Local Makers2021-07-09T10:52:19-07:00


When you shop with us, you’re choosing to support an independent, family-owned and operated Oregon grocer that carries more than 7,000 local products and employs more than 1,400 Oregonians. In addition to offering thousands of local products, we help many food and beverage makers get their businesses off the ground. We offer our professional advice, assist with product distribution and share their stories with you, our customers.

We also purposefully promote and celebrate our BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and Women makers and partner with organizations that do the same. We define a local maker as someone who is able to deliver to our stores and return home for dinner the same day.

This full-circle philosophy of supporting local translates into healthier communities, meaningful jobs and a stronger state-wide economy. Follow along as we share local maker stories, learn more about our local programs, and stop in and see how many local products you can find!

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Through our MOJO and Amplify programs and meaningful partnerships, we support local makers by providing guidance, development support, targeted funding, distribution solutions and amplification.


Built Oregon


In our ongoing effort to elevate Oregon entrepreneurs and strengthen our food and beverage communities, we partner with passionate, like-minded organizations that uplift local food and beverage makers.


Dig Local


By partnering with Oregon farmers to help grow their farm offerings, we’re able to bring you fresh, local, unique produce throughout the season. Together, we’re cultivating a stronger food community.


Block and Blade


We develop close relationships with ranchers and fisherfolk to bring you the highest quality, best-tasting sustainably sourced seafood and humanely raised beef, pork, poultry and lamb.


Local Maker Spotlights

Shanna Trumbly – Eugene

For Shanna Trumbly, nature has been a part of her work for as long as she can remember. When she was growing up, there wasn’t much money to buy art supplies, but the Eugene artist says her mother made sure there were plenty of sticks, feathers, dried flowers and the like to incorporate in her crafts.

Mickleberry Gardens – Portland

Little did Madelyn and Matt Morris know when they took a class in organic beekeeping back in 2007 that the two beehives they established in their Portland backyard would become the springboard for a 30-acre operation and home to 20 hives.

Herb Pharm – Williams, Oregon

Since 1979, Herb Pharm has created high-quality liquid herbal extracts to support people’s physical well-being, while also focusing on the health of communities and the environment. Located in Williams, Oregon, Herb Pharm is the leading maker of liquid herbal extracts in the United States.

Blue Bus Cultured Foods – Bingen, WA

Owners Kristin and Colin Franger have been experimenting with their own adventurous tastebuds in their home kitchen for years. In 2014, they took the leap to launch Blue Bus Cultured Foods, naming their business for their beloved 1973 Volkswagen bus, their faithful vehicle on numerous camping trips in their younger days.

Log House Plants – Cottage Grove

Alice Doyle and her partner, Greg Lee, were both University of Oregon students when they started searching for a place to plant their business. Together, they co-founded Log House Plants in 1976 and landed on 60 acres near Cottage Grove, featuring a log cabin hewn from the surrounding forest.

BNF Kombucha & Jun – Eugene

Kevin Warren got the idea to start a company that produced fermented live beverages when he was purchasing another brand’s ginger-based drink at Market of Choice back in 2015.

Essance Skincare – Portland

Essance Skincare has a mission to source only the best organic, sustainable and fair-trade ingredients to make its natural skincare products. Each of these products is free of artificial color, artificial fragrance, and harmful sulfates and phthalates. That’s by design, says owner Jasmine Tran of her Portland-based business.

Local Culture and Super Belly – Bend

Sarah Frost-McKee and Paul Trendler have created a one-of-a-kind business in Bend, Super Belly Ferments, the only probiotic dressing company on the market.

Tortuga Gordo – Portland

All it took were an idea and 10 pounds of green – not red – jalapeños for Taelyn Lang, owner of Tortuga Gordo in Portland, to develop his Green Cobra fermented hot sauce, a uniquely flavored and exciting condiment for eggs, pizza, vegetable and rice stir-fries, even Bloody Marys.

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