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.



Meet the Board: Mary Kate McVey

January 4, 2016 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Mary Kate joined the MFM Board in the autumn of 2015.

Mary Kate joined the MFM Board in the autumn of 2015.

Mary Kate is currently the Development Director at Friends of Trees.  She is in the 7th year of her Development career. She moved to Portland in the Fall of 2012 from Chicago, where she worked in the Adler Planetarium’s Development office straight out of college.

Mary Kate is loving Portland – particularly its proximity to wine country, the coast, Mt. Hood, and waterfalls. And all the good beer.

She lives just blocks away from the market with her two doggies, Turk and JD.  She got involved as a volunteer doing set up each weekend. It was a great opportunity to become more invested in this neighborhood that she is slowly but surely falling in love with!”

She has a long history of being passionate about healthy foods, farmers, markets,  food equity, fighting childhood obesity and well obesity in general. She volunteered for years at the Green City Market in Chicago – and also served on the Development Committee for Purple Asparagus its mission is to: educate children, families and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet.

She is excited to bring her experience and dedication to the Montavilla Farmer’s Market board!

InTownAg wins Urban Agriculture Innovator Prize

InTownAg wins Urban Agriculture Innovator Prize

October 23, 2015 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

MFM is excited to congratulate Justin Simms at InTownAg on winning an Innovators in Urban Agriculture Prize! This prize is awarded by the International Network for Urban Agriculture and recognizes Justin for improving food access in Portland.

Justin was nominated by the market and was chosen from more than 50 entries from all over the U.S., Haiti, Kenya, Egypt, Nepal, India, Bolivia and more. Read about his inspiring work!