment in our kitchen in Bethesda.
  5. Henry’s Sweet Retreat is a modern take on an old fashioned candy, ice cream and bakery store in downtown Bethesda. Try the Winter Cookie Kit includes which includes 12 sugar cookies, 3 colors of frosting and 3 decorations for $25. It’s a great activity to do with kids or adults while at home! Available for purchase online or call the store directly at 240-483-0485.
  6. Mastiha Bakery is an old-world family market – offering house-made Greek baked goods, provisions and imports for the home cook! Find easy-to-warm-up rustic pies and meals, sweets, grocery and of course pita bread online. Pita bread can also be found at various retailers throughout Montgomery County.
  7. Latin Goodness Foods offers modern take on empanadas and other Hispanic favorites combining convenience and wholesomeness. Try the bite sized empanadas that fit just as well with a glass of wine as with a juice box. Available online, at Whole Foods Market, MOMs Organic Market, and Dawson’s Market. Made in Rockville.
  8. Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream makes small batch, all-natural ice cream using local-whenever-possible ingredients for everyone in the family. Their custom made ice cream cake is available for purchase on their website. All products made in-house in Bethesda. Curbside pickup and online ordering available.
  9. Caulfield Provision Company is a family operated offering small batch, artisanal, hot sauces that compliment your food, not overpower it. A delicious way to liven up any dish and add amazing flavors! Headquartered in Potomac, MD.
  10. Quartermaine Coffee Roasters is a neighborhood spot for fresh, flavorful, locally roasted coffee, tea, smoothies, crafted beverages, and world-renowned chocolate biscotti. A classic, Quartermaine’s full-bodied Sumatra has low acidity and the bold flavors of leather, cocoa, and a hint of coconut. Freshly roasted with wind power in Rockville, Maryland.
  11. Coop’s Soups offers an assortment of vegan, gluten-free, and locally-sourced soups–an awesome way to make friends and fight off loneliness. Find them at the Olney Farmer’s Market, online at Common Root Farm, and the Family Room in Laytonsville.
  12. Cinnamon Tree Organics brings flavor, wellness and supply chain transparency in the form of freshly-harvested spices directly from small farmers. The single-origin spices are available for purchase online, at Dawson’s Market (Rockville), and at the Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op.
  13. Butterfly Spirits produces award winning Butterfly Botanical Liqueur and Butterfly Elderberry Vodka. Available for purchase in all 26 Montgomery County Liquor and Wine stores, online, select weekends at the Central Farm Markets, and throughout MD and DC liquor stores.
  14. Santa Lucia Estate Coffee provides farm-direct coffee beans, chosen by the best chefs and served in great restaurants and hotels, directly to your door. The 100% sustainable, high mountain Arabica Coffee speaks for itself in the cup with great aroma, rich pure flavor, body, and delicate tones. Santa Lucia is known for a smoothness that’s enjoyed at all hours of the day without the need for cream or sugar! Shop online or at The Corner Market and Pharmacy in Silver Spring, and Pop-up Patisserie in Rockville.
  15. At Passion to Seed Gardening, preserving the original taste of produce grown and growing it sustainably is the motivation and goal. Try the horned melon/kiwano/jelly melon (native to Southern Africa) during late Summer and early Fall. It’s a different and healthy type of vegetable, tastes like cucumber, cantaloupe & banana all in one!
  16. AMAC Foods International, LLC brings West African flavors to America with their Easy’N’Tasty Jollof Rice. Perfect for vegans and those looking to to try new flavors! Available at: Dawson’s Market, Snider’s Super Foods, Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-Op.
  17. Chicken Of The Woods Permaculture Farm is a family-owned small organic farm focusing on regenerative agriculture through vegetable and grain production and pastured chickens. CBD helps alleviate symptoms of arthritis and inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. In addition, the beautiful gold yellow arnica flower documented in 1500AD as an anti-inflammatory completes this healing salve. May it EASE your discomfort.
  18. The Chocolatier’s Palette crafts new gourmet fudge flavors every two weeks. Spring flavors will reflect the season, including Easter, Passover, Earth Day, and even those representing Japan and the cherry blossom festival! Available online and at the Bethesda and Pike and Rose Farmers Markets.
  19. Fresh Mama Farms LLC is mama owned, mama operated, mama loved. They grow the whole salad bowl, featuring lettuce mix, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, radishes, and more, using all-natural methods. Available for purchase on farm.
  20. The Urban Winery take a uniquely different approach to understanding the complexities and mysteries of wine and the wine making process. Taste. Learn. Create. Your Wine. Your Story. Order online for in-store pickup or delivery.
  21. BannerBee pollinates throughout the DMV using organic and sustainable beekeeping practices. BannerBee produces raw honey, honeybee pollen, small batch infused honeys, and the ever popular honey tasting flights. Available online, at farmers’ markets and retail locations throughout MoCo and beyond. Go to bannerbees.com for current product availability.

Additional woman-owned businesses, including Dress it Up Dressing, Meat Crafters, Mama Goons, Chouquette, Bella Vita Farm, Tsiona Foods, Tusculum Farm, Olney Winery, Sincerely Wilma, JaM treats, Civilitea, Rock Hill Orchard, and Neek and Nans can be found in our online Food and Beverage Guide.


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

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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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