We were very excited yesterday to learn that the USDA has awarded a very sizable grant to help area farmers markets to continue their generous SNAP/EBT matching programs! The grant was awarded to the Farmers Market Fund, a Portland Based charitable 501 (c) 3 dedicated to providing low-income, elderly and under-served populations in the region greater access to healthy, locally grown food by supporting farmers markets in Oregon. As beneficiaries of this grant, which will be available in 2016 and 2017, the Montavilla Farmers Market will be able to offer our $10 match for at least several more years. We couldn’t be happier to bring this news to you, our neighbors, and we can’t wait to see you all on May 31st, opening day in the 2015 season!
Like a cosmic purple carrot, Michelle‘s roots and passion for Montavilla run deep. Her husband, Casey, can trace Montavilla back generations on his family tree. Grandpa Ken still farms three backyards here. Michelle‘s first introduction to the Montavilla Farmers’ Market (MFM) was as a sales associate for Rogue Creamery in 2010. The positive attitude and camaraderie of the vendors stood out from the other markets where she worked.
That summer Casey and Michelle married on top of Mt. Tabor. In 2011, they moved to the breathtakingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge. There Michelle was immersed in re-building the local food system as the Executive Director of a 5-county local food non-profit called Gorge Grown Food Network. She worked closely with farmers, chefs, families and businesses to sustain several vibrant food programs. Being a vendor at the MFM had sparked a fire in Michelle that couldn’t be put out. She had become a full-blown community food advocate.
Montavilla Farmers Market is now accepting vendors for our 2015 season. We strive to provide a vibrant marketplace where our diverse community has access to fresh, high quality, local food. MFM evaluates a vendor product/producer on the following characteristics when determining acceptance:
- locally grown and/or processed ingredients
- locally sourced ingredients (direct from grower/producer)
- striving to use environmentally responsible and sustainable production methods
- offerings based on availability within natural season of growth
- artisan production and uniqueness of processor
- minimal packaging with lowest impact materials
- reduction/avoidance of GM-containing ingredients
- no use of growth hormone
- returning vendors that are in good standing with the organization
Interested in vending? Please see our vendor page for more information, the vendor handbook, and application:
Do you have any extra reusable grocery bags laying around the house, cluttering up your cabinets, pantries and coat closets? Drop them off at the market information booth. The friendly staff always keeps a supply of extra bags for those instances when (gasp!) you’ve forgotten yours at home, or when you decide to buy that extra bunch of kale. Help us keep this supply fresh. Donate your extra bags on Sunday!
Originally from the great Southwest, Evan comes from a family of Russian-German farmers. His grandfather owned a farm with a dairy and grew several crops, including corn, alfalfa, sugar beets, oats, and malt barley for Coors Brewing Co. In addition to pigs, sheep, chickens, and a few horses, he raised about 30 dairy cows, the milk from which he sold to Poudre Valley Creamery.
Evan’s parents taught him to garden at a young age, and he still remembers mapping out rows of vegetables each winter on graph paper while sitting at the kitchen table. In the summers of 2008 and 2009, Evan had the good fortune of traveling with New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat, a voyaging craft beer and bicycle ballyhoo, at which he worked for Wolverine Farm Publishing spreading the word about backyard farms, sustainable living, and the pleasures of self-sufficiency (chief among which was bicycle riding).
In 2013, Evan and his wife purchased a home in Montavilla at which they have been hard at work establishing a modest urban homestead. Together they have a passion for growing, eating, and sharing healthy food. By strategically buying from farmers and by sharing harvests with neighbors and friends, they place great importance on knowing where food comes from and gaining knowledge about the local food community.
The author of the novel A Simple Machine, Like the Lever and the founding editor of Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac, Evan is a freelance writer and editor, as well as a writing consultant at Portland State University. Together with his wife, Judith Edwards, he runs the blog Hive of Industry. Evan shops the market each week, so be sure to say hello when you see him!
Joe has been shopping with his wife Colleen at the market for the last 3 years. When he is not shopping for and cooking great food from as local a source as he can, he is working for Habitat for Humanity overseeing the metro areas Habitat ReStores. Joe has lived in the Kerns neighborhood for the last 9 years and before that was in Maine for 10 years. He grew up in New Jersey but left when he got his drivers license