Montavilla Farmer’s Market begins winter season “East PDX News


INCLUDES A VIDEO THUMBNAIL | Find out why the manager of this East Portland Farmers’ Market calls his regular season “fantasticâ€. Find out about the schedule for their holiday market and when they will be open during the winter …

The last day of their “regular” season, the agricultural market of Montavilla is lively, as usual, on this Sunday morning..

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

As the days grow shorter and winter weather sets in, it’s also time for a change of seasons at the Montavilla Farmer’s Market (MFM).

Under very overcast skies, our visit to the MFM on Sunday November 14 was the penultimate week of the regular season every Sunday.

Genevieve Flanagan, from One acre urban property, who grows in the Russell neighborhood, spends time with Lisa Hall, MFM Market Manager.

“Although our regular season ended on the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day, our market isn’t just ‘packing’ for the winter,†commented Lisa Hall, MFM Market Manager.

More information on their upcoming schedule in a moment, please read on…

“It has been a fantastic season for us,†said Hall. East Portland News. “We had about 70 vendors, in total, throughout the season selling everything from strawberries and vegetables, to orchard fruits, animal products – as well as fresh and hot ready-to-eat foods. eat, â€she noted.

Montavilla’s neighbor, Hannah Katibah, shops with seller Chesterfield Wheatley from Lil ‘Starts Plant Nursery.

Another freshly prepared dish is the Pedro Felipe de Mixteca.

One way for her to measure market performance is to count the number of customers who come through their doors. “In the height of summer, we would see about 2,000 people, per market, coming to shop during the four hours we are open,” Hall said. “Now, in the fall, we get between 1,200 and 1,500 per market, which is great for our suppliers!

“Our suppliers tell us they love this market, which is why they keep coming back. They say they value the community, they love customer loyalty, and they love the way customers show up – even when the weather is bad – yes, even when it’s raining aside it there are still people who show up at their businesses. “

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The “Fill Your Pantry†event on December 12 kicks off the winter season
“December 12 is our ‘Fill Your Pantry’ Day, where we encourage shoppers to ‘stock up’ for the holidays by buying in bulk,†Hall said. “In the December markets, we will see between 40 and 50 sellers.

“Next, December 19 is the Holiday Market, where we will feature craft vendors offering their products, in addition to those selling fresh and prepared foods.”

Montavilla’s neighbor Tim Lang shares freshly cooked food with visiting San Francisco guest Shawn Nichols.

Two Sundays a week, from January
But even the end of the year is not the end of the market season. January marks the start of the MFM’s winter markets – open at the same times – but these take place every other Sunday, Hall informed.

“It won’t be a ‘truck market’ like what was held here a few years ago, it will look like a regular market, but with fewer – around 40 – sellers,†Hall commented. “While our farmers will take a well-deserved rest in the winter and prepare for the next season, most of our market gardeners will still be there all year round. “

Montavilla Farmer’s Market

  • 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each market day
  • December 12: “Fill your pantry†event
  • December 19: Holiday market
  • Closed on December 26
  • Winter markets January 9 and 23
  • Please follow their COVID-19 coronavirus protocols. It is located on the gravel lot of the 7700 block of SE Stark Street, across from Mr. Plywood. CLICK HERE to see their website.

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