Portland’s Grace Kuto, philanthropic author, renowned cook, and passionate educator, will help host the “Local Lunch Box,” an educational event filled with activities intended to encourage kids to make healthy, seasonal, local food choices. Kuto will do a cooking demonstration at noon and be on hand to sell and sign her cookbook, Harambee.
School-aged participants can take part in a market scavenger hunt to learn more about good versus bad food choices, learn about a day in the life of a farmer and experience fresh and/or new fruits and veggies. Other planned activities include a drop-in cooking class for children of all ages, nutrition bingo, make-your-own lunch box, and a blind box produce game where children can identify fruits and veggies based on touch and smell.
10 am to 2 pm, Sunday, September 12 at the King Farmers Market, NE 7th and Wygant. Contact Amy Hunter for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 927-5872
Portland Farmers Market is generously supported by the Art Institute of Portland and COUNTRY Financial as season sponsors.
Enjoy a fresh, local Burger and Support Foodshare Fund NE! Please join us on the Sunday, 4th of July for “Build-a-Burger!” at King Portland Farmers Market. Get a $5 meat or veggie burger fresh grilled at the market from 11 am – 1 pm. The market is situated beside a park with play equipment, making for a perfect holiday picnic.
Foodshare Fund Northeast, a project of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN), is in its second year of providing matching funds for our neighbors using food stamps to buy fresh, local food at the market. Nearly one in five Oregonians is now receiving food stamps, 39% of them children.
This year, in response to a growing and urgent need, we’ve expanded the program. Foodshare Fund NE provides funds from our community — businesses, community groups, neighbors — to match food stamps spent at King dollar for dollar, up to $10 per week. Last year, the average match was $234 per Sunday. This year it has risen to $1000 per Sunday. Help us meet our goal to run this project through the full season until October without running out of matching funds.
Please join us and celebrate July Fourth with a Burger!
If you can’t be there but would like to donate, you can do so at the market every week at the NECN info booth, on-line through PayPal at www.necoalition.org (specify “Foodshare Fund” in comments), or by mail, 4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211-3939.
Paige S. Coleman, Executive Director
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Photo by Kenneth Aaron
The King Farmers Market will open its second season on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 10:00 am at NE 7th and Wygant (a block south of Alberta, adjacent to King School Park.) The market will continue every Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm, through October 31.
After a highly successful first season, the King Farmers Market is back, bigger and better than before with more produce vendors, more special events, music, meat, cheese, cut flowers, plant starts, hot food, cooking demonstrations, and an adjacent children’s playground. This year, Oregon Trail Card (food stamp) users can receive up to $10 in matching tokens for use at the King Farmers Market.
Join your neighbors on May 2 and every Sunday to celebrate a new season of the freshest local food.
Peggy Glascock of the Parks Bureau will present plans regarding the deteriorating structure at King School Park at our next meeting. Other possible topics of conversation could include: maintenance issues at the park, how the long term plan can better serve the needs of residents and farmer’s market attendees, and how the school district’s desire for a covered play area influences the decision making process of the parks bureau.
Photo by: Kenneth Aaron
Via the Skanner:
Program Boosts Food Stamps at King Farmers Market
The recently opened King Farmers Market is now giving Oregon Food Stamp recipients an extra boost. With the help of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, the Portland Farmers Market and the Alberta Food Co-Op, the Foodshare Fund Northeast will give users of Food Stamps an extra $5 at the King Farmers Market.
The market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays until October 25th near the intersection of NE 7th Avenue and Wygant Street.
Each Portland Farmers Market accepts EBT transactions. Recipients of Food Stamps merely need to convert their EBT credits into EBT tokens at the market’s information booth. The tokens can only be used for fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, dairy and seeds and plants intended for growing food. They can’t be used for pre-made or hot foods.
The fund began with a $3,000 grant from Alberta Co-op Grocery and a matching donations from the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods and the King Farmers Market Advisory Council. With future donations, organizers are hoping to expand the program by giving additional food credits to people in need.
Contributions can be mailed to 4815 NE 7th Ave. Portland, OR 97211 or online at http://www.necoalition.org.