Fill Your Pantry has historically been an annual bulk purchasing event organized by various local food system non-profits around Oregon. It is a community bulk-buying event focused on shoppers truly stocking their pantries for the winter with items from local farms such as storage vegetables, fruit, beans, pasture-raised meats, grains, canned goods, and other products. In 2015, FoFF began hosting the Portland Fill Your Pantry event to support Willamette Valley farmers to move large quantities of their product before the winter took hold. This was a time when access to local food was limited in the Portland region during the winter months. Due to COVID-19 in 2020, FoFF teamed up with Slow Food Portland and winter Portland area farmers markets to safely get local food into the hands of the community.
Upon reflection and feedback from farmers, farmers market managers, and shoppers, the Fill Your Pantry Coalition has decided that 2021 was the last year for Portland Fill Your Pantry. We are proud of this program, how it has evolved, supported our local farmers, and connected eaters to delicious nourishing food to feed their families all winter long. But fear not Portland (and surrounding area), we are happy that we now have many options for supporting our local farmers throughout the winter season. If you want to buy large quantities and fill your pantry this year, just talk to your farmer! Many are happy to take pre-orders for bulk amounts of their products.
Please continue to support these year round/winter farmers markets:
Hollywood Farmers Market
Hillsdale Farmers Market
Beaverton Fall & Winter Farmers Market
Shemanski Park Harvest Market
South Waterfront Winter Farmers Market
Woodlawn Holiday Market
Woodstock Harvest Market
Farmer’s Market at the Grange (McMinnville)
Oregon City Year-Round Farmers Market
People’s Farmers’ Market
PSU – Portland Farmers Market
Looking for other Fill Your Pantries around Oregon? Check out these regional pop up Fill Your Pantries – https://www.fillyourpantry.org/regional-fyps
Thank you for many years of laughter, connections, and hard earned dollars that stayed in our local community. We hope to see you at some of our other programming. Please stay in touch!