In her dream position as communications manager for Portland Farmers Market, Mona gets to indulge her passion for produce and help spread the word about Oregon’s bounty and the benefits of eating locally grown food. Mona lives in Portland where she cooks, eats, grows and obsesses about whatever is in season. You can find her at the farmers market every weekend, overflowing basket in one hand, eating a pork belly taco with the other. In high heels, of course.
Elizabeth Miller is a freelance writer and editor who has written for Sustainable Industries Journal, the Denver Quarterly, J&L Illustrated, and Mcsweeney’s. A 15-year resident of Portland, she feels she has earned her stripes as a true Portlander by working as an advocate for skateboarding (Skaters for Portland Skateparks), a freelance project manager for a community outreach and recycled building materials nonprofit (The ReBuilding Center), and marketing and events specialist at Portland’s most storied local business (Powell’s Books). Elizabeth currently runs Savory Salty Sweet, a food and kitchen appreciation website, and she is a regular contributor to indiefixx.com, where she writes a food and cooking column called Melting Pot .
Dave Adamshick directs the Social Media efforts for Portland Farmers Market. A former culinary professional with a profound, abiding love of fresh produce, Dave can be found answering questions about food and cooking at www.saucyman.com.
Jane Pellicciotto is a graphic designer and owner of Allegro Design, and is convinced that chopping vegetables leads to creative inspiration. She’s passionate about furthering the work of values-based businesses and organizations. Inspired by the colors, textures and shapes of produce, she’s always got her camera handy. She also writes short fiction, personal essays and blogs about design, life and food—when she’s not picking pests out of the garden.
Kelly Merrick lives in Portland with her husband Josh. Kelly is a Master Recycler and a self-proclaimed locavore. She has been a volunteer at the Portland Farmers Market since the spring of 2012 and says the market is her favorite place in Portland. She is a marketing assistant at PECI and loves to talk to others about ways they can conserve resources to protect our environment. In her spare time she enjoys exploring Portland’s many parks, cooking, reading, blogging (you can check out her blogs here and here) and spending time with family and friends. She can often be found volunteering at the PSU Farmer’s Market so stop by and say hi sometime. She’d love to chat.
NICOLETTE PURCELL SMITH
Nicolette has been a trusty farmers market volunteer since 2005, first in Portland’s Hollywood district and now downtown with PFM in the PSU park blocks. When she’s not here at the market you can find her baking cakes, growing vegetables, and writing about local food, adventures with a stand mixer, and Pacific Northwest happenings for her blog, Sweet Little Sasquatch. During the school year, Nicolette stays happy and inspired in the classroom as a Portland middle school teacher.
As an associate of Lee Weinstein and Associates, Deborah manages public relations for Portland Farmers Market, what she considers a dream client. When she’s not writing press releases and pitching the media, she’s busy cooking, running, cycling, writing, and practicing yoga, Spanish and Czech (but not all at the same time). Her greatest challenge? Getting her two little ones to eat their fruits and veggies. Meeting the magical fruit and vegetable fairies (a.k.a. farmers) during their regular family visits to the markets definitely helps her in this effort. You’ll recognize her in the summer months at the market: She’s the one balancing three flats of berries with a little boy and girl with berry-stained faces chasing her.
Jen lives in Portland with an imaginary mini bulldog named Swansea and a lot of leftovers. Her hobbies include browsing grocery stores and farmers markets, experimenting with recipes involving melted chocolate and lots of it, reading The Onion, trying new Cavas, running Wordcake Communications,and thinking about lunch. Her love for food and writing merges at her food and dining website, Under the Table With Jen.
Allison comes from food the way some people come from money, and she can be found crouching in front of Farmers’ Market Booths taking pictures of photogenic produce through the seasons, rain or shine. An accomplished photographer, artist, and writer, Allison posts her recipes, reviews, and revelations at lemonbasil.blogspot.com.
Laura Harrison hails from the East Coast following the Oregon Trail in search of greener pastures. Drawn by a desire to bring delicious, healthy, and sustainable food into her home and to the masses, she finds herself digging in the dirt and loitering around farmers markets more often than not. Her love for fresh and responsible food influences her life decisions, dinner plans and wardrobe. She currently works for Gee Creek Farm and volunteers with Growing Gardens as well as Portland Farmers Market.