Doña Paula Asunción, owner of Mixteca Catering, is from the Mixtec people of Oaxaca. Paula has been cooking traditional Oaxacan tamales and moles most of her life. She developed her unique flavors and cooking techniques over years of cooking for her family of six children and working as a food preparer at restaurants.. In 2012, Paula began selling her tamales and mole sauces at St. John’s Farmers’ Market with support and training from Micro Mercantes. Paula’s delicious tamales were an instant hit. As the business has flourished, they have also added catering. Visit their website to learn more.
Welcome to the world of healthy and tasty foods with Caju Cream–a smooth and creamy cashew cream that is a dairy-free and soy-free condiment for your everyday meals! Caju Cream is made with heart healthy, organic, raw cashews, our own kitchen blend of all-natural spices, vegetables and real fruit juices. It is an incredibly versatile condiment that your whole family will love! Use it as a dip, sauce and spread. If you’re like it, you might just find yourself this putting this cashew cream on everything! Learn more on their website or like them on facebook.
Lindsay was born and raised in the Willamette Valley. She didn’t grow up eating healthy food and generally didn't pay attention to her health. Things changed for her rather suddenly when she turned twenty-three and was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer. Two years into her cancer treatment she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. During this time, she began to learn about the role that nutrition plays in disease, and was inspired by the success other people with MS had achieved to go Paleo, which has given her new found energy. With her childhood friend Diana, they are bringing the most delicious and nutritious cookies you will ever taste to Portland! Learn more on her website.
MIZZ’IPI SISTAH CHEFS are from a family with a history of southern cooking; they originate from Mississippi. Their mother brought all her southern traditions with her and instilled those values with them at a very young age; her foods are based in traditional authenticity and sourced from fresh, local, seasonal sustainable products. After 25 years in professional cooking, she has perfected her craft in all types of cuisine & acquired a history of customer satisfaction. Mizz'ipi Sistah Chefs truly has the passion and the love of cooking that is straight from the heart! View sample menus on her website. Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business Certified.
Amalia joined our kitchen in 2013 in order to support her dream of being a small business owner. Originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, Amalia specializes in Oaxacan food, ranging from delicious tacos and quesadillas to specialized regional inspirations like tlayudas and cantaloupe and almond seed horchata. Through the practical knowledge gained through our services, she has been able to grow her business by selling to farmers markets customers excited about her unique food. Amalia is expanding her business to include catering and, eventually, a food cart at the Portland Mercado. Like her on her Facebook Page.
Chayanid draws from her culinary skills developed through culinary school and working in restaurants here and abroad to create a tantalizing variety of sweet and savory treats, from crepes to smoothies to ice cream. She creates sweet and savory meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert—and tempting treats for every snack in between. Her treats come in fun and convenient packages to-go. Learn more about her catering and farmers market menus...and her soon to come chocolate hazelnut spread!... on her website.
Sandra's business Ancestro is taking shape little by little. With the strong support of family, friends & customers and advice from Micro Mercantes, she is bringing her dream to reality - owning a business that shares her culinary roots with the Portland community. She strives to make her business environmentally and socially responsible, particularly by supporting small farmers and coopertivas that grow the ingredients that she uses. Her bars are a delicious infusion of dark chocolate, amaranto seeds, sunflowers seeds, coco (coconut) y chia seeds. Look for her bars on our website soon or contact us if you would like to order them now.
Former Encanto chef Michael Martinez offers hefty breakfast burritos with New Mexican attitude -- fluffy eggs laced with green chiles, potatoes spiced with fresh sage and thick-cut bacon wedged into the center like a hidden treasure. The whole lot is wrapped up in a tortilla the size of a dinner plate with optional lip-tingling four-chile salsa available for a bit more heat. It's hands-down the best breakfast for cool market mornings when you need a kick-start before braving the crowds. Check them out at King's Farmers Market and the Portland Farmers Market in the SW park blocks.
Meliton Martinez is from Santa Cruz Tacache de Mina, a town in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. He moved to the United States 25 years ago and spent several years in jobs - ranging from picking strawberries and tending nurseries to manufacturing furniture and landscaping to operating machinery. For 10 years he worked in the restaurant industry - starting as a dishwasher and eventually becoming a cook. When he met his wife Maria, she introduced him to the Yucatan food with which he quickly fell in love. Now, the family cooks and sells at local farmers markets together, introducing Yucatan food to the Portland community, and run their own cleaning company. They work hard to offer better opportunities for their children.
When Graciela came to the United States, she knew that she liked sales and interacting with people but she did not know how to start. After years of work and raising her children, she approached Micro Mercantes with the goal of starting her own food business. Fast forward a few years, Graciela has lines at her farmers market booths for her delicious, handmade tamales, salsas and aguas frescas, and has been featured in the Oregonian and in a holiday tamale cooking show on Univison. When we asked her recently, she said her biggest achievements in life was starting her own business with the support of her family. Like her on her facebook page.
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Brynden and Trevor have been seeking the world’s finest flavors for many years. Their curiosity, culinary taste, and entrepreneurship skills created the framework for an organic food company. Their flagship product, Kula’s Royal Curry, began many decades ago, when their friend Kula discovered this recipe during his travels throughout Southeast Asia. Their exotic 10 spice blend creates sustainable goodness through use of organic and non-GMO ingredients. Spice up your next dish with their local product, follow their journey from kitchen to store on their facebook page.
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Available for community and private events and for setting up near you to sell lunch, the hardworking owner Cindy serves up American and international dishes that are inspired by locally grown and crafted foods. A Mom & Pop cart, Cindy loves to be out in the community sharing her handmade food with others. They have been out at events all summer long, such as the Jazz Festival at Cathedral Park and the Sunday Parkways, and are excited about new opportunities to sell lunch for employees in the Metro plaza.
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