Eating local food that has been grown with respect for people, animals, and the environment can be easier than you think! There are over 60 farms in Montgomery County producing table foods (foods ready to be consumed by people). The majority of these farms lie in the county’s Agriculture Reserve, a nationally-acclaimed farmland conservation zone.
The following resources will introduce you to the local, sustainable food movement, how you can participate in your own way, and our county’s agricultural character.
Local Food Search Engines:
MarylandAgriculture.inf: Use this advanced search engine to find farms, CSAs, farmers’ markets, and several other businesses and organizations related to agriculture and natural resources in Maryland.
Local Harvest: Find farms, CSAs, farmers’ markets, local food restaurants, coops, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area.
Local Organic Markets:
Bethesda Coop, Natural Food Market: A member-owned food market selling local and organic products, located on Seven Locks Rd., Cabin John, MD.
Glen’s Garden Market: A market in Dupont Circle that sells food and products sourced from the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Mom’s Organic Market: A health food market that focuses on providing quality organic foods and health products.
Whole Foods Market: Popular supermarket that sells high-quality natural and organic foods.
Grow It, Eat It: Learn about ways to grow your own food in small and large spaces.
Maryland Master Gardeners: A University of Maryland Extension program that trains volunteers to educate residents in 18 Maryland communities on how to sustainably manage gardens and landscapes. Learn about the diverse educational programs and services that Master Gardeners provide and how you could become a Master Gardener.
Montgomery Parks: Community Gardens Program: Fill out an application to apply for public space and water to garden individual plot(s) at a low cost.
Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture: Help promote sustainable agriculture in the Chesapeake Bay region by joining a network of farmers, agricultural professionals, landowners, and consumers working for the cause in the area.
Montgomery County Agricultural Preservation: Choose from seven agricultural land preservation programs that prevent future residential, commercial, or industrial development on the county’s agricultural land.
Montgomery County Food Council: Help build a robust, local, sustainable food system by joining one of the Council’s five working groups (Buy Local; Food Access; Healthy Eating; Land Use, Zoning & Planning; and School & Youth Gardens).
National Capital Farms: Learn about what the Metropolitan Washington Regional Agricultural Workgroup is doing to foster a local food movement in the Washington metropolitan area and how you can help. Search for farms, farmers’ markets, and local food restaurants in any of the 25 partner counties and cities.
Organic Consumers Association: A non-profit organization that promotes the views an interests of organic and socially-responsible consumers in the U.S., dealing with issues like food saftey, industrial agricultural, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, fair trade, and environmental sustainability.
Slow Food USA: Find out how your choice of food can help your community and the environment.