Customer Counts

July 13, 2017 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Did you know that MFM uses a Sample (aka Timed Entry) Count methodology to calculate attendance at the market? This is a popular counting method used at farmers markets across the country. For ten minutes of every hour, one person is stationed at each market entrance.  These volunteers use hand held clickers to count the number of customers who enter.  The numbers are then used to estimate the daily customer count. 

Have you been curious about volunteering but unsure where to start? If you are going to be at the market doing some shopping, consider volunteering for one (or more) of the customer counts.  It takes only ten minutes, and doesn’t require any lifting or physical effort.  It can even be done sitting down.

This is a simple and quick volunteer task that has great benefit to the success of the market. We need volunteers! Email volunteer[at] to sign up.

Meet interesting people. Enrich your community. Serve on the board!

Meet interesting people. Enrich your community. Serve on the board!

May 30, 2017 |  by  |  Blog, News  |  No Comments

The Montavilla Farmers Market is seeking motivated and passionate individuals to join our board of directors!

This working board is the driving force behind the market and gets together each month to hash out ways to continue to steer MFM toward its mission to provide a vibrant marketplace where our diverse community has access to high quality, local healthy food. We are a warmhearted group, who like working together and solving problems creatively. Does that resonate with you? If so, we’d love your help. Both experienced and first-time board members are welcome to apply.

We’re especially excited to offer an opening to someone whose interests favor being our new Marketing Chair. But we are a growing market and this is a terrific opportunity, whatever your skills and experience, to get involved.

The great programs and success our market boasts is directly related to the hard, thoughtful work done by board members over the last 11 seasons. Everyone has a role to play and benefits to reap. It’s what’s made our market such a success, and what will ensure that it provides for our community for many years to come.

Please consider where you fit in, and contact Board Member, Craig Milliken, at craig_milliken[at] for more information. Include a brief note indicating the skills and areas of expertise you feel you can bring to the market so we can begin to get to know your interests and intent. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!


Photo: MFM Board of Directors, circa July 2016.

Where’s the fruit?

Where’s the fruit?

May 25, 2017 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Does something seem off at the market? While it generally feels full with lots of food, observant customers have noticed a few holes where our berry and fruit vendors are typically found. And they’re right — with the exception of Denison Farms‘s strawberries, we’re still waiting for the arrival of seven of our farms and orchards to have their first day or add a stall for fruit.

The welcome sun and heat we’ve had this week isn’t enough yet to let us all forget the multiple-snowpocalypse winter and record setting rains of this past spring. The conditions over the start of this year are still affecting us with crops that were slower to get started, and fields that were too wet to get into on the usual schedule. MFM’s opening day was our earliest ever, making it natural, even under normal weather patterns, to take more weeks until we reach a full roster of vendors in attendance. Then we have our memories from what was available at this time in 2016 playing tricks on us, since that was a warmer spring in comparison, and the fruit was early! All of these factors are combining to make the wait feel never-ending.

This is part of the nature of eating with the seasons. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any rewards. Waiting means getting to savor a perfectly ripe, picked fresh strawberry that is red all the way through. Or the joyous summer aroma of a sweet, juicy peach. Changing up what you eat as it becomes available adds both variety in nutrients to your meals and makes those meals taste better. For instance, I used to think I didn’t like stonefruit. I was basing that off eating plums that had been shipped long distances to reach me in winter. One day I accepted a slice of an in-season friar plum at the farmers market and the difference in taste from what I was used to shocked me! I became interested in trying all the fruits I’d dismissed before, and a whole new category of healthy eating was added to my life. Eating in season also costs less, when you consider the time, distance, and additional people involved to transport food grown somewhere else in world.

Depending on how you look at it, the seasonal changes at farmers markets can either offer the fun and excitement of discovering a new food, or be exasperating if you’re not able to check an ingredient off your shopping list. Definitely talk with the vendors or the staff at the info tent about what you’re experiencing. They like a chance to chat about what’s cooking and can offer ideas for the new item you found or help you brainstorm a replacement. Let the farmers know what produce you’re excited for and they’ll give you updates on its progress in their particular growing area.

So keep coming back to the market. What you see one week will change the next. And those strawberries and cherries aren’t too far off at this point. At last check with the berry vendors, they said they’re planning for June 4th or 11th. In the meantime, whatever produce you take home, you can be assured it’s fresh, locally grown in OR or WA, and tastes great!

Volunteer in 2017!

May 2, 2017 |  by  |  News  |  2 Comments

Did you know that the majority of the people creating the market are volunteers? We’re working away to put on our 11th season, and we’d love for you to join us. There are many ways to be part of the magic of the Montavilla Farmers Market, and we welcome you whether you want to volunteer just once during the season or if you want to make it a regular habit. There are opportunities as short as a 10-minute crowd count, to being intimately involved in guiding the market into the future as a member of the Board of Directors. Take a look at our volunteer website to learn all the ways you can join in and contribute.

For more information, please send your questions to our Volunteer Coordinator, Nora Barnett, at volunteer[at] Let her know if you’d like to receive regular updates on volunteering; she’ll send you a brief e-news once per week throughout the season with volunteer updates and any needs we have for the next market day. (You can easily unsubscribe from these emails at any time!)

We greatly value all of the contributions of our volunteers. They are a huge part of what drives the market and makes it a great place to be. We’re looking forward to another fantastic season and hope you’ll be part of it!

2017 Farmers Market Volunteer Orientation

April 5, 2017 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Come volunteer with the market! Volunteer orientation is on Thursday April 27th from 6:30 – 8 PM.

We have many volunteer opportunities ranging from 15minutes on a Sunday at market to joining a committee. You can learn all about the different volunteer positions on our website.

Details for the orientation are below:

What: Montavilla Farmers Market Volunteer Orientation
When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Where: 7700 block of SE Stark
Meet at the red barn across from Mr. Plywood.

If you are interested in volunteering but can’t make it to the orientation, please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer [at]

Vendors - Apply Now for 2017-2018!

Vendors – Apply Now for 2017-2018!

February 12, 2017 |  by  |  News, Vendor Profiles  |  No Comments

Montavilla Farmers Market’s 2017 priority period deadline for accepting vendors has passed. But the application reopens February 15th on a rolling basis where vendors will be accepted for the 2017-2018 season as space and category become available.

We strive to provide a vibrant marketplace where our diverse community has access to fresh, high quality, local food. MFM evaluates a vendor product/producer on the following characteristics when determining acceptance:

  • locally grown and/or processed ingredients
  • locally sourced ingredients (direct from grower/producer)
  • striving to use environmentally responsible and sustainable production methods
  • offerings based on availability within natural season of growth
  • artisan production and uniqueness of processor
  • minimal packaging with lowest impact materials
  • reduction/avoidance of GM-containing ingredients
  • no use of growth hormone
  • returning vendors that are in good standing with the organization

Interested in vending? Please see our vendor page for more information, the vendor handbook, and application:

Become a Vendor