Meet the Board: Evan P. Schneider

January 6, 2015 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Evan P. Schneider is the current secretary on the MFM Board of Directors.

Evan P. Schneider is the current Chair of the MFM Board of Directors.

Originally from the great Southwest, Evan comes from a family of Russian-German farmers. His grandfather owned a farm with a dairy and grew several crops, including corn, alfalfa, sugar beets, oats, and malt barley for Coors Brewing Co. In addition to pigs, sheep, chickens, and a few horses, he raised about 30 dairy cows, the milk from which he sold to Poudre Valley Creamery.

Evan’s parents taught him to garden at a young age, and he still remembers mapping out rows of vegetables each winter on graph paper while sitting at the kitchen table. In the summers of 2008 and 2009, Evan had the good fortune of traveling with New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat, a voyaging craft beer and bicycle ballyhoo, at which he worked for Wolverine Farm Publishing spreading the word about backyard farms, sustainable living, and the pleasures of self-sufficiency (chief among which was bicycle riding).

In 2013, Evan and his wife purchased a home in Montavilla at which they have been hard at work establishing a modest urban homestead. Together they have a passion for growing, eating, and sharing healthy food. By strategically buying from farmers and by sharing harvests with neighbors and friends, they place great importance on knowing where food comes from and gaining knowledge about the local food community.

The author of the novel A Simple Machine, Like the Lever and the founding editor of Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac, Evan is a freelance writer and editor, as well as a writing consultant at Portland State University. Together with his wife, Judith Edwards, he runs the blog Hive of Industry. Evan shops the market each week, so be sure to say hello when you see him!

Meet the Board: Joe Connell

January 6, 2015 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Vice Chairman of the MFM Board of Directors, joe Connell

Vice Chairman of the MFM Board of Directors, joe Connell

Joe has been shopping with his wife Colleen at the market for the last 3 years. When he is not shopping for and cooking great food from as local a source as he can, he is working for Habitat for Humanity overseeing the metro areas Habitat ReStores. Joe has lived in the Kerns neighborhood for the last 9 years and before that was in Maine for 10 years. He grew up in New Jersey but left when he got his drivers license

December food drive at MFM!

November 11, 2014 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR) will be community tabling at MFM on December 21st to accept food donations for our community’s newest residents.


SOAR is a refugee resettlement agency located here in Portland. This past year they resettled 360 refugees from all over the world including: Somalia, Eritrea, Bhutan, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Ukraine, Cuba, Haiti, and more. SOAR provides a home when they arrive and helps them navigate their new life here in Portland for the first 8 months.

During the holiday season, SOAR will be giving a special welcome to refugee families by providing them with a basket of food from our local farmers. MFM customers are invited to participate in the food drive by buying food from vendors and donating it to SOAR, and vendors can participate if they like through after-market gleaning. This will get the whole community involved, and is a win-win by both directly supporting MFM’s farmers and SOAR.

Zoe Flanagan is a Program Assistant at SOAR, and also a long time volunteer at farmers markets in Portland. She’ll be staffing SOAR’s table at MFM on December 21st. She says that,

Working at the market over the years has shown me how food can bring people together. Farmers markets prove that food is a powerful medium for healing as well as community building. I believe it is because of my involvement in the market over the years that I have been taken by this idea of welcoming these new members of our community with a basket of fresh produce from our farmers and connecting them to the heart of Oregon.

Please consider buying an extra bunch of kale, bag of potatoes, or stalk of brussels sprouts on December 21st. You’ll double your support for your local farmer and SOAR will make sure your donations get to a neighbor in need, adorning their tables with nourishment and comfort.


Read more about SOAR at their website.

Click for more information about MFM’s community tabling program.


Costume Contest!

Costumed kids show us how it's done!

Costume Contest!

October 24, 2014 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Bring the family (and the family dog!) down to the market on Sunday for a fun-filled and festive Halloween Costume Contest! Costumed kids and dogs are invited to take part in the costume parade at noon to show off their cute or spooky costumes. At 12:15 the winners will be announced! We have special prizes for kids and dogs alike!

Sponsor in the Spotlight: Flying Pie Pizzeria

October 9, 2014 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments


Flying Pie is on the SE corner of 78th & Stark Street.

Flying Pie is on the SE corner of 78th & Stark Street.

This week we are so proud to shine the spotlight on one of our fantastic sponsors: Flying Pie Pizzeria! If you haven’t visited our neighbor down the street, you are in for a treat. They have been offering hand-tossed, loaded up, tasty pizzas made to order for over thirty years! The pizzeria is the perfect place to bring the family, sports team, or to meet with friends. Looking for a fun date night? Hop in for a hot pizza and never-ending salad bar, and try your hand at the variety of arcade games they offer! You’ll love the nostalgic feel of this Portland landmark! 

Flower Power!

Flower Power!

October 7, 2014 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Pick up your own bouquet on Sunday!

All of this extra warm (and gorgeous!) weather means that our flower vendors are still able to bring some of their most glorious bouquets yet to the market! You’ve seen them, but have you brought some home yet this season? Who doesn’t love a brightly colored bouquet in mom’s favorite vase? Flowers can cheer up a friend, liven up a dinner party, or simply say “I love you”. Treat a friend, a family member, or just yourself! Herr’s Family Farm and C Chang Farm will both be at the Market on Sunday, so be sure to slow down and smell the flowers!