Meet Erika Takeo, our Outreach Board Chair!

June 19, 2014 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Erika working the fields

Erika is thrilled to be a part of the Montavilla Farmers Market’s board of directors as Outreach Chair.  She enjoys building community partnerships and values making farmers markets as inclusive and accessible as possible, especially for low-income community members and for the variety of communities of color that live in and around Montavilla.  If you have any questions or would like to talk Outreach, please email Erika at grew up in the Hillsdale neighborhood of Portland, where her parents still live and keep backyard chickens, a small garden, and shop at the Hillsdale Farmers Market.  Erika became interested in sustainable agriculture and food justice as an undergraduate student at The College of Wooster, where she studied urban agriculture projects in Cleveland, Ohio and spent a summer interning with Adelante Mujeres in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Upon graduating, Erika moved to rural southern Oregon and participated in Rogue Farm Corps, a beginning farmer and rancher training program.  She learned a lot about farm business, seed saving, and rural life while working and living at Dancing Bear Farm.  In late 2013 Erika returned to Portland and spent a season working in the fields with Mercy Corps Northwest’s refugee gardening program and as a crew member with the Portland Farmers Market.

At the end of 2014, Erika began a Nonprofit Management graduate program at the University of Oregon.  She is learning valuable skills which she uses as a board member with MFM and which she hopes to use at food justice nonprofit organizations in the future.

Market cleanup day is May 4

Market cleanup day is May 4

April 29, 2014 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

It’s finally almost time for the market to begin! Join us at the market site on Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to pull some weeds, meet some of the 2014 MFM board members, and find out about volunteer opportunities in the upcoming season. We will also be raking gravel. Please bring your work gloves, water, pruners, weeding tools, rakes and compost bags to carry away anything that we pull (as our compost services don’t start until June). See you there!

In Memory of Volunteer Audrey Marshall

MFM “charter volunteer” Audrey Marshall spends a moment with Manager Gretchan Jackson. June 2nd, 2013. (Photo credit: David Ashton,

In Memory of Volunteer Audrey Marshall

April 22, 2014 |  by  |  Blog, News  |  8 Comments

Audrey Marshall, a stalwart regular volunteer passed away the morning of April 19th.

One of the original founding volunteers, Audrey was a fixture every week at market. She could always be seen doing her hourly shopper counts, breaking down tents, visiting with vendors, sampling beer (her favorite) and shopping. Audrey came to the market in 2007 while recovering from open heart surgery. She volunteered with the market nearly every week over the past 7 years. As Market Manager, it has been a joy to share space with Audrey, watching the market community and its offerings contribute to her wellness and longevity. In late November 2013 Audrey was diagnosed with a brain tumor and waged a great battle which ended this past week. Audrey’s unforgettable spirit will be in our hearts this season.

-Gretchan Jackson
Market Manager

Join MFM today as a Volunteer

March 3, 2014 |  by  |  News  |  1 Comment

2013-08-18 11.43.33Volunteers fuel MFM on every level. If you enjoy connecting with our local food producers and your community, we have a place for you! There are many opportunities to volunteer with the market. Sign up today and you’ll get an invite to our volunteer orientation in May. 


Winter Stock-up Market: February 9th **CANCELLED**

December 3, 2013 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments


Due to icy road conditions and safety concerns for our farmers, vendors and customers, the February 9 Winter Stock Up Market is cancelled.

Stay Safe Everyone!


Upcoming Market Dates

November 18, 2013 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Even though we’ve held our last consecutive market of the season, the Montavilla Farmers Market shall return!  Our Harvest Market will be Sunday, November 24th at our regular time (10am – 2pm). We’ll have lots of produce and goods for your Thanksgiving meal! Stop by and get inspired for cooking a wonderful meal full of local, seasonal goodness.

We are also gearing up for our Winter Stock-up Markets. These markets take place on Sunday December 15, January 12 and February 9 and will be a shorter two-hour market from 11am – 1pm. They are designed to keep you stocked up on fresh, local produce and goods to get you through the winter with good food in your belly. Be sure to check our vendor lineup to see which of your favorite vendors will be at the market each month!  So mark your calendars, and we’ll see you at the market!