2011/2012 Winter Stock-Up Markets

October 6, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  2 Comments

The clouds are rolling in, the days are getting shorter, and the temperature is dropping. But never fear, the Montavilla Farmers Market will be on hand to help get you through the winter! We are once again extending our season with Winter Stock-up Markets. These are two-hour, farm and producer-direct markets without all the bells and whistles of our regular markets, but full of great winter produce and goods. We will still have the EBT/Debit Token program available, but none of the regular season’s chef demos, market merchandise, or community tables. You can expect to find what’s seasonal, local, fresh, and direct in a quick and easy one-stop shopping venue. Be sure to stop by and stock up on farm fresh eggs, cheeses, winter produce and fruits, storable crops and more.

We look forward to providing a winter venue to connect our vendors with the regular customers of the Montavilla Farmers Market, supporting pre-arranged sales, bulk buying, CSA pick-ups and regular monthly farm/producer deliveries to our site. The Markets will be held on the second Sundays of the month in December, January, and February from 11am-1pm on our market site (7600 block of SE Stark Street). Vendor applications are now being accepted through our website.  Sign up for our newsletter to receive reminders about each market including the lineup of vendors who will be there each month.

Bring your bags: City bag ban goes into effect October 15

September 22, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

On July 21, the City of Portland joined a handful of cities in banning plastic bags at the check out counter of large retail stores. Single-use plastic bags often end up littering our streets, jamming up recycling equipment, and polluting our waterways and oceans, not to mention the natural resources used for their manufacture and transport. The new ordinance goes into effect on October 15.

While farmers markets are exempt from the ordinance, the Montavilla Farmers Market has long encouraged the use of reusable bags. Last year, we launched our Market Loaner Bag program to reduce the number of disposable bags used to bring home the bounty of the market. We began with loaner bags crafted out of discarded t-shirts, and made available at our Info Booth for shoppers to borrow. The program has since expanded with the generous donation of reusable bags from St. Peter and Paul Episcopal Church and Fix Auto. Now, many of our vendors have these reusable bags available to borrow right at their booths.

tshirtsIn honor of the City’s new ordinance, be sure to bring your reusable bags to the market on October 16, or borrow one of our handy loaner bags! We also sell reusable mesh produce bags for $1 at the Info Booth to carry home your smaller items.

Want to do more to help support the loaner bag program? We can always use the donation of reusable bags or t-shirts to transform into more bags. Or, sew some bags yourself with these easy instructions! You can also contact our volunteer coordinator to help us prepare donated bags for use at the market. Any way you can contribute help to make our market and our community more sustainable.

Zenger Farm Harvest Festival

September 9, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

If you’ve ever found yourself loading your market basket with fresh produce from Zenger Farm’s booth and thinking about how you should go check out some of their great classes or farm tours, then this Saturday may be just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Zenger Farm’s Harvest Festival is Saturday, September 10th from 1:00 – 7:00 pm. There will be activities for everyone, including beekeeping talks, interactive displays, and kids activities. Tag along on a farm tour and find out where those veggies you just bought come from. You can even bring a picnic or pick up some market goods for dinner and enjoy an afternoon on the farm.

You can find Zenger Farms at 11741 SE Foster Road (A few blocks west of 122nd and Foster).

 

MFM makes the Portland Mercury’s Reader’s Choice list!

August 24, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Each year, the Portland Mercury asks its readers to cast a vote for their favorite nightclubs, eateries, retail, and yes, farmers markets, and then compiles its PDX Approved: The Readers’ Choice Guide to Everything Awesome in Portland. We were super jazzed to learn that our shoppers love us so much that we made #2 on this year’s list! Thanks to all of you who enjoy our market enough that you took the time to scribble down ‘Montavilla’ under the category “My Favorite Farmers Market”. Our market wouldn’t be what it is without all of you. We promise to keep doing what we do to bring you the market that you love, and to keep making it better!

Shout out to our Portland YouthBuilders volunteers!

August 18, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

You may have seen Emily Merker or Jason Martinez helping out at the info booth or taking your plate in the Durable Dish station. For the past month, the Montavilla Farmers Market has been lucky enough to have the help of these energetic young volunteers from Portland YouthBuilders.

For the past several years, MFM has partnered with Portland YouthBuilders to provide volunteer opportunities to young men and women who are committed to becoming contributing members of the workforce and their community.

These PYB volunteers, and all of the volunteers, are crucial to the Market. Volunteers such as Emily and Jason help to run programs such as Durable Dish (which allows us provide re-usable dishes at our read-to-eat food vendors) and the SNAP Matching Program (which grants matching funds for customers swiping their SNAP/EBT cards). Emily, Jason, and the many other volunteers at the Montavilla Farmers Market help to keep the market running, and also make it a lot more fun!

So if you see Emily or Jason in the info booth or running Durable Dish, take a minute to introduce yourself and say thanks for all they do! They keep our market running!

Sponsor Appreciation Day

Sponsor Appreciation Day

August 3, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Sunday, August 7th we say a big “thank you” to the businesses and organizations that do so much for our market. Some of our sponsors donate directly to the market, enabling us to bring the best market we can to our neighbors. Other sponsors lend us their expertise making websites or cooking a feast for our Harvest Dinner. We’re also lucky to receive many donations of materials, such as the reusable bags that have made our loaner bag program more sustainable. All of these contributions are vital to our ability to run a top notch farmers market.

To let our sponsors know how much we value their support, we have deemed this Sunday ‘Sponsor Appreciation Day’. We’ll have a table filled with information on our sponsors, and will give them our thanks during the chef demo at noon. So stop by the market to learn more about our generous sponsors and show them your support in return.