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
Get crafty, and help us reduce plastic bags at the Market!

Get crafty, and help us reduce plastic bags at the Market!

June 22, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  1 Comment

Reduce and reuse are key words around the Montavilla Farmers Market. Last year, we launched our Market Loaner Bag program to reduce the number of disposable plastic bags used to carry home the wonderful produce and goods purchased at the market. Our loaner bags are crafted out of discarded t-shirts, and are available at our Info Booth for shoppers to borrow – for free! The bags have been a big success – our visitors are more than happy to forgo a single-use tshirtsbag in favor of a repurposed t-shirt bag. More demand requires more supply, and we could use your help to keep these fabulous bags available to our shoppers. The bags are simple to make and we’ve got some easy instructions on our website, so fire up your sewing machines! Stop by the Info Booth this Sunday for more information and to pick up t-shirts for construction.

We are also in need of a key volunteer to stencil each bag with our “loaner bag” label. If you have a bit of time to stop by the Info Booth each week and pick up any newly sown bags to stencil, come by and talk with us or email our Volunteer Coordinator.

To further our efforts to reduce the use of single-use bags, we are also selling reusable mesh produce bags for $1 at the Info Booth. Pick some up on Sunday to carry home your Market bounty.

Lend Us Your Corner

Lend Us Your Corner

June 8, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

The Montavilla Farmers Market is looking for a few folks who live near high-traffic intersections and would like to adopt our A-frame signs for the season. Volunteers would set out signs at the beginning of the day on Sunday and take them down in the afternoon.  If you are interested in helping us spread the word about our market, please send an email to our Volunteer Coordinator.

Farmers Market Month

Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Eamon Malloy, Trudy Toliver, Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Commissioner Nick Fish and MFM's Gretchan Jackson.

Farmers Market Month

June 2, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Portland loves its farmers’ markets. We value them for bringing us delicious, nutritious, locally grown food and for supporting farming and food production in Oregon. We enjoy them for giving us a place to get together with friends and neighbors. We love our markets so much that the City Council has proclaimed June to be Farmers Market Month in Portland. What a great month for the Montavilla Farmers Market to open up for our fifth season!

Thank You New Seasons!

April 5, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Montavilla Farmers Market has again been awarded a New Seasons Market Farm Preservation Grant! These grant funds enable the Market to provide matching funds up to five dollars to shoppers who use their Oregon Trail EBT card at the market. We are grateful to New Seasons for their support, and are delighted to bring back our matching fund program in the 2011 season!