May 21, 2019 Press & Awards

A Big Win for MoCo’s Founding Farmers

Last night, Co-Owner Dan Simons and our team were thrilled to accept the Maryland Green Registry’s Leadership Award for MoCo’s Founding Farmers from Maryland Secretary of the Environment, Ben Grumbles, and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

This big win is a big deal for our team. The Leadership Award is given to only five businesses annually that are committed to sustainability, with clear, measureable results of impact on our planet, or in our words, to do more good and less harm.

Our Leadership Award-winning team at MoCo’s Founding Farmers estimates that 90% of our restaurant’s waste is diverted from landfills, as certified by the Green Restaurant Association. Yup, 90%.

How do we achieve this? 

We stay true to our farmer-owned company, Farmers Restaurant Group’s sustainability mission, every day. We reuse, recycle, and most importantly, reduce as much as we can. We composted roughly 280,800 pounds of food waste last year. To reduce our plastic and glass bottle use, we make our sodas from scratch, we developed a craft beer program showcasing small-batch draft beers, and we have served free, filtered water in reusable glass bottles since day one. We use bio- and marine-degradable straws and built a coalition-turned-non-profit, Our Last Straw, to eliminate the use of plastic straws beyond the walls of our restaurant. In fact, here at MoCo’s Founding Farmers, we prevented more than a quarter of a million plastic and glass bottles and more than 300,000 plastic straws from entering our area’s waste stream in 2018 alone. 

We thank the Maryland Green Registry for this recognition and Governor Larry Hogan for supporting the program and creating a Maryland Green Registry Day. We congratulate our fellow Leadership Award winners, The Baltimore Convention Center, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the Inn at Horn Point, and The Heart of the Earth Sanctuary and Rescue, Inc. for their continued commitment to implementing measurable sustainability practices across their organizations as well, every day.   

*photo: Co-Owner Dan Simons accepting the Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award from Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles, with our very own Founding Farmers green team, Julie Sharkey and Erin Chalkley.

October 1, 2020
Events, Food

Celebrate Hanukkah with Founding Farmers

Founding Farmers is serving you two ways for Hanukkah this year – from Thursday, December 10th through Friday, December 18th.  At select locations, we have a special Hanukkah menu available for dining in our restaurants, and we are also providing hot family meals for Hanukkah for you to enjoy at home.

October 1, 2020
Events

Founding Farmers Christmas At Home

Looking for a great holiday meal you don’t have to cook? Christmas Eve dinner that tastes homemade but doesn’t require all the work. A Christmas Day festive meal that doesn’t take away from a relaxing day?

September 8, 2020
Events, Food

Break the Fast After Yom Kippur with Founding Farmers At Home

Ordering is now closed.  This year, order Founding Farmers online to enjoy after the High Holy Days. Founding Farmers is now offering our specially prepared traditional Yom Kippur Dinner To Go at most of our locations for convenient, contact-free curbside pick up: Founding Farmers Tysons adjacent to Tysons Corner, just off I-495.

Join us for a meal

Reserve a Table

Our dining rooms and patios (including some new patios!) are now open with our enhanced safety protocols and following the guidance of our government officials. Reserve your table or come on in. Our full menus are available for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. We’re excited to serve you again!

For more information about how we’re operating during this time, read all about the innovative technology we are using to combat COVID-19, our COVID-19 FAQs, and the measures we’re taking to ensure your health and safety.