Sponsor Shoutout: Mr. Plywood

Sponsor Shoutout: Mr. Plywood

October 13, 2016 |  by  |  News, Sponsor Shoutout  |  No Comments

Mr. Plywood is a Montavilla mainstay specializing in lumber and building materials of all kinds. With family-style customer support, delivery service, custom cutting, and even special orders, it’s your one-stop-shop for those home projects you’ve been wanting to finish this fall.

Right across Stark Street from us, Mr. Plywood has been a longtime supporter of the Montavilla Farmers Market. We want to thank them for their unwavering commitment to helping us provide everyone with access to high quality, local, healthy food!

Would you or someone you know like to partner with Montavilla Farmers Market? Reach out to us at sponsorship[at]montavillamarket.org to learn more about working together to create and sustain a vibrant marketplace in the heart of our community.

Sponsor Shoutout: Synchro Solar

Sponsor Shoutout: Synchro Solar

October 10, 2016 |  by  |  News, Sponsor Shoutout  |  No Comments
Synchro Solar is a SE Portland based solar energy contractor, specializing in solar installations for homes. They are committed to living and working sustainably, and to creating positive energy in our community. Many of the wonderful staff members live here in Montavilla and shop the market regularly.
Many thanks to Synchro Solar for their amazing support of the Montavilla Farmers Market over the past three years!
Would you or someone you know like to partner with Montavilla Farmers Market? Reach out to us at sponsorship[at]montavillamarket.org to learn more about working together to create and sustain a vibrant marketplace in the heart of our community.
Meet the Board: Sabrina Balderama

Meet the Board: Sabrina Balderama

September 21, 2016 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Sabrina was born and raised in the California Central Valley which is one of the most agriculturally productive regions of the country.  As the daughter of a migrant farm worker, Sabrina grew up hearing stories of what life was like for her mother and grandparents. Although she has since moved from Fresno, she has never forgotten how sweet it was to have such a variety of fruits and vegetables that were easily available and affordable.

Not far from her hometown, Sabrina recently moved from Oakland, CA, where she lived for almost ten years. A foodie town, Sabrina ate her way through the Bay Area’s restaurants and is happy to give you plenty of dining-out tips if you’re interested!

Sabrina brought her enthusiasm and community love to Portland two years ago. She absolutely loves the opportunity to serve on a board that is dedicated to making local produce available to all Portland residents. A proud Montavilla resident, Sabrina currently belongs to the Oregon Bike Shop’s cyclocross team, enjoys horseback riding, needle felting, making new friends, and preparing for winter. Feel free to say hello to her when you see her at the market!

Join Us For Empty Bowls, a Special Fundraising Event for the Market!

Join Us For Empty Bowls, a Special Fundraising Event for the Market!

July 27, 2016 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

This September 13, join friends of the Montavilla Farmers Market for Empty Bowlsa special fundraising event at Montavilla Brew Works!


What is an Empty Bowls event? Great question! It’s a special event to help fight hunger while supporting local farmers right here in our community. How does it do that? We present the community a ticketed meal, and then 100% of the profits from your ticket purchase go toward supporting the Montavilla Farmers Market’s Double Up Food Bucks program, part of Everybody Eats. You enjoy delicious local soup, sip refreshing local beer, and you get to take home a beautiful ceramic bowl!

Why an empty bowl? The empty bowl is a reminder that not all in our community are fortunate enough to have bountiful tables full of nutritious food and that we can help ensure our neighbors have enough to eat.

What is the Double Up Food Bucks program? Each year the market matches thousands of dollars in food stamps for low-income farmers market shoppers. This dollar for dollar match (up to ten dollars per eligible customer per week) can provide several meals of fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs and healthy meats, for shoppers otherwise unable to afford it.

So tell me more about this meal and the Empty Bowls party….It’s going to be DELICIOUS. Your ticket will include three seasonal soup courses, prepared by Portland chefs, paired with local beer or cider and local artisan bread. It also includes a pint of ale from Montavilla Brew Works and appetizers! There will be an amazing silent auction full of great food-related items, and you will get to take home your bowl as well. What a deal!

Soup? It’s a theme. Roll with it! The Empty Bowls theme is used around the world to fight hunger. The idea is that we can eat simply, feed our community and support our local farmers.

Are kids allowed? Sorry, kids are not allowed at this venue. Please plan accordingly.


We hope you’ll join us on September 13 from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Montavilla Brew Works for our 2016 Empty Bowls fundraiser. A huge thank you to our sponsors, Habitat for Humanity Portland ReStore and Montavilla Brew Works.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore | 503.283.6247 | 10445 SE Cherry Blossom Dr., Portland, OR 97216

Habitat for Humanity ReStore | 503.283.6247 | 10445 SE Cherry Blossom Dr., Portland, OR 97216

Montavilla Brew Works

Montavilla Brew Works | 503.954.3440 | 7805 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215


Hey Kids! Join the POP Club!

Hey Kids! Join the POP Club!

July 26, 2016 |  by  |  Blog, News  |  No Comments

Kids Club Offers Free $5 Produce Coupons!

Power of Produce (POP) Club is coming to the farmers market this summer! POP Club engages kids in the full market experience, trying new foods, having conversations with farmers, and buying local produce. We’ll have fun FREE activities like farmers market scavenger hunts, recipes, face painting, seed planting kits, and the Two-Bite Challenge, a fruit or veggie tasting designed to expand healthy eating choices.

Each week that kids participate in the club, they will receive a $5 market coupon to spend on the fruit or produce of their choice at the market!

Power of Produce takes place over the next four Sundays: July 24th, 31st, August 7th, and 14th, from 10:00am-2:00pm. There will be a different activity each week, giving kids the opportunity to collect up to $20 in produce coupons for the month!



Cover photo thanks to MFM volunteer, D.L.Reamer.

Join the MFM Board!

Join the MFM Board!

July 20, 2016 |  by  |  Blog, News  |  No Comments

Our Board of Directors has three vacancies to fill this year and we would love to have you consider joining us!

The Montavilla neighborhood is one of the most vibrant and diverse areas of Portland, and our Farmers Market is right at the heart of it all. If you shop with us you know that it’s one of the best markets in the city, and is growing consistently in both attendance and impact.

We have several current needs: another voice with financial and accounting experience; more help with fundraising; guidance in marketing strategies; support of outreach activities; and assistance with board development and long term planning. We of course also welcome others who are interested in joining, too!

“I love being able to give back to Portland, and to make peoples’ lives better by giving them a place to gather and sell or shop for healthy local food and to create something good in the neighborhood. The market brings everyone closer together, and I think that’s so important. It feels great to be a part of it.” –Rebekah Hubbard, Board Chair, 2014-2015

“There has always been something special for me about farm markets, I love connecting with the folks that grow and produce my food, its empowering, enlightening, and just great fun. Being on the Board helps me connect even more deeply, to get to know the farmers a bit more, and to learn more about what it takes to feed our community well. This board is in a great place right now, and I am very pleased to be a part of it.” –Joe Connell, Vice Chair

“I feel honored to serve on the Board. Being caretakers of the Market, being able to create meaningful change in people’s lives through our SNAP matching program…these are things to feel proud of.” –Kelli Wolford, Treasurer

“On a weekly basis, it’s incredible to see a wide range of hardworking farmers and growers bring their local and healthy fruits and vegetables to a community who is thankful to partake in their effort. MFM is truly one of Portland’s gems and I am lucky to be involved.” —Evan P. Schneider, Board Chair

“Joining the board of the Montavilla Farmers Market has been a great way to get to get involved in my neighborhood. The market is the heartbeat of Montavilla, and as a board member I’ve gotten to know so many new people who are vibrant members of this community. It’s given me the opportunity to volunteer for a cause I love.” –Alison Krieger, Secretary

“Serving on the board of the Montavilla Farmers Market has been a very valuable experience for me.  I am particularly proud of the work that I was able to contribute to expanding our Everybody Eats program, which provides matching funds for SNAP shoppers who shop at the farmers market.  Through this program, not only did I get to help expand access to fresh, local food to more members of the Montavilla community, but I also was able to support the livelihoods of small-scale farmers and producers who sell at our market.  If this type of work excites you, then I highly encourage you to apply for a board position with the Montavilla Farmers Market!” –Erika Takeo, Outreach Chair, 2014-2015

If you would like to talk with us more about joining the Board, please contact Joe Connell at jconnell1102[at]gmail.com!