Seasonal Abundance

Vendor in the Spotlight: Baird Family Orchards

Vendor in the Spotlight: Baird Family Orchards

September 30, 2014 |  by  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Back in the 1970s, Don Baird, his wife Kathy, and their two young kids, Trevor and Jennifer, began farming a small 12-acre parcel in Corralitos, California. They grew apples and avocados, kept bees, and raised chickens. They brought their produce to the San Francisco farmers market and proudly sold their apples to Martinelli’s Apple Cider.

A few years later, Don (old man) Baird moved our family back to Oregon (his home state) and found the perfect orchard property in Dayton. He filled the young orchard with all kinds of apple trees, but he also planted several acres of Suncrest and Flamecrest yellow peaches, thanks to the brilliant suggestion of a friend at the local nursery.

Don and young Trevor started by selling their fruit to the Portland police and the court judges, but when farmers markets began popping up around Portland, they were among the first to sign up.Trevor Baird

These days, the orchard includes many varieties of peach, cherry, nectarine, apricot, plum, pluot, and apple trees, and they are now able, with the help of close friends and extended family, to bring their fruit to over 15 farmers markets in Oregon.

Stop by to say hello the the family and pick up some of their freshest fruits!

Volunteer in the Spotlight: Laura Bartroff

September 25, 2014 |  by  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Laura enjoying the sunshine at the Info Booth.

Laura enjoying the sunshine at the Info Booth.

If you have purchased tokens at the market this year, there is a good chance you have met one of our amazing volunteers, Laura Bartroff! By day Laura is the Marketing Communications Specialist at the Portland Art Museum. On weekends she can be found playing ultimate frisbee with her team Breakers Mark, seeing movies, cooking, eating, and enjoying the outdoors. Although not a Montavillan, she lives nearby in Richmond and enjoys the bike ride from her house.

She first became aware of the Montavilla Farmers Market through her friends Katie and Rowan who run Fiddlehead Farm. She likes the size, vendors, and day of the week of Montavilla Farmers Market; however over the years she found herself never quite getting over there as often as she would like. So she decided that this year she would volunteer! Laura says “It’s been a great way to motivate to the market on Sundays, pick up amazing produce, food, and give back to the community. I have especially enjoyed working the info booth and selling tokens to Oregon Trail card users – it’s such a wonderful thing to be able to match dollars for low income Portlanders. Healthy, fresh, local food should be accessible to everyone – thank you Montavilla Farmer’s Market for helping to do that.”