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?

Rural communities lack good access to locally-grown and raised food. Small farmers face the challenges of distribution and reach as a small business. The Gorge Grown Mobile Farmers' Market bridges this gap by filling our trucks with locally-grown produce from farmers all around the Gorge and then selling them throughout the Gorge to small rurual communities at designated weekly sites.
 

What is the impact of bringing local produce to Rural Communities:

When rural communities have the same access to healthy, local food as urban communities, families in rural communities can get more fruits and vegetables in their diets, thus increasing overall daily nourishment. This of course, not only allows a family to thrive, but empowers an entire community to thrive.

 

 

 

How are the Mobile Farmer's Markets sustained?

We work closely with residents to build and sustain the markets while building community engagement and self-sufficiency, improving access to food, and helping small farmers succeed.
 
We also rely entirely on individual and private donations to run the Mobile Farmer's Markets, so public support is vital to making this program a success! If you are interested in supporting the Gorge Grown Mobile Farmer's Markets, please consider making a donation today. 
 
Gorge Grown accepts all credit cards through PayPal, via the DONATE HERE link below. A PayPal account is not required to donate. Simply select "Don't have a PayPal Account?" on the PayPal page to continue.
 
 

 

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!



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