Several weeks ago I had the honor of being in the kitchen with Laura Morgan, who is the driving force behind FarmCart. Laura and her crew are nearing completion of their first season serving up delicious biscuit sandwiches and other tasty delights to the patrons of Montavilla Farmers Market – a market that she chose for its size and sense of community.
Laura graduated from cooking school in Southern California. She came to Portland for family, then decided that she wanted to stay and “be part of the (food) conversation”. She named her business FarmCart, and is looking to a future when she can expand and join the Food Cart community where she is sure to excel at putting food from local farmers into your mouth!
Laura also attended Colorado State University, where she majored in Natural Resource Tourism, and minored in Global Environmental Sustainability. It’s small wonder that she is so passionate about doing her part to reduce waste. Having read about the Durable Dish program on the MFM website, she found that it would be more cost efficient to buy and reuse dishes instead of purchasing disposable products. Some careful shopping resulted in the acquisition of enough secondhand restaurant quality dishes and flatware that she is able to feed at least 120 hungry people each market day. That’s enough dishes to fill three bus bins, and is equal to one hour of washing time while prepping in her commercial kitchen rental space.
I would like to applaud Laura for her innovative way of taking on the Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle lifestyle that I believe we should all strive for. She is truly an inspiration for the rest of us, and I hope that she will bring her enthusiasm, and her biscuits, back next year!
This season Mary has been one of the market’s most prolific marketing volunteers. She’s written insightful pieces on her experience of using SNAP and the Everybody Eats program at the market. She has also interviewed vendors, shared recipes, and written about her time volunteering at the market on Sundays with special events like Taste of the Market and POP Club.
“My favorite volunteer experience has been writing for the newsletter. This has given me the chance to develop relationships with some of the vendors, participate in several events at the market, and experience the sense of community that I think is the most important part of being in the Montavilla neighborhood. I started volunteering at the market as a way to show my appreciation for the Everybody Eats program. I will keep volunteering because I always have a good time no matter what I’m doing, and everyone involved makes me feel welcome and appreciated. How can you pass up an opportunity like that?”
We look forward to reading Mary’s upcoming article about her interview with vendor FarmCart and to many more articles after that. Thank you Mary for using your talents to contribute to the market and for donating so much time and effort. We tremendously appreciate it!
Email Katie Snyder, MFM Volunteer Coordinator, to ask how you can begin volunteering at the market.