Glean Team - Meals on Wheels at MFM

Glean Team – Meals on Wheels at MFM

October 25, 2017 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Montavilla Farmers Market is proud to support the food programs for seniors at the Meals on Wheels Belmont Center. This is accomplished through our gleaning program, where organizations working to distribute food to those who need it, are able to collect unsold produce from our farm vendors after the market. Curious? Read more about gleaning and fair access to food via redistribution in our blog post from last summer.

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!

Vendor Voices: Abundant Fields Farm

Photos by Rebecca Andersson and Kristen Mikulski

Vendor Voices: Abundant Fields Farm

October 16, 2017 |  by  |  News, Vendor Profiles  |  No Comments

I plant the seed, nurture it, the plant bears fruit and then I get to come to market and meet the people who are going to enjoy it. It’s awesome. The connection with the customer… that’s my favorite part. Thanks Montavilla!

~Rick Reddaway, Abundant Fields Farm

Youth Cooking Workshops - October 15th

Photo by Beth Gates

Youth Cooking Workshops – October 15th

October 5, 2017 |  by  |  Chef Demos, News  |  No Comments

This Sunday, October 15th, we’re excited for cooking workshops for kids and teens, which are free and open to the public. In each workshop, youth will learn to cook one dish using fresh market produce and then get to eat their creations. The workshops are designed and taught by kids-cookery expert Beth Gates of Cook First PDX. She’ll be teaching participants a few basic cooking skills during the course of one recipe, growing their confidence and inspiring them to explore the fun and adventure of making their own meals.

Each workshop is about 30-45 minutes. One seasonal recipe using market ingredients will be taught at each session, and all are vegetarian and gluten-free.

— 11 am: Carrot Apple Salad with Yogurt Dressing. This workshop is aimed at 5- to 10-year-olds to make with an adult, but all youth up to 18 may join in.

The afternoon workshops are tailored for ages 11-18 (but children as young as 8 can attend if an adult accompanies them):
— 12 pm: Arugula Salad with Sautéed Pears and Mustard Dressing.
— 1 pm: Kale and Butternut Squash Sauté.

To attend any of these FREE workshops, just come to the market this Sunday, October 15th and sign up onsite.

Volunteer Today!

Set-up crew volunteers, photo by Walker Stockly

Volunteer Today!

September 21, 2017 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Fall is in the air! Many of our volunteers have been coming regularly since the market season opened in the Spring (not to mention in years past). Others come periodically, filling in whenever it’s needed. Still more are new volunteers, who are trying shifts for the first time. Yes, even in the Fall we’re attracting new energy!

We’re proud of the volunteer hours contributed this season because it demonstrates what a community effort the market is. And our volunteers know that each time they see someone filling a shopping bag with fresh, local produce, benefiting from the Double Up Food Bucks Program, taking a kids cooking workshop, or enjoying the music… they played a part in the over 1500 people who get pleasure out of the market’s weekly bounty and regularly choose to make it part of their Sunday.

So join us! It’s not too late and everyone is welcome. You can help with one 10-minute crowd count, or go all in and be the newest board member. MFM is a success because of you!

Email volunteer [at] and ask Nora for more info on how to get involved.

Music at the Market: Portland Chamber Music

Portland Chamber Music

Music at the Market: Portland Chamber Music

September 10, 2017 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Portland Chamber Music, a local nonprofit, believes all people deserve access to quality musical experiences and devotes 100% of their time to community outreach, bringing free classical music performances to Portland communities. On Sunday, September 17th you can catch them at the market from noon-1:30. Come shop for produce while listening to both classical favorites and modern popular themes.

These professional musicians play in neighborhoods, in retirement communities and rehabilitation centers, in libraries, and for homeless meals. Their first concert of the Fall season also takes place in Montavilla, on September 23rd at 7pm, at St. Peter & St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Enjoy the music by Antonín Dvo?ák, Charles Gounod, Alexander Borodin, Franz Schubert and local Portland composers performed by a small chamber ensemble that consists of piano, flute, clarinet, violin, French horn, cello, and soprano. All concerts are free and family friendly.

To learn more about the organization, visit, or on Facebook at