A Spicy Sunday Ferment - by Gretchan Jackson

A Spicy Sunday Ferment – by Gretchan Jackson

August 20, 2015 |  by  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Inspired by the gorgeous colors popping out from all directions at the market recently, we decided to do a simple ferment with some of jalapenos and banana peppers from Frog Meadow Farms.

We chopped up our peppers (some were very hot, so we seeded and cored those) then added carrots, cauliflower, and flat beans, tossed everything into a big jar covered with water & salt. You want to add enough salt to the water so that it tastes briney, like the ocean! You’ll need to make sure that the vegetables are completely submerged underneath the brine. You can place a small plate on top of the vegetables, with a heavy object like a clean river rock (which looks beautiful!) Then cover the vessel with a cloth and secure with a rubber band. When left out at room temperature, the fermentation process will begin!

The bright colors will fab a bit, but that just means that the process is working!

The bright colors will fad a bit, but that just means that the process is working! Photo by Rory Marion


As the process is underway, the bright colors will fade a bit, but that just means that it’s working! You may also notice a thin white film forming at the top. This is yeast, and, while not harmful, may affect the flavor & texture slightly. You can add more salt and agitate the vegetables to keep this at bay.  The veggies will start to crisp and pickle and in a couple days you’ll have a quick snack to enjoy (plus all of the health benefits that come from fermented foods!)

The longer you leave it at room temperature, the better the pickling, although eventually they will start to soften. Place in the fridge when it’s done to your liking. Yum!

Any questions? Feel free to contact Gretchan! gretchan@montavillamarket.org

It's the final week to give!

It’s the final week to give!

August 16, 2015 |  by  |  Blog  |  No Comments

With Your Help, Everybody Eats Healthily!

As you may know, the Montavilla Farmers Market offers a SNAP Matching Program for shoppers who use their Oregon Trail/EBT Card (food stamps) at the market. We match up to $10, which effectively doubles the amount of fresh, local, and healthy produce that our shoppers can buy.

Over the last month we have been working hard to raise funds so that we can continue the SNAP match all season long! This ensures our neighbors have access to a healthy diet, which in turn leads to a healthier, happier community. Our goal is to raise $7,000 to help support this program. Because of those who have donated already, we have raised $5,350—over 75% to our goal! Thank you!

To help us get to 100% we are offering some very special incentives from our vendors for those who make a donation in the next six days.

Will you help us achieve full funding?

The first donor to give $350 will receive a FREE gift card for $100 to Simplicity Gardens.

MONDAY, 8/17:
The first 5 donors to give $20 on Monday will receive a FREE loaf of bread from Fire & Stone.

TUESDAY, 8/18:
The first donor to give $50 on Tuesday will receive a FREE package of bacon and 1 dozen eggs from Deck Family Farms.

The first 10 donors to give $10 on Wednesday will receive a FREE cup of kombucha from Lion Heart.


The first two donors to give $20 on Thursday will receive a FREE package of “Pepperette” pepperonis from Olympia Provisions.

FRIDAY, 8/21:
The first three donors to give $30 on Friday will receive a FREE package of salami from Olympia Provisions.


All of these fabulous prizes will be redeemable only at the Montavilla Farmers Market.

Check our Facebook page through the week to see what you could be eligible to win just by donating!

With a little help from YOU, we’re sure to meet our goal! Even if it’s only $5 or $10, you will be making a HUGE difference in the lives of your neighbors. By donating, sharing, and spreading the word, you are allowing the less fortunate in our community to eat locally, seasonally, and healthily.

Click here to donate today, and thank you!