Thanks to our community of sponsors

Thanks to our community of sponsors

August 3, 2011 |  by  |  Blog

Montavilla Farmers Market (MFM) is the epitome of community. It is the nexus for the symbiotic relationship between area residents, businesses, and local farmers. While many individuals and organizations rely on the market, in turn, the market relies on its community. In light of this, this Sunday, August 7th the MFM will be hosting a Sponsorship Day to give thanks to those who are helping the market flourish.

There are several levels of sponsorship: Golden Apple ($1,000+), Heirloom Tomato ($500+), Bartlett Pear ($250+), and Sweet Pea ($100+). In addition, there are a host of others who provide much needed in-kind support.

Golden Apples

New Seasons Market—This Portland mainstay awarded MFM the Pacific Village Grant, which is used to match SNAP (food stamp) purchases up to $5. These funds go far toward helping the market provide affordable, healthy produce to those who otherwise wouldn’t have access.

Illusio Design—Enjoy our website? We can thank Chuck Spidell for that masterpiece. A good website and branding is an invaluable tool in this electronic era.

SE Uplift—Our neighborhood coalition provided the market with a Neighborhood Small Grant to fund opening day festivities and help us start the season off with a bang!

Saints Peter and Paul Episcopal Church—They kindly donated 500 durable, reusable bags to support the market’s Loaner Bag Program.

Thatcher’s Restaurant & Lounge—Our neighbor on the strip who makes their facilities available to market volunteers each Sunday so we can keep those plates clean and the Durable Dish Program rocking.

Heirloom Tomato

Mr. Plywood—In addition to being a great neighbor, these folks provided materials to help us construct the market barn and move planters for graveling.

Bipartisan Café—This local Stark Street icon has been a huge supporter of the market since its beginning. They donated funds and never hesitate to aid us throughout the season.

Bob’s Red Mill—As a model, employee-owned area business and practitioner of sustainable food, it should come as no surprise that they would donate to our market.

Flying Pie Pizzeria—Simply stated: Stark Streets’ finest.

Bartlett Pear

Beets Auto Body Shop—With a name like Beets, you’d have to assume they’d be friends of MFM. In fact, they allow us to use their lot during market days.

Portland Tub and Tan—A little piece of paradise right here on Stark Street. Next time you stop in let them know that you appreciate their support of the market.

Sweet Pea

Mt. Tabor Realty—Isabelle does a lot of work in the area and knows how important it is to build community. Her sponsorship of the market helps achieve that end.

Other Notable Contributors

Country Cat— Owner Adam Sappington – Portland’s Iron Chef for the past three years – is a huge supporter of the market. He’ll once again treat us to his culinary delights at the helm our Harvest Dinner.

Kitchen Dances—We miss Piper Dixon whipping up his amazing vegan fare at the market, but are so happy for the success of his food cart and to see him win the title of 2011 Vegan Iron Chef. We’re honored that he’ll be creating a tasty vegan menu for our Harvest Dinner.

The Observatory—This fine Stark Street establishment will once again be participating in our Harvest Dinner. Stop by for dinner and a cocktail and say thanks!

Pastrygirl—We’re pretty lucky to have Laura Widener and her delectable shop just down the street, and that she has signed on to prepare fabulous desserts for our Harvest Dinner again this year.

Cheese Bar—It’s like someone just decided to put my two favorite words together. We’re so excited that owner Steve Jones, winner of the 2011 Cheesemonger Invitational, will be doing a cheese course for this year’s Harvest Dinner.

Bar Avignon—This cozy neighborhood bar is known as one of Portland’s most underrated but sexiest little spots. Chef Jeremy Eckel will be serving up some appetizers at our Harvest Dinner this year.

Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply—Naomi is a perennial friend and supporter of local, sustainable agriculture. We wish her luck in her effort to find a suitable home for her wonderful farm supply store. You’re welcome to relocate in Montavilla!

Lewis Rents—This place is my candy store. They also provide the market with equipment from time to time.

Behreds (Montavilla) Animal Clinic—We’d be nowhere without these folks. Literally. They own the lot on which the market operates.

We’d like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone on this list. Your generosity and commitment to MFM is responsible for much of the market’s success. Each donation—big or small—helps strengthen the connection between community vibrancy, sustainable food, and local economy.

If you are interested in making an in-kind or financial donation to the Montavilla Farmers Market, please visit our donations tab. If you are looking for other ways to get involved, check out the awesome volunteers opportunities. If that’s still not your style, simply come out and spend an afternoon at the market or support our sponsors. There are so many ways to contribute!

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