You Should Join the MFM Board of Directors! -- by Lynne Fenley

MFM board members, volunteers, and staff visiting Katie and Tayne (far left) at Fiddlehead Farm, photo by Patrick Hart

You Should Join the MFM Board of Directors! — by Lynne Fenley

August 1, 2018 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

The Montavilla Farmers Market exists because a group of Montavilla community residents and
business owners got together and made it happen. In fact, that is still how it works! The
Montavilla Board of Directors and the amazing MFM Staff and volunteers work hard to bring
our community the market each week. We would love for you to join our Board of Directors. I’d
like to answer some common questions about serving on the board to help you decide if it’s
right for you.

My Experience
I joined the Montavilla Farmers Market Board in December 2017. For the last year or two, I had
been looking for a way to serve and engage my community. I went to the Montavilla Farmers
Market’s November stock-up and saw the market’s commitment to making local, fresh food
accessible through the Everybody Eats Program. This mission aligned with my passion for
community service, food justice, and local farmers. I saw that the board was looking for new
members, but I had doubts – I questioned whether I had the right skills and experience to serve
on a board. As it turns out, I did, and so do you!

Who is on this board?
The Montavilla Farmers Market board is made up of Montavilla and nearby neighborhood
residents who love the farmers market and the community. Our professional backgrounds
include non-profit project managers, designers, engineers, scientists, City of Portland staff,
consultants, real estate agents, and a marketing and development director. The diversity of our
professional backgrounds makes the board strong, but the passion that each of us brings to the
table is what makes the board effective.

What qualities make a good board member?
Board members should be passionate about the market, willing to pitch in, and able to follow
through on commitments. If you are worried that you don’t have specific professional skills to
bring to the table, then bring organizational skills, a can-do attitude, and energy!

What’s in it for me?
Being on a board is about serving the community, but it’s also an opportunity. Being on the
board enables you to: connect with the community, learn new professional skills, try new
things, and apply your professional skills in a fun, new way. Personally, I am learning about non-
profit operations, how farmers markets work, grant writing, design, and marketing – all skills
that I do not use a project manager in the private sector. Plus, it’s fun to make new friends and
get to know Montavilla in a new way.

What’s the time commitment?
The Board meets monthly in Montavilla. We are a working board, so members spend an
average of eight to twelve hours a month working on projects. If you decide being on the Board is
too much of a time commitment, then consider joining one of our committees or volunteering
on market day. Also, there is no financial commitment required of board members.

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!

–Lynne Fenley, Treasurer, MFM Board Member since December 2017.


A round of Days of Heaven cocktails from a recent market meeting at Blank Slate. Photo by Alison DeLancey.

July’s “Days of Heaven” Market Fundraiser at Blank Slate

July 11, 2018 |  by  |  News, Sponsor Shoutout  |  No Comments

Join Market staff and board members at Blank Slate on Thursday, July 26th, at 6 – 8 PM, to drink Days of Heaven and connect with market community! Please come say hello!

We want to give a big thank you to Blank Slate! Their Cocktail for the Community will benefit Montavilla Farmers Market during all of July. For every drink sold this month, $1 will be donated to the market. Money raised will be used for market programs, including Everybody Eats.

The “Days of Heaven” cocktail welcomes the height of summer and honors the market season by featuring Buffalo Trace bourbon infused with apricots from MFM vendor, Maryhill Fruit Co., along with lemon, egg white, simple syrup, and lavender bitters.

Blank Slate’s beautiful, dark and floral bar room is a chill space to pass the time during the summer heat, all while helping out the market just by enjoying a drink. Meet you there!

Summer Flavors of June!

Albeke Farms, photo by Ollie Stackhouse

Summer Flavors of June!

June 5, 2018 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

The beginning of June brings early summer flavors to the Montavilla Farmers Market! Yolkan Farm (formerly Amaro’s Produce ) will have first-of-the-season Mt. Hood strawberries along with fresh basil, cilantro, and young spring onions. Their spring onions have a sweetness when lightly caramelized on the grill that make them the perfect side to any summer dish. Be sure to stop by Simplicity Gardens and Denison Farms shared stall for some of their new potatoes and fresh green fava beans, and the first of the season’s tomatoes.

Cool off at the market with Aviv’s ice cream. Their creamy ice cream is made with coconut milk as a base,  making it  vegan and non-dairy! For an unconventional flavor try their hatch-chile ice cream. Hatch chilis are scattered throughout the vanilla ice cream base, which starts sweet and ends with a spicy kick!

The distiller at market for June 3rd is Stone Barn Brandyworks. Sample their Cranberry Liqueur. It is delicious, and dangerously drinkable!

Maryhill Fruit Co. is bringing their cherries, apricots, and pluots.

Crooked Furrow Farm out of Corvallis will be at the market with fresh produce and eggs!

Good Moon brings their adzuki bean moon cakes. These are one of highest selling items at Elephants Deli on Corbett! The adzuki bean has been called Jewel of the East, because it is so rich in antioxidants.

T Bee S continues the sweetness over at their booth with a wide range of local honey products all from their 500 hives! Stop by to see them for propolis, royal jelly, pollen, and CBD honey products.

New vendors starting this month are: Dancing Kitchen — featuring delicious, gluten-free baked goods. One Stripe Chai — your source for spicy chai concentrates. Albeke Farms and Liepold Farms— for berries galore!

End your trip to the market with a visit to Mixteca. They hand-press the blue corn tortillas that hold their delicious chicken mole tacos!

Stop by and see Erika at her face painting table. She can transform your little one into a tiger, kitty, flower garden, or Spider-Man! She will be there from 10:30a – 1:30p, making your trip a memorable event for your children! We’ll also be hearing from several of Montavilla’s own musicians playing every week in June.

Get the entire list of vendors appearing at the market this week with our always updated online vendor roster.

Interested in volunteering at the market? We could use your help! Find more information here:  volunteer at the market!


Vendor highlights written and collected by Meghan McKiernan and compiled by market staff.

We're open!

Little one eating farmers market mizuna! Photo by Z.Rubin-Fogelson

We’re open!

May 17, 2018 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

The market is finally open and Spring is here in full force! Want to know what you will find when you come to the market this month? Here are some vendor highlights:

Maryhill Fruit Company will have green and purple asparagus. Their purple asparagus has a deeply earthy, nutty, sweet taste that makes it perfect for eating raw on salads or lightly grilled as a side dish.

Fiddlehead Farm, a certified organic farm from Corbett, will have arugula, spinach, salad mix, arugula flowers, mizuna, mustards, fava greens, chard, parsley, mint, lovage, and that favorite flavor of spring — fresh sugar snap peas!

Crooked Furrow Farm will be showcasing a wide range of fresh greens as well — spinach, lettuce, sorrel, cress, Misome, komatsuna — and radishes.

The spring flavors at Mee Mee’s Goodies are Raspberry Lemon, Marionberry, Boysenberry Bourbon and Strawberry Champagne. Gift boxes are $32 or $40, and can be shipped anywhere in lower 48 states to surprise and delight the recipient.

If you love honey then you need to come and check out TbeeS, who will be bringing a number of varieties like Meadowfoam, Blackberry, and Mystery! They also offer royal jelly and pollen .

Spice of Africa offers both veggie curry and turkey samosas and delicious, gluten-free savory spice lentil soup.

King’s Raven Winery brings hard-to-find hybrid grape wines and traditional European style wines of varietal grapes:  2 dry whites – 2014 Pinot Gris, 2015 Phoenix; 2 dry reds – 2013 Pinot Noir, 2014 Marechal Foch, and sweet white blend 2015 Sweet Raven Sun.

Portland Creamery makes a spring seasonal chevre with tarragon and mustard, which marries well with any kind of spring grilling! For spice fiends, they’ve collaborated with Marshall’s Haute Sauce for a creation called Haute Goat.

This time of year, Deck Family Farm has certified organic eggs from their pasture-raised hens, as well as grass finished lamb chops. They are part of the Oregon Pasture Network.

The mole bowl at Mixteca is can’t miss and comes in chicken and vegan options. Doña Paula’s special mole sauce is one of the best in Portland and is sauce is known for how complicated it is to make.

Goodmoon starts up at the market this month. Their nutritious red bean bars are based on traditional Chinese moon cakes, but with less sugar and no preservatives!

Kichana is a new vendor at the market this year and will be featuring cebiche and other Peruvian fusion cuisine!

Red Bird Acres sells fresh whole chickens at their booth. Their birds are currently grazing on grass from their farm, giving their meat a richer flavor. If you are looking for a meat rub at the market look no further than Felton and Mary’s. Their signature rub contains generous amounts of cumin and chili powder making it the perfect accoutrements for all your grilling needs.

Anahuac Produce will have the elusive morel mushroom this month at their booth. Also known as the “mushroom of spring”, this savory fungi has an intensely rich flavor making it ideal for adding depth to sauces or as a stand alone dish when lightly pan fried. If growing your own food is more up your alley be sure to stop across the way from their booth to Lil Starts, your one stop shop for all your tomato start needs!

Lastly, be sure to visit Old House Dahlia’s booth on May 13th and 20th as it will be their only Sundays at the market. With over 40 dahlia varieties, this vendor has every color and shape a gardener could dream of. The highlight of their varieties this year is a beautiful yellow dahlia with white tips, a hard to find variety in most stores.

Get the entire list of vendors appearing at the market this week with our always updated online vendor roster.

Interested in volunteering at the market? We could use your help! Find more information here:  volunteer at the market!

Lively Community Forum Inspires Action — by Lynne Fenley

February 5, 2018 |  by  |  News  |  3 Comments

Thank you to Kiyokawa Family Orchards for donating Crimson Crisp apples! Photo by Gretchan Jackson.

The passion and excitement for the Montavilla Farmers Market was palpable at the MFM Community Forum on the evening of January 31st, 2018, graciously hosted by Montavilla United Methodist Church. More than 50 shoppers, vendors, volunteers, local non-profit and business owners, former and current board members, and members of the community joined the discussion! The MFM Board hosted the Community Forum to discuss the upcoming relocation of the market, spurred on by pending sale and redevelopment of the Montavilla Animal Clinic lot. The Forum helped us reconnect to the market’s grass roots; attendees made dozens of donations to help support the MFM’s Everybody Eats program, which is also experiencing funding challenges in 2018.

As a reminder, our February 11th Winter Stock-Up will be held at our current location in the gravel lot at 7700 SE Stark Street, across from Mr. Plywood. Our May 6th opening day location is to be determined.

Guest speakers Steve Cohen and Vance Corum reminded us why farmer’s markets matter, and inspired us to take advantage of the challenge of relocating by creating new opportunity for growth and community engagement. Former market manager Gretchan Jackson reminded us why and how passionate, food loving community members united to create the Montavilla Farmer’s Market. The current board members provided information about site requirements and potential sites under consideration. Though still collecting input from the community, to name a few sites, the Board is currently evaluating the following locations in Montavilla:

  • Portland Community College – Southeast at SE Division/80th (negotiating terms)
  • Milwaukie Lumber at SE Washington/80th (early inquiry with owner)
  • Parking lot behind Chinese Village at SE Stark/82nd (prospecting)

Numerous other sites have been considered, but were not feasible options because of factors including Sunday availability, lot size, or limited visibility, which are all critical to the success of the market.

The forum culminated in fun and lively small group workshops, where Forum participants brainstormed ideas centered on site selection, what they love about the market, obstacles to shopping at the market, marketing and outreach, community building, and strengthening the volunteer program. Look for a follow-up blog post where we will share your wonderful ideas!

Are you inspired to help ensure the continuation of the market through this transition? Consider joining the Board of Directors, being a vendor in the 2018-2019 season, sponsoring the market, volunteering, or donating! For more information about the reason for relocation, please refer to this earlier blog post about the move.




Come to a community forum on MFM's future

Come to a community forum on MFM’s future

January 12, 2018 |  by  |  News  |  4 Comments

We’re moving! Our January 14th and February 11th Winter Stock-Ups will be held at our current location in the gravel lot at 7700 SE Stark St, across the street from Mr. Plywood. Our May 6th opening day is yet to be determined.

The Montavilla Animal Clinic (MAC) has graciously hosted us for the past 10 years! We congratulate Dr. Behrends on his retirement after 33 years of service to our community and we wish him well. The MAC lot we use for the farmers market will have new ownership and development is likely. We are searching for our next home and invite you to hear about it.

Join us at a community forum where we’ll share our work so far, including; locations scouted and the guiding principles we are using to evaluate potential sites.


Wednesday, January 31st
6:30-8:00 PM
Montavilla United Methodist Church at
232 SE 80th Ave., Portland, OR 97215

The forum is free, but an RSVP is appreciated so we can plan accordingly for the number of attendees. Please RSVP here.


We need community support! We have had 11 successful seasons because of shoppers and volunteers like you. Come be part of the change.

If you’re not able to make this date and want to help, please let us know at president [@]