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!

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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!