Mobile Farmers' Market
Gorge Grown’s Mobile Farmers’ Market brings fresh, healthy produce to rural communities while providing a local market opportunity for small farmers during the summer months.
Why have a Mobile Farmer's Market?
What is the impact of bringing local produce to Rural Communities:
How are the Mobile Farmer's Markets sustained?
Complete Project Information
The GGFN Mobile Market has two goals:
1. Increase access to locally grown fresh foods for rural Gorge communities
2. Increase local market opportunities for small farmers in the Columbia Gorge region
The Mobile Market was born out of a community meeting and piloted in 2008 with the help of local donors. We purchased a 1994 Ford box truck, outfitted it with coolers, shelves, and a reconfigured stand-up freezer unit, and hit the road. For the past several years we have operated the Mobile Market like a business: it requires only a small amount of outside funding (approximately $5,000) to break even based on revenue. But as the economic activity generated at each Mobile Market has grown, with beginning farmers seeing their sales increase and gaining confidence in their ability to succeed, so has demand grown for our assistance to help these farmers scale up and access additional market opportunities in the region, and for us to help communities develop more consistent local outlets for fresh produce that are accessible to all.
The Mobile Market has acted as a market catalyst to develop community-specific solutions in underserved communities that meet their specific needs: in Stevenson, WA (pop 1,400), the weekly Mobile visit has evolved into a thriving small farmers’ market. In Mosier, OR (pop 490), the bustling Mobile Market site has also developed into a farmers' market that has become a weekly event not to be missed, attended by at least half the population of the town.
In 2012 with the help of a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, several local business sponsors, and the donations of community members, we were able to add a sprinter van to our mobile market family.
Gorge Grown would like to thank all the businesses and organizations that have made the Mobile Market possible for the last several years, and present our 2014 Mobile Market sponsors!
Questions? Comments? Contact us. Click here to read about our Mobile Market in Edible Portland!