Monthly ‘Stock-Up Markets’ return in Montavilla

Need a “farmers market fix” during the winter months? Head to Montavilla for their once-a-month session this Sunday, for fresh veggies, fruits and goodies …

-1 Montavilla “Stock-Up Market” shoppers seem delighted with the offerings of Kiyokawa Family Orchards, a family-owned and operated farm located in Parkdale, Oregon.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Although spending time at outer East Portland’s delightful summertime farmers markets is currently a distant memory – there still is a place to shop for fresh foods, thanks to the folks who run the Montavilla Farmers Market.

“We call it a ‘Stock-Up Market’,” explained Market Manager Gretchan Jackson.

“It’s a two hour rural-style market,” continued Jackson. “In this style of market, the vendors drive their vehicles into the lot – we set up canopies – and the market begins as they sell from the back of their trucks and cars.”

Montavilla Farmers Market volunteer Dagmar Miller and Manager Gretchan Jackson welcome shoppers to the rain-or-shine monthly “Stock-Up” Market.

At the December 11 market, 17 vendors provided a wide variety of products from which shoppers chose.

“We felt it is a great extension of the market season into the winter,” Jackson smiled. “This is the time of year when foods can be their most delicious, and the produce gets sweeter! It’s a great venue for vendors to come and make some money in the winter.”

Rod Tachenko of Val’s Veggies in Medical Springs, Oregon, gives shopper Kate Malone some ideas about how to fix winter squash.

At the same time, she added, “It’s proven to meet the needs of our community.”

The next Montavilla Winter Farmer’s “Stock-up” Market is Sunday, January 8, for just two hours – from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. – rain or shine.

While these once-a-month winter markets don’t have the “bells and whistles” of the regular markets – like chef demonstrations and outdoor dining area – you’ll still find great winter produce and goods. The EBT/Debit Token program is available.

For a full list of vendors (or more information) check their website: CLICK HERE. It’s located in the 7600 Block of SE Stark Street, just west of the Academy Theater, and across the street from Mr. Plywood.

The owner and chief baker of Gabriel’s Bakery, Amilcar Alvarez, tempts shoppers with a wide variety of delicious baked goods.

© 2012 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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