The Market was founded by a grassroots collection of neighbors who were inspired by visions of a fresh, local food market in a shared community space within the growing Stark Street business district. This dedicated group opened the Market in just 10 short months with a small amount of grant funds and a generous outpouring of donations from local businesses, friends, and neighbors. The tireless energy of these un-paid visionaries and countless other volunteers allowed MFM to open its first Market on Sunday July 22, 2007 with 17 vendors and over 2,000 visitors!

Moving forward

The Market has expanded each year of its operation. For the 2019 season the Market will have as many as 60 vendors on its roster and a season that covers 30 weeks, operating weekly on Sundays from May through October, in addition to monthly winter markets Nov. – Feb. 

In Montavilla we see the social, economic, and environmental value in providing a venue to support local agriculture. The Montavilla Farmers Market is a community asset and means to a healthy lifestyle, increased neighborhood livability, and productive regional economy.