Doña Paula Asunción, owner of Mixteca, 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 more markets, catering & a food cart. Visit their website to learn more.
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.
Chayanid grew up in the providence of Nakornsawan, Thailand in a small village. She didn’t realize it at the time, but she learned business skills helping her mother and grandmother sell fish and other goods at the village markets and manage their rice patty. She came to the United States in 2004 to work as an au pair and, after a few years, settled down in Portland, Oregon. Her goal is to become a full-time owner of her healthy, sweet dessert business, and eventually, to create jobs for other Oregonians and support other food businesses start-ups with support and advice. Learn more at her website.
Drawing on their Japanese and Filipino ancestry and their Hawaiian hometown, Michael and Sarah are excited to fulfill their dream of owning a ramen food cart. Strong family support and a successful kickstarter campaign, as well as their experience working in the industry, helped them grow to be a successful cart. Proud parents of 3, they donate part of their sales to their kids' public Japanese immersion school Richmond. Visit them at SE 50th and Division or learn more on their website.
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.
Wambui Machua, owner of Spice of Africa Catering, immigrated to Portland from Kenya. She started Spice of Africa, the only company in Oregon, to share her culture with others. As Chef and Owner, she cooks up delicious African recipes using Wildtree’s Certified Organic and 100% All Natural products. Join her for cooking classes or have her cater your next event. Learn more on her website.
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.
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.
The Lucky Larder, owned by SE Portland resident Traci, helps you capture bright seasonal flavors and prevent food waste through a variety of food preservation practices. We offer introductory group classes, one-on-one tutorials, preservation project assistance and other services. Whether you shop the farmers market, forage in U-pick fields, tend a hearty home garden or harvest a single prolific fruit tree, fresh produce can be preserved – creating shelf-stable goodies that nourish you year round. Check out our website for more details!
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 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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PlantSpeak Herbals, owned by Daniel Khalid Horton, primarily exists to support people in their relationships with plants. We offer information on plant communication as well as an assortment of delicious and powerful herbal blends. We encourage you to taste, breathe, and listen.
PlantSpeak Herbals is dedicated to working with the highest quality locally grown herbs whenever possible and we always use all organically grown or ethically and respectfully wild harvested ingredients.