Everybody Eats Year-End Fundraiser

Everybody Eats Year-End Fundraiser

November 15, 2018 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Reduce food insecurity in Montavilla with a gift to Everybody Eats. Help neighbors in need to access high-quality food through a SNAP match. The Market has provided more than $60,000 of matching funds to our Montavilla community since 2009. We need your support to keep this important program available. Learn more and give today!

Sow Radical Seeds

Sow Radical Seeds

October 22, 2018 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Have you seen Montavilla’s newest mural yet? It graces the farmers market lot and its message, Sow Radical Seeds, was chosen and painted by an all-women-team of artists:
Girl Mobb
– Portland’s own N.O. Bonzo

It depicts two strong women, sowing the seeds of radical community-driven change, nurturing a more sustainable world where communities have food security, food sovereignty, and equitable access to healthy nutritious foods. The mural came into existence thanks to efforts by the Montavilla Neighborhood Association and the Portland Street Art Alliance. Together with the Montavilla Farmers Market, they’ll be officially introducing the mural to the neighborhood Monday night, Oct. 22nd at 6:30 PM at Bipartisan Cafe.

Come learn more about the artists and the women-centered imagery they use in their work, the community partnership that produced the mural, as well as hear from two of the market’s farmers: Javier Lara of Anahuac Produce and Lily Matlock of Lil’ Starts. It’s an opportunity meet the people who are sowing radical seeds in Montavilla, and soak up some inspiration for your own community good works!

A fundraiser is underway to pay the artists. Any amount of gift, as generous as you’re able, will show your support for their time and creativity. Please make your donation today! https://www.gofundme.com/sow-radical-seeds-mural


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.