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.



National Night Out

July 31, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Montavilla Farmers Market will be celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday August 2 (6 – 8:30 pm) at a neighborhood block party at Portland Adventist Academy. There will be music, food, and fun activities, as well as information on how to keep your neighborhood safe. We’ll be grilling up some tasty corn provided by Maryhill, so be sure to stop by and say hello! The Academy will be collecting non-perishable packaged food for the local food pantry, so bring a can or two to drop off on your way in. Any leftover corn will also be donated.

Communities across America celebrate National Night Out on the first Tuesday of August every year. It’s a unique opportunity promote crime and drug prevention by getting to know the people in your neighborhood, while having some fun!

Portland Adventist Academy is located at 1500 SE 96th Avenue. We hope to see you there.

Announcing our 2011 Harvest Dinner

July 27, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Paul Kluvers

The annual Harvest Dinner is fast approaching and we could not be more excited. On Saturday September 17th, the market’s gravel lot will transform into a setting for an elegant summer evening filled with gastronomic delights, music, and the company of good friends. We are honored to have an award-winning line-up of local culinary talent creating a six-course meal, including:

  • Adam Sappington – owner, the Country Cat and 2011 Portland Iron Chef (three consecutive years)
  • Piper Dixon – owner, Kitchen Dances and 2011 Vegan Iron Chef
  • Steve Jones – owner, Cheese Bar – winner of the 2011 Cheesemonger Invitational


Chef Sappington will prepare market inspired meals for the omnivores, while Chef Dixon lends his vegan prowess for the vegetable-set by offering parallel vegan courses. This year, we are adding a sixth course to the dinner: a cheese course (along with another wine pairing) prepared by Steve Jones of Cheese Bar. The Harvest Dinner menu will also feature savories, sweets, and libations from Montavilla favorites, The Observatory, Pastrygirl, and The Bipartisan Café, plus Bar Avignon.

In keeping with the mission of the market, the menu will showcase seasonal, local and farm-direct producers. Each course will be accompanied by a wine or cocktail pairing, all of which is included in the $65 price of the ticket. Music for the evening will be provided by Halcyon Strings, featuring members of the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestra.

A silent auction will complete the events of the evening with a portion of the proceeds going to support the local business association, the Montavilla/East Tabor Business Association. The Harvest Dinner is the only fundraising event held by the market. The proceeds will partially fund the market’s Everybody Eats program, helping to make the market more accessible to families experiencing food insecurity. The proceeds also support the ongoing operating expenses of the market.

Tickets go on sale this Sunday, July 31st.   You can purchase yours at our Info Booth or online. We can’t wait to share this evening with you.

Love us online

Love us online

July 10, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

We love seeing your faces at the market each Sunday, but since Sunday must only come once a week there are lots of ways for you to bask in your market experience all week long. Our website is ripe with information about what to expect in the coming week, including updates on the vendor lineup, chef bios for our Lunch and Learn chef demonstrations, profiles on our wonderful vendors, and musings on the market in our Seasonal Abundance blog. If you love us enough to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, we’ll give you scoops on what our vendors will have at the market each week and keep you in the loop about upcoming events and ways to get involved.

We’ve added a fun feature to our website where you can upload photos from your day at the market to our Flickr pool. Make everyone drool over the ripe basket of berries you swiped up! And if you love our little market as much as we know you do, be sure to share your thoughts on Yelp. Then, when you’ve been online a bit too long, unplug yourself and come back to see us next Sunday!

Get ready for the Vegan Iron Chef

Get ready for the Vegan Iron Chef

July 5, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

The Montavilla Farmers Market is proud to sponsor the Vegan Iron Chef competition coming up on July 10. Back for a second year, the event celebrates creative culinary achievements and brings awareness to the vegan lifestyle. One of the contestants this year is none other than Piper Dixon of Kitchen Dances, who served up delicious eats each Sunday at the market last season and prepared the amazing vegan dishes for our Harvest Dinner. He’ll square off against Morgan Grundstein-Helvey (Dovetail Bakery) and Jeff Ridabock (Homegrown Smoker) in the ultimate vegan showdown. Many Montavilla Farmers Market vendors will be donating fresh produce for use in the competition. Tickets sold out quickly, but the cook-off will be streamed live so you can still witness the fun. And be sure to check out Splendid Table’s coverage of the event – we’ll keep you posted on when it will air!

Special thanks to participating Montavilla Farmers Market vendors who donated goods to the Vegan Iron Chef pantry:
Fiddlehead Farm
Groundwork Organics
Simplicity gardens
De Noble’s
Frog Meadow Farm
Maryhill Orchards
Zenger Farm
Draper Girls’ Country Farm
Little Gnome Farm

Lunch and Learn Chef Demos

June 30, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Lunch time at the Montavilla Farmers Market is the place to be. Not only can you find fabulous things to eat, you can watch a professional chef in action. Each market day at noon we have a “Lunch and Learn” chef demonstration with a lineup of fantastic chefs including Paul Losch from DOC, Laura Widener from Pastry Girl, and Jeremy Eckel from Bar Avignon. The chefs are inspired by the seasonal produce available from our vendors, and their dishes may just inspire you to pick up something new at the market. The demonstrations are bound to introduce you to some new ingredients or cooking technique to liven up your kitchen. This week Chef Eric Purugganan from Gruner will instruct on how to make seasonal fruit compotes. Be sure to check out our Chef Demo blog to see who will be sharing their tricks with us each week.

Would you like an even more hands on experience? Shadow the chef for the day! Our chefs could use an extra hand during the demonstrations, so if you would like to volunteer as a sous chef, then contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

2011 Lunch and Learn Schedule

  • June 5:  Junior Iron Chef Competition
  • June 12:  Dax Erickson – Chef at the MAC Club
  • June 19:  Jason McCammon – Culinary Arts Teacher, Sabin-Schellenberger Center
  • June 26:  Sophie Rahman – Masala NW Indian Cooking
  • July 3:  Eric Purugganan – Chef at Gruner
  • July 10:  Paul Losch – Chef at DOC
  • July 17:  Aaron Adams – Chef/owner Portobello Vegan Trattoria, Cusina Cascadia.
  • July 31:  Laura Widener – Chef and Owner of Pastry Girl
  • August 7:  Julie Hasson – Native Bowl Food cart and Cookbook Author
  • August 14:  Mike Eells – The Country Cat
  • August 21:  Joel Stocks – Chef at Bent Brick
  • August 28:  Daniel Miller – Duckspoon
  • September 4:  Piper Dixon – Kitchen Dances – Vegan Food Cart
  • September 11:  Laura Widener – Pastry Girl
  • September 18:  Jeremy Eckel – Chef at Bar Avignon
  • September 25:  Christopher Carriker – Chef at Gilt Club
  • October 2:  Sophie Rahman – Masala – Soups
  • October 9:  Piper Dixon – Kitchen Dances – Vegan Food Cart
  • October 16:  Tim Daly – Chef at The Cheese Bar
  • October 23:  TBD
  • October 30:  Jason McCammon – Culinary Arts Teacher – Extreme Pumpkin Carving