Seasonal Markets on the Way! Plus: Welcome Katy Kolker
PFM Welcomes Katy Kolker as New Executive Director
Katy’s vast experience with organizations focused on urban agriculture, climate justice, and food equity have prepared her well to lead Portland Farmers Market.
“I look forward to continuing the efforts of the market staff in expanding access to fresh, local and nutritious food, and providing more pathways for BIPOC vendors to start up their own successful businesses via the market,” says Katy. “Striving to be an effective advocate and ally for justice and equity is a lifelong commitment for me.”
King, Shemanski Park, Kenton and Lents International farmers markets offer Double Up Food Bucks SNAP match all season long!
Photo by Ashley Courter
Spring brings so much bounty to the Pacific Northwest and the abundance is beginning to flow into our markets. Spring also means a new crop of vendors. We’re excited to welcome some fresh faces to the PFM food scene, including Elsy Dinvil of Creole Me Up. You can find Elsy and her Haitian sauces, condiments, and cocktail mixes this weekend—and every weekend—at PSU Farmers Market. And while you’re waiting for the market’s opening bell to ring, don’t miss this article about Elsy by one of our favorite authors, Liz Crain.
Elsy Dinvil’s Creole Me Up Brings Bright Haitian Cooking to Portland
Staff at PFM and Farmers Market Fund have teamed up for a monthly discussion club to learn about anti-racism, historic disparities in food and farming, and the current food justice movement. This is part of moving our equity and food justice work forward. It’s opened our thinking about policies and practices. Here’s some of what we read and listened to last month to better understand intent vs. impact, microaggressions and to discuss strategies to dismantle our own implicit bias: