Fill Your Pantry and Winter Vegetable Sagra
Save the Date! Sunday, December 6th, 2020
About Fill Your Pantry
Fill Your Pantry is an annual bulk purchasing event organized by various local food system non-profits around Oregon. It is a one-day 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. This is an excellent opportunity to purchase large quantities of staple and storage crops at great prices directly from local farmers at a time of the year when many farmers can really use the extra sales. Friends of Family Farmers has organized Fill Your Pantry events in Portland since 2015. Farmers and ranchers are on the front lines feeling the effects of climate chaos, and they are also best poised to do something about it. Fill Your Pantry is one of the many solutions we offer to help promote regenerative agriculture, support local producers and keep money in our local economy.
About Winter Vegetable Sagra
Happening alongside Fill Your Pantry is the Winter Vegetable Sagra (festival), organized by the Eat Winter Vegetables project and the Culinary Breeding Network. The Winter Vegetable Sagra provides event attendees an opportunity to learn about, celebrate, and taste the many different varieties of winter vegetables being grown by Oregon farmers through tastings, cooking demonstrations and more.
Big Impact for Local Producers
The 5th Annual Portland Fill Your Pantry and Winter Vegetable Sagra was a fantastic success! On Sunday, December 8, 2019, thirty-one local, socially-responsible farmers had solid sales at an otherwise-slow time of year. Chefs gave tasty samples of dishes made with many of the winter vegetables that were being sold, cheerful volunteers kept the coffee hot and helped load heavy carts, and over 1000 shoppers have now filled their pantries (garages, freezers and sheds) with fresh, pesticide-free, vegetables, meats, nuts and more grown right here in the Pacific Northwest. Approximately $85,000 dollars were circulated in our local economy at that one day event. Thank you so much to all who were a part of it. Check out pictures here.
On December 9, 2018, we held our 4th annual Portland Fill Your Pantry bulk buying event on a cold, blustery day under cover outside at Faubion Elementary School. Despite harsh weather, hundreds of shoppers came out and purchased over $62,000 in bulk vegetables, fruit, beans, pasture-raised meats, canned goods, and other product from the 21 participating farms and ranches! Thanks to everyone – producers, customers and volunteers – for making this such a great event!
FoFF’s 3th Annual Portland Fill Your Pantry was held on December 3, 2017 at The Redd on Salmon Street. Hundreds of supporters attended and we collectively helped generate over $60,000 in sales that went directly into the pockets of 24 local farms & ranches! In case you missed this very fun event, check out pictures here.