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.




Come to a community forum on MFM's future

Come to a community forum on MFM’s future

January 12, 2018 |  by  |  News  |  4 Comments

We’re moving! Our January 14th and February 11th Winter Stock-Ups will be held at our current location in the gravel lot at 7700 SE Stark St, across the street from Mr. Plywood. Our May 6th opening day is yet to be determined.

The Montavilla Animal Clinic (MAC) has graciously hosted us for the past 10 years! We congratulate Dr. Behrends on his retirement after 33 years of service to our community and we wish him well. The MAC lot we use for the farmers market will have new ownership and development is likely. We are searching for our next home and invite you to hear about it.

Join us at a community forum where we’ll share our work so far, including; locations scouted and the guiding principles we are using to evaluate potential sites.


Wednesday, January 31st
6:30-8:00 PM
Montavilla United Methodist Church at
232 SE 80th Ave., Portland, OR 97215

The forum is free, but an RSVP is appreciated so we can plan accordingly for the number of attendees. Please RSVP here.


We need community support! We have had 11 successful seasons because of shoppers and volunteers like you. Come be part of the change.

If you’re not able to make this date and want to help, please let us know at president [@]

Be a Vendor for the 2018-2019 Season

Photos of MFM vendors by Walker Stockly

Be a Vendor for the 2018-2019 Season

January 11, 2018 |  by  |  Blog, News  |  No Comments

Montavilla Farmers Market’s 2018 priority period deadline for accepting vendors is coming up on January 17th, 2018. (But the application reopens February 14th on a rolling basis where vendors will be accepted for the 2018-2019 season as space and category become available.)

We strive to provide a vibrant marketplace where our diverse community has access to fresh, high quality, local food. MFM evaluates a vendor product/producer on the following characteristics when determining acceptance:

  • products grown and harvested locally by the vendor
  • locally sourced ingredients (direct from grower/producer)
  • striving to use environmentally responsible and sustainable production methods
  • offerings based on availability within natural season of growth
  • artisan production and uniqueness of processor
  • minimal packaging with lowest impact materials
  • reduction/avoidance of GM-containing ingredients
  • no use of growth hormone
  • returning vendors that are in good standing with the organization

Interested in vending? Please see our vendor page for more information, the vendor handbook, and application:

Become a Vendor

Double Up Food Bucks expire December 31st!

Double Up Food Bucks, photo by Ollie Stackhouse

Double Up Food Bucks expire December 31st!

November 14, 2017 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Have a stash of Double Up Food Bucks in your wallet? Here’s your reminder that they expire on December 31st, 2017! So don’t delay in using them, bring them to the Winter Stock-Up market this Sunday, 12/17, to buy your veggies, fruit, mushrooms, beans, nuts, and fresh herbs. Don’t forget our limited hours for Stock-Ups are 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM!

Or, if you’ve run out of coupons, you can still get more Double Up Food Bucks this Sunday. Just bring your EBT card to the Info Tent and we’ll give you an extra $10 to spend at the market when you buy $10 in EBT market tokens.

In January we’ll get a resupply of new 2018 Double Up Food Bucks. These coupons will be good to use at our January and February Winter Stock-Up markets. Check out all our winter market dates!

Fall & Winter Market Schedule

Photo by Walker Stockly

Fall & Winter Market Schedule

November 2, 2017 |  by  |  News  |  2 Comments

From the crisp, cool morning air to the gorgeous orange-hued patchwork of foliage on nearly every leafy tree, autumn has arrived. Though many farmer’s markets tend to close this time of year, Montavilla is an exception. Once a month, November through February, you can stop by to stock up on autumn and winter essentials.

The Thanksgiving Market is:
Sunday, November 19th
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Then it’s time for Winter Stock-Up Markets:
Sunday, December 17th
Sunday, January 14th
Sunday, February 11th
Only two hours — from 11am-1pm!

Music at the Market: Thin Rail Band

Photo courtesy of Thin Rail Band

Music at the Market: Thin Rail Band

October 19, 2017 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Thin Rail reminds one of a smoky honky-tonk on the edge of town populated by interesting characters drinking bottom shelf whiskey and jabbering about their desperate lives in coarse whispers. A unique blend of the music that makes music truly American: the literate folk of Mitchell, the haunting blues of Hopkins, the country howl of Prine, the rock snarl of the Truckers, and the soulful moan of Pickett. It all adds up to a little bit of self-reflection peppered with the spice of a rollicking good time. See them play the market this Sunday, October 22nd, from noon-2:00pm!