Relationships are an important part of our mission. We want our customers to know where their food comes from and provide them with opportunities to meet and learn about our providers. We also strive to build lasting relationships with our local community. We look for like-minded businesses, organizations and groups with whom we can build lasting bonds. Below is just a few of the people, farms and businesses that we have cultivate relationships with over the past years. If you have a similar mission and desire to build a stronger food community please reach out to us so we can build a relationship with you.
Rock Terrace School in Rockville provides special educational services for children with a wide range of cognitive disabilities. Students from the upper school at Rock Terrace use Dawson’s as a work site to learn job skills for the future. Dawson’s works closely with Rock Terrace on their horticulture program, tending to the school’s garden during the summer when school is out of session. Rock Terrace students sell herbs grown in this garden at the Dawson’s Farmer’s Market.
Chocolates and Tomatoes farm is a 5 acre, certified organic farm nestled in the heart of the Agricultural reserve in Montgomery County, MD. They specialize in unique products from all corners of the culinary landscape. Each year they grow over 150 varieties of heirloom table vegetables, hops, and strawberries. It is their passion and pleasure to bring the best organic produce to the community while helping to preserve unique crops that might otherwise be lost. In addition to selling produce inside the store, Chocolates and Tomatoes is a vendor at Dawson’s Farmer’s Market.
Red Wiggler is a sustainable farm that employs and supports people with developmental disabilities. Dawson’s has partnered with Red Wiggler on several fundraisers for the farm including 5% Days and Cheers for Charity. Dawson’s also purchases produce grown at Red Wiggler.
Me & 3 is a local bakery that specializes in Old World style pastries and cookies. The family owned and operated bakery has been selling their delicious products at Dawson’s for many years. Their delicious rugelach are featured at our Green & Grind café.
Nourish Now strives to fight food insecurity in Montgomery County by reducing the waste of unused fresh food. Food collected is delivered directly to families in need. Dawson’s makes regular donations to Nourish Now to ensure that nothing goes to waste in the food supply chain.
Jailbreak brewery in Laurel is a local favorite of ours. Since 2014, Dawson’s has stocked both canned beers and tapped kegs from Jailbreak. A rare treat was the specialty cask of beer Jailbreak brewed for the 2015 Oktoberfest at Dawson’s that featured orange peel, cinnamon and cranberry.
Coastal believes in local and we love that. They have been sourcing and delivering local produce in the Mid-Atlantic region for over 20 years. Their newly formed Homegrown Hub is their way of connecting event smaller, more unique and harder to reach farms and producers with customers.
The Rockville Senior Center provides wonderful classes, meeting space, programming and fitness opportunities to older Americans in the city. Dawson’s has partnered with the Senior Center on fundraisers, donations, educational opportunities and they are a large part of Dawson’s Wednesday Senior Shopping Day. The center presented Dawson’s with a community partnership award in 2015.