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Jamie grew up in SW Ohio in a lesser known valley called Miami. Growing up there she gained an appreciation for suburban life but alas the sprawling lawn landscapes of her youth compelled her to find a different way to live. So, upon graduating college she made the move to the big city, otherwise known as Portland. Two years after arriving here she joined the Delphina’s Bakery team as market staff and was immediately immersed in fresh local food! She had already gained an appreciation of quality food but markets took that appreciation even further when she realized that knowing who grows your food is just as important. Her first market love, swiss chard is where she began and now looks forward to each week's bounty with the promise to nourish and challenge her creativity in the kitchen! She has now served PFM for 3 years as a Market Coordinator working at both the Thursday Buckman Market and Saturdays at PSU and also provides administrative support at the PFM office. She loves working at the markets and feels honored to be able to watch the seasons unfold, customers excited by the provisions, and to know such a fine and talented group of people who produce our food.
Native Portland-i-vore Amber Holland is the Assistant Bookkeeper and one of three Market Coordinators for Portland Farmers Market. In addition to her time spent at the PFM office, Amber is challenged with the on-site management of Sunday @ King and works Saturdays @ Portland State University in the Market Manager Booth. Amber began working with Portland Farmers Market in 2007 while attending graduate school at Portland State University, earning a Masters in Public Administration in 2009. Having worked in animal care and welfare for over 10 years, coming to the farmers market was both exciting, rewarding, and delicious. Although still active in international veterinary care, Amber is dedicated full-time (from March through December) to fine-tuning her passion for eating, cooking, and unsuccessfully growing her own food! Amber lives in NW Portland under the reign of two dogs, Arthur and Roo, and executive feline, Madeline.
Originally hailing from the Philadelphia area, Nicki has loved calling Portland her home since 2009. During her first month in town, Nicki signed up to volunteer with PFM and the next season was hired on to staff the Information Booth at the PSU Market. After two years as Assistant Bookkeeper she has recently shifted her responsibilities to Volunteer Coordination. Nicki also coordinates the NW and Shemanski markets and greatly enjoys her outreach efforts, which serve to deepen her connection with the market community. When not chatting about food, eating food or preserving food Nicki loves to play the piano, knit, snuggle up with big ole dogs, practice yoga, paint and take trips to the coast. She can also be found volunteering at nearby Square Peg Farm most Tuesdays while the weather holds out, connecting with the dirtiness and beauty of farming. Ever-friendly and welcoming, Nicki invites you to stop by the market and say hello sometime!
Abby, more formally known as Abigail, was grown and raised in Oregon – just like her favorite kinds of foods! With a lasting and deep passion for the wonders of the Pacific Northwest, Abby has been grateful to move from elementary school, to university, to being a working professional in her home town of Portland. She grew up gardening and cooking with her mother, who has always been a strong advocate for eliminating hunger; and taught all three of her daughters the importance of serving their community. Abby is overjoyed to be part of the Portland Farmers Market team, where she can combine her passions of both service and food, in her roles as Project & Office Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator. Before coming to PFM, Abby worked on the City of Portland’s community gardens and healthy Portland initiatives. She also spent a year at Zenger Farm, working on their Healthy Eating on a Budget Program. From there, Abby started with PFM in the summer of 2013 as a crew member, witnessing the seasons unfold at the Pioneer Courthouse Square, Shemanski Park, Buckman, PSU, and King markets. If she wasn’t sold on the power of Farmers Markets to connect city dwellers with their rural counterparts, she sure was after that summer! Abby enjoys nothing more than noticing the seasons change as new fruits and vegetables peek their heads into markets. She also loves tending to her garden, cooking, preserving, knitting, practicing yoga, running, camping and sitting down with a good book at a tea shop. This lady has been accused of using too many exclamation points in her emails – but once you meet her, you will know why – she is thrilled to be healthy, alive and welcoming new faces and foods into her life. Come say hello at the market!
Portland Farmers Market includes six markets serving your community; select a market for more information:
2014: Saturdays, March 15 through December 20
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Mar. through Oct.)
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Nov. & Dec.)
SW Park Ave & SW Montgomery St
Portland, OR 97201
Portland Farmers Market represents everything I love about Portland — great food, good people, beauty, sustainability and community — all rolled into one vibrant destination.”