Gorge Grown Mobile Farmers' Market
Imagine fresh produce: blueberries and lettuce and beans and cherries and tomatoes and more - grown around the Gorge and picked fresh, available every week in rural Gorge communities.
Every year, we make that a reality!
Each summer we fill our trucks with locally-grown produce from farmers all around the Gorge and then sell them throughout the Gorge at designated weekly sites.
Gorge Grown’s Mobile Farmers’ Market is a community food enterprise that brings fresh, healthy produce to rural communities and helps provide a local market opportunity for small farmers each weekend during the summer months. We work closely with residents to build and sustain vibrant small markets that build community engagement and self-sufficiency, improve access to food, and help small farmers succeed.
The mobile market accepts SNAP/Food Stamps and debit cards too!
2013 Mobile Market Schedule
Goldendale Farmers’ Market
Dates: May 11 - September 28
Times: Saturdays, 9-2 pm
Place: Ekone Park, Goldendale, WA
MCMC Hospital Plaza Market
Dates: June 4 – Oct 14
Times: Tuesdays, 11 - 2pm
Place:MCMC Hospital 1700 E 19th St. The Dalles, OR
Mosier Farmers' Market
Dates: June 30 - September 15
Times: Sundays, 4-7 pm
Place: Old gas station, downtown Mosier, OR
Sherman County Farmers’ Market
Dates: June 30 - September 15
Times: Sundays, 11-2 pm
Place: City Park, downtown Moro
Stevenson Farmers’ Market
Dates: June 22 - October 19
Times: Saturdays, 10-1 pm
Place: Courthouse lawn on Hwy 14, downtown Stevenson, WA
St Mary's Church in Hood River
Dates: June 23 – Sept 15
Times: Sundays, 12-2 pm
Place: St Mary's Church lot, 1501 Belmont Ave. Hood River, OR
White Salmon Farmers’ Market
Dates: July 2 - September 24
Times: Tuesdays, 4-7 pm
Place: 320 E Jewett Street, downtown White Salmon, WA
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 four 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 involved into a thriving small farmers’ market, and we will be training 2 managers this summer in preparation for this to be the last season they need our help. In Mosier, OR (pop 490), the bustling Mobile Market site convinced a local entrepreneur there was enough local demand for him to start and succeed with Jim’s Produce Stand; this year we’ll be working with him and an active team of community volunteers to manage a full-fledged community market / gathering spot every week!
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 2013 Mobile Market sponsors!
Questions? Comments? Contact us. Click here to read about our Mobile Market in Edible Portland!