Taste of the Market: Salad Greens

Taste of the Market: Salad Greens

June 9, 2016 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Every month we feature a seasonal food by offering samples to taste of all the varieties brought to market that day by our farm vendors. This time around we’re presenting salad greens! Red and green lettuces, butter lettuce, baby greens, fresh herbs and more. You’ll be able to taste test them side by side, vote for your favorite, and share recipe ideas with fellow market goers. Bring the family or a friend, come hang out at the tasting table and see what’s fresh at the market this week!

Meet the Board: Dana Small

May 26, 2016 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Dana SmallDana is a longtime supporter of the Montavilla Farmers Market and has been a Montavilla resident since 2007 where she maintains her own organic garden with beautiful vertical pumpkins.

Originally from the agriculturally rich Central Valley of California, some of Dana’s earliest memories involve picking and eating under-ripe apricots and running for dear life from her babysitter’s rooster. Dana has experienced first-hand the importance of supporting small farms through her longstanding work in the social services field. Here, she has served food insecure Oregonians and campaigned for food justice for over a decade. In addition to her various volunteering and board experience, Dana is a founding member of Portland’s roller derby league, the Rose City Rollers, where she was on the All-Star travel team and coached the Rosebuds youth league.

Dana enjoys nature and doing just about anything tactile: dance, playing sports, creating art, and exploring the outdoors with her family. Dana aspires to always try new things and to become a master gardener. Dana loves the farmers market and gardening so much that she sometimes wets her PLANTS. She looks forward to meeting you at the market!

Meet the Board: Kathryn Thomsen

Meet the Board: Kathryn Thomsen

May 26, 2016 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Kathryn has a habit of transforming every garden she meets into a perennial jungle and food forest. When she is not working, doing yoga, or riding her bike around town, she is most likely digging in the glorious dirt outside her back door in Montavilla, or volunteering at a southeast Portland urban farm collective called the Fat Radish garden.

A Portland native (who also goes by Kate), she raised two children while working as a climate and energy analyst, and completing several degrees in environmental economics, business, and literature (yes, these all work together). She currently works as a consultant and social entrepreneur focused on improving community wellbeing through a holistic definition of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental. Passionate about finding solutions that endure beyond market fluctuations, Kathryn recently started a nonprofit organization called Hundredgivers with its mission to accelerate community-based initiatives focused on solutions for conservation, climate change, and sustainability.

Use your SNAP card and double your money!

May 18, 2016 |  by  |  Blog, News  |  No Comments

Get more fruits and vegetables when you use your Oregon Trail SNAP Card at Montavilla Farmers Market. It’s easy with Double Up Food bucks! For example, if you spend $10 of your SNAP dollars at the market, we will give you another $10 to buy more locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Need more information about Double Up Food Bucks and how they work? Click here for Food Bucks frequently asked questions.

In 2016, there will be around 50 farmers markets across Oregon that accept Double Up Food Bucks. Find participating locations here.FoodBuck

Sponsor MFM this Year!

Sponsor MFM this Year!

May 11, 2016 |  by  |  Blog, News  |  No Comments

Montavilla Farmers Market is celebrating ten seasons (and growing!), but we wouldn’t be here at all without the help of our tremendous sponsors. Business and community support has been instrumental in the success of the market over our first ten years, and it’s sure to be vital for our next ten.

There are several easy ways to get involved as a sponsor of the market this year. From small businesses, to established Montavilla mainstays, we’re looking for folks who are excited about what our diverse neighborhood has to offer, people who believe that healthy, local food should be available to everyone.

We’re thankful for our sponsors Mr. PlywoodHabitat for Humanity ReStoreSynchro SolarFlying Pie, Montavilla Brew WorksHive of IndustryMontavilla United Methodist Church, Farmers Market Coalition & Chipotle, and AMC Bookkeeping & Tax Service who are on board this year to support the market’s tenth season. Thank you!

Would you or someone you know like to partner with Montavilla Farmers Market this season? Reach out to MFM Board Chair Evan Schneider to learn more about working together to sustain a vibrant marketplace in the heart of our community.

Get a Taste of the Market at First Friday

Get a Taste of the Market at First Friday

May 3, 2016 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Montavilla First Friday is a monthly celebration of art and music in SE Portland. Neighborhood businesses on Stark Street will stay open late hosting art openings, sales, live music, trunk shows, special menus, and more!

Stop by the farmers market’s booth to say hi, learn about what MFM is up to this year, chat about volunteer opportunities, and get a sample from our wonderful vendors! We’ll have mole and tortilla chips from Mixteca Catering, mini pretzels from Fressen Artisan Bakery&Cafe, and sweet treats from Enlighten Your Palate.

Find us this Friday, May 6th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the corner of SE Stark St. and SE 80th Ave, between Ecobaby Gear and Townshend’s Tea.