Montavilla Farmers Market opens its sixth season

In addition to its being the first market day of the season, discover the other milestone this urban farmers market was celebrating …

Outer East Portland folks flock to the opening day of the Montavilla Farmers Market.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Favored by pleasant early summer weather, the Montavilla Farmers Market kicked off its sixth season on June 3.

“Not only that,” said Market Manager Gretchan Jackson, “Today we are celebrating our 100th market!  We’re starting off with a bang; we’ve got plenty of vendors and plenty of ‘crowd’. It’s a perfect relationship!”

To celebrate the 100th market, there were 100 decorated cookies, a kids’ seed planting session, a chef demonstration, and a coloring contest.

Gathered here, on opening day, are Gretchan Jackson, manager of the Montavilla Farmers Market, along with helpers Nicole Hooper and Emily Merker, Jesse Mills and Taunia Mann.

The market now features about 45 vendors every Sunday. “It took us a while to grow to this size. But now, the shoppers are happy about the wide selection of goods; and the vendors are happy about the enthusiastic shoppers.”

From prepared foods, to fresh vegetables in-season, and fruits, Jackson said, many visitors say they “shop for the week” at the market. “We’re looking forward to continued growth throughout the season.”

Shopper Steve Schwarz says he’s glad the Montavilla Farmers Market is back open for business.

With the help of about a dozen volunteers “who make it happen”, Jackson said she’s aided by two on-site staff members who help out running the rowing market. “We do it with a few dedicated people. But because there’s a lot of neighborhood investment, it’s worth the effort. Folks are really attached to what they find here at the market. It’s really a pleasure.”

The market is open every Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. – rain or shine. The Montavilla Farmers Market is located in the 7600 Block of SE Stark Street, just west of the Academy Theater, and across the street from Mr. Plywood. For more information, see their website: CLICK HERE.

Neighbor Jennifer Harmount stops for a “berry break” with 3-year-old Ryan Wyatt.

© 2012 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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